Faculty Profile

Rebecca Connor

Assistant Professor of Chemistry (2010)

Contact Information


Stuart Hall - Rector Complex Room 2111


My research interests currently include the molecular interactions of electrophilic natural products with human leukemia cells and the role of chaperone proteins in apoptosis and stress response pathways. Research projects in my lab range from chemical synthesis to proteomics and protein engineering.


  • B.S., Carnegie Mellon University, 1999
  • Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, 2008

2014-2015 Academic Year

Fall 2014

CHEM 141 Foundations of Chem w/Lab
A one-semester introductory course for students who are especially well-prepared for general chemistry, replacing CHEM 131, 132 as a prerequisite for more advanced courses in the major. Topics include atomic structure, chemical bonding, thermodynamics, kinetics, equilibrium, electrochemistry, acid/base chemistry, solubility, and transition metal chemistry. The laboratory experiments will relate directly to topics covered in lecture, and will include statistical analysis of data, molecular modeling, instrumental methods of analysis, and quantitative analytical and inorganic chemistry. Admittance into this course is based on a placement exam. Three hours of classroom and three hours of laboratory per week. This course fulfills either the DIV III lab science distribution requirement or QR graduation requirement.

CHEM 490 Protein Engineering
In this course, we will explore the design, production and use of proteins and protein-based materials for biomedical applications. Topics to be covered will include biological therapeutics, protein-based materials for tissue engineering and designed evolution of desired enzymatic activity.

BCMB 560 Stu/Faculty Collaborative Rsch
Student/Faculty Collaborative Research allows a student to conduct original research in close partnership with faculty collaborator(s). The project should be designed as an investigation yielding novel results that contribute to the area of study. With the faculty collaborator(s), students will develop the project and participate in all aspects fo the reasearch. It is expected that the faculty member will work closely with the student for at least half of the time the student is pursuing the research. The final project must be presented to the faculty collaborator(s) no later than one week prior to the end of the evaluation period. The course will typically earn one half or one full course credit per semester.

CHEM 560 Stu/Faculty Collaborative Rsch

Spring 2015

CHEM 342 Struct & Funct of Biomolecules
Cross-listed with BIOL 342-02.

BIOL 342 Struct & Funct of Biomolecules
Cross-listed with CHEM 342-01.

CHEM 342 Struct & Funct of Biomolecules
Cross-listed with BIOL 342-01.

BIOL 342 Struct & Funct of Biomolecules
Cross-listed with CHEM 342-02.