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Department: Chemistry & Physics

William KittlemanWilliam Kittleman

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry


Stephens Science Center 342

Contact Information:

Birmingham-Southern College
900 Arkadelphia Rd
Birmingham, AL 35254
Office Phone: (205) 226-4872
Office Fax: (205) 226 3078

Brief Career Background:

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, Birmingham-Southern College 2010-present
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Michigan State University 2007-2010
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Michigan Medical School 2006-2007
Visiting Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, Albion College 2005-2006

Educational Background:

Ph.D. Biochemistry, The University of Texas at Austin 2006
M.S. Structural Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin 1992
B.S. Civil Engineering, Oklahoma State University 1990

Areas of Academic Interest:

  • Mechanistic enzymology
  • Siderophore biosynthesis
  • Synthetic biology

Courses Taught:

CH 408 Biochemistry (1)
An introduction to the structure, chemistry, and metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, nucleic acids, and lipids.  Topics in application of biochemistry to medicine, dentistry, and nutrition are also considered.  Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory per week.  (Also listed as BI 408, this course may be counted for credit in either biology or chemistry.)  Prerequisites:  CH 212, BI 115 and 125, and consent.  Fall.

CH 418 Medicinal Chemistry (1)
A study in the mechanistic details of selected antibiotics.  Lectures and student presentations focus on targets and mechanistic details of antibiotics from several major classes including β-lactams, cephalosporins, tetracyclines, macrolides, and aminoglycosides.  Antibiotic targets include bacterial cell-wall biosynthesis, bacterial protein synthesis, and bacterial DNA replication.  Three lectures per week.  Prerequisites:  CH 212 and BI 125.  Spring.

CH 122 General Chemistry II (1)
A continuation of CH 121, covering equilibria, thermodynamics, kinetics, and oxidation-reduction.  Laboratory work includes semi-micro qualitative analysis.  Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory per week.  Prerequisite:  CH 121.  Spring.

CH 212L Organic Chemistry II Laboratory

CH 211L Organic Chemistry I Laboratory

CH 121L General Chemistry I Laboratory

CH 120L General Chemistry Laboratory

Advanced Laboratory Techniques in Biochemistry (Interim)

Molecules and Medicine:  Mechanisms and Biosynthesis of Select Antibiotics (Interim)

Why do things stand up?  The art of structural engineering (Interim)