Joan Broderick
Principal Investigator
Dept. Head Chemistry & Biochemistry

Joan received her B.S. in Chemistry from Washington State University and later her MS and PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from Northwestern University. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at MIT and then started her career at Amherst College as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry. She transitioned to Michigan State University where she was a Professor of Chemistry until 2005 when she moved to Montana State University. She was awarded the title of Women in Science Distinguished Professor in 2014 and currently serves as the Department Head of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Dept.

Will Broderick
Teaching Professor

Will received a B.S. in Chemistry from Northern Arizona University and a Ph.D. at Washington State University. He was a postdoctoral scholar in molecular solid state materials with Brian Hoffman at Northwestern University. He has held faculty positions at the University at Albany- SUNY and Michigan State University before moving to Montana State University in 2005. He and Joan teach and run the Broderick group, while trying to keep up with their 13-year-old twin boys on the ski slopes, trout streams, and hiking trails around Bozeman.

Eric Shepard
Assistant Research Professor

Eric received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, MT before attending graduate school at Montana State University where he obtained his PhD in Biochemistry. He was a Senior Research Scientist until 2016 when he was promoted to Assistant Research Professor. Eric is an avid outdoorsman, and enjoys wildlife photography and exploring the mountains of Montana with his wife and dog.

Adrien Pagnier

Adrien joins us all the way from Grenoble, France. Adrien works on spore photoproduct lyase and the hydrogenase project. In his free time, he enjoys educating the lab on hand hygiene, eating dark chocolate, playing with his pet, Celine, and taking long expeditions on his bike.

Amanda Byer
Graduate Student

Before enjoying Montana, Amanda grew up on the east and west coasts, getting her undergrad from UCSD. In the Broderick Lab, she works primarily on two projects: [FeFe]-Hydrogenase H-cluster maturation, via HydF investigations, and radical SAM enzyme mechanism determination, using several enzymes. When not in lab, she can be found exploring outside (by bike, ski, or foot) or inside via reading and drawing.

Stella Impano
Graduate Student

Stella started her education in her home country, Rwanda. Upon finishing high school, she was awarded a Rwandan presidential scholarship to attend California Baptist University, where she then received a B.S in chemistry, with  premed and advanced chemistry as her concentrations. She went on to work as an analytical chemist at a food science company in Los Angeles, California. Stella then decided to pursue her PhD at MSU, where she realized that the Broderick Research Group was the best fit for her. Currently, Stella is working on investigating all the necessary components required for activation of [FeFe]-Hydrogenase. In her free time, Stella enjoys cooking, watching movies, and TV shows.

Elizabeth McDaniel
Graduate Student

Elizabeth works on further characterizing omega using the PFL-AE/PFL protein complex. She was born in Georgia where she graduated from Berry College. During her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, and baking.

Sarah Hill
Graduate Student

Sarah works with mutant PFL-AE on a crystallization project. She grew up in Northern California and earned her Chemistry B.S. at Whitworth University in  Spokane, WA. In her free time Sarah enjoys getting brunch, hanging out with her adorable cat, and playing board games.

Ryan Swimley
Undergraduate Researcher

Ryan, originally from Bozeman, is an undergraduate at MSU studying chemistry. He is currently working with Stella on determining the minimal requirements for [FeFe] Hydrogenase activation. In his free time, he enjoys skiing.

Amanda Galambas
Research Assistant

Amanda graduated from MSU in May of 2017 with a B.S. in Chemistry -Biochemistry and a B.S. in Cell Biology and Neuroscience. She worked in the Broderick Lab during undergrad and now she works under Eric. Amanda will be attending medical school in the fall of 2019. Originally from Gillette, Wyoming, Amanda loved moving to a place with more outdoor recreation and enjoys exploring with her two dogs and hanging out with her brother, Colten, who is a sophomore at MSU.

Past Group Members