Natalia Smelkova

Faculty ProfileNatalia Smelkova

Natalia Smelkova Assistant Professor of Bio-Chemistry
School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Ph.D., Sackler Institute of Biomedical Sciences New York University School of Medicine - Biochemistry
M.S., Moscow State University - Organic Chemistry of Nucleic Acids
B.S., Moscow State University - Chemistry  
Vologda State Pedagogical Institute, Biology and Chemistry Education

Email: nsmelkova@ferrum.edu
Office phone: (540) 365-4362
Personal web page: n/a
Office: Garber 314
Teaching at Ferrum since: 2007

Courses taught:

  • BIO101 – General Biology
  • CHM 105 - Introduction into Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • CHM 301 – Organic Chemistry (part I)
  • CHM 302 – Organic Chemistry (part II)
  • CHM 315 – Biochemistry (writing intensive) 
  • LSC 307 – Junior Seminar


  • Patricio Abarzua, Natalia Smelkova and Jason Sparkowski Universal Reagents for Rolling Circle Amplification and Methods of Use. US Patent: US 2004/0191784 A1, 2004.
  • Smelkova, N. and Marians, K.J. Timely release of both replication Forks from OriC requires modulation of Origin topology. (2001) J. Biolog. Chemistry, 276 (42), p.39186-39191.
  • Smelkova, N. V., and Borowiec, J.A. (1998) Synthetic DNA Replication Bubbles bound and unwound with Twofold symmetry by a Simian Virus T antigen Double Hexamer. J. Virol. 72 (11), p.8766-8773.
  • Smelkova, N. V. and Borowiec, J.A. (1997) Activation of SV40 T antigen DNA helicase by Hexamer Dimerization J. Virol. 71 (11),p.8766-8773.
  • Smelkova, N. V., Elov A.A., and Shabarova, Z.A. (1992)
  • Construction of mRNA-coding DNA templates of preset structure by means of polymerase chain reactions. Bioorganicheskaja Khimia, 18, 78-84.

Projects and Research:

  • 1.     MDA (Multiple Displacement Amplification) reaction as an alternative to PCR way of DNA production.
    2.     Chemistry of Art.
    3.     Freshwater pseudo-ecosystem.


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