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Seton Hall University

Wyatt Murphy, Ph.D.

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

I joined the faculty at Seton Hall University in 1984. In my 26 years of service to the University, I am most proud of my contributions to research and teaching in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. My research is in the field of bio-inorganic chemistry and I use spectroscopic techniques such as NMR, Circular Dichroism, UV-Vis and Fluorescence spectroscopy to understand how metal complexes bind to DNA. The ultimate aim of this research is to better understand the structure of DNA and to develop new therapies for treatment of disease. In my teaching, I am most proud of my involvement with the CHEM 1107-1108 course, which is the standard course for all Chemistry and Biochemistry majors. In the Spring semester, I invented the research experience program in which all freshmen join a research group and engage in a real research project for the entire semester. This is a great way to get started in undergraduate research and build a long term relationship with a faculty mentor. I also enjoy teaching upper level and graduate courses in inorganic chemistry.