Dr. Chandra Srinivasan



Associate Professor of Biochemistry


Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry


California State University, Fullerton, CA

























Ph.D.                Loyola University Chicago [Mentor: Dr. Duarte Mota de Freitas]

Postdoc.           University of Utah [Mentor: Dr. Dennis Winge]

Postdoc.           University of California, Los Angeles [Mentor: Dr. Joan Valentine]



Spring 2013 Teaching:           

Chem 422     General Biochemistry Laboratory



Current Research:

Ionic manganese (i-Mn or Mn) is both an essential nutrient and a toxic metal ion and hence its concentration has to be carefully maintained inside a cell. Yet, little is known about how Mn is acquired, handled, and stored. In several unicellular organisms, i-Mn has been shown to compensate for the lack of the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. In the simple multi-cellular organism, Caenorhabditis elegans, we have observed that i-Mn supplementation increases resistance to reactive oxygen species (ROS) and extends lifespan. It is unclear how Mn exerts its antioxidant-like activity. Our lab is interested in identifying the molecular basis for the antioxidant-like activity and to increase our understanding of Mn metabolism in C. elegans.



International Research Training Program:

CSU Faculty Mentor for MHIRT program to Thailand (Host Institution: Chiang Mai University).

Students, click here for program details.



Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program:

CSU Fullerton Faculty Mentor for the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program to establish “Teaching as a Primary Profession in Biology and Biochemistry.” 
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Contact Information:

Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry

California State University, Fullerton

P. O. Box 6866

Fullerton, CA 92834-6866

Phone: (657) 278-5439 (Office)

             (657) 278-3682 (Lab)

Fax:     (657) 278-5316

e-mail: chandra@fullerton.edu