Kayla N. Green

Associate Professor, Chemistry
TCU Box 298860
Fort Worth, TX 76129


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Kayla N. Green received her B.S. degree from Tarleton State University in 2003. She obtained her Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Texas A&M University in 2008 under the direction of Marcetta Y. Darensbourg, where she studied immobilized biomimetic complexes of metalloenzymes such as Acetyl CoA Synthase. While there, she was honored with the U.S. Senator Phil Gramm Doctoral Fellowship Award (2007) and a Chemistry Biology Interface - NIH Training Grant (2004). In 2008, she began her postdoctoral work at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Advanced Imaging Research Center for A. Dean Sherry. Her research focused on the synthesis of lanthanide complexes for molecular imaging using novel NMR techniques and the development of computational methods for the evaluation of these complexes. Kayla joined the faculty at TCU in the Fall of 2010 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2016. She was also recently recognized as an Emerging Investigator by the American Chemical Society (2015) and Journal of Coordination Chemistry (2016).


UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX
Postdoctoral Training Program, 2008 — 2010
Advisor: Professor A. Dean Sherry

Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
Doctor of Philosophy, Inorganic Chemistry–December 2007
Dissertation Title: “Immobilized Metallodithiolate Ligand Supports for Construction of Bioinorganic Model Complexes”
Advisor: Professor Marcetta Y. Darensbourg

Tarleton State University, Stephenville, TX
Bachelor of Science, Magna cum Laude, August 2003
Degree Major: Chemistry


Current Group Members



Former Graduate Students

Sean Rodich, TCU M.S. 2016

Paulina Gonzalez, TCU Ph.D. 2015

Kimberly Lincoln, TCU Ph.D. 2015

Former Visiting Researchers

Kristof Pota, 2016-17 Hungarian Fulbright Scholar from the University of Debrecen

Kevin Chatley, Texas Tech University Health Science Center, Summer 2014.

Undergraduate Students

Tim Schwartz, Fall 2017- Present

Brian Niebuhr, Fall 2017- Present

Nhan Pham, Fall 2016- Present

Maddie Barnett, Fall 2016- Present

Jack Parker, Summer 2016- Present

Ryan Itoh, Summer 2015- Spring 2017

Meghen Goulet, Summer 2015- Spring 2017

Matthew Canipe, Spring 2015- Spring 2016

Zach Dekam, Fall 2014 - Spring 2015

Brittney Chaney, Fall 2014 - Spring 2015

Sean Rodich, Spring 2014 - Spring 2015

Austin Green, Spring 2013 - Spring 2014

Travis Hayden, Spring 2013 - Fall 2014

Abby Moore, Fall 2012 - Spring 2013.

Kimberly Hyde (Co-Advisor with Giri Akkaraju), Fall 2012 -Spring 2013

Hunter Scarborough, Summer 2012-Spring 2014

Ryker Saunders, Summer 2012-Spring 2014

Michael Offutt, Summer 2012-Fall 2012

Trang Nguyen, Spring 2011-Spring 2013

Nicola Welch, Spring 2012

Lauren Rutter, Summer 2011 – Spring 2012

Kyle Shufelt, Fall 2011

Brittany Casares, Spring 2011 – Fall 2012

Kara Brusoski, Fall 2010-Spring 2011

High School Students

Lara Turan, Trinity Valley High School ’17, currently attending Columbia University majoring in bioengineering.

Collin Davda, Trinity Valley High School ’14, currently a chemistry major at CalTech. 

Honors College Thesis Projects

Matthew Canipe '16, Enhancing blood brain barrier permeability of Alzheimer’s therapeutic agents using glucose”. Matthew is currently in medical school at UT Southwestern.

Austin Green '16, Crystallographic evaluation of chelidamic acid congeners. Austin is currently in pharmacy school at UT Austin and recently completed a summer research project at John Hopkin's

Sean Rodoch '15 Applications of bioconjugates and peptides for the development of biosensors. After completing his M.S. degree with the Green Group, Sean is currently in medical school at Texas A&M University!

Hunter Scarborough ‘14, “Solid phase synthesis of ferrocene-biotin bioconjugates and reactivity with avidin”.   Hunter is currently in medical school at Baylor University.

Kimberly Hyde ‘13, “Cellular studies on the antioxidant and metal chelation abilities of N-heterocylic amines” Kimberly is currently in the medical school at Texas A&M University!.

Kara Brusoski, ‘11, “Ferrocene-peptide conjugates as potential biosensors for cancer biomarkers”.  Kara graduated from University of Florida Dental Program in Spring 2016 and is currently using her Dental training to serve in the U.S. Navy. Thank you for your service Kara!

Brittany Casares, ‘11, “Synthesis of Bifunctional Ligands Capable of Antioxidant Activity and Metal Sequestration”.

e Green Research Group welcomes new undergraduates!

Information for undergraduate students interested in joining the Green Group

Undergraduate students in the Green research group are expected to:

  1. Commit to a minimum of two semesters of research credit but four+ is ideal. Summer time is also highly encouraged. Priority will be given to students who are willing to invest long-term in research progress.
  2. Apply for SERC grant awards through TCU. (http://www.serc.tcu.edu/)
  3. Comply with all safety regulation imparted by the TCU Chemistry Department and Dr. Green.
  4. Produce data to be included in a manuscript for publication.
  5. Present their research progress at:
    1. Weekly group meeting (1-2 times/semester); attendance at each group meeting is mandatory
    2. At the TCU SRS symposium held each spring. (http://www.srs.tcu.edu/)

Undergraduate students in the Green research group are encouraged to:

  1. Produce data for their own manuscript to be published.
  2. Work in the research group beyond their required credit hours (+2 semesters).
  3. Present at National Meetings (TCU and Dr. Green will do our best support your travel).

If you are interested in working in the Green Research Group please fill out the student information form and return it to me (Dr. Green). Click here to download the form.   We can then schedule a meeting and discuss your interest.  This form helps me study for the interview. 

Group Photos


Spring 2016


Spring 2015 Group Picture

Spring Group Members 2015

Student Research Symposium ~ Spring 2013 @ TCU

Trang Nguyen
Hunter Scarborough

Kimberly Hyde
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Student Research Symposium ~ Spring 2012 @ TCU

Trang Nguyen
Kara Brusoski

Lauren Rutter
Kimberly Lincoln

248th ACS National Conference, San Fransisco (Fall 2014),

Hannah      Kimberlysummer 2014

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Snow Day, 2014

The Green Group at Kincaid's Burgers, Summer 2013
(L to R): Jerry Katchinska (Honorary group member), Kayla Green, Curtis Collier, Kimberly Lincoln, Travis Hayden, Samantha Dionicio, Austin Green, Hunter Scarborough and Collin Davda (summer High School Scholar).




Our Ph.D. Family Tree

A. L. Lavoisier

C. L. Berthollet Paris, 1778

J. L. Gay-Lussac Paris, 1800

J. V. Liebig Erlangen, 1822

C. Schmidt Giessen, 1844

W. Ostwald Dorpat, 1875

A. A. Noyes Leipzig, 1890

R. G. Dickinson Cal Tech, 1920

L. C. Pauling Cal Tech, 1925

M. J. Rogers Cal Tech, 1941

T. L. Brown Michigan State University, 1956

M. Y. Darensbourg University of Illinois, 1967

Kayla N. Green Texas A&M University, 2007

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