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Charles Mc Kenna

Professor of Chemistry
Vice Dean for Natural Sciences

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-7007
Office: LJS 268

Faculty Profile on Departmental Website


Ph.D. , University of California, San Diego, 1/1971
B.A. , Oakland University, 1/1966

Postdoctoral Training

NAS Visiting Scholar, A.N. Bakh Academy of Sciences Institute of Biochemistry, 1973  
NIH PD Fellow, Harvard University, 1972-1973  
Postdoctoral Research, University of California San Diego, 1971-1972  

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

Professor McKenna's research program is based on the application of chemical methods to probes of biological interest. Currently, he is investigating the design and synthesis of potential anti-AIDS agents. His research in organophosphorus chemistry is focused on the creation of new inhibitors of HIV and opportunistic AIDS pathogens such as Cytomegalovirus and Toxoplasma gondii. Professor McKenna also studies the mechanism of biological N2 fixation.

Honors and Awards

USC Raubenheimer Outstanding Senior Faculty Award, 2009  
USC General Education Distinguished Service Teaching Award, 2009  
Expert reviewer, Projet BQR, Universite du Littoral Cote d'Opale, 2008  
Keynote Lecturer, XV Int. Conf. on Chemistry of Phosphorous Compounds, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2008  
Special Lecturer, 5th Conf. Channel-Bridge Chemistry, Biology & Material Science, Tainan, Taiwan, 2008  
Co-Director, Steering Committee, International Scientific Board, ICPC, 2007  
International Advisory Board, ICCPC, 2007  
Keynote Lecturer, 17th International Conference on Phosphorous Chemistry, Xiamen, China, 2007  
NIH-NIAID SRG (AIDS Therapeutics Development), 2007  
NSF SBIR/STTR Review Panel-Drug Delivery, 2007  
Program Committee, International Society for Anti-viral Research, 2007  
USC Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Recognition Award, 2007  
USC Associates Award For Excellence In Teaching, 2006  
CET Distinguished Faculty Fellow Award, 2006  
Nanqiang Lecturer, Xiamen University, 2006  
Plenary Lecturer, National Conference on Phosphorous Chemistry, Zhengzhou, China, 2006  
Elected Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2005  
Oakland University Chemistry Department Distinguished Alumni Award, 2005  
Oakland University Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, 2005  
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