Dr. Sarah Kennedy

Assistant Professor - Biochemistry

B.S., Westminster College; Ph.D., University of North Carolina
(540) 831-6833

Courses Taught:

  • Chem 111, 112 - General Chemistry
  • Chem 471, 472 - Biochemistry
  • Chem 474 - Biochemistry Laboratory
  • Chem 480 - Green Chemistry
  • Chem 481 - Undergraduate Research

Research Interests:

The Kennedy group has recently focused on investigating potential natural product inhibitors of sugar cleaving glucosidase enzymes.  Natural products are often utilized as the starting point for drug discovery; in this case we are targeting sugar metabolism disorders, such as diabetes, with algal phlorotannin derivatives. The successful approach to this project will involve aspects of biochemistry, organic chemistry, and computational chemistry. I am also very interested in pursuing green chemistry projects as well as research in chemical education.