Andrew S. Dutton, Assistant Professor

Andrew S. Dutton, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Phone: 617-573-8255
Fax: 617-573-8668


  • PhD, University of California, Los Angeles
  • BS, University of California, San Diego


  • Assistant Professor, Suffolk University (2011 – present)
  • Lecturer, Suffolk University (2009 – 2011)

Current Research

Computational Chemistry

High Level quantum mechanical calculations are used to determine the reaction profiles of interesting synthetic reactions as well as finding molecules that could be used for hydrogen storage.

Forensic Sciences

Using a pig model and Blowfly life cycle to determine a method of calculating a postmortem interval.

Research Experience

  • Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Chemistry, Boston College (2008-2011)
  • Research Advisor: Evan Kantrowitz
    Utilizing X-ray crystallography to understand the chemistry of the enzymes Fructose-1,6-bisphosphatase, a potential therapeutic target for Diabetes, and Aspartate Transcarbamoylase, a potential therapeutic target for Malaria.
  • Research Fellow, Division of Infectious Disease, Children’s Hospital Boston (2006-2008)
    Research Advisor: Simon Dove
    Investigated the transcriptional regulation of biofilm in Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
  • NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, Chemistry and Biochemistry Department, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2005-2006)
    Research Advisor: Barbara Imperiali
    Biochemical experiments were used to investigate the dolichol linked glycosylation pathway in yeast.

Recent Presentations

  • Seminar - John Moores University, Liverpool, England (2013) “Teaching quality assurance and quality control when preparing for court appearances”
  • Seminar - John Moores University, Liverpool, England (2013) “The use of forensic entomology in establishing postmortem interval (PMI)”
  • Seminar - Calloway Labs, Woburn, MA (2013) “Instruments always tell the truth, but interpretations can be wrong. The value of multiple instrument analysis.”

Recent Publications

  • Gou W, Dutton AS, West JM, Tsuruta H, Kantrowitz ER. (2012) Structure determination of a trapped intermediate in the allosteric transition of aspartate transcarbamoylase. Proc. National Academy Sci. 109, 7741-7746.
  • Jackson MI, Han TH, Serbulea L, Dutton A, Ford E, Miranda KM, Houk KN, Wink DA, Fukuto JM. (2009) Kinetic feasibility of nitroxyl reduction by physiological reductants and biological implications. Free Radic. Biol. Med. 47, 1130-1139.

Professional Activities

  • Member of the American Chemical Society (2006 - present)
  • Member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2012 – present)
  • Director of the Forensic Sciences Program at Suffolk University (2012 – present)
  • Faculty Mentor of the American Chemical Society Suffolk Chapter (2012 – present)

Courses Taught

Lecture Courses

General Chemistry I (CHEM-111)
Organic Chemistry I and II (CHEM-211 and CHEM-212)
Physical Chemistry I and II (CHEM-411 and CHEM-412)
Senior Research Seminar (CHEM-428)

Laboratory Courses

Organic Chemistry I and II (CHEM-L211 and CHEM-L212)
Physical Chemistry I and II (CHEM-L411 and CHEM-L412)