Dr. Joe Wirgau

Chair and Associate Professor; Inorganic Chemistry

B.S., NC State University; Ph.D., Duke University
(540) 831-5650

Courses Taught:

  • Chem 101, 102; General Chemistry
  • Chem 216; Inorganic Chemistry
  • Chem 215 Environmental Chemistry

Research Interests

Our research is aimed at better understanding the fundamental chemistry associated with the treatment of iron-overload.  Iron-overload is prevalent in people who cannot produce red blood cells and require repeated blood transfusions.  The treatment involves co-administration of desferrioxamine B and vitamin C, which can generate free radicals through Fenton type reactions where the iron cycles between the +2 and +3 oxidation states.  Our research is currently focused on translating our previous results from in vitro conditions to E. coli and other more biologically applicable model systems.