Farai C. Gombedza, M.S., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry


Assistant Professor of Biochemistry with research interest in cellular signaling and chemical education

Research Overview

My research is focused on elucidating the molecular mechanism of signal transduction in diseases including allergic asthma, vaping-induced lung diseases and kidney diseases. I am also interested in chemical education research, specifically- improving the efficacy of adaptive course-ware and innovation in online education.

Huge soccer fanatic and an avid golfer


“L-ornithine activates Ca2+ signaling to exert its protective function on human proximal tubular cells,” Shin S, Gombedza FC and Bandyopadhyay BC. Cell Signal. November 2019

“Abrogation of store-operated Ca2+ entry protects against crystal-induced ER stress in human proximal tubule cells,” Gombedza FC, Shin S, Kanaras YK and Bandyopadhyay BC. Cell Death Discovery. August 2019

“Melamine promotes calcium crystal formation in three-dimensional microfluidic device,” Gombedza FC, Evans S, Shin S, Zhang Q, Nie Z and Bandyopadhyay BC. Nature Scientific Reports. January 2019

Teaching Focus

General Chemistry Principles of Biochemistry Advanced Biological Techniques




Office Location:

Gyte 270


  • Ph.D. – Chemistry, The University of Akron
  • M.S.- Chemistry, The University of Akron
  • B.S.- Biochemistry, Lafayette College

Areas of Expertise

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Chemical Education