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Danika LeDuc



  • Higher Ed: Science 


Danika LeDuc has been an Assistant Professor in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department since 2006. She received her bachelor's degree in Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her Ph.D. in Chemistry at UC Berkeley, studying structural changes in influenza surface proteins during infection. Following this, she changed gears and did postdoctoral work in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology at Berkeley, bringing a chemist's perspective to the field of phytoremediation, using plants to take up and detoxify environmental contaminants. Her research lab currently focuses on elucidating the biochemical mechanisms and molecular level structural adaptation of metal-hyperaccumulation in plants. She has co-authored over 20 peer-reviewed publications, given seminars, and presented posters with her graduate and undergraduate research students at national and local conferences. At CSUEB, Dr. LeDuc has taught general education courses in chemistry as well as Basic Chemistry, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Advanced Topics in Biochemistry, in which she developed a course entitled "Proteomics and Metabolomics." She has introduced near-peer facilitated group problem solving classes to accompany General Chemistry. Dr. LeDuc has led science education workshops through the East Bay Science Project, Bay Area Science Project, and NASA Liftoff since 2007 and is now part of the IMSS project at CSUEB.  


Analytical chemistry and biochemistry
STEM Education 


Bauelos, G., LeDuc, D., Pilon-Smits, E.A.H., and Terry, N. 2007. Transgenic Indian mustard overexpressing selenocysteine lyase or selenocyteine methyltransferase exhibit enhanced potential for selenium phytoremediation under field conditions. Environmental Science & Technology 41(2):599-605.

Kubachka, K.M., Meija, J., LeDuc, D. L., Terry, N., and Caruso, J.A. 2007. Selenium volatiles as proxy to the metabolic pathways of selenium in genetically modified Brassica juncea. Environmental Science & Technology 41(6):1863-1869.

Pilon-Smits, E.A.H. and LeDuc, D.L. 2009. Phytoremediation of selenium using transgenic plants. Current Opinions in Biotechnology 20:207-212.

Verbruggen, N. and LeDuc, D.L. 2009. Potential of plant genetic engineering for phytoremediation of toxic trace elements. In: Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems, Ed. Tomas Vanek, Developed under the Auspices of the UNESCO, Eolss Publishers, Oxford, UK [].

Bauelos, G.S., LeDuc D., and Johnson, J. 2010. Evaluating the tolerance of young hybrid poplar trees to recycled waters high in salinity and boron. Int. J.Phytoremediation 5:419 -429.