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Yu Kay Law, PhD

Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Whitewater Hall 259
(765) 973-8323


Current Teaching Interests

General chemistry, physical chemistry, biochemistry.

Current Research Interests

Computational studies of the interplay between conformational distribution and the photophysics/photochemistry of nucleic acids and protein model compounds; mathematical preparation and student success in general chemistry.

Selected Publications/Presentations

Peer-Reviewed Publications
  1. Law, Y. K. and Hassanali, A. A. The Role of Quantum Vibrations on the Structural, Electronic and Optical Properties of 9-Methylguanine. J. Phys. Chem. A 2015, 119, 10816-10827.
  2. Law, Y. K.; Forties, R. A.; Liu, X.; Poirier, M. G.; Kohler, B., Sequence-Dependent Thymine Dimer Formation and Photoreversal Rates in Double-Stranded DNA. Photochem. Photobiol. Sci. 2013, 12, 1431-1439.
  3. Middleton, C. T.; de La Harpe, K.; Su, C.; Law, Y. K.; Crespo-Hernandez, C. E.; Kohler, B., DNA Excited-State Dynamics: From Single Bases to the Double Helix. Annu. Rev. Phys. Chem. 2009, 60, 217-239.
  4. Law, Y. K.; Azadi, J.; Crespo-Hernández, C. E.; Olmon, E.; Kohler, B., Predicting Thymine Dimerization Yields from Molecular Dynamics Simulations. Biophys. J. 2008, 94, 3590-3600.
Selected Conference Presentations
  1. Law, Y. K., Development and Implementation of Online Courses in General Chemistry. In LEAP Indiana Faculty Collaboratives Conference, Indianapolis, IN, 2016.
  2. Law, Y. K.; Hassanali, A. A., Nuclear Quantum Effects are Important in Calculating the Electronic Spectrum of 9-Methylguanine. In 2015 Midwest Theoretical Chemistry Conference, Ann Arbor, MI, 2015.
  3. Law, Y. K.; Hassanali, A. A., The Role of Nuclear Quantum Effects on the Electronic Spectrum of 9-Methylguanine. In 2015 Joint Great Lakes/Central Regional Meeting, Grand Rapids, MI, 2015; p 303.
  4. Law, Y. K.; Olmstead, E. G., Jr., Predicting Success in General Chemistry: Different Measures and Why They Work. In Biennial Conference in Chemical Education 2014, Grand Rapids, MI, 2014; P395.
  5. Law, Y. K.; Olmstead, E. G., Jr., Evaluating the Probability of Success in General Chemistry Coursework Using Placement Testing and Course Prerequisite Information. In The 46th Midwest/39th Great Lakes Joint Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, St. Louis, MO, 2011; p 190.
  6. Law, Y. K.; Forties, R. A.; Liu, X.; Poirier, M. G.; Kohler, B., Structural Origin of the Sequence Dependence of Thymine Dimer Formation. In 15th International Congress in Photobiology, Düsseldorf, Germany, 2009.
  7. Law, Y. K.; Coons, M. P.; Azadi, J.; Kohler, B. In Cyclobutane Pyrimidine Dimer Formation in Oligonucleotides: Effects of Base Stacking and Base Pairing, ACS 39th Central Regional Meeting, Columbus, OH, Columbus, OH, 2008; p 271

Selected Previous Employment Positions