on faculty since 2013
M.S., University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, 2010
B.A., Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Illinois, 2009
For Assistant Professor of Chemistry Mike Bosscher, being a good steward of God’s creation means studying and understanding its most intricate parts and helping his students to do the same.
“Proteins are made up of only 20 amino acids, yet they are able to accomplish many different tasks,” said Bosscher. “Learning about the amazing diversity of protein function gives us insight into the wisdom of the Creator just as my research on natural uranium binding motifs helps me understand how I can look after the gift of creation.”
Bosscher is thankful to be part of a community passionate about kingdom work, and he is excited about the opportunities to involve students in one form of kingdom work in particular: proteins that bind and detect heavy metals. “At many colleges there are no opportunities for students to have meaningful interactions with professors, such as collaborative research, or with others in the community,” he said. “Trinity is intentional about cultivating these types of relationships–an intentionality that I have seen pay huge dividends to students.”
Bosscher’s regard for the creation and the diversity of its intricate parts also translates to his valuing diversity among his students. Through a variety of experiences, Bosscher has learned about hospitality from diverse populations.
He, C.; Zhou, L.; Bosscher, M. “Protein Scaffolds for Selective Enrichment of Metal Ions”. Provisional U.S. Patent.
Zhou, L.; Bosscher, M.; Zhang, C.; Ozcubukcu, S.; Zhang, L.; Zhang, W.; Li, C. J.; Liu, J.; Jensen, M. P.; Lai, L.; He, C. “An engineered selective uranyl-binding protein with femtomolar affinity” Nat. Chem. Under review.
Tasker, Sarah Z.; Bosscher, Michael A.; Shandro, Christina A.; Lanni, Erica L.; Ryu, Keun Ah; Snapper, Gregory S.; Utter, Jarrad M.; Ellsworth, Bruce A.; Anderson, Carolyn E. “Preparation of N-Alkyl 2-Pyridones via a Lithium Iodide Promoted O- to N-Alkyl Migration: Scope and Mechanism” J. Org. Chem. (2012), 77(18), 8220-8230.
Lanni, Erica L.; Bosscher, Michael A.; Ooms, Bartel D.; Shandro, Christina A.; Ellsworth, Bruce A.; Anderson, Carolyn E. “Synthesis of Substituted N-Benzyl Pyridones via an O- to N-Alkyl Migration” J. Org. Chem. (2008), 73(16), 6425-6428.