Dr. Brent Hamstra received a BS in chemistry from Andrews University in 1992 and a
Ph.D.in inorganic chemistry from the University of Michigan in 1998. He spent a year
performing post-doctoral research at the University of Notre Dame before joining the
Southern Adventist University Chemistry Department in 1999. He is particularly interested
in the interactions of transition metal ions with proteins and in the synthesis and
study of molecules designed to mimic the structures and activities of metal-dependent
Dr. Hamstra enjoys teaching chemistry to students with a wide variety of interests—chemistry majors, prospective medical professionals, and even those studying chemistry only to fulfill general education requirements. In his classes he makes a conscious effort to relate the study of chemistry to our understanding of God. He also values the opportunity to help chemistry majors plan their coursework in preparation for their careers.
In his free time Dr. Hamstra enjoys spending time with his wife, a forensic scientist/crime scene investigator, reading a variety of books, and cultivating his life-long fascination with the Detroit Tigers, Lions, Red Wings and Pistons. He has also occasionally been spotted playing intramural sports.