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Dr. Karsten Theis

Karsten Theis in Colorado

Associate Professor (Wilson 314A)
(413) 572-5312 :


  • Ph.D., Free University of Berlin (Germany), in structural biology (1996)
  • B.Sc., Free University of Berlin (Germany), in chemistry (1991)

Courses Recently Taught:

  • CHEM 0103 Chemistry of the Life Sciences (lecture/lab)
  • CHEM 0109 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 0111 General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 0315 Biochemistry (lecture/lab)
  • CHEM 0350 Research
  • CHEM 0399 Art and Science of 3D Molecular Animation

Professonial Interests/Activities:
Professor Theis joined the Department in Fall 2010.  His chemical interests include studying the interactions between proteins and nucleic acids, X-ray crystallography and NMR, and he's also interested in a variety of educational issues, including using online tools to support lerarning in the sciences, quantitative problem solving, and using physical models of molecules.  He's developed a scientific calculator (PQcalc) that keeps track of significant figures and units, and collaborates with chemists at UMass.