Early Life and Biography
Burdette was born in Charleston, West Virginia to Charlotte and David Burdette in 1975. He grew up on the banks of the Elk River just a few miles away from the Elk Refinery, which was the first commercial ethylene plant in the world. Burdette graduated from Herbert Hoover High School in 1993 and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in 1990. He currently lives in Connecticut with his wife Emma (WPI '98) and their greyhounds that were adopted from Connecticut Greyhound Adoption. In his spare time, Burdette enjoys cycling, running and swimming, occasionally competing in road races and triathlons.
Education and Training
After graduating from high school, Burdette enrolled at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH where he earned his B.S. in chemistry in 1997. As an undergraduate, he worked in the labs of John D. Protasiewicz on multiple bonding between main group elements stabilized by sterically demanding ligands. He then moved to Boston, MA where he attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to study bioinorganic chemistry. He earned his Ph.D. in 2003 under the direction of Stephen J. Lippard working on zinc metalloneurochemistry and fluorescent sensors. Following his graduate career, Burdette traveled across the country to Berkeley, CA to study dendrimers in the laboratories of Jean Fréchet at the University of California, Berkeley. as an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow.
After completing his postdoctoral research in 2005, Burdette started his independent career in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Connecticut. In 2011, Burdette moved his research group to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. In 2015, he was promoted to associate professor.
Grants and Awards
- National Science Foundation REU Award CHE-1659529 June 2017 – May 2020 (co-PI $330,160.00), REU Site: Membrane Biochemistry and Bioinspired Synthesis.
- American Chemical Society – Petroleum Research Fund (New Directions) September 2014 – August 2016 (PI; $100,000), Photo-Functional Switches and Metal Organic Frameworks Containing Azobenzene Groups.
- National Science Foundation CAREER Award CHE-0955361 March 2010 – February 2015 (PI $600,000), CAREER: Investigation of biological signaling with complexes that release zinc upon illumination with light.
- National Science Foundation Grant CHE-1012905 October 2010 – September 2013 (PI; $120,000), Collaborative Research: New Ratiometric Fluorescent Indicators for Copper. Collaboration with W. Rudolph Seitz and Roy Planalp at University of New Hampshire.
- American Chemical Society – Petroleum Research Fund (Type G) September 2007 – August 2009 (PI; $40,000), Investigation of O2 Activation with Metallodendrimer Models of Copper Monooxygenases.
- Connecticut Institute for Water Resources (USGS 104B Program) September 2007 – August 2009, Development of a new generation of sensitive, fluorescence-based nitrate sensors for use in soil and water.
- University of Connecticut Research Foundation Large Grant, June 2006 – May 2007, Investigation of neurochemistry with complexes that release zinc upon illumination with light.
- University of Connecticut Research Foundation Large Grant, June 2006 – May 2007, New Fluorescent Sensors for Fe(II) and Fe(III) and the Study of Oxidative Stress in Neurobiology.
- Ruth L. Kirschstein Research Service Award National Institutes of Health (Individual Fellowship) 2003-2005, Zinc Metallodendrimer Mimics Of Carboxypeptidase.
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Complete list of presentations since 2005.
Teaching interests and courses.
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