Associate Professor of Chemistry
BA, Columbia University,
MA, Columbia University,
PhD, Columbia University,
Chaya Rapp has been a member of the department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Stern College since 1999. She received her Ph.D. in theoretical chemistry from Columbia University, and continued as an adjunct research scientist there until 2006. Currently, she teaches General Chemistry and Physical Chemistry and is involved in the advisement of pre-health students. Her research interests involve using a range of computational methods such as molecular mechanics, quantum mechanics, molecular dynamics and docking to address problems related to protein structure and function.
Chaya Rapp teaches courses in General Chemistry, Honors General Chemistry and Physical Chemistry. Current research projects involve 1) predicting product length in isprenoid synthase enzymes (in collaboration with the Enzyme Function Initiative Consortium) 2) comparison of the structural effects of phosphorylation and sulfation and 3) identifying the determinants of specificity in methyl-lysine binding proteins.
Chaya Rapp was awarded NIH R15 grant for her proposal entitled "Computational Modeing of Post-translational Modification in Proteins" in May 2011.
Recent publications include "A Molecular Mechanics Approach to Modeling Protein-Ligand Interactions: Relative Binding Affinities in Congeneric Series” and "Prediction of Protein Loops in Solution".
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