Professor of Chemistry
My undergraduate degree from Northern Arizona University was in chemistry, with a math minor and secondary education certification. I taught junior high and high school math and chemistry in Denver, Colorado for six years before starting graduate studies at the University of Denver. I received a Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1991 in the area of biophysical chemistry and subsequently worked in postdoctoral research positions at Pennsylvania State University and Eli Lilly & Company. During this time I developed interests in the area of protein stability and dynamics. Following the postdoctorals, I worked for several companies in northern Indiana over the course of ten years in the area of medical diagnostics research and development, but always with a mind to return to teaching, which has always been my real interest. I have been married to Michele for thirty years, and we have six children and one granddaughter. I enjoy exploring and learning about this molecular world that God has made, which is a testimony to His wisdom, power, beauty and grace, a small window into His great Mind. And I particularly enjoy teaching chemistry to students and the privilege of trying to convey to them something of the beauty of God’s creation at the molecular level.
"How precious is your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of your wings. They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your pleasures. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light." Psalm 36:7-9.
Education/Degrees/Years of attainment:
- PhD in Chemistry (1991)
University of Denver
- B.S. in Chemistry (1980)
Northern Arizona University
- Professor, East Texas Baptist University (2004-present)
Professional Development Experiences:
- American Chemical Society Regional Meeting, El Paso, TX (Nov 2009)
- American Scientific Affiliation National Meeting, Baylor University, Waco TX (Aug 2009)
- American Chemical Society seminar, Eastman, Co., Longview, TX (Mar 2007)
- Guided Inquiry Learning workshop, UT Arlington (Feb 2007)
- American Chemical Society seminar, NE Texas CC., Mt. Pleasant, TX (Feb 2006)
- American Chemical Society seminar, Analab, Inc., Kilgore, TX, (Oct 2005)
Scholarly Activity (Presentations, Publications, etc.)
- Rosenfeld B.A., Carville D.G.M., Dimitrijevic N., Spencer D.B. & Gargan P.E., “The Determination of Soluble Fibrin Polymers in Surgical Patients” (1995) Thrombosis and Haemostasis 73:227.
- Youngman K.M., Spencer D.B., Brems D.N. & DeFelippis M.R., “Kinetic Analysis of the Folding of Human Growth Hormone – Influence of Disulfide Bonds” (1995) Journal of Biological Chemistry 270:34, 19816-19822.
- Bryant C., Spencer D.B., Miller A., Bakaysa D.J., McCune K.S., Maple S.R., Pekar AH., & Brems D.N., “Acid Stabilization of Insulin” (1993) Biochemistry 32, 8075-8082.
- Texter F.L., Spencer D.B., Rosenstein R., & Matthews C.R., “Intramolecular Catalysis of a Proline Isomerization Reaction in the Folding of Dihydrofolate Reductase” (1992) Biochemistry 31, 5687-5691.
- Spencer D.B. & Matthews C.R., Condensation and Commentary on “Hydrophobic Clustering in Nonnative States of a Protein: Interpretation of Chemical Shifts in NMR Spectra of Denatured States of Lysozyme” by Evans, et al. (1991) Proteins Struc. Func. Gene. 9,248. (1991) CHEMTRACTS – Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 2, 360-363.
- Dewey T.G. & Spencer D.B., Are Protein Dynamics Fractal? (1991) Comments on Molecular and Cellular Biophysics 7, 155-171.
- Spencer D.B. & Dewey T.G., “Activation Parameters for the Halorhodopsin Photocycle: A Phase-Lifetime Spectroscopic Study of the 520 and 640 Nanometer Intermediates” (1990) Biochemistry 29, 3140-3145.