Department of Chemistry

Peter Woodruff

Associate Professor of Chemistry
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Office Location

C386A Science building

Faculty Office Hours Fall 2019

M 2:00-3:00, Tu 10:00-11:00, Th 3:00-4:00, or by appointment



Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D, Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of California, Berkeley, 2007
  • B.A., Biophysical Chemistry, Dartmouth College, 1999

Research Interests

  • Bioremediation of chromate
  • Biochemistry of the mycobacterial cell wall
  • Synthesis of trehalose analogs

Recent Publications

Wolber JM, Urbanek BL, Meints LM, Piligian BF, Lopez-Casillas IC, Zochowski KM, Woodruff PJ, Swarts BM. "The trehalose-specific transporter LpqY-SugABC is required for antimicrobial and anti-biofilm activity of trehalose analogues in Mycobacterium smegmatis. Carbohydr Res. 2017 Oct 10;450:60-66

Meints, L.M., Poston, A.W., Piligian, B.F., Olson, C.D., Badger, K.S., Woodruff, P.J., and B.M. Swarts. “Rapid One-Step Enzymatic Synthesis and All-Aqueous Purification of Trehalose Analogues.” J Vis Exp. 2017 Feb 17;(120).

Urbanek, B.L., Wing, D.D., Haislop, K.S., Hamel, C, Kalscheuer, R., Woodruff, P.J., and B.M. Swarts. “Chemoenzymatic Synthesis of Trehalose Analogues: Rapid Access to Probes for Investigating Mycobacteria.” Chembiochem. 2014 Sep 22;15(14): 2066-70

Frederick, T.M., Taylor, E.A., Willis, J.L., Shultz, M.S., and P.J. Woodruff, “Chromate reduction is expedited by bacteria engineered to produce the compatible solute trehalose”, Biotechnology Letters35, 1291-1296, (2013)

Frederick, T.M. and P.J. Woodruff.  “Bacteria with increased trehalose production and method for using the same in bioremediation.” U.S. patent #8,481,026. Filed April 16, 2010 and issued July 13, 2013

 Woodruff PJ, Carlson BL, Siridechadilok, B, Pratt MR, Senaratne RH, Mougous JD, Riley LW, Williams SJ and CR Bertozzi. “Trehalose is required for the growth of Mycobacterium smegmatis. J. Biol Chem., 279(28) 28835-43, 2004