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B.S. Stetson University, 2001, Chemistry/Biology/Biochemistry
Ph.D. University of Iowa, 2006, Chemistry
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Cornell University/Boyce Thompson Institute, 2006-2009
Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Heidelberg University (Tiffin, OH), 2009-2012
Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Siena College, 2012-2017
Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Siena College, 2018-present
Fulbright US Scholar to Hong Kong, Hong Kong Baptist University, 2018-2019

Degree Program University
Ph.D. Chemistry University of Iowa
B.S. Biology/Biochemistry/Chemistry Stetson University

My Siena Experience

My Teaching Philosophy

Much of the learning process is completely under the control of the student (e.g, reading, studying, practicing examples), however the professor can affect the learing process in three ways: 1) present the material as clearly and logically as possible, 2) provide resources and opportunities to learn outside the classroom, and 3) engage the students.  
  The first of these can be acheived by careful planning of lectures, handouts, assignments, and other resources.  Skills that build upon earlier skills must be emphasized to reinforce the connection and make the material seem more logical.  Second, there are always varying abilities among students in a classroom.  Therefore, it is important to provide opportunities for learning when not in class, for example, online problem sets that provide feedback, office hours, practice quizzes and exams.  Finally, and probably most importantly, student buy-in is essential.  I understand that not everyone (and dare I say it, most people) do not share my love for organic chemistry, but showing enthusiasm and using humor during lecture makes it less boring and more likely that someone will pay attention.  I have found that the number one way to encourage students to try their best is to show that you care about them and their learning.
  Therefore, I try to approach a class as if we are a team.  I am the coach.  I will instruct my students on the proper techniques to succeed.  I will ask students to practice.  I will provide additional opportunities for those who request it.  I will do the best I can to motivate the team to work hard. The performance of each member of the team will then reflect what she/he did in preparing for the grade.  With luck everyone will be proud of their effort and results.

What I Love About Siena

 I love teaching at Siena College because it is such a friendly and positive learning environment.  The students tend to have a good attitude, a bright sense of humor, and high degree of humility.  The faculty are extremely congenial, and the administration is supportive.

My Favorite Courses to Teach

 Organic Chemistry - I enjoy helping students overcome such a challenging subject.
 Chemical Ecology - I really get to know the students during the week-long trip to Florida.

My Professional Experience

Year Title University
2018 - 2019 Fulbright US Scholar Hong Kong Baptist University
2017 - Now Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Siena College
2012 - 2017 Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Siena College
2009 - 2012 Assistant Professor of Chemistry Heidelberg University
2006 - 2009 Postdoctoral Associate Cornell University/ Boyce Thompson Institute

Current Research

 I am primarily interested in discovering new bioactive chemicals from natural sources.  My research group currently has several projects:
1) Exploring Fungi for Antibacterial Compounds- We do this by growing mold in a specific growth media designed to induce production of antibiotics.  We then analyze the chemical extracts for composition and bioactivity.
2) Insect Chemical Ecology- We investigate the chemistry of insect chemical defenses.
3) Describing the Chemistry of Commercially Relevant Plants- Looking for new or known molecules of significance from plants that are used as ornamentals, foodstuffs, or flavorings.
4) Finding Uses for Natural Dyes- We are particularly interested in compounds that can be obtained from cheap plant or fungal sources and can be used as a lasing medium for a chemical dye laser.

Articles & Book Reviews

  • Chemical Investigation of winter fireflies (Ellychnia corrusca) reveals lucibufagins
    56th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Pharmacognosy
    2015
  • Antipredator Activity and Endogenous Biosynthesis of Defensive Secretion in Larval and Pupal Delphastus catalinae (Horn)(Coleoptera:Coccinellidae)
    Chemoecology, vol. 24
    2014
  • Chemical Investigation of the Medicinal and Ornamental Plant Angelonia angustifolia Benth. Reveals Therapeutic Quantities of Lupeol
    55th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Pharmacognosy, vol. 80
    2014
  • Chemical Investigation of the Medicinal and Ornamental Plant Angelonia angustifolia Benth. Reveals Therapeutic Quantities of Lupeol
    Fitoterapia, vol. 98
    2014
  • 2D NMR-Spectroscopic Screening Reveals Polyketides in Ladybugs
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, vol. 108
    2011
  • Hymenopsins A and B and a Macrophorin Analogue from a Fungicolous Hymenopsis sp.
    Journal of Natural Products, vol. 73
    2010
  • Kolokosides A-D: Four Triterpenoid Glycosides from a Hawaiian Isolate of Xylaria sp.
    Journal of Natural Products, vol. 70
    2007
  • Caryophyllene Sesquiterpenoids from a Fungicolous Isolate of Pestalotiopsis disseminata
    Journal of Natural Products, vol. 69
    2006
  • New Peanut (Arachis hypogaea) Phytoalexin with Prenylated Benzenoid and But-2-enolide Moieties
    Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, vol. 54
    2006
  • Production of Stilbenoids and Phenolic Acids by the Peanut Plant at Early Stages of Growth
    Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, vol. 54
    2006
  • A Good Endophyte of Maize: Acremonium zeae Antibiotics Inhibitory to Aspergillus flavus and Fusarium verticilliodes
    Mycological Research, vol. 109
    2005
  • Notes on the Introduced Ant, Quadristruma emmae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Florida
    Entomological News, vol. 110
    1999

Presentations

  • A Solvatochromic Method to Determine the Ground and Excited State Dipole Moments of Hydrogen-Bonding Dye
    2015
    7th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium of the Eastern New York Chapter of the American Chemical Society, Loudonville, New York
  • Activating Silent Fungal Gene Clusters via Biorational Culturing
    2015
    Siena College Academic Celebration, Loudonville, New York
  • Chemical Investigation of Impatiens hawkeri, a Plant with Uterotonic Activity
    2015
    Siena College Academic Celebration, Loudonville, New York
  • Chemical Investigation of Winter Fireflies (Ellychnia corrusca) Reveals Lucibufagins
    2015
    Siena College Academic Celebration, Loudonville, New York
  • Isolation of Fluorophores from Natural Sources for Laser Dye Development
    2015
    Siena College Academic Celebration, Loudonville, New York
  • Chemical Investigation of the Medicinal and Ornamental Plant Angelonia angustifolia Benth. Reveals Therapeutic Quantities of Lupeol
    2014
    55th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Pharmacognosy, Oxford, Mississippi
  • Determination of the Excited State Dipole Moment of Chaetochromin B
    2014
    Academic Celebration Siena College, Loudonville, New York
  • Isolation and Fluorescence Characterization of Chalcones from Glycyrrhiza glabra
    2014
    Academic Celebration Siena College, Loudonville, New York
  • Therapeutic Quantities of Lupeol from Angelonia angustifolia
    2014
    6th Annual Eastern New York American Chemical Society Undergraduate Research Symposium, Loudonville, New York
  • Activating Silent Fungal Gene Clusters via Biorational Culturing
    2013
    54th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Pharmacognosy, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Activating Silent Fungal Gene Clusters via Biorational Culturing
    2013
    5th Annual Eastern New York American Chemical Society Undergraduate Research Symposium, Loudonville, New York
  • Activating Silent Fungal Gene Clusters via Biorational Culturing
    2013
    Academic Celebration Siena College, Loudonville, New York
  • Activating Silent Fungal Gene Clusters via Biorational Culturing
    2013
    Siena College Summer Research Symposium, Loudonville, New York
  • Delphastus catalinae: Tiny Beetles Big Chemistry
    2009
    50th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Pharmacognosy, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Kolokosides A-D: Four Triterpenoid Glycosides from a Hawaiian Wood-Decay Fungus
    2006
    47th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Pharmacognosy, Washington, District of Columbia
  • A New Peanut Phytoalexin with Stilbene and Tetronic Acid Moieties
    2005
    18th Annual Aflatoxin Elimination Workshop, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Three New Caryophyllene Sesquiterpenoids from a Fungicolous Isolate of Pestalotiopsis disseminata
    2005
    46th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Pharmacognosy, Corvallis, Oregon
  • Production of Pyrrocidines by the Maize Endophyte Acremonium zeae and their Occurrence in Infected Kernels
    2004
    45th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Pharmacognosy, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Venom Ontogeny in Dusky Pigmy Rattlesnakes (Sistrurus miliarius barbouri)
    2000
    64th Annual Meeting of the Florida Academy of Sciences, Melbourne, Florida
  • Identification of Membrane-Disruptive Activities in Snake Venom using a Liposome-Based Fluorescence Dequenching Assay
    1999
    217th ACS National Meeting, Anaheim, California