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Suzanne O'Handley

Associate Professor

School of Chemistry and Materials Science
College of Science

585-475-2751
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Suzanne O'Handley

Associate Professor

School of Chemistry and Materials Science
College of Science

Education

BS, Rutgers University; MS, Ph.D., University of Rochester

585-475-2751

Areas of Expertise

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Journal Paper
O'Handley, Suzanne F., et al. "Kinetic and Mutational Studies of the Adenosine Diphosphate Ribose Hydrolase from Mycobacterium Tuberculosis." J Bioenerg Biomembr. 48. 6 (2016): 557--567. Print.
O'Handley, Suzanne F., et al. "Insights into the Substrate Specificity of the MutT Pyrophosphohydrolase using Structural Analogues of 8-Oxo-2'-Deoxyguanosine Nucleotide." Bioorg Medical Chem Lett. 26. 8 (2016): 2014--2017. Print.

Currently Teaching

CHMB-493
1 - 3 Credits
This course is a faculty-directed student project or research in biochemistry that could be considered of an original nature.
CHMB-402
3 Credits
This course introduces the structure and function of biological macromolecules and their metabolic pathways. The relationship between the three-dimensional structure of proteins and their function in enzymatic catalysis will be examined. Membrane structure and the physical laws that apply to metabolic processes will also be discussed.
CHMB-495
1 - 3 Credits
This course is a faculty-directed student project or research involving laboratory work, computer modeling, or theoretical calculations that could be considered of an original nature. The level of study is appropriate for students in their final two years of study.
CHEM-790
1 - 6 Credits
Dissertation research by the candidate for an appropriate topic as arranged between the candidate and the research advisor.
CHMB-610
3 Credits
This course analyzes protein structure function relationships. Students will investigate how proteins function and how the structure relates to that function. The principles that explain enzyme rate enhancements and mechanistic enzymology will be examined. Additionally, protein superfamilies for phylogenetic relationships will be explored to enhance understanding of protein structure-function relationships. Students will read and discuss the current scientific literature and classic papers.
CHMB-498
1 - 3 Credits
This course is a faculty-directed tutorial of appropriate topics that are not part of the formal curriculum. The level of study is appropriate for student in their final two years of study.

In the News

  • April 24, 2020

    Student to Student: NUDIX hydrolase enzymes

    After transferring to RIT, Kevin DiMagno became a biochemistry major to prepare for medical school after graduation. In this student spotlight, he talks about his interest in characterizing the function of NUDIX hydrolases enzymes and the focus of his research.

  • March 13, 2019

    Head-and-shoulders view of researcher wearing maroon top and cardigan

    RIT Associate Professor Suzanne O’Handley nationally recognized for mentorship

    RIT Associate Professor Suzanne O’Handley has been selected by the Council on Undergraduate Research and the Goldwater Scholarship Foundation as the 2019 CUR-Goldwater Scholars Faculty Mentor Awardee. O’Handley, a faculty member in RIT’s School of Chemistry and Materials Science, was chosen from 10 finalists for her considerable achievements as a dynamic scholar, teacher and mentor.