Professor Elizabeth Papish

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.

Some 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, email:
  • 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  • Research Corporation Cottrell College Science Award 2007 (rescinded, not eligible since no longer at a PUI)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 2016

Department of Chemistry