Saint Louis University

Christopher Arnatt, PhD

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Monsanto Hall

Career History

Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Saint Louis University, 2015-Present
National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Associateship, National Institute of Standards and Technology, 2013-2015


Virginia Commonwealth University, Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry, 2013
Hampden-Sydney College, B.S. in Chemistry, summa cum laude, honors in chemistry, 2009


The core theme of our research revolves around utilizing organic chemistry to decipher cellular processes and disease states. We have illustrated that by using bioorganic techniques, modern synthetic organic chemistry can be applied to make small molecules that are targeted towards any specific process or protein, which can significantly impact their study. Specifically, we are developing novel small molecule chemical probes and fluorescent probes to help study biological systems. Our research for the next five years will focus on nuclear proteins and DNA modifications as they pertain to cancer and stem cell biology.

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