David Njus

David Njus



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2125 Biological Sciences

Curriculum vitae



David Njus


 Biological Sciences

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • Mitochondrial function and aging
  • Cellular mechanisms of Parkinson's Disease
  • Non-enzymatic redox reactions and oxidative stress


  • B.S., Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1970;
  • Ph.D. Biophysics, Harvard University, 1975;
  • Postdoctoral, Biochemistry, Oxford University, 1975-78

Selected publications

Njus, D., Kelley, P.M., Tu, Y.T., and Schlegel, H.B. (2020) Ascorbic Acid: The Chemistry Underlying Its Antioxidant Properties, Free Rad. Biol. Med. 159, 37-43. doi: 10.1016/j.freeradbiomed.2020.07.013

Mehta, N.J., Marwah, P.K., and Njus, D. (2019) Are Proteinopathy and Oxidative Stress Two Sides of the Same Coin? Cells 8, 59. doi:10.3390/cells8010059

Tu, Y.J., Njus, D., and Schlegel, H. B. (2017) A theoretical study of ascorbic acid oxidation and HOO• / O2-• radical scavenging, Org. Biomol. Chem. 15, 4417 – 4431.

Mehta, N.J., Asmaro, K., Hermiz, D.J., Njus, M.M., Saleh, A.H., Beningo, K.A., and Njus, D. (2016) Hypochlorite converts cysteinyl-dopamine into a cytotoxic product: A possible factor in Parkinson’s Disease, Free Radical Biology & Medicine 101, 44-52.

Currently teaching

  •  BIO 3200, Human Physiology

Courses taught

BIO 3200, Human Physiology

BIO 8995, Graduate Seminar