Jeannie Chan

Jeannine M. Chan

Associate Professor, Chemistry


UC Box: A121

Office: Strain 107


PhD in Biochemistry, Utah State University, Logan, UT in 2001.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT in 1991.

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT in 1991.

Areas of Research & Specialization

Protein structure - function relationships of metalloenzymes. Studies in her lab focus on the bacterial enzymes of the global nitrogen cycle, the ecology of which can have substantial impacts to both agricultural productivity and water quality. Specifically, she is investigating the mechanism of the Mo-nitrogenase, which catalyzes biological nitrogen fixation (N2 to NH3), and the biosynthesis of nitrous oxide reductase, a copper-containing enzyme which catalyzes the last step of the denitrification pathway (N2O to N2).

Published Works

Chan, J. M., Bollinger, J. A., Grewell, C. L., Dooley, D. M. (2004) "Reductively activated nitrous oxide reductase reacts directly with substrate." J. Am. Chem. Soc. 126, 3030-3031.

Sorlie, M., Chan, J. M., Wang, H., Seefeldt, L. C., Parker, V. D. (2003) "Elucidating thermodynamic parameters for electron transfer proteins using isothermal titration calorimetry: Application to the nitrogenase Fe protein." J. Biol. Inorg. Chem. 8, 560-566.

Chan, J. M., Wu, W., Dean, D. R., and Seefeldt, L. C. (2000) "Construction and characterization of a heterodimeric Fe protein: Defining roles for ATP in nitrogenase catalysis. Biochemistry 39, 7221-7228."

Christiansen, J., Chan, J. M., Seefeldt, L. C., and Dean, D. R. (2000) "The role of the MoFe protein a-125Phe and beta-125Phe residues in Azotobacter vinelandii MoFe protein-Fe protein interaction." J. Inorg. Biochem. 80, 195-204

Chan, J. M., Christiansen, J., Dean, D. R., and Seefeldt, L. C. (1999) "Spectroscopic evidence for changes in the redox state of the nitrogenase P-cluster during turnover." Biochemistry 34, 5779-5785.

Chan, J. M., Ryle, M. J., and Seefeldt, L. C. (1999) "Evidence that MgATP accelerates primary electron transfer in a Clostridium pasteurianum Fe protein-Azotobacter vinelandii MoFe protein nitrogenase tight complex." J. Biol. Chem. 274, 17593-17598.

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Course Information

At Pacific University, all faculty teach a variety of different courses. Typically, we do not use graduate teaching assistants, which means that your classes will be taught by professors and that you will have plenty of opportunites to get to know the faculty in your discipline.

Below I have listed some of the courses that I teach. We are always developing and trying out new classes, so the list may change now and then. You can use the links to the left to read descriptions of the courses listed below.

CHEM 220 General Chemistry I

CHEM 240 Survey of Organic Chemistry

CHEM 380 Biochemistry I

CHEM 480 Biochemistry II

CHEM 481 Biochemistry Laboratory