Academics

Dr. Barbara Murray

My main research area is computational chemistry of biologically active molecules.

Using sophisticated computer software, computational chemists look at the three-dimensional shape of a molecule. The shape and the electrostatic potential of its outer boundary determine how that molecule works in a living system.

One can study a series of drugs such as NSAIDs and make predictions about which one should work best. This allows a pharmaceutical chemist to make better drugs in less time and for lower cost.

I am also quite involved in chemical education research in an attempt to find better ways to help students learn.


Design through Math
Appleton Hall

The back of the University of Redlands own Appleton Hall contains a mathematically designed ‘Echo Chamber’ that uses calculated angles to refract sound.

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