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Tsemre-Dingel Tessema

Tsemre Tessema

PhD Candidate


Educational Background

PhD Chemistry, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA. 2012-Present

M. S Chemistry, Villanova University, Villanova, PA. 2010-2012. MS Thesis: “Antimicrobial

and Lytic Activity of Squalamine Aminosterols and Efforts to Synthesize Analogs”

B. S (Honors) Chemistry, Biological Chemistry at Kent State University, Kent, OH. 2004-2008.



  • Enhanced Carbon Dioxide Capture from Landfill Gas Using Bifunctionalized

Benzimidazole-Linked Polymers Islamoglu, T., Behera, S., Zafer Kahveci, Tessema, T-D., Jena, P., and El-Kaderi, H. M. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2016, 8 (23), 14648–14655

  • Gassler, F., Tessema, T-D., Selinsky, B. S. Antimicrobial and Lytic Activities of Squalamine Analogs: Effect of Varied Cationic Groups at C3 and Stereochemistry at C7. Biophys. J., 104, 601a, 2013

  • Tessema, T-D., Gassler, F., Shu, Y., Jones, S., and Selinsky, B.S. Structure-activity Relationships in Aminosterol Antibiotics: The Effect of Stereochemistry at the 7-OH Group. Bioorganic. Med. Chem. Lett., 23, 3377-3381, 2013.

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