Dr. Brian P. Coppola is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Chemistry at the University of Michigan. He currently serves as the department’s Associate Chair for Educational Development & Practice, which includes being the Director of the CSIE|UM and CALC|UM programs.
Dr. Coppola received his B.S. degree in 1978 from the University of New Hampshire and his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1984. Moving to Ann Arbor in 1986, he joined an active group of faculty in the design and implementation of a revised undergraduate chemistry curriculum. His 1996-7 tenure review established a new policy within the College of Literature, Science and Arts at the University of Michigan, recognizing discipline-centered teaching and learning as an area that can be represented within the LSA departments. He was promoted to Full Professor of Chemistry in 2001-2. His publications range from mechanistic organic chemistry research in 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition reactions to educational philosophy, practice and assessment.
Dr. Mark M. Banaszak Holl is Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Macromolecular Science and Engineering, College of Engineering at the University of Michigan. He currently serves as the director of Macromolecular Science and Engineering program, chair of the chemistry department’s industrial liaison committee, and co-directs the CALC|UM program.
Dr. Banaszak Holl received his Ph.D. at Cornell University in 1991. His research group synthesizes and characterizes polymers and nanomaterials. The applications of these materials in drug and gene delivery and the interactions of these materials with biological membranes have been particular focus. The group also studies the nano- to micro-scale structure of collagen in tissue including the structural impacts of disease and drugs.
Dr. Robert T. Kennedy is Hobart H Willard Distinguished University Professor of Chemistry Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Pharmacology. He currently serves as the Chair of the chemistry department, and co-directs the CALC|UM program.
Dr. Kennedy earned his B.S. in Chemistry at the University of Florida (1984) and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina (1988). He was a post-doctoral fellow at North Carolina from 1989-1991. He became professor of chemistry at the University of Florida in 1991 and served there for 11 years before moving to Michigan. He teaches undergraduate courses in analytical chemistry and a graduate course on Chemical Separations. His research interests are analytical chemistry and its application to neuroscience, endocrinology, and biotechnology. His group has developed instrumentation that couples sampling probes to capillary electrophoresis, capillary chromatography, mass spectrometry, and microfluidic assays for monitoring neurotransmitters in vivo. These methods have been used for studying changes in neurotransmitter concentrations associated with behavior and diseases. His group has also developed sensors and microfluidic devices for monitoring insulin secretion from pancreatic b-cells.