Diana Samaroo

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Diana Samaroo, Chair

Courses Taught:

  • CHEM 1110
  • CHEM 2223
  • CHEM 2223L
  • CHEM 2323L


  • Post-doctoral fellow, Department of Neurology and Neuroscience, Weill Medical College of Cornell University and New York-Presbyterian Hospital
  • PhD, Graduate School and University Center of New York, Biochemistry
  • BA, Hunter College, Biological Sciences

Research Interests:

  • Design and synthesis of biologically conjugated porphyrinoid compounds, such as porphyrins, chlorins and pthalocyanines.
  • Spectroscopic studies of porphyrin and related molecules.
  • Biochemical aspects of porphyrin-based photosensitizers for photodynamic therapy (PDT), cancer and anti-viral therapies.


  • D. Samaroo, F. Dickerson, D. D. Kasarda, P. H. Green, C. Briani, R. H. Yolken, A. Alaedini. "Novel Immune Response to Gluten in Individuals with Schizophrenia" Schizophrenia Research, 2009, [Epub ahead of print].
  • C. M. Drain, S. Singh, D. Samaroo, S. Thompson, M. Vinodu, J. P. C. Tome. "New Porphyrin Glyco-conjugates" Photodynamic Therapy: Back to the Future in Proc. Soc. Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers-SPIE 2009, 7380, 73802K-73809.
  • N. A. O'Connor, N. Stevens, D. Samaroo, M. R. Solomon, A. A. Martí, J. Dyer, H. Vishwasrao, D. L. Akins, E. R. Kandel, N. J. Turro. "A Covalently Linked Phenanthridine-Ruthenium(II) Complex as a RNA Probe" Chemical Communications, 2009, 2640-2642.
  • C. Briani, D. Samaroo, A. Alaedini. "Celiac disease: From Gluten to Autoimmunity" Autoimmunity Reviews, 2008, 7(8), 644-650.
  • N. Stevens, N. O'Connor, H. Vishwasrao, D. Samaroo, E. R. Kandel, D. L. Akins, C. M. Drain, N. J. Turro. "Two Color RNA Intercalating Probe for Cell Imaging Applications" Journal of American Chemical Society, 2008, 130(23), 7182-7183.
  • C. M. Drain, J. Tome, S. Thompson, D. Samaroo. "New Porphyrins for Therapy, Imaging, and Tagging" Journal of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines, 2008, 12(3-6), 238.
  • D. Samaroo, M. Vinodu, X. Chen, C. M. Drain. "Mesotetra(pentafluorophenyl)porphyrin is an Efficient Platform for Combinatorial Synthesis and the Selection of New Photodynamic Therapeutics using a Cancer Cell Line" Journal of Combinatorial Chemistry, 2007, 9(06), 998-1011.
  • C. M. Drain, D. Samaroo, X. Chen. "Sugar Coated Porphyrins & Apoptosis" Journal of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines, 2006, 10(4-6), 608.
  • D. Samaroo, C. E. Soll, L. J. Todaro, C. M. Drain. "Efficient Microwave-Assisted Synthesis of Amine-Substituted Tetrakis(pentafluorophenyl)porphyrin" Organic Letters, 2006, 8(22), 4985-4988.
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