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Deanna OjennusDeanna Ojennus

Associate Professor
300 W. Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99251
Phone: 509.777.4860
Fax: 509.777.4943
Office Location: Robinson Science Hall 305


Ph.D. University of Colorado, Boulder
B.S. Pacific Lutheran University

Year Joined Whitworth Faculty


Areas of Specialization / Expertise

Chemistry; biochemistry; protein structural biology

Selected Publications / Presentations / Honors

Recipient of a 2008 Whitworth Innovative Teaching Award.

Co-director of a $10,000 grant from the Pittsburgh Conference Memorial National College Grants Program to purchase a HPLC for the chemistry department; co-director of a $37,603.60 grant from LI-COR Biosciences for purchase of a DNA sequencer to be used in biology and biochemistry student labs, and for research (2007).

Research interests include the investigation of protein-protein interactions via chemical cross-linking, mass spectrometric, and solution NMR techniques. Current projects include structural studies of yeast vacuolar ATPase proteins E, G, and d, as well as R body proteins from C. taeniospiralis in collaboration with Dr. Finn Pond (biology).

Publications include: first author of "Electrostatic Interactions in the Reconstitution of an SH2 Domain from Constituent Peptide Fragments" published in Protein Science 12:44-55 (2003); first author of "Reconstitution of a Native-Like SH2 Domain from Disordered Peptide Fragments Examined by Multidimensional Heteronuclear NMR" published in Protein Science 10:2162-2175 (2001).

Presentations include: "Examination of electrostatic interactions between subunits E and G in a yeast vacuolar ATPase," at the 65th Northwest Regional Meeting and 22nd Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Washington State University, Pullman, Wash. (2010); co-presented "Service Learning in Chemistry at Whitworth University," at the 18th Annual Washington College Chemistry Teachers Association Conference, Leavenworth, Wash. (2010); "Examining Protein Structure in a GOB Chemistry Class: An Activity about Alzheimers Disease" at the 64th Northwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Tacoma (2009); "Examination of Protein Diseases in a Health-Science Chemistry Course," at the 16th Washington College Chemistry Teacher’s Association Conference, Leavenworth (2008); co-presented "Biochemical characterization of yeast vacuolar ATPase protein subunits E and G," at the 237th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition, Salt Lake City (2009); "Protein Crystallization: A Multi-Week Biochemistry Lab Project with Minimal Classroom Time Constraints," at the Washington College Chemistry Teacher's Association Fall Conference (2006). Presented with Whitworth students faculty/student research posters at the 15th Regional Conference on Undergraduate Research of the Murdock College Science Program (2006); a poster, "Probing the Hydrophobic Protein Core of a Fragment Reconstituted SH2 Domain," presented at the 15th annual symposium of the Protein Society (2001); a poster, "Protein Folding, Stability and Design Studied through the Reconstitution of Protein Domain Fragments," presented at the Colorado Protein Stability Conference (2000).