Faculty

Department Head and Associate Department Head 

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Department Head
575-646-5877
Office: 128

Dr. Lusetti is a biochemist interested in bacterial DNA repair mechanisms. She joined the faculty in 2006 and served as Associate Department Head from 2017 to 2019. She has also served as director of the RISE program and is the current director of NM-INBRE.
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Kevin D. Houston

Associate Department Head

khouston@nmsu.edu

575-646-3918

Office: 371

Dr. Houston's research is aimed at defining the molecular mechanisms associated with anti-estrogen resistance in breast cancer. He joined the faculty in 2011 and has been Associate Department Head since 2019. In this role, he is involved in outreach activities and undergraduate recruitment. Dr. Houston is also the departmental contact for departmental alumni and donors.

Faculty

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Jeffrey B. Arterburn

Regents Professor

Organic Chemistry

jarterbu@nmsu.edu

575-646-2738

Office: W294

Our research harnesses the power of synthetic chemistry for cancer drug discovery and the design of novel biological probes. Current projects focus on new therapies for breast cancer and lipid labeling with fluorescent dyes for live cell and super-resolution microscopy.
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Amanda K. Ashley

Assistant Professor

Biochemistry/Toxicology

ashleyak@nmsu.edu

575-646-2084

Office: W372

DNA repair systems protect cells from damage and regulate cellular response to replication stress. Our research focuses on perturbations in DNA replication and repair in cancer biology to provide novel targets for therapeutic intervention.
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Christopher Baker

Assistant Professor

Analytical Chemistry

cabaker@nmsu.edu

575-646-1015

Office: W373

The Baker Bioanalysis Lab leverages expertise in analytical chemistry, separation science, and microfluidics to develop new technologies that solve measurement challenges in chemical neuroscience and other areas of chemical biology. Current projects include developing novel brain-on-chip technologies with applications to Alzheimer's disease, and strategies for improving structural resolution in capillary electrophoresis separations.
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Samantha Carlisle

Assistant Professor

Biochemistry

samcarli@nmsu.edu

575-646-7679

Office: W380

Dr. Carlisle’s research focuses on exploring the role of arylamine N-acetyltransferases (NATs) in endogenous cellular metabolism and the impact this role has in the metabolic diseases cancer and diabetes. Her research utilizes a combination of wet-lab and computational methods (bioinformatics). She is most passionate about improving human health through precision medicine and mentoring the next generation of scientists.
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Gary A. Eiceman

Professor

Analytical Chemistry

geiceman@nmsu.edu The core of Dr. Eiceman's research program is the exploration of ion-molecule gas phase reactions at ambient pressure in order to develop predictive models of the creation of ion mobility spectra. These studies presently involve the kinetics of thermal decomposition of proton-bound cluster ions in air. Secondary interests include the advancement of instrumentation and drift tube technology for IMS and selected applications in environmental venues. Separation sciences with gas chromatography constitute another area of interest.
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James W. Herndon

Professor

Organic Chemistry

jherndon@nmsu.edu

575-646-2487

Office: W295

We design multicomponent reactions that rapidly and reliably transform simple starting materials into complex polycyclic ring systems, using the unique reactivity of carbon transition metal systems as the primary tool. These products frequently permit facile access to medicinally-important compounds.
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Kevin D. Houston

Associate Professor

Biochemistry

khouston@nmsu.edu

575-646-3918

Office: W371

Tamoxifen treatment is a common therapy for women with estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer. Our laboratory discovered a new mechanism of tamoxifen action and we currently investigate the role of this mechanism in the development of chemoresistance.
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Antonio S. Lara

Associate Professor

Analytical Chemistry

alara@nmsu.edu

575-646-2918

Office: W378

Our research focus is to abate heavy metals & pathogens from scarce and contaminated water sources, surface or ground, to produce potable water. This is most important for the Navajo Nation and Third World countries. The sorption materials are clay pellets that can be produced anywhere in the world.
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Shelley L. Lusetti

Associate Professor

NM-INBRE Director

Biochemistry

slusetti@nmsu.edu

575-646-6016

Office: W370

The Lusetti lab is interested in the biochemical roles of novel enzymes involved in DNA damage response pathways through the reconstitution of recombinational DNA repair pathways. We employ comparative biochemistry to explain the differential DNA damage tolerance of multiple bacterial organisms.
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Barbara A. Lyons

Professor

BRAiN and BRIDGES Director

Physical Chemistry

blyons@nmsu.edu

575-646-3473

Office: W296

My research seeks to identify the active functional form of the signaling molecules Grb7 and DNAJB1-PKAc, and to define the mechanistic details of how these molecules work in the establishment of primary tumors and metastases in breast and liver cancer.
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William A. Maio

Associate Professor

Organic Chemistry

wmaio@nmsu.edu

575-646-4017

Office: W287

Marine organisms continue to be a source of novel natural products with interesting structural features and unique biological activity. Our laboratory is currently focused on the development of new synthetic methods useful in total synthesis.
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Gary D. Rayson

Professor

Analytical Chemistry

gdrayson@nmsu.edu

575-646-5839

Office: W289

Our research involves analysis of complex environmental and agricultural samples using multivariate analysis of multi-dimensional spectroscopic response surfaces. One example uses 3-dimensional fluorescence spectra of fecal samples to determine free-ranging animal ingestion of locoweed.
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Marat R. Talipov

Assistant Professor

Physical Chemistry

talipovm@nmsu.edu

575-646-5210

Office: 204

Our research focuses on harnessing the power of supercomputers for discovery of novel small molecules and machine-learning design of photovoltaic materials and drugs.
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Cory Windorff

Assistant Professor

Inorganic Chemistry

windorff@nmsu.edu

575-646-3703

Office: W292

The Windorff group focuses on the redox, acid/base and structural chemistry of uranium as mediated by transition metals. This work is targeted on the remediation of drinking water contaminated with uranium, as well as more robust nuclear fuel.
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Erik T. Yukl

Associate Professor

Biochemistry

etyukl@nmsu.edu

575-646-3176

Office: W376

Our lab studies bacterial proteins that mediate zinc import and nitric oxide / oxidative stress sensing. These processes are essential for virulence among pathogenic bacteria. We use various biophysical and spectroscopic techniques including structure determination by X-ray crystallography.

Teaching & Research Faculty

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Ramesh Chinnasamy

College Assistant Professor

ramesh@nmsu.edu

575-646-1812

Office: 218

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Deanna C. Dunlavy

College Associate Professor

ddunlavy@nmsu.edu

575-646-4823

Office: 216

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Gyoungil Lee

Research Asst Professor

glee@nmsu.edu
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Carol L. Potenza

College Assistant Professor

cpotenza@nmsu.edu

575-646-1584

Office: W379

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Lee Uranga

Research Asst Professor

luranga@nmsu.edu

Emeritus Faculty 

Name Title  Email 
M. Dale Alexander Emeritus dalexand@nmsu.edu
Amudhu Gopalan Emeritus agopalan@nmsu.edu
Robert Hoffman Emeritus rhoffman@nmsu.edu
Michael Johnson Emeritus johnson@nmsu.edu
Glenn D. Kuehn Emeritus, Regents Professor gkuehn@nmsu.edu
William Quintana Emeritus wquintan@nmsu.edu
Simons, John Emeritus
Smirnov, Sergei Emeritus snsm@nmsu.edu