Kayla N. Green

Kayla N. Green

Professor, Chemistry
TCU Box 298860
Fort Worth, TX 76129

Dr. Kayla N. Green is a native Texan, born and intellectually raised in the Lone Star State. Dr. Green obtained a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry under the direction of Marcetta Darensbourg at Texas A&M University in 2007 studying resin bound synthetic models of Acetyl CoA Synthase and Hydrogenase enzymes. Her interests in applied inorganic chemistry led her to the Advanced Imaging Center where she completed post-doctoral studies under the direction of Dr. Dean Sherry at the UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. In 2010, Dr. Green started her independent career at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, and was promoted to the rank of associate professor in 2016 and full professor in 2022. Her research team focuses on the development of small molecules as therapeutics for diseases caused by oxidative stress, novel catalysts for challenging hydrocarbon transformations, and electrochemical biosensors. Her work has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the Robert A. Welch Foundation,ACS Petroleum Research Fund, Cambridge Isotope Laboratories, Inc., and the Moncrief Foundation.


2022 ACS Outreach Volunteer of the Year - DFW Section
2021-22 TCU Clark Society Endowed Faculty Award
2020 Finalist: Texas Christian University Ferrari Award for Service
2020 American Chemical Society, Women’s Chemist Committee Rising Star Award
2020 Tarleton Alumni Academic Forum Honoree for the College of Science and Technology
2019 Texas Christian University Deans’ Research and Creativity Award
2018 American Chemical Society E. Ann Nalley Southwest Region Award for Volunteer Service
2018 American Chemical Society Dallas-Fort Worth Section Chemistry Ambassador Award
2016 Journal of Coordination Chemistry, Emerging Leader Feature
2015 American Chemical Society, Emerging Investigators in Bioinorganic Chemistry


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

Green Research Group

Graduate Students

Magy Mekhail, 2017-present

Katie Smith, 2018-present

David Freire, 2018-present

Kristof Pota, 2019 - present


Undergraduate Students

Jack Bonnell, 2021 - present

Christina Mantsorov, 2021 - present

Will Campa, 2022 - present

Graduate Students

Timothy Schwartz, TCU M.S. 2021

Marianne Burnett, TCU Ph.D. 2018

Samantha Brewer, TCU Ph.D. 2018

Hannah Johnston, TCU Ph.D. 2018

Sean Rodich, TCU M.S. 2016

Paulina Gonzalez, TCU Ph.D. 2015

Kimberly Lincoln, TCU Ph.D. 2015


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

Nishu Sadagopan, Spring 2019 - Spring 2021

Nam Nguyen, Spring 2019 - Spring 2021

Emily Hoffer, Summer 2019 - Spring 2021

Diandria Veals, Summer 2019 - Spring 2021

Josh Witkop, Fall 2018 - present

Brian Niebuhr, Fall 2017- Spring 2019

Nhan Pham, Fall 2016- Fall 2018

Maddie Barnett, Fall 2016- Spring 2019

Jack Parker, Summer 2016- spring 2018

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. 

Diandria Veals '21, "Synthesis and Characterization of an Iodo-substituted Macrocyclic Complex: Comparison of Pyridine Modification." Currently attending UT Southwestern School of Medicine

Nishu Sadagopan '21, "Evaluation of the therapeutic efficacy of small pyridine-containing molecules for treatment of neurodegenerative diseases." 2021 John V. Roach Chemistry Senior Scholar Award

Nam Nguyen '21, "Evaluation of the therapeutic efficacy of small pyridine-containing molecules for treatment of neurodegenerative diseases." 2021 DFW ACS Outstanding Undergraduate Chemistry Student Award

Emily Hoffer '21, "Serendipitous Inorganic Helix Formation From a pH Responsive Inorganic Complex." 2020 TCU Clark Scholar, Currently attending UT Southwestern School of Medicine

Timothy Schwartz ’20, "Electronic Influence of Substitution on the Pyridine Ring within NNN Pincer-Type Molecules." Currently a PhD student at the University of Minnesota

Brian Niebuhr '19, "Electronic control of copper macrocyclic complexes". Currently attending Indiana School of Medicine, Purdue Campus.

Maddie Barnett, '19, "Measuring antioxidant activity of pyridol containing N-heterocyclic amine molecules". Currently attending Long School of Medicine, UT Health San Antonio

Nhan Pham '18, "Methylation of pyridophane tetra-aza macrocyclic complexes". Currently attending graduate school (PhD program) at University of Delaware.

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

Austin Green '16, ”Crystallographic evaluation of chelidamic acid congeners”. Austin has completed pharmacy school at UT Austin during which time he participated in a summer research project at John Hopkin's.

Sean Rodich '15, ”Applications of bioconjugates and peptides for the development of biosensors”. After completing his M.S. degree with the Green Group, Sean is currently attending the Texas A&M School of Medicine (WHOOP!).

Hunter Scarborough '14, ”Solid phase synthesis of ferrocene-biotin bioconjugates and reactivity with avidin”. Hunter completed medical school at Baylor College of Medicine and is a practicing physician.

Kimberly Hyde ‘13, ”Cellular studies on the antioxidant and metal chelation abilities of N-heterocylic amines”. Kimberly completed medical school at Texas A&M University (WHOOP!) and is a practicing dermatologist.

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 a practicing dentist 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”.

Other group photos

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

(This could be you!!!) Texas Christian University