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Dr. Christine Whitlock

Organic Chemistry

Office: Chemistry & Nursing Bldg. Rm. 3214
Phone: (912) 478-5682



  • B.A. Huntingdon College (1989)
  • Ph.D. University of Alabama (1994)

Dr. Whitlock joined the Department of Chemistry in 1994 immediately after completing her doctoral degree. Her research focuses on the synthesis of organic molecules containing indole. She and her undergraduate researchers are synthesizing derivatives of the naturally-occuring dragmacidin alkaloids and tris-indole amines with iron chelating abilities.


Dr. Whitlock’s research is in the area of organic synthesis and involves the total synthesis of novel bisindolyl marine alkaloids. Of primary interest is the synthesis of derivatives of the naturally-occurring dragmacidin alkaloids, which possess anticancer and other biological properties. Research also involves the preparation of novel trisindolyl amines with iron chelating properties.

Courses Taught

  • CHEM 1140 Introduction to General, Organic & Biological Chemistry
  • CHEM 1145 Principles of Chemistry I
  • CHEM 1146 Principles of Chemistry II
  • CHEM 3341 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 3342 Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 4331 Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • CHEM 4332 Drug Design

Selected Publications

  • Crooke, Stephen; Davis-McGibony, C. Michele; Whitlock, Christine R. Synthesis of 3,6-Bis(5’-bromo-3’-indolyl)-1,4-dimethypiperazine-2,5-dione. Molbank, 2009, M627.
  • Whitlock, Christine R. A Jigsaw Exercise in the Organic Classroom. Chemical Educator. 2009, 14, 96-97.
  • Miles, Darryl; Whitlock, Christine R. An Improved, One-Pot Synthesis of 3,6-Bis(3’-indolyl)-1,4-dimethylpiperazine-2,5-dione. Heterocyclic Communications. 2009, 15(1), 61-62.
  • Sears, R. Bryan; Carpenter, Russell A.; Whitlock, Christine R. A General Synthesis of Tris-Indole Derivatives as Potential Iron Chelators. Molecules, A Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry, 2005, 10, 488-491.
  • Nunez, Luis; Brown, Jesse D.; Donnelly, A.; Whitlock, Christine R.; Dobson, Allison J. Snthesis and Structure Determination of 1,4-Dibenzylpiperazine-2,5-dione. Acta Crystallographica Section E: Structure Reports Online, 2004, E60, o2076-o2078.
  • Carpenter, Russell A.; Farley, Adam R.; Cox, James R.; Dobson, Allison J.; Whitlock, Christine R. Synthesis and Structural Characterization of a Tris-Indolyl Amine. Journal of Undergraduate Chemistry Research. 2004, 1, 11-14.

Awards & Recognitions

  • 2000 COST Excellence in Teaching Award

Last updated: 3/16/2018