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Faculty: Dr. Kumar Sinniah

Kumar kumar sinniahSinniah, Ph.D.

Office: DeVries Hall 225
Phone: (616) 526-6058
Fax: (616) 526-6501

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Detailed Research Information

Publications & Presentations

Research Groups

Research Students


  • B.S.C., University of Colombo, Sri-Lanka Chemistry (First-class honors), 1984

  • Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, Physical Chemistry, 1991
    Thesis: Laser induced thermal desorption of molecules from surfaces
    Advisor: Professor Kenneth C. Janda and Professor John T. Yates, Jr.

Professional History

  • Professor of Chemistry, Calvin College, 1995-present
  • Visiting Professor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2008-2009
  • Visiting Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, UK, 2001-2002
  • Visiting Scientist, Department of Chemistry, University of Maryland, Summer, 1998
  • Visiting Scientist, Department of Chemistry, University of Maryland and NIST, Summer, 1996
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Maryland at College Park, 1992–1995


  • Chem 103 & 103L: General Chemistry I & General Chemistry I Laboratory
  • Chem 104 & 104L: General Chemistry II & General Chemistry II Laboratory
  • Chem 115: Chemistry for the Health Sciences
  • Chem 201 & 201L: Analytical Chemistry & Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
  • Chem 329 & 329L: Advanced Instrumentation for Biological and Chemical Sciences & Laboratory
  • Interim: Flavors & Fragrances
  • Interim: Censorship in Cinema
  • Interim: Scanning Probe Microscopy
  • Interim: Sight, Sounds & Smell
  • Interim: Water Analysis in West Michigan Rivers and Lakes

Research Interests

The focus of my research group is on single molecule analysis of biomolecular interactions by atomic force microscopy methods. Single molecule analysis provides a unique insight into biological processes that cannot be obtained by conventional methods that provides average measurements from an ensemble of molecules. In our research group, we use single molecule force spectroscopy to study the biophysical interactions between enzymes and inhibitors, and in DNA molecules.


Minor in Biochemistry

Minor in Chemistry


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