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Faculty and Staff

The Chemistry Department prides itself in close student/professor relationships and the availability of individualized instruction. This helps account for the excellent
achievement and placement records of our graduates. Each faculty member is actively involved in classroom and laboratory instruction, and many conduct scholarly
research activities. Fields of specialization include biochemistry, organic, analytical, inorganic, physical and environmental chemistry as well as science education.
Faculty are listed below along with his or her areas of expertise and research interests.


Faculty Listing


Gil Belofsky

Associate Professor, Organic Chemistry. Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1996; Isolation and Characterization of Organic Compounds from Natural Sources. Investigations of the Biological Activities and Potential Pharmacological Relevance of Isolated Compounds
Timothy Beng

Assistant Professor, Organic Chemistry. Ph.D., University of Arkansas, 2011. Dynamics and Catalytic Resolution of Selected Chiral Organolithiums

Rebecca CoatesLecturer, Physical Chemistry, Ph.D., University of Utah, 2017; Structural and Thermochemical Investigations of Transition Metal Ions Complexed with Amino Acids and with Water.
Anthony Diaz

Department Chair, Professor, Inorganic Chemistry.  Ph.D., Oregon State University, 1996; Luminescence, Energy Transfer and Degradation Processes in Solid State Luminescent Systems

Levente Fabry-Asztalos

Professor, Organic Chemistry. Ph.D., Washington State University, 2001; Design and Synthesis of Inhibitors of Therapeutically Important Enzymes

Yingbin Ge

Graduate Coordinator, Associate Professor, Physical Chemistry. Ph.D., University of Hawaii, 2004; Theoretical and Computational Chemistry; Thermodynamics; Chemical Kinetics and Dynamics; Theoretical Study of Nanoclusters and Astronomical Species

Anne Johansen

Professor, Environmental Engineering Science. Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, 1999; Chemical Composition of Ambient Aerosol Particles

Todd Kroll

Assistant Professor, Biochemistry. Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 2002; Identification and characterization of protein-protein interactions that induce frontal cortical areas of the brain

JoAnn Peters

Professor, Organic Chemistry. Ph.D., Harvard University, 1986;    Organic Reaction Mechanisms, Study of Singlet Carbenes Including Oxonium and Fluoronium Ylides

Robert Rittenhouse

Associate Chair, Senior Lecturer, Physical/Inorganic Chemistry.Ph.D., Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 1975; Computational Biochemistry as Applied to the Catalytic Function of Metalloenzymes in Particular the Fidelity Assurance Mechanism Used in DNA Repair by DNA Polymerases

Derek Ricketson

Lecturer, Biochemistry.  Ph.D., University of Oregon, 2009; Self-Assembly and Regulation of Large Mechanoenzyme Complexes. 

Dion Rivera

 Associate Professor, Physical/Analytical, Ph.D., University of Utah, 2000; Spectroscopic investigations of macromolecular complexes of polyelectrolytes and surfactants. Investigations of the effect of nanoparticle metal oxides on the optical properties of polyelectrolyte/surfactant formulations.

Tim Sorey

Associate Professor, Chemical Education. Ph.D., Montana State University, 2005; Supporting Student Inquiry in the Laboratory through a Research-Based Approach and Use of Computer-Based Measurement Technology.

P. Whitney Swain III

Lecturer, Biochemistry.  Ph.D., University of Montana, Missoula, 2010; Synthesis and Structure Activity Relationship Studies of Natural Product-Derived Compound Libraries.

Carin Thomas

Professor, Biochemistry. Ph.D., University of Nevada, Reno, 1991; Mitochondrial Biochemistry, Reactive Oxygen Species, Toxicology


Staff Listing


Emil Babik     Instrument Tech899-0926
Tony BrownStockroom Manager / Instructorx1303
Brian FinnComputer Tech607-1212
Daniel HallStockroom Techx1303
Ian SeilerSafety Representative/Research Lab Manager     x1307
Lisa StoweOffice Managerx2811
Cindy WhiteInstrument Tech899-0619


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