Judith Amburgey-Peters

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  • B.A., Georgetown College 1988
  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1993
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Maryland at Baltimore, with Dr. David J. Weber 1993-1995

Area of Research Focus

Synthesis of biologically interesting molecules to study protein-membrane interactions.

Courses Taught

  • First-Year Seminar
  • Chemistry 111: Introductory Chemistry
  • Chemistry 112: Principles of Chemistry
  • Chemistry 211: Organic Chemistry I
  • Chemistry 212: Organic Chemistry II
  • Chemistry 313: Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • Chemistry 401: Introduction to Independent Study

I.S. Projects

  • Rebecca Hartsock: Correlating Engagement and Performance of Students and analyzing Curriculum Changes in The College of Wooster Introductory Chemistry Course, Chemistry 110 Fall Semester 2009
  • Gretchen Lockhart: The Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time (aPTT) Assay as a Simple Screening Test for Phosphatidylserine Anaogs
  • Amelyne Major: A Novel Phosphonate Method for the Synthesis of Cyclohexyl Phosphoserine Molecules as Phospholipid Analogs

Awards and Professional Memberships

  • 2001 Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Chemical Research, Department of Chemistry, Indiana University-Bloomington
  • American Chemical Society, Wooster Local Section Officer
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Council on Undergraduate Research


  • Amburgey-Peters, J. C.; Haynes, L. W. The Addition of Bromine to 1,2-Diphenylethene. (2005) J. Chem. Ed. 82(7), 1051-1052.
  • Amburgey-Peters, J. C. Implementing Temporary Facilities for Organic Chemistry Laboratory. (2002) J. Chem. Ed. 79(5), 607-610.
  • Wiles, M. C*., Elwell, D. L., Keener, H. M., Amburgey, J. C., Borger, D. C., Willett, L. B. (2001) Volatile Fatty Acid Emissions During Composting of Swine Waste Amended with Sawdust as a Measure of Odor Potential", Compost Science and Utilization, 9, 27-37.
  • Wiles, M. C*., Amburgey, J. C., Borger, D. C., Willett, L. B., Keener, H. M., Elwell, D. L. Volatile Fatty Acid Emission as Measurement of Perceived Odor from Swine Waste Compost Amended with Sawdust. (1999) Research and Reviews: Poultry and Swine 171, 60-62.
  • Chaudhuri, D., Horrocks, Jr., W. D., Amburgey, J.C., Weber, D. J. Characterization of Lanthanide Ion Binding to the EF hand Protein S100β by Luminescence Spectroscopy. (1997) Biochemistry 36, 9674-9676.
  • Drohat, A. C., Amburgey, J. C., Abildgaard, F., Starich, M. R. Weber, D. J. Three Dimensnioa Solition Structure of Rat Apo-S100B(ββ) (1997) In: Macromolecular Structures 1997 (Hendrickson, W.; Wüthrich, K. eds.) Current Biology, London, United Kingdon, p. 448.
  • Drohat, A.C., Amburgey, J.C., Abildgard, F., Starich, M.R., Baldiserri, D., and Weber, D. J. Solution Structure of Rat Apo-S100B (ββ) as Determined by NMR Spectroscopy (1996) Biochemistry 35, 11577-11588.
  • Amburgey, J.C., Abildgaard, F., Starich, M.R., Shah, S., Hilt, D.C., and Weber, D.J. 1H, 13C, and 15N NMR Assignments and Solution Secondary Structure of Rat Apo-S100β. (1995) J. Biomol. NMR 6, 171-179.
  • Amburgey, J.C., Shuey, S.W., Pedersen, L.G., and Hiskey, R.G. Small Molecule Analogs of Phospholipid-Metal Ion Binding Sites: Synthesis and Molecular Modeling of Cyclohexane-1,2,4-triol Trisphosphates. (1994) Bioorganic Chemistry 22, 172-197.
  • Amburgey, J.C., Huh, N-.W., Pedersen, L.G., and Hiskey, R.G. Small Molecule Analogs of Phospholipid-Metal Ion Binding Sites: Potentiometric and Spectroscopic Studies of Mg(II) and Ca(II) Complexes of Cyclohexane-1,2,4-triol Trisphosphates. (1994) Bioorganic Chemistry 22, 198-215.
  • Shuey, S.W., Deerfield, D.W., Amburgey, J.C., Cabaniss, S.E., Huh, N-.W., Pedersen, L.G., and Hiskey, R.G. Cyclohexanediol Bisphosphates as Models for Phospholipid-Metal Ion Binding Sites. (1993) Bioorganic Chemistry 21, 95-108.