Dr. Gopal Subramaniam, Dept of Chemistry & Biochemistry


Research Interests:

One of my interests is in the application of NMR spectroscopy and molecular modeling to the structure and dynamics of small and large molecules. Recent work includes mechanism of ring-contraction reactions, fluxional behavior of benzazepines, synthesis and characterization of certain sulfones, and modeling the observed reaction pathways.

In the area of education, particularly educating future science teachers, we have formed a collaboration with in-service teachers to carry out project-based hands-on experimental methods in the classroom and bring the experiential learning to our aspiring teachers and improve teaching methods.


Recent Publications:

Development of a highly potent, selective, and cell-active Inhibitor of cysteine cathepsin L–A hybrid design approach” Dibyendu Dana, Shatarupa De, Pratikkumar Rathod, Anibal R. Davalos, Daniel A. Novoa, Suneeta Paroly, Viviana M. Torres, Nisar Afzal, Ravi S. Lankalapalli, Susan A. Rotenberg, Emmanuel J. Chang, Gopal Subramaniam and Sanjai Kumar (2014) Chem. Commun. DOI: 10.1039/C4CC04037F


Regioselective Alkylation Reactions of 2,4-Diphenyl-3H-1-benzazepine give either 3-Alkyl-3H-1-benzazepines or 1-Alkyl-1H-1-benzazepines” Allen Ko, Aaron Lam, Jeffrey Li, Edyta M. Greer, David J. Szalda, Sasan Karimi, Gopal Subramaniam, and Keith Ramig (2014) Tet. Lett. 55, 4386-89.

“Synthesis of Dibenzocyclohepten-5-ones by Electrophilic Iodocyclization of 1-(1,1’-Biphenyl]-2-yl)-alkynones” – Yu Chen, Chenlong Huang, Xiaochen Liu, Eliyahu Perl, Zhiwei Chen, Jieun Namgung, Gopal Subramaniam, Gan Zhang, and William Hersh (2014) J. Org. Chem. 79, 3452-64.


“NMR Spectroscopic and Computational Study of Conformational Isomerism in Substituted 2-Aryl-3H-1-benzazepines: Toward Isolable Atropisomeric Benzazepine Enantiomers” - Keith Ramig, Edyta M. Greer, David J. Szalda, Sasan Karimi, Allen Ko, Laura Boulos, Jiansan Gu, Nathan Dvorkin, Hema Bhramdat, and Gopal Subramaniam (2013) J. Org. Chem 78, 8028-36.


"A Base-Controlled Regioselective Synthesis of Allyl and Vinyl Phenyl Sulfones" - Dibyendu Dana, Anibal R. Davalos, Gopal Subramaniam, Nisar Afzal, William H. Hersh, and Sanjai Kumar (2013) Tet. Lett. 54, 2717-21.

“Development of Cell-Active Non-peptidyl Inhibitors of Cysteine Cathepsins” - Dibyendu Dana, Anibal R. Davalos, Shatarupa De, Pratikkumar Rathod, Ranjith K. Gamage, Juliana Huestis, Nisar Afzal, Yuriy Zavalov, Suneeta S. Paroly, Susan A. Rotenberg, Gopal Subramaniam, Kevin J. Mark, Emmanuel J. Chang, Sanjai Kumar (2013) Bioorg. Med. Chem. 21: 2975-2987.

“Tandem ring-contraction/decarbonylation of 2,4-diphenyl-3H-1-benzazepine to 2,4-diphenylquinoline” - Sasan Karimi, Prakash Prasad, William F. Berkowitz,  Keith Ramig, Edyta Greer, David J. Szalda, and Gopal Subramaniam (2013) Tetrahedron 69: 146-151.


General Chemistry 1 and 2, Practicum in Chemistry Education, Organic Chemistry


Other Activities:

Advisor for ChemEd majors, Science is Fun Club, and Chemical Demonstration Shows. Member of Department Curriculum Committee.

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Contact Details:


Dr. Gopal Subramaniam

Remsen 206C

Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Queens College - CUNY

Queens, NY 11367
Tel: 718-997-4123










LI- ACS Chem Challenge 2014 Silver Medal Winners


ChemEd student Joel demonstrates

Exploding balloon at Hayden Show


ChemEd Student Freida demonstrates

 Foaming melon at Hayden Show

Earth Day Celebration 2014 - Walk Over the Brooklyn Bridge with NY-ACS members