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Khalilah Reddie

Khalilah Reddie came to campus with one mission: to teach organic chemistry and teach it well.  After earning a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Georgia, Reddie did research at Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute. But she also taught classes as a lecturer – and found a passion for teaching that outstripped her interest in research.  Organic chemistry is a difficult class, and before Reddie arrived at UMass Lowell in fall 2012, about 55 percent of students completed it. But Reddie, a full-time lecturer, has changed that by experimenting with different approaches to see what works. Now, 85 percent of students complete the course.
Khalilah ReddieAssociate Teaching Professor

Research Interests

Organic Chemistry

Selected Awards and Honors

  • 2015 Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence (2015), Teaching - University of Massachusetts Lowell

Selected Publications

  • Cheng, Z., Wu, J., Setterdahl, A., Reddie, K., Carroll, K., Hammad, L.A., Karty, J.A., Bauer, C.E. (2012). Activity of the Tetrapyrrole Regulator Crtj Is Controlled by Oxidation of a Redox Active Cysteine Located in the DNA Binding Domain. Molecular microbiology.
  • Reddie, K., Humphries, W.H., Bain, C.P., Payne, C.K., Kemp, M.L., Murthy, N. (2012). Fluorescent Coumarin Thiols Measure Biological Redox Couples. Organic letters, 14(3) 680-683.
  • Svoboda, L.K., Reddie, K., Zhang, L., Vesely, E.D., Williams, E.S., Schumacher, S.M., O'Connell, R.P., Shaw, R., Day, S.M., Anumonwo, J.M. (2012). Redox-Sensitive Sulfenic Acid Modification Regulates Surface Expression of the Cardiovascular Voltage-Gated Potassium Channel Kv1. 5Novelty and Significance. Circulation research, 111(7) 842-853.
  • Leonard, S.E., Reddie, K., Carroll, K.S. (2009). Mining the Thiol Proteome for Sulfenic Acid Modifications Reveals New Targets for Oxidation in Cells. ACS chemical biology, 4(9) 783-799.
  • Davis, M.J., Kragor, C.H., Reddie, K., Wilson, H.C., Zhu, Y., Dore, T.M. (2009). Substituent Effects on the Sensitivity of a Quinoline Photoremovable Protecting Group to One-And Two-Photon Excitation. The Journal of organic chemistry, 74(4) 1721-1729.
  • Reddie, K., Seo, Y.H., Muse Iii, W.B., Leonard, S.E., Carroll, K.S. (2008). A Chemical Approach for Detecting Sulfenic Acid-Modified Proteins in Living Cells. Mol.BioSyst., 4(6) 521-531.
  • Reddie, K., Carroll, K.S. (2008). Expanding the Functional Diversity of Proteins Through Cysteine Oxidation. Current opinion in chemical biology, 12(6) 746-754.
  • Reddie, K. (2007). Kinesin Motor Protein Inhibition and the Development and Use of Two-Photon Sensitive Caging Groups for Biological Use.
  • Reddie, K., Roberts, D.R., Dore, T.M. (2006). Inhibition of Kinesin Motor Proteins by Adociasulfate-2. Journal of medicinal chemistry, 49(16) 4857-4860.

Selected Presentations

  • Technology-guided discovery in the undergraduate organic lab - UMass Lowell Teaching and Learning Symposium, 2015 - Lowell, MA