Faculty & Staff
Swarna Basu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Office Location: Natural Sciences Center - Rm 307 C
PHD, Wesleyan University
MA, Wesleyan University
BA, Clark University
Basu teaches Physical Chemistry, General Chemistry and Nanoscience. He is primarily interested in molecular interactions. His research focuses on the detection and behavior of biomolecules (DNA and proteins) using fluorescence and laser spectroscopy. For example, is it possible to detect a unique DNA sequence that's found in the chromosome using metal ions or nanoparticles? Or, what happens when a metal complex similar to a metalloenzyme comes within a very short distance (1 to 10 nanometers) of a protein?
Basu’s research projects include a significant amount of instrument development. The laser lab, which he runs with T. Wade Johnson, Ph.D., includes an experimental setup that was assembled by students and is routinely being updated and modified, depending on the experimental needs. A microscope capable of imaging samples and carrying out reactions on the microscale was implemented in 2008. In one type of reaction involving photochemistry, an excited photoactivator promotes the formation of micron-scale protein structures that can be used for tissue engineering and drug delivery purposes.
Under Basu’s guidance, students gain valuable hands-on experience in instrument development, project design and implementation, and data analysis and interpretation. Each semester, Basu has a number of students collaborating with him on research projects. Several students have presented their work at national and regional conferences, and students have co-authored papers that have been published in peer-reviewed journals. Prior to coming to Susquehanna, Basu authored several peer-reviewed publications on gas-phase molecular dynamics, DNA interactions and photopolymerization of biomolecules for tissue engineering and drug delivery applications.
Basu is a member of the American Chemical Society, Biophysical Society and Gamma Sigma Epsilon, a national chemistry honor society.
- BIOL-560 Interdisciplinary Explorations Biology
- CHEM-101 General Chemistry I
- CHEM-101L General Chemistry I Lab
- CHEM-102 General Chemistry II
- CHEM-102L General Chemistry II Lab
- CHEM-103 General Chemistry I Teams
- CHEM-300 Topics in Chemistry
- CHEM-341 Physical Chemistry I
- CHEM-342 Physical Chemistry II
- CHEM-590 Chemistry Internship