Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry
Bioinorganic Chemistry, Renewable Energy, Green Chemistry, Enzyme Engineering
Dr. Jeff Warren is passionate about renewable energy and protecting our planet. His research program aims to develop both chemical and enzymatic technologies that will convert greenhouse gases, e.g., carbon dioxide or carbon monoxide, into materials that can be used for making useful products like fuel or plastics. The other side of his research is focused on health sciences, where his group is collaborating on studies involving mutated proteins associated with cancer.
What life experiences led you to pursue a career in research?
I was always interested in STEM (i.e., science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields; plus, I had great teachers who were excited about science and math, and parents who were totally into their kids’ interests. What drew me into chemistry in particular was a nudge from my organic chemistry professor in university. I was a pharmacy major, but when he questioned my choice of majors, that provoked me to re-evaluate my interests and my career path.
What part of your research gives you the most satisfaction?
Being in the lab with my students and seeing them make a discovery or a molecule that has never been made before. That moment when they realize that they've done something significant is very satisfying to me.