Tanya L. Schneider

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

Antibiotic resistance


Tanya Schneider's research focus is on the biosynthesis of natural products. Her undergraduate research group is working on understanding antibiotic biosynthesis and discovering new routes to mitigate the problem of antibiotic resistance. She is also interested in connecting biochemistry course content with current research whenever possible, and has developed lab projects for the course that have led to new results in the field of biosynthesis.

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? 

In 2011, Professor Schneider received a Cottrell College Science Award from Research Corporation for Science Advancement in support of her project titled “Disarming bacteria through inhibition of the biosynthesis of quorum sensing signal molecules.” This grant provides funding for undergraduate summer researchers as well as equipment and supplies for the lab. Read more about this award.

Prior to her current appointment, Professor 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.

Recent courses:

CHM 303 – Biochemistry I 
CHM 304 – Biochemistry II 
CHM 224 – Organic Chemistry II

Selected publications:

  • E. A. Argueta*, A. N. Amoh*, P. Kafle* & T. L. Schneider, “Unusual non-enzymatic flavin catalysis enhances understanding of flavoenzymes,” FEBS Letters, 2015, 589, 880-884.
  • T. L. Schneider, K. T. Halloran, J. A. Hillner, R. R. Conry & B. R. Linton, “Application of H/D exchange to hydrogen bonding in small molecules,” Chemistry - A European Journal, 2013, 19, 15101-15104.
  • T. L. Schneider, “Discovering chemical aromaticity using fragrant plants,” Journal of Chemical Education, 2010, 87, 793-795.
  • T. L. Schneider & B. R. Linton, "Introduction to protein structure through genetic diseases," Journal of Chemical Education2008, 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,” Organic Letters, 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.

* denotes Connecticut College undergraduate co-author


She is a member of the American Chemical Society and Sigma Xi.

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Mailing Address

Tanya L. Schneider
Connecticut College
Box #5464
270 Mohegan Ave.
New London, CT 06320


018 Hale Laboratory