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Linda B. Mcgown

chemistry and chemical biology
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
United States of America


McGown began her faculty career as a pre-doctoral lecturer at Texas A&M University from 1978-79, and then as an assistant professor of chemistry at California State University, Long Beach from 1979-82. She then joined the Department of Chemistry at Oklahoma State University and was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 1985. She left O.S.U. in 1987 to join the faculty at Duke University where she remained until coming to Rensselaer as professor and department head from 2004-2009. In 2006, she was appointed to the William Weightman Walker Chair in Chemistry and Chemical Biology. A frequent public speaker, McGown has offered dozens of presentations at universities and conferences throughout the United States, Canada, Latin America and Europe. She has authored or co-authored over 130 refereed journal research publications, over thirty reviews, book chapters and monographs. She and her group have presented several hundred conference presentations. A Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) since 2001, McGown received the Gold Medal Award from the New York Section of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy in 1994.

Research Interest

Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, Astrobiology, Bioseparations


  • Burcar, B.T., Barge, L.M., Trail, D., Watson, E.B., Russell, M.J., McGown, L.B.*, RNA Oligomerization in Laboratory Analogues of Alkaline Hydrothermal Vent Systems, Astrobiology, 15, 509-22 (2015).

  • Zhang, X., McGown, L.B.*, Sequence-Based Separation of Single-Stranded DNA at High Salt Concentrations in Capillary Zone Electrophoresis, Electrophoresis, 37, 2017-24 (2016).

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