Ambika Bhagi-Damodaran

portrait of Ambika Bhagi-Damodaran

Ambika Bhagi-Damodaran

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry


Kolthoff Hall
Room 468B
225 Pleasant Street Se
Minneapolis, MN 55455

B.S. St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, 2009

M.S. Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, 2011 (Siddharth Pandey)

Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2016 (Yi Lu)

Post Doctorate Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Post-doctoral Fellow (Michelle Arkin)

Research Interests

Chemical Biology: metalloenzymes, small-molecule discovery, protein engineering

Inorganic & Organometallic Chemistry: spectroscopy, catalysis

My research group seeks to combine inorganic techniques of metalloenzyme characterization along with cutting-edge chemical biology methods to identify, explore and target “druggable” redox-active metalloenzymes. We elucidate structure-function relations in redox-active metalloenzymes and apply this knowledge toward the development of novel drug lead compounds. We also utilize the insights gathered from these studies to design new biocatalysts with high efficiency and broad substrate scope. 

Honors and Awards

American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Inorganic Chemistry Young Investigator Award, 2017

NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2018 (declined)

Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Fellowship, 2016-18

Excellence in Teaching Award, School of Chemical Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), 2014-2015

ACS Chemical Biology Travel Award, 2015

Eastman Travel Award, Department of Chemistry, UIUC, 2015

Harry S. Drickamer Fellowship, Department of Chemistry, UIUC, 2014

University Fellowship, Department of Chemistry, UIUC, 2013-14

Virginia Bartow Fellowship, Department of Chemistry, UIUC, 2011-12

Highest GPA Award, Department of Chemistry, IIT, Delhi, 2011

DFG fellowship to attend Lindau Nobel Laureate Conference, 2009

Project Oriented Chemical Education Fellowship, JNCASR, Bangalore, 2007-09

Young Science Fellowship, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, 2007-08 (declined)

The Sumitomo-St. Stephen’s College Scholarship, St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, 2006-09

Mailing Address

Ambika Bhagi-Damodaran
University of Minnesota
Department of Chemistry
A-7, 139 Smith Hall
207 Pleasant St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0431