Chemistry Faculty

Associate Professor Geneive Henry holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of the West Indies, Mona. Her research focuses on the isolation, characterization and semi-synthesis of bioactive natural products from plants and bacteria, with emphasis on anticancer and antibacterial agents.

Associate Professor T. Wade Johnson, department head, 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.