July 2019: Dr. Clear starts a new position as Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Indiana University South Bend in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
May 2019: Gena and Natalie graduate and move on to bigger and better things!
April 2019: Natalie Jarret presents her research during Scholars Week and defends her thesis
February 2019: Gena Wilson presents her research at SURC 2019
November 2019: Dr. Clear presents his research at the Univeristy of Notre Dame
May 2018: Shelby and Hannah graduate and move on to bigger and better things!
March 2018: Dr. Clear and students Hannah Adamson and Shelby Wakefield present research at the Spring 2018 ACS National Meeting in New Orleans, LA
September 2017: The Clear group is awarded startup funding from the KY NSF EPSCoR
May 2017: The Clear group receives an MSU CISR grant
February 2017: The Clear group receives the 2017 Marshall and Annette Gordon chemistry research grant
Research in the Clear Lab integrates themes from organic, physical, and analytical chemistry to address questions regarding recognition of biologically important anions. The emphasis of projects currently underway in the group is on the development of synthetic receptors for solution and membrane recognition of inositol phosphates and phosphatidylinositide lipids, a class of molecues that are important for cell communication. The results of this research will contribute to the scientific knowledge that will be both directly and indirectly beneficial to biological or biochemical separations, understanding of signaling pathways and lipid dynamics, molecular imaging, and therapeutic applications. Importantly, students participating in research will be exposed to a range of techniques, from traditional organic synthesis to binding studies requiring repetitive measurement and extensive data analysis. As a result, this research experience will help train students for graduate and professional studies as well as careers in industry.
Ryan Garcia (Chemistry, Murray State)
Josh Batson (Chemistry, Murray State)
Erin Calvert (Chemistry, Murray State)
Natalie Jarrett (BS Chemistry, Muray State)
Gena Wilson (BS Chemistry, Murray State); Current Position: Biochemistry Ph.D. program at Univeristy of Notre Dame
Bailey Morales (BS Chemistry, Murray State)
Hannah Adamson (BSA Vet Tech); Current position: DVM program at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
Shelby Wakefield (BS Chemistry); Current position: Chemistry Ph.D program at University of Wyoming
Dmitriy Bachynsky, graduate student
Jacob Meadows, B.S. Chemistry
Motivated undergraduate students who are interested in doing research are welcome to join. If you are interested, contact Dr. Clear by e-mail (email@example.com) or just stop by his office (NS 051).
7. Harmatys, K. M., Musso, A. J., Clear, K. J., Smith, B. D. (2016) Small molecule additive enhances cell uptake of 5-aminolevulinic acid and conversion to protoporphyrin IX. Photochem. Photobiol. Sci. Advance Article, DOI: 10.1039/C6PP00151C Link
6. Rice, D. R., Clear, K. J., Smith, B. D. (2016) Imaging and therapeutic applications of zinc(ii)-dipicolylamine molecular probes for anionic biomembranes. Chem. Commun. 52, 8787-8801 Link
5. Clear, K. J., Virga, K., Gray, L., and Smith, B. D. (2016) Using membrane composition to fine-tune the pKa of an optical liposome pH sensor. J. Mater. Chem. C 4, 2925-2930 Link
4. Clear, K. J., Harmatys, K. M., Rice, D. R., Wolter, W. R., Suckow, M. A., Wang, Y., Rusckowski, M., and Smith, B. D. (2016) Phenoxide-bridged zinc(II)-bis(dipicolylamine) probes for molecular imaging of cell death. Bioconjugate Chem. 27, 363-375 Link
3. Clear, K. J. and Smith, B. D. (2015) Synthetic Receptors for Polar Lipids. Synthetic Receptors for Biomolecules, Monographs in Supramolecular Chemistry, Royal Society of Chemistry: pp 405-436 Link
2. Plaunt, A. J., Clear, K. J., and Smith, B. D. (2014) 19F NMR indicator displacement assay using a synthetic receptor with appended paramagnetic relaxation agent. Chem. Commun. 50, 10499-10501 Link
1. Clear, K. J., Stroud, S., and Smith, B. D. (2013) Dual colorimetric and luminescent assay for dipicolinate, a biomarker of bacterial spores. Analyst 138, 7079-7082 Link
April 2018: Chemistry Night at Murray Elementary School (featuring Gena Wilson and other chem students)
March 2018: Dr. Clear with Hannah Adamson and Shelby Wakefield by their poster at the Spring 2018 ACS National Meeting