Biomedical Molecule

Biomedical and Medicinal Chemistry

biomedical chemistry moleculeBiomedical and Medicinal chemistry research at New Mexico Tech focuses on the discovery, design, synthesis and evaluation of novel bioactive molecules. Research in this area involves a strong synthetic organic component, which often leads to the development of novel synthetic methodologies to construct anticancer, antibacterial or antiviral agents.


Liliya Frolova

Assistant Research Professor

Liliya FrolovaFor several years Professor Frolova’s group has participated in a collaborative project with the Department of Materials Engineering and Metallurgy at New Mexico Tech for chemical modification of graphene by different organic molecules. Study of chemical reactivity of graphene and graphite in different types of organic reactions allow them to develop novel unique carbon based inorganic-organic hybrid materials for different purposes including heavy metal scavenging and arsenic absorption from water supplies.

Mike Heagy

Professor, Department Chair

Michael HeagyBroadly defined by the area of Physical Organic chemistry, research in the Heagy group involves design and synthesis of new dyes; specifically dual fluorescent platforms for ion and molecule detection.  Panchromatic emissive systems are under study for WOLED devices.  Toward solar fuels, earth abundant semiconductor materials are being explored at the nanoscale size for photocatalytic conversion of green house gas, carbon dioxide and its water solubilized analog, bicarbonate to formate and methanol.

Sally Pias

Associate Professor

Sally PiasDr. Pias studies the structural dynamics of biochemical systems, with the aim of gaining insight into metabolic regulatory mechanisms. Her current focus is on oxygen flux across biological membranes and other cellular lipid structures. Given the central importance of aerobic metabolism for human health, hindrance of oxygen transport on the cellular level can have enormous consequences, impacting tumor cell metabolism, cardiac function, and diabetic insulin response. The Pias Group takes a biophysical chemistry approach, using computer simulations to gain insight into lipid structural dynamics and oxygen diffusion.

Menake Piyasena

Assistant Professor

Menake PiyasenaAccurate and rapid detection of pathogens in contaminated water and food samples is necessary to prevent spread of certain infectious diseases. Dr. Piyasena and his research group explore developing miniaturized bioassay systems utilizing microfluidics and surface modification techniques for pathogen detection and environmental monitoring.

Rodolfo Tello-Aburto

Associate Professor

Dr. Rodolfo Tello-AburtoDr. Tello-Aburto’s group focuses on the total synthesis and biological evaluation of natural products and their analogs. Efforts in this area often lead to the discovery of new synthetic methodologies in organic synthesis, including transition metal catalysis and organocatalysis.