Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Joined Connecticut College: 2010
B.A., Williams College; M.S., Ph.D., Yale University; Postdoctoral fellowship, Harvard Medical School
Biosynthesis of natural products
Tanya Schneider joined the Connecticut College faculty as an assistant professor of chemistry in 2010.
Schneider teaches both lectures and laboratories for a year-long course in biochemistry.
Prior to her current appointment, Schneider was a member of the Smith College faculty and spent several years working in the biotech industry. Her postdoctoral research at Harvard Medical School, funded by the American Cancer Society, probed the mechanisms by which bacteria produce epothilone, a promising new anti-cancer drug.
Schneider's research focus is on the biosynthesis of natural products. Questions asked in the lab include: how do enzymes catalyze the production of important bioactive molecules, and how can we reengineer this process to arrive at new derivatives with enhanced properties? Her research group is working on understanding antibiotic biosynthesis and discovering new routes to mitigate the problem of antibiotic resistance.
Her most recent publications include:
- T. L. Schneider, “Discovering chemical aromaticity using fragrant plants,” J. Chem. Educ., 2010, 87, 793–795
- T. L. Schneider & B. R. Linton, "Introduction to protein structure through genetic diseases," J. Chem. Educ. 2008, 85, 662-665
- T. L. Schneider, R. S. Mathew, K. P. Rice, K. Tamaki, J. L. Wood & A. Schepartz, “Increasing the kinase specificity of K252a by protein surface recognition,” Org. Lett. 2005, 7, 1695-1698
- • T. L. Schneider, B. Shen & C. T. Walsh, “Oxidase domains in epothilone and bleomycin biosynthesis: thiazoline to thiazole oxidation during chain elongation,” Biochemistry 2003, 42, 9722-9730.
She is a member of the American Chemical Society and Sigma Xi.
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