Jacob Goldberg, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

AB Dartmouth College, PhD University of Pennsylvania

Jacob Goldberg comes to Colgate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was an NIH postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Professor Stephen J. Lippard. At MIT, Goldberg devised small molecule sensors to detect zinc in the brain. As a graduate student at Penn, his research concerned the development of minimalist chromophores to monitor protein dynamics.

His research interests lie at the intersection of chemistry and biology. One research project is devoted to studying the role of non-covalent interactions in protein folding and stability using novel unnatural amino acids. Another project involves the synthesis and application of chemical probes to study the role of metal ions in neurotransmission.

At Colgate, Professor Goldberg teaches Proteins and Nucleic Acids, Metabolic Chemistry, Bioenergetics, Medicinal Chemistry, Biophysical Chemistry Research Methods, and General Chemistry.

Eric Muller, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

BA Haverford College; PhD University of California–Berkeley

Eric Muller comes to Colgate from the University of Colorado–Boulder and JILA, where he served as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Markus B. Raschke. While he was there, he developed new methods in near-field spectroscopy and applications to understand molecular materials. As a graduate student at UC Berkeley, he used femtosecond time-resolved spectroscopy to understand electron dynamics at the metal-molecule interface.

His research seeks understanding of emergent physical properties of partially ordered molecular materials. His lab is developing and applying nano-spectroscopy and nano-imaging methods in order to understand molecular structure, intermolecular coupling, crystallinity, and dynamical processes in complex molecular systems.

Muller’s teaching interests include physical chemistry (quantum mechanics, statistical thermodynamics, kinetics), materials chemistry, surface chemistry, spectroscopy, linear and non-linear optics, and general chemistry.

Anne Perring, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

ScB Brown University; PhD University of California–Berkeley

Anne Perring comes to Colgate from the University of Colorado and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Boulder, Colo., where she served as a Research Scientist. While there she developed and maintained instruments to measure atmospheric aerosol from airborne platforms. As a graduate student at UC Berkeley she investigated the effects of reactive nitrogen on atmospheric photochemistry and ozone production.

Her general research interests revolve around air quality and climate including the sources, transport and transformation of atmospheric aerosols and gases. Her current focus is Primary Biological Aerosol, consisting of airborne bacteria, fungal spores and pollen. Ongoing projects include measurements of biomarkers and ice nuclei in size-segregated aerosol samples and continued development of real-time single-particle fluorescence measurements.

Perring’s teaching specialty is analytical chemistry and instrumental analysis. She also teaches environmental chemistry and general chemistry.