Laura Van Dorn

Assistant Professor of Practice, Faculty

Degrees and Appointments

  • B.S. Bemidji State University, 1999
  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of Arizona, 2004
  • Post-Doctoral Researcher, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, University of Arizona 2004-2006
  • Post-Doctoral Researcher, Department of Radiology, University of Arizona, 2006-2008


I teach general chemistry, including applications of organic chemistry and biochemistry. In my courses, I emphasize the application of chemistry to nutrition, drug interactions, and the environment. My approach to teaching includes helping students learn to look for patterns and make predictions based on fundamentals. I am interested in collaborative research investigating the connections between how diverse students approach studying and the outcome in learning, and how it affects their success. 

*Cotton, F. Albert; Gruhn, Nadine E.; Gu, Jiande; Huang, Penglin; Lichtenberger, Dennis L.; Murillo, Carlos A.; Van Dorn, Laura O.; Wilkinson, Chad C.  Closed-Shell Molecules that Ionize More Readily than Cesium. Science (2002), 298 (5600), 1971-1974.

   *Pascal, L.; Van den Eynde, J. J.; Van Haverbeke, Y.; Dubois, P.; Michel, A.; Rant, U.; Zojer, E.; Leising, G.; Van Dorn, L. O.; Gruhn, N. E.; Cornil, J.; Bredas, J. L.  Synthesis and Characterization of Novel para- and meta-Phenylenevinylene Derivatives: Fine Tuning of the Electronic and Optical Properties of Conjugated Materials. J. Phys. Chem. B (2002), 106(25), 6442-6450. PDF

   *Cotton, F. Albert; Donahue, James P; Gruhn, Nadine E.; Lichtenberger, Dennis L.; Murillo, Carlos A.; Timmons, Daren J.; Van Dorn, Laura O.; Villagran, Dino; Wilkinson, Chad C. Facilitating Access to the Most Easily Ionized Molecule: an Improved Synthesis of the Key Intermediate, W2(hpp)4Cl2, and Related Compounds. Inorg. Chem. (2006), 45(1), 201-203. PDF

   *Cotton, F. Albert; Durivage, Jason C.; Gruhn, Nadine E.; Lichtenberger, Dennis L.; Murillo, Carlos A.; Van Dorn, Laura O.; Wilkinson, Chad C. Photoelectron Spectroscopy and DFT Cal­cu­lations of Easily Ionized Quadruply Bonded Mo24+Compounds and their Bicyclic Guanidi­nate Precursors. J. Phys. Chem. B (2006), 110(40), 19793-19798. PDF

   Newlove, Tracey; Atkinson, Kelly R.; Van Dorn, Laura O.; Cordes, Matthew H. J. A Trade Between Similar but Nonequivalent Intrasubunit and Intersubunit Contacts in Cro Dimer Evolution. Biochem. (2006), 45(20), 6379-6391. PDF

   Van Dorn, Laura O; Newlove, Tracey; Chang, Saemin; Ingram, Wendy M; Cordes, Matthew H. J. Relationship Between Sequence Determinants of Stability for Two Natural Homologous Proteins with Different Folds Biochem (2006), 45(35), 10542-10553. PDF

   Anderson, William J; Van Dorn, Laura O; Ingram, Wendy M; Cordes, Matthew H. J. Evolutionary bridges to new protein folds: design of C-terminal Cro protein chameleon sequences Protein Engineering Design and Selection (2011), 24 (9), 765-771. PDF

   *Van Dorn, Laura O; Borowski, Susan C; Lichtenberger, Dennis L. From gas-phase ionization energies to solution oxidation potentials: Dimolybdenum tetraformamidinate paddlewheel complexes Inorganica Chimica Acta, (2015), 424, 316-321. PDF