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Cristina Suarez

Associate Professor of Chemistry
Smith College

Office: Ford Hall 213
Phone: (413)-585-3838
Fax: (413)-585-3786
Email: csuarez(at)


Ph.D.,University of California, Davis. Physical Chemistry
Thesis: DNMR Studies of Conformational Processes in the Gas Phase
Advisor, Nancy S. True

B.S., University of California, Davis, Chemistry


Smith College, 2004-present
Associate Professor of Chemistry (Chair 2005-2008)

Smith College, 1997-2004
Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Mount Holyoke College, 1996-97
Visiting Professor of Chemistry

Wellesley College, 1993-96
Postdoctoral Fellow: Departments of Chemistry and Biological Sciences

COURSES 2011-12

CHM 111: General Chemistry (Fall)
CHM 111: General Chemistry Lab (Fall)


My research interests focus on two different areas of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy. My first area of interest focuses on the application of solution NMR techniques to the analysis of interesting biochemical processes. The study and characterization of cation transport via natural, semi-synthetic and synthetic ion channels are particular emphasized. My second area of interest is the use gas-phase NMR spectroscopy to study conformationally and kinetically interesting processes in the absence of solvent interactions. The essential isolation of small molecules in the gas phase provides an excellent experimental counterpart to theoretical models. Chair-to-chair interconversions, internal rotations around partial bonds, hydrogenation reactions and isomerizations are a few examples of processes being addressed in this type of research. For more detailed information about our lab's research program, visit our web page: Suarez


* denotes Smith undergraduate co-author

"Assessment of General Anaesthetic Cytotoxicity in Murine Cortical Neurones in Dissociated Culture"; Campbell, L.*, Tyson, J.*; Stackpole, E.*; Hokenson, K.*; Sherrill, H.*; McKeon, J.*; Kim, S.*; Edmands S.; Suarez, C. and Hall, A.C. Toxicology 2011, 283 (1), 1-7.

"Synthesis and characterization of a redox-active ion channel supporting cation flux in lipid bilayers", Tsikolia, M.; Hall, A. C.; Suarez, C.; Nylander, Z. O.*; Wardlaw, S. M.*; Gibson, M. E.*; Valentine, K. L.*; Onyewadume, L. N.*; Ahove, D. A.*; Woodbury, M.*; Mongare, M. M.*; Hall, C. D.; Wang, Z.; Draghici, B.; Katritzky, A. R.,Org. Biomol. Chem., 2009, 7, 3862-3870.

"Cation transport by a redox-active synthetic ion channel", Hall, A.C., Suarez, C, Hom-Choudhury, A*., Manu, A.N.A*, Hall, C.D., Kirkovits, G.J. and Ghiriviga, I. J.Org. and Bioorg. Chem., 2003, 1(16) 2973-2982.

"Gas-Phase DNMR Study of the Internal Rotation in N-Trifluoroacetylpyrrolidine", Suarez, C., Nicholas, E.J.* and Bowman, M.R.*; J. Phys. Chem. A, 2003, 107(17) 3024-3029.

"NMR study of the metabolic 15N isotopic enrichment of cyanophycin synthesized by the cyanobacterium Synechocysitis sp. strain PCC 6308", Suarez, C., Kohler, S., Allen, M. and Kolodny, N. Biochim. Biophys. Acta, 1999, 1426, 429-438.

"Gas-Phase NMR Spectroscopy", Suarez, C. The Chemical Educator: 1998, 3(2).

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