Chemistry Department

Heidi Dahlmann, Ph.D.

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Heidi Dahlmann, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Office: Charles D. Morgan Center - Acxiom Hall 213 Research Lab: Acxiom Hall 215 (501) 505-2920 (501) 450-3829

Academic Background

  • B.S., Wisconsin Lutheran College, 2007
  • M.S., University of Minnesota, 2009
  • Ph.D., ETH Zurich, 2013

2019-2020 Courses

  • CHEM 240:  Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 240 Lab: Organic Chemistry I Lab
  • CHEM 250: Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 250 Lab: Organic Chemistry II Lab
  • CHEM 450: Directed Research
  • BCMB 399: Independent Study: Organocatalyst Optimization
  • BCMB 399: Independent Study: Organic Synthesis & Application
  • BCMB 499: Independent Research: Organocatalyzed Reactions
  • BCMB 499: Independent Research: Organic Synthesis Research

Research Interests

  • Synthesizing nucleoside analogs as probes for detecting DNA damage
    Nucleophilic sites of DNA are frequently attacked by electrophilic genotoxins, creating covalently bound "DNA adduct" that can lead to mutation. Although there are several sensitive techniques for measuring total DNA adduct content, none of them can measure DNA adducts in specific DNA sequences. My research focuses on developing non-natural nucleosides that can be inserted into oligonucleotide hybridization probes targeting specific DNA sequences. 
  • Developing new organocatalyzed reactions
    Many chemical reactions require catalysts to reach completion in a timely manner. Organocatalysts are special hydrogen-bonding species that can be safer, more effective, environmentally-friendlier alternatives to traditional Lewis acid catalysts. My research focuses on identifying and optimizing chemical reactions facilitated by organocatalysts.

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