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Aimee Morris is an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Fort Lewis College. Prior to joining Fort Lewis, Dr. Morris was a faculty associate at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and a National Institutes of Health neuro-postdoctoral fellow at Brandeis University. She joined the college in 2012 as a visiting instructor of inorganic chemistry and became a full-time faculty member in 2014. She researches inorganic chemistry and its biological applications. Currently, Dr. Morris’ research group is designing and synthesizing small molecule cobalt complexes in order to investigate their potential use as pro-drugs in hypoxic cancer cells. Her other research interests include testing catalytic applications of small metal-containing complexes. Dr. Morris has advised Fort Lewis student researchers under the National Institute of Health-Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) U-STAR program and the National Science Foundation (NSF) Four Corners STEM Success (FOCUSS) program. Those students have worked on synthesizing new cobalt coordination complexes using various oxidation-reduction techniques, as well as ligand substitution reactions. In addition to mentoring students on research projects, Dr. Morris is the Co-Principal Investigator on the NSF Four Corners Noyce Scholars program targeted at increasing the number of STEM qualified teachers in K-12 in the Four Corners region. Read more about the Noyce program at Fort Lewis College.
Hart, K. F.; Joe, N. S.; Miller, R. M.; Nash, H. P.; Blake, D. J.; Morris, A. M. “Synthesis and characterization of trans-dichlorotetrakis(imidazole)cobalt(III) chloride: a new cobalt(III) coordination complex with potential prodrug properties”, Bioinorganic Chemistry and Applications 2018, Article ID 4560757, https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/4560757.
Eades, A. E.; Metze, B. A.; Wegener, A. R.; Morris, A. M. “Synthesis, Characterization, and Reactivity of a New Scorpionate-Phenylmalonate Cobalt(II) Dioxygenase Catalyst”, Poster presentation at the 2018 Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Symposium, Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO, April 2018.
Miller, R. M.; Nash, H. P.; Morris, A. M. “Synthesis of a New Cationic Cobalt(III) Coordination Complex and its Potential Applications as an Indole Ring Forming Catalyst”, Poster presentation at the 253rd American Chemical Society National Meeting in San Francisco, CA, April 2017.
Joe, N. S.; Morris, A. M. “A New Octahedral Cobalt(III) Complex as a Possible Anti-Cancer Prodrug: Synthesis and Characterization Studies in Solid-State and Solution”, Poster presentation at the 251st American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition, San Diego, CA., March 2016.
Joe, N. S.; Morris, A. M. “A New Octahedral Cobalt(III) Complex as a Possible Anti-Cancer Prodrug: Synthesis and Characterization Studies in Solid-State and Solution”, Poster presentation at the 2015 SACNAS National Conference, Washington, D.C., October 2015.