Dr. Dan Hammond
Department Chair & Professor of ChemistryOffice Location: Euler 336
Phone: (765) 998-5273
Specialties: Biochemistry, Physical Chemistry, Design of isoperibol microcalorimeter, studying biochemical reactions, Various bioanalytical techniques, affinity chromatography, 2D gel electrophoresis, Western blotting, kinetics using well plate reader, gas chromatography mass spectrometry, study of metabolism, Metabolism of the extremophile acidianus infernus
Ph.D., Chemistry Major (Physical Biochemistry specialty), Wayne State University
Dissertation: Kinetic Studies of the Ulra-Violet Induced Crosslinking of RNA Polymerase to DNA
B.A., Biology Major & Chemistry Minor, Bethel College
Biology Major, Oakland University
Why I came to Taylor:
I was not originally looking for an academic job, but I did answer one add for a college teaching position and that was at Taylor University. After an intense two day interview and then being offered a contract, my wife and I decided to try it for awhile. Apparently, we like it here since we’ve been here for over thirty years! Each year is a new challenge and with something new every year. This is a continuous learning experience.
We have great students with whom we develop lifelong relationships. We interact with our students both in and out of the classroom. It is a great feeling to have had a part in developing these young people as scientists, physicians, veterinarians, dentists, etc.
Advice to incoming students:
Learn good study habits and time management skills. College courses can be much more challenging and demanding than High School courses.
Play in the racquetball league and softball.
Play harmonica, guitar, and banjo in praise bands, duets with my wife (an accomplished classical musician), community activities, and musicals.
Enjoy studying history and culture.