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Rajalakshmi Viswanathan


Professor of Chemistry; Co-Chair, Department of Chemistry

BSC, Madras University,
MS, Madras University,
PhD, Oklahoma State University,

Dr. Raji Viswanathan is a professor of Chemistry. She joined Yeshiva College as an assistant professor of chemistry after postdoctoral fellowships at Rice University and Princeton University. She also served as the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs of Yeshiva College from 2009 - 2013.

Her current research interest lies in the areas of computational chemistry and biology. Her expertise is in the areas of molecular dynamics and electronic structure theory. She has studied the nature of hydrogen bonding in model polypeptides using quantum mechanical methods. She has also contributed to the understanding of the role of proteins in biomineralization. Her current project is to understand the nature of protein-protein interfaces at the atomic level, and to develop methodology to identify features of the protein molecule that leads to specificity in binding.

She has been a PRF Summer Research Fellow and visiting scientist at Hunter College, CUNY, and an NSF Summer Fellow at the University of Knoxville. She received a Research Corporation Grant for “Structure and Properties of Gas-Phase Molecular Clusters” and an NSF/ILI grant for “Introduction of Computational Methods across the Undergraduate Curriculum.”

Her recent co-authored publications include “Hydroxyapatite Growth Inhibition by Osteopontin Hexapeptide Sequences,” “Effect of Solvent Environment on the CO Band Position in the Infrared Spectroscopy of [Fe(CN)4(CO)2]2-,” and “Through Hydrogen-Bond Vibrational Coupling in Hydrogen-Bonding Chains of 4-Pyridones with Implications for Peptide Amide I Absorptions: Density Functional Theory Compared with Transition Dipole Coupling."

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Fall 2018
General Chemistry I
CHE 1045H


Physical Chemistry I
CHE 1415R


Spring 2018
General Chemistry II
CHE 1046R


Intro to Chemical Research
CHE 1936


Physical Chemistry II
CHE 1416R


Seminar in Adv Chemistry
CHE 1937


Fall 2017
General Chemistry I Lec
CHE 1045R


Physical Chemistry I
CHE 1415R


Spring 2017
General Chemistry Lab
CHE 1047L


Physical Chemistry II
CHE 1416R


Seminar in Adv Chemistry
CHE 1937