Chemistry Department

Bill Gunderson, Ph.D.

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Bill Gunderson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

gundersonw@hendrix.edu Charles D. Morgan Center - Acxiom Hall 212 (501) 450-1234 (501) 450-3829

Academic Background

  • B.S., Allegheny College, 2002
  • Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University, 2009

2020-2021 Courses

  • CHEM 120: General Chemistry II: Chemical Analysis & Reactivity
  • CHEM 330: Biological Chemistry
  • CHEM 450: Directed Research
  • CHEM 497: Senior Seminar
  • LBST 101: Explorations

Research Interests

  • Dr. Bill Gunderson's research is in the field of bioinorganic chemistry. Research in the Gunderson group has two aims: 1) determine the role of manganese in biomacromolecules, including enzymes and DNA structures, and 2) develop low-cost instrumentation for biochemical and biophysical studies. The first aim includes investigations of the enzyme, toxoflavin lyase, a Mn-containing enzyme that helps protect rice crops from bacterial infections. These enzymatic studies include enzyme kinetics and active site-structure studies using electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy and other spectroscopic methods. Dr. Gunderson is also investigating the binding characteristics of Mn to DNA hairpins and three-way DNA junctions using EPR spectroscopy. The second aim includes developing spectroscopic techniques using 3D printing technology and Arduino microcontrollers.