Michael Kienzler

Assistant Professor


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley
  • Ph.D. Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley
  • B.S. Chemistry, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Research Interests

We are broadly interested in using light to induce reversible chemical changes, and we specialize in the application of photoswitches to make light-modulated tools. Our current projects focus on creating and applying azobenzene ligands targeted toward specific cell-membrane bound protein receptors and ion channels. A parallel interest in the group is using organic synthesis to make new azobenzene derivatives (along with other organic photoswitches) with prescribed photochemical properties.

Michael Kienzler
Contact Information
Phone(860) 486-3216
Fax(860) 486-2981
Mailing AddressUniversity of Connecticut
Department of Chemistry
55 N. Eagleville Rd
Storrs, CT 06269
Office LocationCHEM A-418
CampusStorrs Campus