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Kelly Chacón

Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Chemistry Department
Division of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

I study how metal ions are trafficked in the cell by using a mixture of biochemistry and spectroscopy. My lab is particularly interested in catching the physical act of metal ion transfer from one metalloprotein to another, as well as characterizing newly discovered metalloproteins. This work heavily relies upon bi-yearly lab trips to a number of synchrotron lightsources. At Reed, I can't wait to begin teaching Introductory Chemistry and Metabolic Biochemistry (with an emphasis on metals, of course)! And outside of our beautiful College, I am heavily involved in the bioinorganic chemistry community — I am the 2016 chair of the Gordon Research Seminar in Bioinorganic Chemistry, as well as an elected member of the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource Users Executive Committee. I invite anyone who wants to know more about my work to stop by for a cup of tea — it is my true pleasure to translate my science for the public and potential students.

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