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The future looks Duke Blue for the Haas Lab!

After 9 years at Saint Mary’s College, Dr. Haas is moving back “home” to North Carolina! Dr. Haas accepted a position at Duke University as Associate Professor of the Practice in the Department of Chemistry. The Haas Lab will continue its research in bio inorganic chemistry with Duke University undergraduate students, and anyone else who wants to join us!

Even the solutions are Duke Blue!


Congratulations, Ana!

Congratulations, graduates! And especially to our labmate, Ana Martinez! Ana graduated with honors and is planning to begin graduate school in Fall 2022 after a gap year and some much earned downtime. She has some ideas of where she will go to grad school (Dr. Haas is pushing for Duke!!! for purely selfish reasons), but Ana is still undecided.

Go do great things, Ana! We know you will!!!

Still making progress in the pandemic!

So proud of the students! This is the first publication out of the bioinorganic unit of our CURE course at Saint Mary’s College!

Despite being separated by the pandemic, and with the help of our collaborators, we managed to turn this research saga into a paper in Inorganic Chemistry!

Saint Mary’s College Included in $5 Million Grant-Funded Open Textbooks Project

Thanks to all the students who have poured their hearts into writing projects in CHEM 342, and the faculty and staff at Saint Mary’s and nationwide who made this cross-disciplinary award possible!

Learn more here!!


The Biennial Conference for Chemical Education was hosted at University of Notre Dame this week. Dr. Haas was the poster organiser and presented two posters about education in chemistry.

Duke Alumni reunite at the 2018 BCCE!

Dr. Haas presented a poster about integrating Ethics Writing Assignments into Chemistry Courses. 

Dr. Haas presented a poster about Collaborating with Undergraduates to Contribute Educational Resources for students on the web.

Dr. Haas is named as a Scialog Fellow


Congratulations to Asst. Prof. Kathryn Haas on being named as a Scialog Fellow for “Chemical Machinery of the Cell” by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation!

Click here to learn more: http://rescorp.org/scialog/chemical-machinery-of-the-cell

Summer Research

This summer has been exciting and productive! We are collaborating with our friends from the Math Department, Dr. Kristin Kuter and Maria Escobedo, who are helping us to build and fit mathematical models to explain our data.

We took advantage of the University of Notre Dame’s Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium to share our research.

Lab Updates!

Here is our January 2018 Newsletter!


Winter break at SSRL!


Dr. Jake Pushie shows Morgan and Kate how to close up shop after an all-nighter at beamline 7-3.

Our group made a second trip in 2017 to Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL) to collect X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) data and characterize the structures of a few human proteins’ metal binding sites. Four undergraduate students (Morgan, Erica, and Kate), one graduate visiting scholar (Ewelina), Dr. Haas and baby Ariana made the trip to meet our collaborator, Jake, at Beamline 7-3. (Thanks to Dr. Haas’s husband for a week of Beamtime Babysitting!)

It was a fun and productive trip! As always, we took advantage of the location to explore local attractions and sample some of Palo Alto’s wonder restaurants.


Morgan closing the hutch safety door during a sample change.


Visting SSRL in December 2017. From left to right: Dr. Kathryn Haas and Ariana Parise (baby), Kate McMahon (SMC ’18), Erica Slogar (SMC ’19), Dr. Jake Pushie, Ewelina Stefaniak, Morgan Matthews (SMC ’18).

Discovery of Cu(I) binding to HSA!

HSA_CuZnCys_1Congratulations to Madison on her first paper, and to the rest of our terrific research team!! Madison Sendzik lead our group’s efforts in the discovery and characterization of human serum albumin’s Cu(I) binding site! Her important discovery is published in the American Chemical Society Journal, Inorganic Chemistry (10.1021/acs.inorgchem. 7b02397). Madison also wrote a free educational article on HSA and its metal-binding properties on LibreText (click here!), and she made a 3D print of HSA available on Shapeways (click here!).

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Madison first announced the newly-discovered Cu(I)-albumin binding site at the undergraduate poster session the National American Chemical Society Meeting in August 2017.