Dr. Steven Mansoorabadi will join the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry as Assistant Professor in August 2012. Dr. Mansoorabadi received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he worked with Prof. George H. Reed at the Institute for Enzyme Research. He then moved to the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a post-doctoral fellow in the laboratory of Prof. Hung-wen Liu in the Medicinal Chemistry Division of the College of Pharmacy. Prof. Mansoorabadi's current research interests lie at the interface of structural and functional genomics, cofactor and natural product biosynthesis, and mechanistic enzymology.
Dr. John Gorden will become the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry’s General Chemistry Coordinator with the title of Assistant Professor in the 2012-2013 academic year. Dr. Gorden has served previously at Auburn as Research Assistant Professor, Instructor and Lecturer and has won several awards for teaching and advising. He obtained his doctorate at the University of Texas, where he worked with Prof. Alan Cowley on main-group organometallic compounds. He subsequently was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley in the group of Prof. Kenneth Raymond. Dr. Gorden’s interests include chemical education, inorganic chemistry and x-ray crystallography.