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Assistant Professor, Assistant Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
Courses Taught 
CHEM 103, CHEM 211, CHEM 231, CHEM 232, CHEM 332
Research Interests 
Medicinal Chemistry, Chemical Biology, Bio-organic Chemistry Discovery and development of drugs for treatment of diabetes and cancer

Ph.D. Organic Chemistry, the University of Chicago (2006)
B.Sc. Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Beijing Medical University, China

Selected Publications 

 J. P Jung, A. J. Sprangers, J. R. Byce, J. Su, J. M. Squirrell, P. B. Messersmith, K. W. Eliceiri, and B. M. Ogle, ECM-incorporated hydrogels crosslinked via native chemical ligation to engineer stem cell microenvironments Biomacromolecules, 2013, 14 (9), pp 3102–3111

J. Su, F. Chen, V. L. Cryns and P. B. Messersmith, Catechol Polymers for pH-Responsive, Targeted Drug Delivery to Cancer Cells. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2011, 133, 11850–11853.

J. Su, B-H. Huang, W. L. Lowe, D. B. Kaufman, P. B. Messersmith, Anti-Inflammatory Peptide-Functionalized Hydrogels for Insulin-Secreting Cell Encapsulation. Biomaterials, 2010, 31, 308—314.

B.-H. Hu, J. Su, P. B. Messersmith, Hydrogels Cross-linked by Native Chemical Ligation. Biomacromolecules, 2009, 10, 2194—2200.


X. L. Liao, J. Su, M. Mrksich, An Adaptor Domain-Mediated Autocatalytic Interfacial Kinase Reaction. Chemistry-A European Journal, 2009, 15(45), 12303—12309.

J. Su, T. W. Rajapaksha, M. E. Peter and M. Mrksich, Assays of Endogenous Caspase Activities: A Comparison of SAMDI Mass Spectrometry and Fluorescence Formats. Analytical Chemistry, 2006, 78 (14), 4945—4951.

J. Su, M. R. Bringer, R. F. Ismagilov and M. Mrksich, Combining Microfluidic Networks and Peptide Arrays for Multi-Enzyme Assays. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2005, 127(20), 7280—7281.

D-H, Min, J. Su and M. Mrksich, Profiling Kinase Activity Using a Peptide Chip and Mass Spectrometry. Angew.Chem. Int. Ed., 2004, 43(44), 5973—5977.

J. Su and M. Mrksich. Using MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry to Characterize Interfacial Reactions on Self-Assembled Monolayers. Langmuir, 2003, 19(12), 4867—4870.

J. Su and M. Mrksich. Using Mass Spectrometry to Characterize Self-Assembled Monolayers Presenting Peptides, Proteins and Carbohydrates.  Angew. Chem. Int. Ed, 2002, 41, 4715—4718.

Selected Exhibitions 


Jing Su, Feng Chen, Vincent L. Cryns and  Phillip B. Messersmith, “Catechol Polymers for pH-Responsive, Targeted Drug Delivery of Anti-Cancer Drugs”, Gordon Research Conference in Medicinal Chemistry, New London, NH, August 2013.

Milan Mrksich and Jing Su, “Label-Free Bionanalysis on Self-Assembled Monolayers, NEIU 3rd Annual Faculty Research & Creative Activities Symposium, November 2012.

J. Su, F.Chen, V. L. Cryns and P. B. Messersmith “Dynamic Boronic Acid-Catechol Conjugates for Selective Killing of Cancer Cells”, American Chemical Society National Meeting, March, 2012, San Diego, CA



Professional Experience
2012 - Present Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Northeastern Illinois University
2011-2012 Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Chemistry, Northeastern Illinois University
2006- 2011 Post-Doctorate Research Fellow, Northwestern University

Additional Information 

Selected Awards and Honors
09/2006—08/2008 Baxter Early Career Development Award (Northwestern University)
01/2005—12/2005 Burroughs Wellcome Graduate Fellowship in Cross-Disciplinary Training Program in Biophysical Dynamics and Biocomplexity (the University of Chicago)

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