Professor of Chemistry, Organic and Bioorganic Chemistry;
Chairperson of Chemistry Department
B.S. Chemistry, Penn State University
M. S. Organic Chemistry, Cornell University
Ph.D. Bioorganic Chemistry, Cornell University
Phone: (508) 565-1043
Office: Shields Science Center, 315
Dr. Liotta joined the chemistry department in 1993 after three years as a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellow in the laboratories of S. J. Benkovic at The Pennsylvania State University.
After B.S. in chemistry from The Pennsylvania State University, Professor Liotta carried out his Ph.D. research with B. Ganem at Cornell University. His Ph. D. thesis focused on the design and synthesis of organic molecules which were subsequently used to probe the chemistry of carbohydrate processing enzymes. His postdoctoral research involved the study of antibodies being used to catalyze organic reactions, thus the term catalytic antibodies. He has numerous publications in the chemical literature.
Dr. Liotta's research interests lie at the intersection of chemistry and biology, particularly in the area of bioorganic chemistry. Professor Liotta works with one or two directed-study students during the semester and three to five undergraduate research associates each summer.
- Chemistry Seminar and Thesis
- Advanced Organic Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry II
- Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
- Organic Chemistry I
- Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
- Integrative Seminar: Organic Chemistry of the Cell