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BenU faculty since 2020
Ph.D. - Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
M.Sc. - Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, India
B.Sc. - University of Madras, Chennai, India

Courses Taught
Introduction to Chemistry, Biochemistry

Research Area
Biochemistry, biophysical chemistry, computational chemistry, chemical education 
Dr. Narayanan research focuses on the computational and experimental approaches to studying structure and dynamics of biomolecules. More specifically he is interested in developing and characterizing new fluorescent nucleic acid bases (FBAs), understanding the mechanism of mitochondrial electron transport chain protein called Complex I, purification and characterize-ation of photolyases/crytochromes in various species.


  1. Incubating the SENCER Ideals with Project-Based Learning and Undergraduate Research, R. D Sieg, N. Beverly, Madhavan Narayanan, G. Surendran, J. Sabatini, D. S. Smyth, Science Education and Civic Engagement-An International Journal, Volume 11 Issue 1 · Winter 2019 

  1. Madhavan Narayanan, Vijay R. Singh, Goutham Kodali, Katarina Moravcevic, and Robert J. Stanley, (2017) An Ethenoadenine FAD Analog Accelerates UV Dimer Repair by DNA Photolyase. Photochemistry and photobiology, 93: 343–354 

  1. Madhavan Narayanan, S. Leung, Y. Inaba, M. Elguindy, E. Nakamaru-Ogiso (2015) Semiquinone intermediates are involved in the energy coupling mechanism of E. coli. Complex I, Biochimica et Biophysica acta - Bioenergetics 1847, 8, 681–689 

  1.  E. Nakamaru-Ogiso, Madhavan Narayanan, J. Sakyiama, (2014) Roles of semiquinone species in proton pumping mechanism by complex I, J. Bioenerg. Biomembr., 46(4):269-77 

  1. Madhavan Narayanan, D. Gabrieli, S. Leung, M. Elguindy, C. Glaser, N. Saju, S. Sinha, E. Nakamaru- Ogiso, (2013) Semiquinone and Cluster N6 Signals in His-tagged Proton-translocating NADH:Ubiquinone Oxidoreductase (Complex I) from Escherichia coli. J. Biol. Chem. 288: 14310-14319 

  1. Madhavan Narayanan, G. Kodali, V. Velvadapu, V. Singh, R. Stanley (2012) Oxidation and reduction potentials of 8-vinyladenosine measured by cyclic voltammetry: Implications for photoinduced electron transfer quenching of a fluorescent adenine analog, J. Photochem. Photobiology, 249, 9-14 

  1. G. Kodali, Madhavan Narayanan, R. Stanley (2012) Excited-State Electronic Properties of 6-Methyl-isoxanthopterin (6-MI): An Experimental and Theoretical Study, J. Phys. Chem. B, 116, 2981-2989 

  1. Madhavan, Narayanan, G. Kodali, V. Singh, Y. Xing, R. Stanley, (2010) Differential quenching of fluorescent base analogs by nucleotide monophosphates, J. Phys. Chem. B, 114 (17), pp 5953–5963)  

  1. Madhavan Narayanan, G. Kodali, Y.Xing, and R.Stanley, (2010) Photoinduced electron transfer occurs between 2-aminopurine and the DNA nucleic acid monophosphates: results from cyclic voltammetry and fluorescence quenching, J. Phys. Chem. B, 114 (32), pp 10573–10580.  

  1. G. Kodali, K. A. Kistler, Madhavan Narayanan, S. Matsika and R. Stanley, (2010) Change in electronic structure upon optical excitation of 8-Vinyladenosine: An Experimental and Theoretical Study. J. Phys. Chem. A, 114 (1), pp 256–267 


  1. The Role of Adenine in the Initial Photoinduced Electron Transfer Repair of UV-Damaged DNA By DNA Photolyase, R. Stanley, V. Singh, K. Jacoby, Madhavan Narayanan, S. Munshi, K. Moravcevic, (2013) Flavins and Flavoproteins, 403-408
  2. Study of photoinduced electron transfer in Fluorescent Nucleic acid base analogs (FBAs) and DNA photolyase, by Madhavan Narayanan, Ph.D., (2011) Temple University, 224 pages, ProQuest, UMI Dissertation Publishing, ISBN-13: 978-1-124-46575-3
  3. Intermediates in the ultrafast repair of DNA by DNA photolyase. Z. Hou, G. Kodali, Madhavan Narayanan, K. Yang, R. J. Stanley (2006) Femtochemistry VII: Fundamental Ultrafast Processes in Chemistry, Physics, and Biology, Pages 337–345, Edited by: A. Welford Castleman, Jr. and Michele L. Kimble ISBN: 978-0-444-52821-6

Madhavan Narayanan, PhD

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