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Qian Qin

Earl and Gertrude Vicknair Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Associate Professor

Qian Qin
Qian Qin

Dr. Qin received her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005, and her Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Princeton in 2010. She then carried out postdoctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley, the Audubon Research Center for Endangered Species, and the Tulane University School of Medicine. Her research focus at Loyola will be the synthesis of novel sulfur-containing aromatic compounds as possible organic superconductors. She hopes that her future students will receive a good foundation in organic synthesis, enjoy their laboratory work, and make new friends in the lab.

Dr Q. enjoys running and watching cooking shows and she has a soft spot for cats, big and small!

Recent Publications

  • Gomez, M. C., Qin, Q.; Biancardi, M. N.; Galiguis, J.; Dumas, C.; MacLean, R. A.; Wang, G.; Pope, C. E., “Characterization and Multi-lineage Differentiation of Domestic and Black-footed Cat Mesenchymal Stromal/Stem Cells from Abdominal and Subcutaneous Adipose Tissues,” Cellular Reprogramming. August 28, 2015, Online ahead of print, doi:10.1089/cell.2015.0040.
  • Karns, K., Vogan, J. M.; Qin, Q.; Hickey, S. F.; Wilson, S. C.; Hammond, M. C. and Herr, A. E., “Microfluidic Screening of electrophoretic mobility shifts elucidates riboswitch binding function,” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 3136-3143.
  • Hickey, S.; Sridhar, M.; Westermann, A.; Qin, Q.; Vijayendra, P.; Liou, G.; Hammond, M. C., “ Transgene regulation in plants by alternative splicing of a suicide exon,” Nucleic Acids Res. 2012, 1-10. (Featured article)
  • Qin, Q.; Ho, D. M.; Mague, J. T.; Pascal, R. A., Jr., “Exceptional Molecular Architectures via Cycloadditions to Pyrenequinones,” Tetrahedron 2010, 66, 7933-7938.
  • Qin, Q.; Mague, J. T.; Pascal, R. A., Jr., “An in-Ketocyclophane,” Org. Lett. 2010, 12, 928-930.


B.S., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2005; Ph.D., Princeton University, 2010

Classes Taught

Organic Chemistry Lecture and Lab

Areas of Expertise

Dr. Q synthesized and characterized complex polycyclic aromatic molecules for her PhD thesis work. She pursued an interest in biology as a postdoctoral fellow in the areas of RNA biology; feline stem cell biology and yeast genetics. While Dr. Q enjoyed learning all about biology, she decided to return to organic chemistry at Loyola. Her current research interest is the synthesis of novel charge transfer complexes as potential organic superconductors.