Billy Samulak, Ph.D., Biology and Chemistry | Fitchburg State University
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Faculty Directory » Billy Samulak


Office Hours:

Semester: Spring 2020
Tuesday 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Wednesday 11:00am - 12:15pm
Friday 12:30pm - 1:15pm

Office Information:

Room Number: Antonucci Science Complex 333
Phone: 978.665.3625

Courses Taught:

General Chemistry (CHEM 1300)
Organic Chemistry (CHEM 2000)
Chemistry for Health Sciences (CHEM 1200)


Ph.D., University of Michigan (Chemistry)
M.S., University of Michigan (Educational Studies)
M.S., University of Michigan (Chemistry)
B.S., University of Michigan Flint (Chemistry)

Research Interests:

My research interests span multiple disciplines and include ribosome assembly, mass spectrometry, chemical crosslinkers, and science education.

Current Projects:

Multiple proteins can be deleted from the bacterial ribosome and yet the complex is still functional. Therefore, one question to be asked is what minimal structure is needed for ribosomal function.

Chemical crosslinkers are becoming more commonly used in analyzing protein structure. I am interested in synthesizing new crosslinkers with atypical reactivities and functionalities.

Lastly, I believe that research experiences should be accessible to all students and the way to do that is by bringing research projects into the classroom. I am developing research projects for students to do in the classes I am currently teaching.

Representative Publications:

Andrews, P.C. et al. (2012). Quaternary Diamines as Mass Spectrometry Cleavable Crosslinkers for Protein InteractionsJASMS, 23, 201-212.

Professional Affiliations:

ASMS - American Society for Mass Spectrometry