George Mason Chemistry Welcomes Dr. Lee A. Solomon

George Mason Chemistry Welcomes Dr. Lee A. Solomon

The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry gladly welcomes Dr. Lee A. Solomon to the department.  Dr. Solomon will join us in June 2019 as an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry. His research lab will be on the Science & Tech campus (Manassas, VA).  Dr. Solomon is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Argonne National Laboratory and engineered enzymatic functions into a biomaterial.  He also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Chicago, where he designed artificial metalloenzymes (ArMs) to improve enantiomeric purity of chemical reactions and applied directed evolution to improve the enantiomeric purity of the ArM system.  His work centers on using rational-design methodologies to understand natural functions and create proteins and materials, which will allow for the creation of new medicines and energy technologies.  In addition, he recently completed and served as an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow.  Dr. Solomon’s research lab will focus on three primary areas:  (1) stimulated structural and morphological changes, (2) protein interactions, and (3) catalytic chemistry.

Dr. Solomon earned a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics (2013) from the University of Pennsylvania.  He also holds a combined B.A. and M.S. in Biological Sciences (2006) from the State University of New York at Buffalo.