Dr. Wolfman’s goal in teaching chemistry is to develop critical thinking skills in his students, and he is an inspirational teacher. He encourages his students to move away from memorizing bits of information so that they learn how to assemble information to solve problems. Dr. Wolfman believes that strong problem-solving skills will serve his students well throughout life, regardless of what career path they choose. Dr. Wolfman also believes that General Chemistry is a critical course on the road to becoming a citizen of the world. Many students are “fence sitters” when they first approach their college science courses. Although they enjoyed biology and chemistry classes in high school, they are not sure whether they are sufficiently passionate about these areas to pursue careers in science. In his General Chemistry lectures, Dr. Wolfman exposes his students to the basic principles of introductory chemistry and demonstrates how these principles relate to the world around us. Dr. Wolfman, a distinguished industrial chemist, is currently Director of Inflammation Biochemistry at Wyeth Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Representative Key Publications:
Wright, J.F., Bennett F., Li, B., Brooks, J., Luxenberg, D.P., Whitters, M.J., Tomkinson, K.N., Fitz, L.J., Wolfman, N.M., Collins M., Dunussi-Joannopoulos K., Chatterjee-Kishore, M., Carreno, B.M., "The human IL-17F/IL-17A heterodimeric cytokine signals through the IL-17RA/IL-17RC receptor complex." J Immunol. 181(4):2799-805, 2009.
Wu, P.W., Li, J., Kodangattil, S.R., Luxenberg, D.P., Bennett, F., Martino, M., Collins, M., Dunussi-Joannopoulos, K., Gill, D.S., Wolfman, N.M., Fouser, L.A., "IL-22R, IL-10R2, and IL-22BP binding sites are topologically juxtaposed on adjacent and overlapping surfaces of IL-22." J Mol. Biol., 382(5):1168-83. Epub 2008 Jul 25.
Wright, J.F., Guo, Y., Quazi ,A., Luxenberg, D.P., Bennett, F., Ross, J.F., Qiu, Y., Whitters, M.J., Tomkinson, K.N., Dunussi-Joannopoulos, K., Carreno, B.M., Collins, M., Wolfman, N.M., "Identification of an interleukin 17F/17A heterodimer in activated human CD4+ T cells." J Biol Chem. 282(18):13447-55, 2007.