Monica Sanchez

Current Curriculum Vitae

Group Member Since 2016

B.S. Chemistry, B.A. Philosophy, University of Texas at San Antonio, 2015

  • Laney Graduate School Diversity Fellow
  • Eugene Gangarosa Mentorship Fellow
  • Quayle Travel Award Recipient
  • NIH MARC-U*STAR Undergraduate Research Scholar
  • UTSA, College of Science Dean’s Fund for Excellence Recipient

Personal Information

Originally, I began my career in research as a synthetic inorganic chemist. But as I was introduced to the world of metalloenzymes I moved away from synthetic chemistry and became increasingly interested in the critical role that transition metals have in biological systems. Currently, I am focused on increasing the efficiency of photo-driven catalysis in nanorod-enzyme hybrids by exploring new nanomaterials and electron shuttles. Such systems are also invaluable for studying the mechanistic aspects of oxidoreductase enzymes such as hydrogenase.


Sanchez MLK, Wu Perry, Adams, MWW, Dyer, RB. “Optimizing Electron Transfer from CdSe QDs to Hydrogenase for Photocatalytic H2 Production ” Chem. Comm. 2019, 55, 5579-5582

Kiewit ML*, Przyojski JA*, Fillman KL, Arman HD, Tonzetich ZJ. “Homoleptic transition metal complexes of the 7-azaindolide ligand featuring κ1-N1 coordination” Inorg. Chem. 2015, 54, 9637-9645

*Indicates these authors contributed equally