Christopher Bailey

Professor of Chemistry

Chair, Biological and Chemical Sciences

Stratton 219

Christopher Bailey

"Much of the learning process at Wells occurs outside of the classroom and in small groups. This, coupled with small class sizes, gives me the opportunity to get to know most of my students as individuals. It is enjoyable to watch them grow as scientists over their four years here, and then beyond."

Professor Bailey enjoys teaching and helping students learn by exploring and developing active-learning and case study exercises for the classroom and the lab. Many of the experiments that his General Chemistry students perform are open-ended and done in response to inquiries from various outside "clients." The laboratory reports for these experiments are then given context as letters of response to the respective client. His own research interests are in the field of bioinorganic chemistry, which is the study of how transition metal ions are used in biological systems. Professor Bailey likes to use chemical means to study biological problems.


1982 B.S. Beloit College, Chemistry
1987 Ph.D. University of Vermont, Inorganic Chemistry

Select Publications

Bailey, Christopher T. and Mahroof-Tahir, Mohammed. "The Chemistry of Cooley's Anemia" (2003) .

Bailey, Christopher T. "Thinking Inside the Box" (2002).

Bailey, Christopher T., et al.. "The Effect of a Covalently Attached Synergistic Anion on Chelator-Mediated Iron-Release from Ovotransferrin: Additional Evidence for Two Concurrent Pathways." Biochemistry 36 (1997): 10105 -10108.

Courses Taught

  • General Chemistry
  • Chemical Analysis
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Instrumental Methods
  • Bioinorganic Chemistry
  • Solid State Chemistry
  • The Cayuga Basin Project
  • WELLS 101: Geneology: Your Branch to the Past