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About Michael W. Beck, Ph.D.

Professor Beck earned his B.S. in Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry with ACS certification cum laude at Tennessee Technological University in 2011, where he performed research with Professor Edward Lisic. He then obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2015 at the University of Michigan with Professor Mi Hee Lim, spending the last year of his graduate studies as a visiting research scholar at Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology in Ulsan, South Korea. His graduate work focused on designing small molecule chemical tools to study metal-protein interactions in neurodegenerative diseases. Then, as a postdoctoral scholar with Professor Bryan Dickinson at the University of Chicago, he developed small molecule chemical tools to study covalent cysteine PTMs. Professor Beck joined the faculty at Eastern Illinois University in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in 2019.


Present Assistant Professor, Eastern Illinois University Chemistry and Biochemistry
July 2015 - July 2019 Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Chicago

Curriculum Vitae


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Professional Service and Affiliations

2015 - 2016 Manuscript Referee, RSC Advances
2014 - 2014 Manuscript Referee, Current Opinion in Chemical Biology
2008 - 2008 Manuscript Referee, Metallomics
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Honors and Awards

  • 2018 Gordon Research Conference on Bioorganic Chemistry - Poster Award
  • 2015 ASBMB Graduate and Postdoctoral Travel Award
  • 2015 Rackham UM Conference Travel Grant
  • 2014 2nd International Symposium for Molecular Neurodegenerative Disease Research - Best Poster Presentation
  • 2014 Korean Chemical Society Summer Bioinorganic Chemistry Symposium - Best Poster Presentation


  • CHM 1310G: General Chemistry I
  • CHM 1315G: General Chemistry Laboratory I
  • CHM 3450: Biochemistry I


2011 - 2015 PhD, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor ‐ Chemistry
2007 - 2011 BS, Tennessee Technological University ‐ Chemistry

Contact Information

Office: 4460 - Physical Sciences Building
Phone: 217-581-6227

Peer-Reviewed Publications from PhD and Postdoctoral Studies (7)

Peer-Reviewed Publications from PhD and Postdoctoral Studies

Preprints (1)