Chemistry Faculty

Professor Christopher Janzen, department head, holds a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University. He specializes in analytical and inorganic chemistry. He studies the chemical changes in the near-surface environment associated with the Centralia mine fire.

Associate Professor Geneive Henry holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of the West Indies, Mona. She is interested in the isolation, characterization and synthesis of bioactive natural products.

Associate Professor T. Wade Johnson holds a Ph.D. from Iowa State University in biochemistry. His research centers on investigating aspects of electron transfer related to photosynthesis and structure function relationship of protein and small molecules.

Assistant Professor Swarna Basu holds a Ph.D. from Wesleyan University. He specializes in physical and biophysical chemistry, and his research interests are in the areas of laser spectroscopy, fluorescence microscopy and computational chemistry.

Assistant Professor Lou Ann Tom holds a Ph.D. from Lehigh University. She has 19 years of industrial pharmaceutical experience at Merck & Co. Inc. She is interested in development of molecularly imprinted polymers for the detection of low levels of pharmaceuticals and other novel applications.

Assistant Professor Renuka Manchanayakage holds a Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Binghamton. She specializes in organic and organometallic chemistry and is interested in uncovering of new synthetic organic methodologies and the synthesis of novel organic compounds, using environmentally benign methods.