Angela Spencer

Assistant Professor

Angela Spencer

Assistant Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

College of Science and Mathematics
Department of Chemistry and Physics


Dr. Spencer earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Augusta State University and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with an emphasis in Biochemistry.

  • (706) 667-4512
  • SCI C3002


  • Ph.D., Chemistry, General University of North Carolina -, 2004

  • BS, Chemistry, General Augusta State University, 1999

Awards & Honors

  • Favorite Facutly Nomination Housing and Residence Life, 2017

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • CHEM 1212

    Principles of Chemistry II
  • CHEM 1212L

    Principles of Chemistry II Lab
  • CHEM 2950

    Selected Topics
  • CHEM 1950

    Selected Topics: Prin. of Chem II Supplement
  • CHEM 4990

    Undergrad Research
  • CHEM 4551

    Biochemistry I: Physical Bio
  • CHEM 1151

    Survey of Chemistry I
  • CHEM 4552

    Biochem II:Bioenergetics & Met
  • CHEM 4553

    Biochemistry Laboratory
  • HONR 4000

    Honors Thesis

Teaching Interests

General Chemistry and Biochemistry


Selected Recent Publications

  • A Single Mammalian Mitochondrial Translation Initiation Factor Functionally Replaces Two Bacterial Factors, 2008
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Overexpression and Purification of Mammalian Mitochondrial Translational Initiation Factor 2 and Initiation Factor 3, 2007
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • A Counterintuitive Mg2+-dependent and Modification-assisted Functional Folding of Mitochondrial tRNAs, 2006
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • The interaction of mitochondrial translational initiation factor 2 with the small ribosomal subunit, 2005
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Characterization of the human mitochondrial methionyl-tRNA synthetase, 2004
    Journal Article, Academic Journal

Research Interests

Stem-loop DNA, DNA aptamers, Bioluminescent proteins and Bioluminescence Resonance Energy Transfer (BRET), Histone methyltransferase inhibition

Department Service

  • MS Biomolecular Sciences 2017 - Present

    Role: Other
  • General Chemistry Lab Curriculum Committee 2015 - Present

    Role: Attendee, Meeting

College Service

  • Living Learning Community 2016 - Present

    Role: Other
  • Course evaluation committee - 2014

University Service

  • Internal Grants Program Committee 2016 - Present

    Role: Grant Proposal Reviewer, Internal
  • Honor's committee 2016 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship 2014 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Phi Kappa Phi conference planning committee 2013 - Present

    Role: Committee Chair
  • Athletics committee 2013 - 2014

    Role: Committee Member

Professional Service

  • Georgia Undergraduate Research Conference (GURC) 2016 - Present

    Role: Reviewer

Public Service

  • Science Fair, Stevens Creek Elementary 2015

    Role: Other