Welcome, Dr. Kienzler
The Department of Chemistry welcomes Asisstant Professor, Michael Kienzler. Dr. Kienzler obtained his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. His thesis work focused on the total synthesis of marine-derived natural products and the photochemical properties of azobenzenes, a family of organic dyes. He continued at Berkeley with postdoctoral work on light-reactive dyes, using them in tools to control the activity of neurons with light, with applications to vision restoration in some forms of blindness. At the University of Maine, Michael looks forward to working with students at all levels to build a research program focused on the synthesis and evaluation of new light-activated molecules for biological applications.