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Michael Webb

Michael   Webb

Assistant Professor
CBB 210
(406) 496-4202
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Dr. Michael Webb hails from Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia in the Great White North. He received his B.Sc. (Honours) in Chemistry from Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick under the supervision of both Dr. Adrian Culf and Dr. Stephen Westcott. He then studied at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, receiving a Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2013 under the supervision of Dr. Charles Walsby. His thesis project involved using electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy and other analytical techniques to determine the biological fate of Ru(III) anticancer agents. While at SFU Michael was awarded an NSERC-PGS doctoral scholarship. Michael then completed his Post-doctoral research with Prof. Niren Murthy at the University of California Berkeley before accepting a position of assistant professor at Montana Tech in August of 2014.

Research Interests

Research in the Webb lab is highly diverse, with projects that often sit at the interface of chemistry and molecular biology. Students in my lab will have the opportunity to learn a variety of experimental techniques, while working in a collaborative and fun environment. This allows for every chance of success, while learning fundamental skills that are important for any future career path. The three main research areas in the Webb group are: i) Ruthenium(II) anticancer complexes, ii) ruthenium(III) complexes for Alzheimer's therapy, and iii) probing the therapeutic potential of copper in Parkinson's disease.

Selected Honors & Awards

  • NSERC Post-Graduate Scholarship 2012 – 2013
  • SFU Graduate Fellowship (3 time winner) 2010, 2011, and 2012
  • Gordon Research Conference – Metals in Medicine, Poster Prize 2012
  • SFU Bruker Prize in Chemical Spectroscopy 2011
  • Oral competition, SFU Chemistry Department 2011

Career in Brief

  • Assistant Professor, Chemistry, Montana Tech, 2014-present
  • Post-Doctoral Researcher, Bioengineering, University of California Berkeley, 2013 – July 2014
  • Ph.D. Chemistry, Simon Fraser University, 2008 – 2013
  • B.Sc. Honours Chemistry, Mount Allison University, 2004 - 2008

Courses Taught

  • CHMY 141 - Fall 2014
  • CHMY 322 - Fall 2014
  • CHMY 401/501 - Fall 2014

Selected Publications

Selected Peer-reviewed Journal Articles:

  1. Webb, M.I.; Halcovitch, N.R.; Bowes, E.G.; Lee, G.M.; Geier, M.J.; Vogels, C.M.; O'Neill, T.; Li, H.; Flewelling, A.; Decken, A.; Gray, C. A.; Westcott, S. A. “Arylspiroborates Derived from 4-tert-Butylcatechol and 3,5-Di-tert-butylcatechol and Their Antimicrobial Activities” J. Heterocyclic Chem. 2014, 51: 157-161.
  2. Webb, M.I.; Wu, B.; Jang, T.; Chard, R.A.; Wong, E.W.Y.; Wong, M.Q.; Yapp, D.T.T.; Walsby C.J. “Increasing the Bioavailability of RuIII Anticancer Complexes through Hydrophobic Albumin Interactions” Chem. Eur. J. 2013, 19: 17031-17042.
  3. Webb, M.I.; Walsby, C.J. “Intra-cellular Behaviour of Ruthenium Anticancer Complexes, Determined by EPR Spectroscopy” Metallomics 2013, 5: 1624-1633.
  4. Webb, M.I.; Chard, R.A.; Al-Jobory, Y.M.; Jones, M.R.; Wong, E.W.Y.; Walsby, C.J. “Pyridinium Analogs of the Antimetastatic Ru(III) Complex NAMI-A Targeting Non-Covalent Interactions with Albumin” Inorg. Chem. 2012, 51: 954-966.


  1. Zibinsky, M.; Aran, K.; Webb, M.I.; Sterzo, C.L.; Acharya, A.P.; Woods, E.C.; Rothschilds, A.M.; Murthy, N. “Point of Care Assays to Rapidly Diagnose Infectious Diseases” 2014, US Patent Application Number 61953618.

Personal Interests

In his spare time, Michael enjoys playing hockey (ice), watching football, and spending time with his dog ("Lassie"), wife (Adrienne), and young daughter (Lyora).