Graduate Faculty Research Interests
MS in FORENSIC SCIENCE
Visit the MS in Forensic Science program page for more information about how to apply, curriculum, and outcomes. Please contact Dr. Zhaohua Dai for research with other faculty members in the Forensic Science Program. Students can also do research with other faculty members in the Chemistry and Biology Departments.
Design and development of sensory and analytical systems for trace analytes that are of environmental, biological and forensic interest. Potential analytes include mercury, lead, zinc, copper, dioxins. Synthesis and characterization of drug candidates for neglected diseases.
My research deals with monitoring the interaction of biomolecules (protein/enzymes) with the chemicals commonly found in the environment specifically the so-called emerging contaminants. I also work on the amyloid formation process screening different phenolics that inhibit the process for possible therapeutic remedies for degenerative diseases. These are all done using spectroscopic methods such as absorbance, fluorescence, IR and Raman.
Computational chemistry using sophisticated software such as GAMESS-US to derive the DFT geometry optimization for the calculation of molecular orbitals. Identification of active sites using HOMO and LUMO orbitals and docking experiments. New forensic impression materials and methods.