Mishtu Dey, Ph.D

Principal Investigator Assistant Professor, Chemistry & Molecular and Cellular Biology

Phone: 319-384-1319


Research Profile: I joined the Dey lab in Fall 2011.


Postdoctoral Associate:

 Dhiraj Srivastava, Ph.D



 Research Profile: I joined the Dey Lab in Feb 2013. I am working on the structural and  functional studies of a key glycolytic enzyme.


Graduate Students:

Adam Brummett


Major: Chemistry Fall 2009

B.S. Chemistry, Univ. of Missouri, Kansas City


Research Profile: I'm interested in understanding the mechanism of metalloproteins.






Nick Schnicker


Major: Chemistry Fall 2011

B.A. Chemistry, Central College


Research Profile: I joined the Dey lab in Feb 2012 to study the structure function of important redox-active metalloenzymes.





Mortezaali RazzaghiMortezaali Razzaghi


M.S. Physical Organic Chemistry, Aug. 2013, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE),Edwardsville, IL, USA.

B. S. (2004) and M.S. (2007)  Applied Chemistry, University of Tabriz, Tabriz, Iran.

Research Profile: I am from Marand, East Azerbaijan, Iran. I earned my B.S and M.S. in chemistry from the University of Tabriz, Tabriz, Iran. I received M.S. degree in physical organic chemistry from SIUE in 2013. I worked on kinetic isotope effects of alcohol dehydrogenase model reactions, where I became interested in protein research. I got an admission from the University of Iowa and now I am pursuing my PhD in Prof. Dey's lab working on proyl-hydroxylase domain enzyme. I spend my free time listening to classical music, watching documentries, TV series, reading.


Saumi De Silva


Research Profile: I am from Sri Lanka and I obtained my B.Sc. Special Degree in Chemistry from University of Kelaniya in year 2014. I started my graduate studies in Fall 2015 and in December 2015 I joined the Dey group. Currently my research work focuses on the DMSP (Dimethylsulfoniopropionate) lyases. I enjoy cooking, reading, and listening to music in my free time.

Alexis Ellis

M.S. Chemistry, May 2015
Jackson State University, Jackson, MS
B.S. Chemistry, May 2013
Mississippi University for Women, Columbus, MS
Research Profile: I joined the Dey lab in December 2015 to study metalloenzymes. I earned my M.S. in chemistry from Jackson State University, where I studied the synthesis of Cu2+ immobilized superparamagnetic nanoparticles as a sorbent for magnetic solid-phase extraction. 

Suparno Nandi


M.S- Biotechnology, St. Xavier's College, University of Calcutta, India (2013).
Project fellow- CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Biology (2013-2014).
Reserch profile: My work is based on structural and biophysical studies of metalloenzymes involved in regulation of diverse life processes.


Past Group Members