Faculty Bio

Eric Eberhardt

Associate Professor of Chemistry and Director of Biochemistry

Eric S. Eberhardt joined the Vassar College faculty in 1997 after completing his postdoctoral research at the Enzyme Research Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned his Ph.D. in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Mr. Eberhardt’s research interests lie at the interface of biology and chemistry. In general, he is interested in the molecular interactions that determine the structure and function of proteins. Currently, he is exploring the role that charged surface amino acids play in conferring stability to thermophilic proteins. He has developed a series of structured inquiry proteomic laboratory experiences for biochemistry students that explore stress response.

Mr. Eberhardt has received funding from the National Science Foundation, the Research Corporation and the Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation. His research has been published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, Tetrahedron Letters, Biochemistry, and Protein Science.

Mr. Eberhardt teaches courses in general chemistry, biochemistry, protein chemistry, and the senior biochemistry laboratory course in macromolecular structure.