We celebrate more than 200 students recognized as co-authors on research publications along with their faculty mentors. In 2009 and 2012 we had a record 38 students published each year.

Student Co-Authors Appear in Bold and Faculty Mentors in Italics


  • “Characterization of Folic Acid and Poly(amidoamine) Dendrimer Interactions with Folate Binding Protein: A Force-Pulling Study.” P. R. Leroueil, S. DiMaggio , A. N. Leistra , C. D. Blanchette , C. A. Orme , K. Sinniah , B. G. Orr , and M. M. Banaszak Holl. J. Phys. Chem. B; 2015, 119, 11506-11512.


  • A. J. Hoogewerf, L. A. Van Dyk, T. S. Buit, D. Roukema, E. Resseguie, C. Plaisier, N. Le, L. Heeringa and D. A. Vander Griend J. Basic Microbiol.; DOI: 10.1002/jobm.201400498; 2014.

  • M. A. van Dongen, R, Rattan, J. Silpe, C. Dougherty, N. Michmerhuizen, M. Van Winkle, B. Huang, S. K. Choi, K. Sinniah, B. G. Orr, and M. M. Banaszak Holl, "Poly(amidoamine) Dendrimer-Methotrexate Conjugates: The Mechanism of Interaction with Folate Binding Protein", Mol. Pharmaceutics 2014. DOI: 10.1021/mp500608s.

  • Alabi O.D., Gunnink S.M., Kerk S.A., Braun E., Louters L.L., “Osthole Activates Glucose Uptake but Blocks Full Activation in L929 Fibroblast Cells and Inhibits Uptake in HCLE Cells,” Life Sciences 102 (2014), 105-110.

  • Gunnink S.M., Kerk S.A., Kuiper B.D., Alabi O.D., Kuipers D.P., Praamsma R.C., Wrobel K.E., Louters L.L., “Alkaline pH Activates the Transport Activity of GLUT1 in L929 Fibroblast Cells,” Biochemie 99 (2014), 189-194.

  • "Atomic Force Microscopy Probing of Receptor–Nanoparticle Interactions for Riboflavin Receptor Targeted Gold– Dendrimer Nano-composites", A. Witte, A. Leistra P. Wong, S. Bharathi, K. Refior, P. Smith, O. Kaso, K. Sinniah, and Seok Ki Choi, Journal of Physical Chemistry, 2014, 118(11) 2872–2882. (# co-first authors)

  • A. Leistra, A. Witte, J. Han, S. Choi, and K. Sinniah, “An AFM force pulling study of riboflavin receptor targeting nanoparticles”, Biophysical Journal, 2014, 106(2) 387a-388a.

  • N. Michmerhuizen, M. Van Winkle and K. Sinniah, "A biophysical study of the G-quadruplex-Insulin interaction", Biophys J. 2014, 106(2) 696a

  • C.R. Hamann, W. Boonchai, L. Wen, E.N. Sakanashi, C. Chu, K. Hamann, C. Hamann, K. Sinniah, D. Hamann, "Spectrometric Analysis of Mercury Content in 549 skin-lightening products: Is Mercury Toxicity a Hidden Global Health Hazard?" Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 70, 281-287; 2014.

  • C. Timmer, N. Michmerhuizen, A. Witte, M. Van Winkle, D. Zhou, K. Sinniah, “An Isothermal Titration and Differential Scanning Calorimetry Study of the G-Quadruplex DNA-Insulin Interaction, The Journal of Physical Chemistry, 118 (7),1784-1790, 2014. DOI: 10.1021/jp411293r (# equal contributions).


  • Eric J. Arnoys, Cheri M. Ackerman and John L. Wang, “Nucleocytoplasmic Shuttling of Galectin-3” in Galectins: Methods and Protocols (Sean R. Stowell and Richard Cummings, eds.) Humana Press, 2013, in press.

  • Atallah, T., Blankespoor, R. L., Homan, P., Hulderman, C., Samas, B. M., Van Allsburg, K., Vrieze, D. C. “Substituent Effects on the Amination of Racemic Allyl Carbonates Using Commercially Available Chiral Rhodium Catalysts;" Tetrahedron Letters, 54, 5795-5798; 2013.

  • "Reaction Extrema: Extent of Reaction in General Chemistry" by Jonathan E. Vandezande, Douglas A. Vander Griend and Roger L. DeKock, Journal of Chemical Education, 2013, 90, 1177-1179.

  • Modeling Methylene Blue Aggregation in Acidic Solution to the Limits of Factor Analysis” Golz, E. M.; Vander Griend, D. A., Analytical Chemistry, 2013, 85, 1240-1246.


  • "Detailed Spectroscopic and Thermodynamic Characterization of Nickel(II) Complexes with Methyl/pyridine attained via Factor Analysis.” Bediako, D. K.; Vander Griend, D. A., Journal Undergraduate Chemistry Research, 2012, 12(1), 11-15.

  • Photochemistry of UV-Excited Trifluoracetylacetone and Hexafluoracetylacetone I: Infrared Spectra of Fluorinated Methylfuranones Formed by HF Photoelimination,” by Karen J. Muyskens, Joel R. Alsum, Timothy A. Thielke, Jodi L. Boer, Tina R. Heetderks, Mark A. Muyskens. The Journal of Physical Chemistry; November, 2012; 116 (5), 12305-12313

  • Richard K. Haynes, Kwan-Wing Cheu, Ho-Wai Chan, Ho-Ning Wong, Ka-Yan Li, Maggie Mei-Ki Tang, Min-Jiao Chen, Zu-Feng Guo, Zhi-Hong Guo, Kumar Sinniah, Amanda B. Witte, Paolo Coghi and Diego Monti, “Interactions between Artemisinins and other Antimalarial Drugs in Relation to the Cofactor Model—A Unifying Proposal for Drug Action,” ChemMedChem; 2012, 7, 2204–2226.

  • "Atomic Size, Ionization Energy, Polarizability, Asymptotic Behavior and the Slater-Zener Model" by Roger L. DeKock, John R. Strikwerda and Eric X. Yu; Chemical Physical Letters, 2012, 547, 120-126.

  • Opperwall, S.R., Divakaran, A., Porter E.G., Christians J.A., DenHartigh, A.J., Benson, D.E. “Wide Dynamic Range Sensing with Single Quantum Dot Biosensors”, ACS Nano, 2012, 6, 8078-8086.

  • Martine, R.J., Godakumbura, P.I., Porter, E.G., Divakaran, A., Burkhart, B.J., Wertz, J.T., Benson, D.E. “Identifying Proteins That Can Form Tyrosine-Cysteine Crosslinks.” Metallomics, 2012, 4, 1037-1042.

  • Benson, D.E., DeHaan, S.R., Hulderman, C.E., “Electron Transfer Semiconductor Nanoparticle Biosensors” in Quantum Dot Sensors: Technology and Commercial Applications, 2012, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL; 109-132.

  • Tasker, S.Z., Bosscher, M.A., Shandro, C.A., Lanni, E.L., Ryu, K.A., Snapper, G.S., Utter, J.M., Ellsworth, B.A., Anderson, C.E. "Preparation of N-Alkyl 2-Pyridones via a Lithium Iodide Promoted O- to N-Alkyl Migration: Scope and Mechanism" J. Org. Chem. 2012, 77, 8220-8230.

  • "Computational Study of Fluxional Hydride Bridged Binuclear Transition Metal Complexes: Effect of Secondary Bridging Ligands," by Brandon J. Burkhart and Roger L. DeKock; Computational and Theoretical Chemistry, 2012, 994,

  • "Retire Hybrid Atomic Orbitals," by Roger L. DeKock and John R. Strikwerda;
    J. Chem. Educ., 2012, 89, 569; (letter).

  • "Nitroxyl (HNO) acutely activates the glucose uptake activity of GLUT1" by  K. Salie, M.J., Oram, D.S., Kuipers, D.P., Scripture, J.P., Chenge, J., MacDonald, G.J. and Louters, L.L. Biochemie, 2012; 94, 864-869.

  • "Biophysical Characterization of a Riboflavin-Conjugated Dendrimer Platform for Targeted Drug Delivery"; A.B. Witte, C.M. Timmer, JJ. Gam, S.K. Choi, M.M. Banaszak Holl,B.G. Orr, J.R. Baker Jr.,Sinniah, Biomacromolecules 13, 2012; 507−516.

  • Romero, N. A., Klepser, B. M., Anderson, C.E., "Au(III)-Catalyzed Tandem Amination-Hydration of Alkynes: Synthesis of alpha-(N-2-Pyridonyl)ketones" Org. Lett. 14, 2012; 874-877.


  • "Synthesis of a New Class of Beta-Iodo N-Alkenyl 2-Pyridones;" Sarah Z. Tasker, Benjamin M. Brandsen, Keun Ah Ryu, Gregory S. Snapper, Richard J. Staples, Roger L. DeKock and Carolyn E. Anderson; Organic Letters, 2011; 13, 6224-6227.

  • "Theoretical study of formation of ion pairs in (NH3·HCl)(H2O)6 and (NH3·HF)(H2O)6"; Roger L. DeKock, Benjamin M. Brandsen and John R. Strikwerda; Theoretical Chemistry Accounts, 2011, 130, 871-881.

  • "Getting Students of All Ages Excited about Fluorescence”; Muyskens, M., Stewart, M.S. (Project SEED Intern). J. Chem. Educ. 88 (3), 2011; 259-260.

  • "Computational Investigations of Ligand Fluxionality in Fe3(C8H8)3" by Ryan J. Martinie, Brandon J. Burkhart and Roger L. DeKock; Organometallics, 2011, 30, 5196-5201.

  • "Cobalt release from inexpensive earrings from Thailand and China"; Hamann, C., Hamann, D., Hamann, K.K., Thyssen, J.P. Contact Dermatitis 64, 2011; 237-244.

  • "Bond Order and Chemical Properties of BF, CO, and N2"; Ryan J. Martinie, Jarred J. Bultema, Mark N. Vander Wal, Brandon J. Burkhart, Douglas A. Vander Griend and Roger L. DeKock; J. Chem. Educ., 2011, 88, 1094-1097.

  • "Structures, Host-Guest Chemistry and Mechanism of Stepwise Self-Assembly of M4L6 Tetrahedral Cage Complexes"; Hall, B.R., Manck, L.E., Tidmarsh, I.S., Stephenson, A., Taylor, B.F., Blaikie, E.J., Vander Griend, D.A., Ward, M.D. Dalton Trans., 2011; Advance Article.

  • Cok A., Plaisier C., Salie M.J., Oram D.S., Chenge J., Louters L.L. "Berberine acutely activates the glucose transport activity of GLUT1". Biochimie 93, 2011; 187-1192.

  • Plaisier C., Cok A., Scott J., Opejin A., Bushhouse K.T., Salie M.J., Louters L.L. "Effects of cinnamaldehyde on the glucose transport activity of GLUT1". Biochimie 93, 2011; 339-344.

  • "Motivations for and barriers to the implementation of diagnostic assessment practices—A Case Study"; Turner, M., VanderHeide, K., Fynewever, H. Chemistry Education Research and Practice 12, 2011; 142-157.


  • "Balancing Redox Equations"; Roger L. DeKock and Benjamin M. Brandsen; J. Chem. Educ., 2010, 87, 476-477; (letter).

  • "Chemical Speciation and Calculation of Sports Drink pH"; Roger L. DeKock and Brandon J. Burkhart; J. Chem. Educ., 2010, 87, 677; (letter).

  • "Dynamics of galectin-3 in the nucleus and cytoplasm"; Haudek K.C., Spronk, K.J., Voss, P.G., Patterson, R.J., Wang, J.L., Arnoys, E.J. Biochim Biophys Acta. 1800(2), 2010; 181-9.

  • Louters L.L., Stehouwer N., Rekman J., Tidball A., Cok A., Holstege C.P. "Verapamil inhibits the glucose transport activity of GLUT1", J Med Toxicicology 6, 2010; 100-5.


  • "Ion Pairs or Neutral Molecule Adducts? Cooperativity in Hydrogen Bonding"; Roger L. DeKock, Laura A. Schipper, Stephanie C. Dykhouse, Lee P. Heeringa and Benjamin M. Brandsen; J. Chem. Educ., 2009, 86, 1459-1464.

  • "Dynamics of galectin-3 in the nucleus and cytoplasm." Haudek, K.C., Spronk, K.J., Voss, P.G., Patterson, R.J., Wang. J.L., Arnoys, E.J., Biochim Biophys Acta. 2009; July 16.

  • Harkema, J., Jadrich, J., Bruxvoort, C. Science and Engineering: 'Two models of laboratory investigation'; The Science Teacher, 76(9), 2009; 27-31.

  • Sportel, S., Bruxvoort, C., Jadrich, J. 'Seeing the Light: An alternate model for introducing upper elementary students to light'; Science & Children, 47(4), 2009; 37-41.

  • Blankespoor, R.L., Boldenow, P., Hansen, E.C., Kallemeyn, K.M., Lohse, A.G., Rubush, D.M., Vrieze, D. "Photochemical Synthesis of 3-Alkynals from 1-Alkynoxy-9,10-Anthraquinones"; Journal of Organic Chemistry, 74, 2009; 3933-3.

  • Scott, J., Opejin A., Tidball A., Stehouwer N., Rekman J., Louters L.L. "Dual action of phenylarsine oxide on the glucose transport activity of GLUT1, Chemico-Biol Interactions 182, 2009; 199-203.

  • Louters, L.L., Stehouwer, N., Rekman, J., Tidball, A., Cok, A., Holstege, C.P. "Verapamil inhibits the glucose transport activity of GLUT1," Clinical Toxicicology 47, 2009; Abs 155.

  • Scott, J., Tidball, A., Uitvlugt, J.M., Lucia, M., Vander Griend, D.A., Louters, L.L. "Methyl-ß-cyclodextrin binds methylene blue and blocks both its cell straining and glucose uptake stimulatory effects." Biochemie 91, 2009; 271-276.

  • Lynch, S., Baker, H., Byker, S.G., Zhou, D.. Sinniah, K. "Single molecule force spectroscopy on G-quadruplex DNA," Chem. Euro. J., 2009.

  • Lynch, S., Baker, H., Byker, S.G., Zhou, D., Sinniah, K. "Single molecule force spectroscopy of G-quadruplex DNA," Biophys. J., 96, 2009; 36a.

  • Sinniah, K., Porter-Peden, L., Byker, S.G., Blankespoor, R., Zhou, D., Abell, C., and Rayment, T., "A Single Molecule Study of Enzyme-Inhibitor Interactions," Biophys. J., 96, 2009; 643a.

  • McNitt, K., Parimal, K., Share, A., Fahrenbach, A., Witlicki, E., Pink, M., Bediako, D., Plaisier, C., Le, N., Heeringa, L., Vander Griend, D.A., Flood, A. "Reduction of a redox-active ligand drives switching in a Cu(I) psuedorotaxane by a bimolecular mechanism."J. Am. Chem. Soc., 131, 2009; 1305-1313.


  • Lanni, E. L., Bosscher, M.A., Ooms, B.D., Shandro, C.A., Ellsworth, B.A., Anderson, C.E. “Synthesis of Substituted N-Benzyl Pyridones via an O- to N-Alkyl Migration” J. Org. Chem., 2008, 73, 6425–6428.

  • Porter-Peden, L., Kamper, S.G., Vander Wal, M., Blankespoor, R., Sinniah, K. “Estimating Kinetic and Thermodynamic Parameters from Single Molecule Enzyme—Inhibitor Interactions,” Langmuir, 2008, 24, 11556-11561.

  • Nichols, J., Buthker, J., Sinniah, K. "The Effect of Divalent Cations (Mg2+, Zn2+, Mn2+, and Ca2+) on the Hybridization Efficiency Of DNA," Biophys. J., 94, 2008; 1712.

  • Kamper, S.G., Porter-Peden, L., Blankespoor, R., Vander Wal, M., Sinniah, K. "The Effect of Tether Length in Single Molecule Force Spectroscopy," Biophys. J., 94, 2008; 1714.

  • Porter-Peden, L., Kamper, S.G., Sinniah, K., Blankespoor, R., Zhou, D., Abell, C., Rayment, T. "Kinetics and Thermodynamics of Enzyme-Inhibitor Interactions," Biophys. J., 94, 2008; 1720.

  • Nguyen, P., Soto, C., Polishchuk, A., Caputo, G., Tatko, C., Ma, C., Ohigashi, Y., Pinto, L., DeGrado, W., Howard, K. "pH-Induced Conformational Change of the Influenza M2 Protein C- Terminal Domain," Biochemistry 47 (38), 2008; 9934–9936.

  • Vander Griend, D.A., Bediako, D.K., DeVries, M.J., DeJong N.A., Heeringa, L.P. "Detailed Spectroscopic, Thermodynamic and Kinetic Characterization of Nickel(II) Complexes with 2,2’-bipyridine and 1,10-Phenanthroline attained via Equilibrium-Restricted Factor Analysis," Inorganic Chemistry 47, 2008; 656-662.


  • “Dual Localization: Proteins in Extracellular and Intracellular Compartments" by Arnoys E.J., Wang, J.L., Acta Histochem 109 (2), 2007; 89-110.

  • Anderson, C.E., Pickrell, A.J., Sperry, S.L., Vasquez Jr., T.E., Custer, T.G., Fierman, M.B., Lazar, D.C., Brown, Z.W., Iskenderian, W.S., Hickstein, D.D., O’Leary, D.J. “NMR Detection of Intramolecular OH/OH Hydrogen Bond Networks: An Approach Using Isotopic Perturbation and Hydrogen Bond Mediated OH•••OH J-Coupling” Heterocycles 72, 2007; 469–495.

  • Blankespoor, R.L., Hogendoorn, S., Pearson, A. “Competitive Nitration of Benzene-Fluorobenzene and Benzene-Toluene Mixtures: Orientation and Reactivity Studies Using HPLC”. J. Chem. Educ. 84, 2007; 697-8.

  • Kamper, S.G., Porter-Peden, L., Blankespoor, R., Sinniah, K., Zhou, D., Abell, C., Rayment, T. “Investigating the Specific Interactions between Carbonic Anhydrase and a Sulfonamide Inhibitor by Single-Molecule Force Spectroscopy,” Langmuir 23, 2007; 12561-12565.

  • Kinsinger, C.R., Tatko, C.D., Whelan, C.M., Wilkinson, T.J. "Synthesis of 4-Substituted-and 1, 4-Disubstituted-4- hydroxypyrrolidin-2-ones," Synthetic Communications 37, iss. 11, 2007; 1845.


  • Li, S.Y., Davidson, P.J., Lin, N.Y., Patterson, R.J., Wang, J.L., Arnoys, E.J. "Transport of galectin-3 between the nucleus and the cytoplasm. II. Identification of the signal for nuclear export." Glycobiology 16, 2006; 612-22.

  • Davidson, P.J., Li, S.Y., Lohse, A.G., Vandergaast R., Verde, E., Pearson, A., Patterson, R.J., Wang, J.L., Arnoys, E.J. "Transport of galectin-3 between the nucleus and cytoplasm. I. Conditions and signals for nuclear import." Glycobiology 16, 2006; 602-11.

  • Roelofs, B., Tidball, A., Lindborg, A.E., Ten Harmsel, A., Vander Kooy, T.O., Louters, L.L. "Acute activation of glucose uptake by glucose deprivation in L929 fibroblast cells." Biochemie 88, 2006; 1941-1946.

  • Louters, L.L., Dyste, S.G., Frieswyk, D., TenHarmsel, A., Vander Kooy, T.O., Walters, L., Whalen, T. "Methylene blue stimulates 2-deoxyglucose uptake in L929 fibroblast cells." Life Sciences 78, 2006; 586-591.

  • Vander Wal, M., Kamper, S., Headley, J., and Sinniah, K. "Effect of contact force and salt concentration on the unbinding of a DNA duplex by force spectroscopy," Langmuir 22, 2006; 882-886.

  • DeVries, M.J., Vander Griend, D.A. Sivvu (computer program for Unrestricted and Equilibrium-Restricted Factor Analysis of Spectrophotometric Data); 2006.


  • Anderson, C. E., Britt, D.K., Sangji, S., O'Leary, D.J., Anderson, C.D., Rychnovsky, S.D. "Direct Assignment of the Relative Configuration in Acyclic 1,3-Diols by 1H NMR Spectroscopy" Org. Lett.7, 2005; 5721–5723.

  • TenHarmsel, A., Holstege, C.P., Louters, L. "High dose insulin reverses verapamil inhibition of glucose uptake in mouse straited muscle." Ann Emerg Med 46(3) 2005; S77.


  • DeKock, R.L., McGuire, M.J., Piecuch, P., Allen, W.D., Schaefer III, H.F., Kowalski, K., Kucharski, S.A., Musial, M., Bonner, A.R., Spronk, S.A., Lawson, D.B., and Laursen, S.L. "The Electronic Structure and Vibrational Spectrum of trans-HNOO", Phys. Chem. A., 108, 2004; 2893-2903.


  • Van Dyke, D.A., Walters, L., Freiswyk, D., Kokemeyer, D., and Louters, L.L. "Acute effects of troglitazone and nitric oxide on glucose uptake in L929 fibroblast cells," Life Sciences 72, 2003; 2321-2327.

  • Aumann, K.; Muyskens, K. C. J.; and Sinniah, K. "Visualizing Atoms, Molecules, and Surfaces by Scanning Probe Microscopy," J. Chem. Educ. 80, 2003; 187.

  • Green, L., Schotanus, M., McAlear, A.; Howell, E.A. "Atomic Force Microscopy Can Detect Binding of Yeast Replication Factor C to DNA," Nano Lett, 3, 2003; 39-41 (from Sinniah Research Group)


  • Blankespoor, R.L., DeVries, T., Hansen, E., Kallemeyn, J.M., Klooster, A.M., Mulder, J.A., Smart, R.P., Vander Griend, D.A. “Photochemical Synthesis of Aldehydes in the Solid Phase,” J. Org. Chem. 67, 2002; 2677-2681.

  • Schotanus, M., Aumann, K., and Sinniah, K. "Using Force Spectroscopy to Investigate the Binding of Complementary DNA in the Presence of Intercalating Agents," Langmuir 18: 2002; 5333-5336.

  • Pauuw, J., Ubels, J., and Sinniah, K. "Investigating Live Fixed Chang Conjunctival and Corneal Fibroblast Cells by Atomic Force Microscopy," Current Eye Research 25: 61; 2002.

  • Vander Griend, D. A., Golden, J.S., Arrington, C.A., Jr. "Kinetic and Mechanistic Investigation of Chromate Reduction with Hydrogen Peroxide in Basic Media," Inorganic Chemistry 41, 2002; 7042-7048.


  • Vander Lugt, J.T., Gomez-Marquez, J., Caldon, J., and Louters, L.L. "Combined effects of troglitazone and muscle contraction on insulin sensitization in Bulb-c mouse muscle," Biochemie 83, 2001; 445-451.

  • Ubels, J.L., Sinniah, K., Paauw, J.D. "Imaging of corneal cells using atomic force microscopy," Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science 42, 2001; S281.

  • Vander Griend, D.A., Malo, S., Barry, S., Dabousseh, N., Poeppelmeier, K.R., Dravid, V.P. "La3Cu2VO9: A Surprising Variation of the YAlO3 Structure with 2D Copper Clusters of Embedded Triangles," Solid State Sciences 3, 2001; 569-579.


  • Vander Griend, D.A., Malo, S., Wang, T.K., Poeppelmeier, K.R. "Discovering New Oxides," J. Am. Chem. Soc. 122, 2000; 7308-7311.

  • Greenwood, K.B., Ko, D.G., Vander Griend, D.A., Sarjeant, G.M., Milgram, J., Garrity, E.S., DeLoach, D.I., Poeppelmeier, K.R., Salvador, P.A., Mason, T.O. "Cation Disorder in Ga1212 Materials," Inorganic Chemistry 39, 2000; 3386-3391.