Professor and Chair, Department of Chemistry


Department of Chemistry
1530 3rd Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35294-1240
Biophysical Chemistry

David E. Graves Professor and Chair (b. 1950) obtained his B.S. degree in chemistry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1974. He received his Ph.D. degree in 1979 from the Department of Biochemistry in the Laboratory of Molecular Biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham under the direction of Dr. Lerena W. Yielding where he characterized the chemical and DNA binding properties of novel photoaffinity labels for nucleic acids.

Dr. Graves was a NIH postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Rochester where he used fluorescence, and NMR spectroscopies to discern the structural and thermodynamic properties of the interactions of selected anticancer agents with nucleic acids. This work was carried out under the direction of Professor Thomas R. Krugh.

In 1984, Dr. Graves joined the faculty of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Mississippi. At the University of Mississippi, Dr. Graves served at the assistant, associate, and full-professor ranks and was named Distinguished Faculty Fellow in the College of Liberal Arts. Dr. Graves held joint appointments in the Department of Pharmacognosy and served as director of the Forensic Chemistry program.

Dr. Graves left the University of Mississippi in May, 2003 to become the Chair of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In addition to his responsibilities as Chair of the Department of Chemistry, Dr. Graves serves as the Department of Chemistry Graduate Program Director and is a member of the Comprehensive Cancer Center (Experimental Therapeutics) and the Center for Computation and Structural Biology (Executive Committee and Transinstitutional Advisory Committee).

Teaching Interests:
Dr. Graves teaches the 2nd semester of the two-semester Biochemistry sequence CH 462 and CH 562, covering molecular genetics and metabolism. In addition, he teaches a special topics courses in nucleic acids chemistry, bioenergetics, and biophysical laboratory methods.

Recent Publications