Ph.D. State University of New York at Buffalo
M.S., B.S. State University of New York at Oswego
A synthetic organic chemist, I teach organic chemistry and labs. After I received my B.S. and M.S. in chemistry (focus in organic) from the State University of New York at Oswego, I went on to get my Ph.D. from SUNY Buffalo under the guidance of Dr. Sherry Chemler. I then did postdoctoral work for Dr. Jeffrey Aubé, first at the University of Kansas and then at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
My research interests include small molecule library synthesis for catalytic and biological screening, natural products isolation for semi-synthesis efforts and the production of bio-fuels from green or waste feedstocks.
Molecular libraries are just that: collections of small molecules that may be used for various purposes. I would like to develop new methods for heterocycle synthesis with the goal of creating libraries of heterocycles. These libraries could then be screened, either by biologists against various pathogens or by chemists looking for organo-catalysts or ligands. Natural products are often structurally complex and may have inherent biological activity. Isolation of natural products allows chemists rapid access to advanced and otherwise challenging to access intermediates for further elaboration.
Bio-fuels have been of continual interest as a means to help reduce dependence on fossil fuels. These alternative fuels still have shortcomings in some of their properties though. Can new fuel sources or additives be identified to address the current issues? These are all areas of research that I find interesting.