Joseph Houck

Joseph Houck

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  • Associate Teaching Professor
220B Whitmore Laboratory
University Park, PA 16802
(814) 865-0106

Mailing Address:
104 Chemistry Building


  1. •B.S., Chemistry with a secondary emphasis in Education, Juniata College, May 2008
  2. •Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Virginia, May 2013, Advisor: Timothy L. Macdonald, Ph.D., Dissertation: Optimization of the Activity and Metabolism of Amidine-based Sphingosine Kinase Inhibitors
  3. •Lecturer, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 2013-2016

Honors and Awards:

  1. University of Maryland
  2. •Dean’s Outstanding Lecturer Award, College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences, 2015
  3. •Elevate Fellowship (for course redesign), Teaching and Learning Transformation Center, 2015-2016
  4. • Younger Chemist Leadership Development Award, American Chemical Society, 2014
  5. University of Virginia
  6. • Department of Chemistry Graduate Teaching Award, 2013
  7. • Pratt Dissertation-Year Fellowship, Department of Chemistry, 2013
  8. • Society of Fellows Travel Fellowship, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, Spring 2013
  9. • Division of Medicinal Chemistry Travel Award, American Chemical Society, 2012
  10. • Robert J. Huskey Travel Fellowship, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, Summer 2012
  11. • Finalist, Jefferson Scholars Foundation Dissertation-Year Fellowship, 2012 (Nominated by the Department of Chemistry and was one of four finalists in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences)
  12. • Pratt Fellowship, Department of Chemistry, 2008 – 2011
  13. Juniata College
  14. • Donald M. Rockwell Chemistry Prize, 2008
  15. • Donald M. Rockwell Endowed Chemistry Scholarship, 2007
  16. • Omicron Delta Kappa (National Leadership Honor Society), 2007-2008
  17. • Gamma Sigma Epsilon (Chemistry Honor Society), 2007-2008
  18. • Juniata College Honor Society, 2007-2008
  19. • Joseph A. Dixon Travel Award, Central Pennsylvania Local Section of the ACS, Spring 2007
  20. • NSF-REU Leadership Group Travel Award, Spring 2007

Selected Publications:

Houck, J. D., Dawson, T. K., Kennedy, A. J., Kharel, Y., Naimon, N. D., Field, S. D., Lynch, K., Macdonald, T. L.  Structural requirements and docking analysis of amidine-based sphingosine kinase inhibitors containing oxadiazoles. ACS Med. Chem. Lett2016. 7 (5), 487-492.


Baykoucheva, S., Houck, J. D., White, N. Integration of EndNote Online in information literacy instruction designed for small and large chemistry courses. J. Chem. Educ. 2016. 93 (3), 470-476.


Houck, J. D., Machamer, N., Erickson, K. Graduate Student Outreach: Model of a One-day “Chemistry Camp” for Elementary Students. J. Chem. Ed. 2014. 91 (10), 1606-1610.


Klanicová, A., Houck, J. D., Baran, P., Trávníček, Z. Synthesis, X-ray structures, properties and SOD-like activity of ternary copper(II) complexes showing the N4O2 coordination with a combination of monodentate and bidentate N-donor ligands. Inorganica Chimica Acta2012, 384, 47-53.

Kennedy, A. J., Mathews, T. P., Kharel, Y., Field,
S. D., Moyer, M. L., East, J. E., Houck, J. D., Lynch, K. R., Macdonald, T. L.
Development of Amidine-Based Sphingosine Kinase 1 Nanomolar Inhibitors and
Reduction of Sphingosine 1-Phosphate in Human Leukemia Cells.  J. Med. Chem.
Chem. 2011, 54 (10), 3524-3548.



Kharel, Y., Mathews, T. P., Kennedy, A. J., Houck, J. D., Macdonald, T. L., Lynch, K. R. A rapid assay for assessment of sphingosine kinase inhibitors and substrates.  Anal. Biochem. 2011, 411(2), 230-235.