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Chair and Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry
Director of Undergraduate Research
Mercer University

Dr. Bucholtz received his B. S. in Chemistry at Gannon University in Erie, PA. He completed his M. S. and Ph. D. in Chemistry at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. His thesis work investigated the design and synthesis of a small molecule receptor to bind to Lipid A for integration into biosensors for Gram (-) bacteria.


He began his academic career as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Mercer University in Macon, GA. He has become tenured and promoted to Associate Professor and subsequently selected as the chair for the Department of
Chemistry. His research interests focus on problems in bio-organic chemistry and specifically in collaboration with James Thomas in the Mercer University School of Medicine, investigating the development of novel inhibitors of 3-β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase as a potential treatment for hormone sensitive breast tumors. He also was appointed as the Director of Undergraduate Research in the Senior Vice Provost's Office for Research. In this position, Dr. Bucholtz helps facilitate and oversee undergraduate research initiatives and programs.

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