Ph.D., Wesleyan Univ. (1982)
B.S., Lake Forest College (1974)
Professor Prigodich received a B.A. in Chemistry from Lake Forest College in 1974. For several years he worked with deaf-blind children and students with learning disabilities before returning to chemistry. He received his Ph.D. in Physical Organic Chemistry from Wesleyan University in 1982 for his research on reactive organophosphorus compounds. From 1982-85 he was a NIH Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry Department at Yale University using nuclear magnetic resonance to investigate protein-ligand interactions. He joined the Trinity College faculty in 1985.
The attraction of Trinity for Professor Prigodich was the teacher/scholar paradigm adopted by the Trinity College faculty. This provides the opportunity to reinforce the lessons taught in the classroom with experience in the research laboratory. Professor Prigodich’s research interests still center on the interactions between proteins and the other biomolecules that they bind by using a variety of physical chemical techniques. Approximately 30 of the many students who have collaborated in Professor Prigodich’s research program have gone on to receive M.D.’s and Ph.D.’s.