Dr. Suzanne Sherman

Associate Professor of Chemistry


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Heiser E172C


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Dr. Sherman is on Sabbatical until Fall 2024.


Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.S., State University of New York at Albany

Professor Sherman teaches inorganic and biological inorganic chemistry by means of courses, laboratories, and tutorials. Her research interests span many areas of bioinorganic chemistry including interactions of metals with biological ligands and metals in medicine. She is currently working with students to develop synthetic structural and functional models of the active sites of metalloenzymes that contain manganese and magnesium.

Recent Courses

Inorganic Chemistry
Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory
Bioinorganic Chemistry
Chemistry and Society
General Chemistry II

Selected Publications

Scarpellini, M.; Gätjens, J.; Martin, O. J.*; Kampf, J.W.; Sherman, S.E.; Pecoraro, V.L. “Modeling the resting state of oxalate oxidase and oxalate decarboxylase enzymes.” Inorg. Chem. (2008), 47(9), 3584-3593.

Odom, D.*; Gramer, C.J.*; Young, V.G.; Hilderbrand, S.A.*; Sherman, S.E. “Synthesis and characterization  of magnesium and zinc complexes of 1,4,7-triazacyclononane-N-acetate. Potential models for the active site of RuBisCo” Inorg. Chim. Acta,(2000), 297, 404-410.

Murray, H. H.; Wei, L.; Sherman, S. E.; Greaney, M. A.; Eriksen, K.; Carstensen, B.; Halbert, T. R.; Stiefel, E. I.  “Induced Internal Electron Transfer Chemistry in Rhenium Sulfide Systems,” Inorg. Chem. (1995), 34, 841-853.

Coll, M.; Sherman, S. E.; Gibson, D.; Lippard, S. J.; Wang, A. H.-J. “Molecular Structure of the Complex Formed Between the Anticancer Drug Cisplatin and d(pGpG):  C2221 Crystal Form,” J. Biomol. Struct. Dynam., (1990), 8, 315-330.

Sherman, S. E.
; Gibson, D.; Wang, A. H.-J.; Lippard, S. J.  “Crystal and Molecular Structure of cis-[Pt(NH3)2{d(pGpG)}], the Principal Adduct Formed by cis-Diamminedichloroplatinum(II) with DNA,” J. Am. Chem. Soc., (1988), 110, 7368-7381.

Sherman, S. E.; Lippard, S. J.  “Structural Aspects of Platinum Anticancer Drug Interactions with DNA,” Chem. Rev., (1987), 87, 1153-1181.

Sherman, S. E.; Gibson, D.; Wang, A. H.-J.; Lippard, S. J.  “X-ray Structure of the Major Adduct of the Anticancer Drug Cisplatin with DNA: cis-[Pt(NH3)2{d(pGpG)}],”  Science, (1985), 230, 412-417.

Karlin, K. D.; Sherman, S. E.  “Redox Comparisons of Pseudotetrahedral Copper(I) Complexes Containing Tripod Ligands,” Inorg. Chim. Acta, (1982), 65, L39-L40.