Meet The PI

For a general introduction to the anticancer in our group project, as well as video taken in Shelby and our lab, please see our video.

Professor Elizabeth Papish

Information About Dr. Elizabeth T. Papish

Professor of Chemistry
Office: 3064 Shelby Hall
Lab: 3052 Shelby Hall
The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
(205) 348-5822


  • Columbia University, Ph.D. in Chemistry 2002 (Advisor: Professor Jack R. Norton)
  • Cornell University, B.A. in Chemistry, Magna Cum Laude, 1997

Professional Experience

  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Franklin and Marshall college 2002-2003
  • Assistant Professor, Salisbury University, 2003-2007
  • Assistant Professor, Drexel University, 2007-2012
  • Associate Professor, Drexel University, 2012-2013
  • Associate Professor, The University of Alabama, 2013-2019.
  • Professor, The University of Alabama, August 2019-present.

Awards to the PI

  • Invited to speak at 2018 Organometallics Gordon Research Conference.
  • Division of Inorganic Chemistry (ACS) Award in 2013 for Undergraduate Research. Given to Papish and undergraduate Lauren Reuther.
  • Teaching Excellence Award in 2012 from College of Arts and Sciences
  • Career Development Award from Drexel University in 2011. For seminars on “Big Picture Issues – Green Chemistry and Bio-inspired Catalysis” and funds to foster research and collaborations.
  • Outstanding Research Mentor of the year 2007 at Salisbury University
  • Outstanding Poster Award at Inorganic Gordon Research Conference 2007 for poster on “Sterically Bulky Water-Soluble Ligands for Modeling Metalloenzyme Active Sites”

Funding History

  • ACS Petroleum Research Fund (type GB) 2004-2007 for “Transition Metal Complexes for Catalytic Hydrolysis of Phosphotriester Pesticides”
  • Research Corporation Cottrell College Science Award 2007 (rescinded, not eligible since no longer at a PUI)
  • ACS Petroleum Research Fund (type AC) in 2008 for “Novel Water-Soluble N-Heterocyclic Carbene Chelates for Transition Metal Catalysts.”
  • NSF CAREER award 2009-2015 for “New Water-Soluble Ligands and Transition Metal Complexes for Enzyme Modeling and Catalysis”
  • RGC award from UA 2015-2018 for “Ruthenium Complexes as Tumor Activated Prodrugs for Selective Toxicity Towards Cancer Cells” PI: Papish, co-PI: John Kim.
  • Seed grant recipient 2015-2019 from NSF EPSCoR track II award, PI Nathan Hammer (Univ. of Mississippi).
  • NSF MRI lead PI 2018-2021 for single crystal XRD instrument.
  • NSF CHE Catalysis funding 2018-2021.
  • NIH R15 (AREA) via NIGMS application pending for 2019-2022.

Papish Trivia and Lineage

  • Some info on my great-grandfather, Jacob Papish, a Cornell chemistry professor, who I never got to meet (died before I was born). See Cornell University Newsletter, & jump to page 6 for Jacob Papish’s life story.
  • Land my great-grandfather used to own is now Papish pond.
  • If I changed my last name, and hypenated, what chemical spectroscopy technique would be my initials???

ANSWER: EPR, tempting as that was, I chose to keep my last name and stick with ETP (even after being teased for being an extra-terrestrial alien all through elementary school).

group photo in the Shelby Hall rotunda