Professional Information

351 West University Blvd.
Cedar City, UT 84720

Work: (435) 865-8091

Career objective: To contribute to the education and intellectual advancement of students through development and application of critical thinking skills along with opportunities for novel research.



Post-Doctoral / Biophysical
University of Oxford, Oxford, UK 2004-2006
NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship
Advisor: Professor Hagan Bayley

Ph.D. / Organic Chemistry
Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 1999-2004
Dissertation: Methods for the syntheses of compositionally diverse dendrimers using chemoselective routes.
Advisor: Dr. Eric E. Simanek

B.S. / Chemistry and Biology/Zoology
Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT. May 1999 (Summa Cum Laude)


2006-Present Department of Chemistry, Southern Utah University, Cedar City UT
Assistant Professor: Department of Physical Sciences.

2004-2006 Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford, Oxford UK
NIH Postdoctoral Research Fellow: Dr. Hagan Bayley; Methods for observing single molecule covalent chemistry.

2000-2004 Department of Chemistry, Texas A&M University, College Station TX
Research Assistant: Dr. Eric E. Simanek; Architectural control of surface and interior composition through synthesis of melamine based dendrimers.

Summer 1999 Department of Chemistry, Texas A&M University, College Station TX
Research Assistant: Dr. Kevin Burgess. Synthesis of guanidine libraries as mimics for protein-protein interactions.

Honors and Awards

2009-2010 College of Science Outstanding Faculty Member in the Department of Physical Science

2008-2009 Distinguished Educator (Southern Utah University)

2004-2006 NIH Postdoctoral Fellow

2003 Arthur E. Martell Travel Award

2002 Abbott Graduate Award in Synthetic Organic Chemistry

1999-2001 NIH Predoctoral Fellowship (Chemistry/Biology Interface Training Program)

1999 Dean’s Graduate Scholar (TAMU)

1998 Outstanding Physical Science Student (SUU)


2002-Current American Chemical Society


Bayley, H.; Luchian, T.; Shin, S.H.; Steffensen, M.B. Single-Molecule Covalent Chemistry in a Protein Nanoreactor. In Single Molecules and Nanotechnology; Rigler, R., Vogel, H., Eds.; Springer Series in Biophysics; Springer-Verlang: Berlin, 2008; pp 251-277. (Book Chapter)

Shin, S.-H.; Steffensen, M. B.; Claridge, T. D. W.; Bayley, H. Formation of a Chiral Center and Pyrimidal Inversion at the Single Molecule Level. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2007, 46, 7412-7416.

Steffensen, M. B.; Hollink, E.; Simanek, E. E. Dendrimers Based on Triazines. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2006, 44, 3411-3433.

Steffensen, M. B.; Simanek, E. E. Synthesis and Manipulation of Orthogonally Protected Dendrimers: Building Blocks for Library Synthesis. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2004, 43, 5178-5180.

Acosta, E. J.; Steffensen, M. B.; Tichy, S. E.; Simanek, E. E. Removal of Atrazine from Water Using Covalent Sequestration. J. Agric. Food Chem. 2004, 52, 545-549.

Steffensen, M. B.; Simanek, E. E. Chemoselective Building Blocks for Dendrimers from Relative Reactivity Data. Org. Lett. 2003, 5, 2359-2361.

Pattarawarapan, M.; Chen, J.; Steffensen, M.; Burgess, K. A Rigid Linker-Scaffold for Solid-Phase Synthesis of Dimeric Pharmacophores. J. Comb. Chem. 2001, 1, 102-116.

Selected Presentations

“Rural upbringing to urban chemistry: Experiences at the interface” M. B. Steffensen 233rd ACS National Meeting and Exposition March 25-29, 2007. Chicago, IL. (Oral. Invited)

“The molecular fruit salad tree: A scaffold for the multivalent display of small biomolecules.” Industry-University Cooperative Chemistry Program (IUCCP) October 13-15, 2003. College Station, Texas. (Oral. Award: Outstanding presentation)

“Controlling dendritic composition from the inside out” M. B. Steffensen and E. E. Simanek. 225th ACS National Meeting March 23-27, 2003. New Orleans, Louisiana. (Oral)

Mulliner, D. B.; Rocabado, G. A.; Steffensen, M. B. Synthesis and Characterization of Hydrazine Linked Dendrimers. Presented at the 241st American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition, Anaheim, California, March 28, 2011. (Poster)

Outreach Activities

I have been involved in establishing an outreach program that allows students and members of the community to experience some of the more exciting aspects of chemistry. The project is titled ‘Chemistry Madness’ and has resulted in over 30 presentations to groups ranging from elementary school students, home schooling groups, and residents of a local assisted living center where the oldest participant was 103! To date thousands of students have seen these demonstrations.
I am also involved in the Voyager Mobile Science Lab, and project initiated through a grant funded by the Department of Education. This project brings technology and curriculum based science activates to rural elementary schools to assist and support educators in more effective and thorough science education activities.