Welcome to Arkansas State University!

Associate Professor of Chemistry


Education

  • Postdoctoral work at UNC - Chapel Hill and the University of Iowa
  • Ph.D. Chemistry, Iowa State University
  • M.S. Chemistry, University of Wyoming
  • B.Chem. Chemistry, University of Minnesota

Teaching Specialties

  • Organic chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Pharmacology
  • Toxicology

Research Interests

  • Rational drug design
  • Structure-Activity Relationships
  • Cellular uptake and toxicology of transition metals
  • Biosensor development

Affiliations

  • American Chemical Society
  • American Cancer Society

Biography

Dr. Ontko came to Arkansas State University in 2008 from the University of Wyoming - School of Pharmacy. There his research focused on the anticancer activity of gold-containing coordination complexes in a variety of ovarian cancer cell lines. Specifically, his group examined the effects of a) the oxidation state of the central gold atom, b) variations in the ligand environment, and c) gold induced apoptosis on cellular signaling processes. While at Wyoming, Dr. Ontko was also the recipient of college, university, and national level recognition for teaching excellence in the PharmD curriculum.

Allyn Ontko


Contact Information

P: 870-972-3472
F: 870-972-3089


Office

Building: Lab Science West
Room: 548



Alternative Contact

Marsha Trusty
P: 870-972-3086
mtrusty@astate.edu