• Postdoctoral, The Scripps Research Institute
  • Ph.D. University of Michigan
  • B.S. Duke University


I have been a member of the faculty at Davidson since fall 1998. My training is in organic synthesis and nitrogen heterocycles. I have since branched into medicinal chemistry and drug discovery. My teaching revolves around both of these areas and I incorporate favorable aspects of online learning in my courses as possible.


My research program at Davidson started with an emphasis on synthetic methodology in nitrogen heterocycles.  I spent several tears years working with students on using new chemistry to design potential antiviral nucleoside analogues.

After completing a textbook on medicinal chemistry, I taught Davidson’s first online course (medicinal chemistry & drug discovery) on the edX platform in 2014. The course has been completely revised twice and continues to be offered with a total enrollment of over 100,000 students.  My experience in online teaching has allowed me to work with a large pharmaceutical company to design and deliver continuing education courses to drug discovery scientists.


CHE 250 Introduction to Organic Chemistry

CHE 350 Experimental Organic Chemistry

CHE 374 Medicinal Chemistry