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Dr. Michael W Beck, Assistant Professor - Biochemistry

Office: 4460 - Physical Sciences Building
Phone: 217-581-6227

Professor Beck earned his B.S. in Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry with ACS certification cum laude at Tennessee Technological University in 2011, where he performed research with Professor Edward Lisic. He then obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2015 at the University of Michigan with Professor Mi Hee Lim, spending the last year of his graduate studies as a visiting research scholar at Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology in Ulsan, South Korea. His graduate work focused on designing small molecule chemical tools to study metal-protein interactions in neurodegenerative diseases. Then, as a postdoctoral scholar with Professor Bryan Dickinson at the University of Chicago, he developed small molecule chemical tools to study covalent cysteine PTMs. Professor Beck joined the faculty at Eastern Illinois University in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in 2019.


Frequently Taught Courses

  • CHM 1310G: General Chemistry I
    • Fall 2019
    • Spring 2020
  • CHM 1315G: General Chemistry Laboratory I 
    • Fall 2019
  • CHM 3300: Survey of Biochemistry
    • Spring 2020
  • CHM 3450: Biochemistry I 
    • Fall 2019


Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA (2015)

B.S., Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN, USA (2011)


Professional Organizations

Member, American Chemical Society


The Beck Research Group is broadly interested in the design, synthesis, and application of small molecule chemical tools to study biochemical and biological problems that have implications for human health. 

Projects in the group use multiple techniques and strategies to achieve their goals, providing students a diverse set of skills in the fields of biochemistry, chemical biology, synthetic organic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, analytical chemistry, cell biology, and molecular biology.

Current projects in the group fit into two main research areas:

Research Area 1: Fluorescent Probes to Interrogate Connections Between Enzymatic Activity and Human Health

Research Area 2: Development of Small Molecule Approaches for Intracellular Compartment Delivery 

Training Opportunities: Students working in the Beck Research Group will gain experience in organic synthesis, molecular docking, fluorescence spectroscopy and microscopy, traditional medicinal chemistry techniques including structure-activity relationships, and mammalian cell culture in addition to various biochemical, bioanalytical, molecular biology, and biophysical approaches.

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Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry Co-Chairs:
Dr. Edward M. Treadwell (undergraduate program)

600 Lincoln Avenue, Charleston IL 61920 Physical Science, Room 3150

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry Co-Chairs:
Dr. Robert W. Chesnut
(graduate program)

600 Lincoln Avenue, Charleston, IL
Physical Science Building, Room 3150

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