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Geneive Elizabeth Henry, Ph.D.

Department: Chemistry

Professor of Chemistry

  • Education
  • PHD, Univ of West Indies - Mona
  • BS, Univ of West Indies - Mona
Geneive Henry

Growing up in Montego Bay, Jamaica, I aspired to become either a medical doctor or a school teacher, although I didn't have a particular subject in mind. My passion for chemistry was sparked when I took my first chemistry class in the ninth grade. By the time I entered college, I knew that I wanted to complete a degree in chemistry, but still didn't have a clear idea what I wanted to do after college. I took my first natural product chemistry course in my final year in college, and was fascinated by the subject. It was at that point that I decided to pursue a PhD in organic chemistry, with an emphasis on natural product chemistry.

At Susquehanna, my primary area of research is natural product and medicinal chemistry. Although my career path didn't direct me toward a medical degree, I am, in a sense, doing what I aspired to do as a child, i.e. teaching and studying certain aspects of medicine.

I cherish the opportunities that I have to engage Susquehanna students in discussions on medicinal chemistry topics, both in the classroom and research lab setting.

GENEIVE E. HENRY
Department of Chemistry, Susquehanna University
514 University Ave., Selinsgrove, PA 17870
Phone: 570-372-4222, Fax: 570-372-2752, E-mail: henry@susqu.edu

EDUCATION
University of the West Indies (U. W. I.), Mona, Jamaica

Ph.D., Organic Chemistry (1998)
           Thesis Title: Structure and Synthesis of Compounds from Endemic Caribbean
           Guttiferae, Euphorbiaceae and Rutaceae
B.Sc., Chemistry, First Class Honors (1993)                                                 

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING
University of Rhode Island, Spring 2011

  • Isolation and characterization of antibacterial and a-glucosidase inhibitory procyanidins from USA sugar maple roots

Susquehanna University, Associate Professor of Chemistry (2009-present)

  • Purification, structural elucidation and biological evaluation of natural products from Pennsylvania Hypericum and Carex plant species.
  • Characterization of antibiotic natural products from novel Centralia Actinomycetes (collaboration with Tammy Tobin in Biology Department at Susquehanna University)
  • Evaluation of effects of natural products on migration of human glioblastoma cells (collaboration with Nikolaos Tapinos at Weis Center for Research, Geisinger Medical Center)

Susquehanna University, Assistant Professor of Chemistry (2003-2009)                          

  • Purification, structural elucidation and biological evaluation of natural products from Pennsylvania Hypericum and Carex plant species.

State University of New York, Environmental Science and Forestry Division (Summer 2003)                  Development of catalysts for paper pulping.

Michigan State University, Department of Horticulture (2000-2001)                                      

  •   Studies on the antioxidant, antibacterial and cyclooxygenase I and II inhibitory activities of natural products from edible fruit and folk medicinal plants.

Harvard University, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology (1998-2000)               

  • Studies towards synthesis of 2,5-dicyanopiperazines as potential DNA cross-linking agents.
  • Studies towards the synthesis of novel dehydrating agents.

University of Toronto, Department of Chemistry (February - May 1997, May 1998)

  • Hands-on training in modern two-dimensional NMR techniques.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Susquehanna University (2003-present)     
Courses: Organic Chemistry I and II (lecture and laboratory sections), Medicinal Chemistry,
                 Chemical Concepts (lecture and laboratory section), Perspectives (First year seminar)

  • Completely revised Organic Chemistry lab curriculum
  • Introduced inquiry-based labs
  • Introduced ChemDraw and structure elucidation workshops
  • Developed new stereochemistry workshop currently used as first semester lab unit
  • Developed Interdisciplinary Medicinal Chemistry special topics course (Chemistry, Biology, Health Care Studies and Honors Elective)

Lincoln University, Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry (2001-2003)                           
Courses: Organic Chemistry I and II (lecture and laboratory sections), General Chemistry
                 Laboratory, Scientific Literature Survey (Course covered research ethics and the role of chemical 
                 literature in the development of Chemistry)
University of the West Indies
Lecturer: General Chemistry (Summer 1998)                                                
Tutorial Assistant: General Chemistry (1997-1998)                                            
Graduate Teaching Assistant: General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Advanced Organic Chemistry (1993-1998)

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

2011: Susquehanna University Whatever it takes (WIT) Award
2009: John Horn Distinguished Service Lectureship (Award for outstanding scholarship)
1998: National Chapter of Canada IODE Fellowship (Award for outstanding research)
1998: Best Ph.D. Poster, U.W.I. Mona Symposium of Natural Products and Medicinal Chemistry
1998: Best Graduate Student Thesis (U.W.I.)                                                   
1993-1997: Postgraduate Scholarship (U.W.I.)
1993: Cedric Hassal Scholarship (U.W.I.) (Most outstanding upper-level Chemistry student)
1989: Montego Bay Community College Female Student of the Year        

PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS (Susquehanna undergraduates in bold)

  • Niesen, D.; Ma, H.; Yuan, T.; Bach, A. C.; Henry, G. E.; Seeram, N. P. Phenolic constituents of Carex vulpinoidea seeds and their tyrosinase inhibitory activities. Nat. Prod. Comm.  2014, In press.
  •   Force, R.; Chen, S-L.; Fortier, E.; Rowlands, E.; Heneks, J.; Rovnyak, D.; Henry, G. E. Spirocyclic acylphloroglucinol derivatives from Hypericum pyramidatum. Nat. Prod. Comm. 2014, 9, 961-964.
  • Sarkisian, S. A.; Janssen, M. J.; Matta, H.; Henry, G. E.; LaPlante, K. L.; Rowley, D. C. Inhibition of bacterial growth and biofilm production by metabolites from Hypericum spp. Phytother. Res., 2012, 26, 1012-1016.
  • González-Sarrías, A.; Gromek, S.; Niesen, D.; Seeram, N. P.; Henry, G. E. Resveratrol oligomers isolated from Carex species inhibit growth of human colon tumorigenic cells mediated by cell cycle arrest. J. Agric. Food Chem.  2011, 59, 8632-8638.
  •  Manning, K.; Petrunak, E.; Lebo, M.; González-Sarrías, A.; Seeram, N. P., Henry, G. E Acylphloroglucinol and xanthones from Hypericum ellipticum. Phytochemistry, 2011, 72, 662-667.
  • Li, L.; Woolridge, D.; Saing, S. R.; Jennings, J.; Henry, G. E.; Seeram, N. P. Flavonoids and a stilbene from Triadenum fraseri (Spach) Gleason. Biochem. Syst. Ecol. 2010, 38, 1074-1076.
  • Li, L.; Henry, G. E., Seeram, N.P. Identification and bioactivities of resveratrol oligomers and flavonoids from Carex folliculata seeds.  J. Agric. Food Chem2009, 57, 7282-7287.
  • Henry, G. E.; Campbell, M. S.; Zelinsky, A.; Liu, Y.; Bowen-Forbes, C.; Li, L.; Nair, M. G.; Rowley, D. C.; Seeram, N. P. Bioactive acylphloroglucinols from Hypericum densiflorum. Phytother. Res., 2009, 23, 1759-1762.
  • Petrunak, E.; Kester, A. C.; Liu, Y.; Bowen-Forbes, C. S.; Nair, M. G.; Henry, G. E. New benzophenone O-glucoside from Hypericum ellipticum. Nat. Prod. Comm. 2009, 4, 507-510.
  • Henry, G. E.; Raithore, S.; Zhang. Y.; Jayaprakasam, B.; Nair, M. G.; Heber, D.; Seeram, N. P. Acylphloroglucinols from Hypericum prolificum. J. Nat. Prod. 2006, 69, 1645-1648.
  • Henry, G. E.; Adams, L. S.; Rosales, J. C.; Jacobs, H.; Heber, D.; Seeram, N. P. Kaurene diterpenes from Laetia thamnia inhibit the growth of human cancer cells in vitro. Cancer Lett., 2006, 244, 190-194.
  • Manning, M. S.; Henry, G. E.; Omori, S.; Francis, R. C. Addition of hydrogen peroxide and molybdate to chlorine dioxide bleaching stages. J. Pulp Pap. Sci. 2006, 32, 58-62.
  • Henry, G. E.; Momin, R.A.; Nair, M. G.; Dewitt, D. L. Antioxidant and cyclooxygenase activities of fatty acids found in food. J. Agric. Food Chem. 2002, 50, 2231-2234.
  •  Henry, G. E.; Jacobs, H. A Short Synthesis of 5-Methoxy-2,2-dimethyl-2H-benzopyran-6-propanoic acid methyl ester. Tetrahedron 2001, 57, 5335-5338.
  • Christian, O. E.; Henry, G. E.; Jacobs, H.; McLean, S.; Reynolds, W. F. Prenylated benzophenone derivatives from Clusia havetiodes var. stenocarpa. J. Nat. Prod. 2001, 64, 23-25.
  •  Henry, G. E.; Jacobs, H.; Carrington, C. M. S.; McLean, S.; Reynolds, W. F. Prenylated benzophenone derivatives from Caribbean Clusia species (Guttiferae).  Plukenetiones B-G and Xerophenone A.  Tetrahedron 1999, 55, 1581-1596.
  • Harding, W. H.; Henry, G. E.; Lewis, P. A.; Jacobs, H.; McLean, S.; Reynolds, W. F. Alvaradoins A-D.  Anthracenone C arabinosides from Alvaradoa jamaicensis. J. Nat. Prod. 1999, 62, 98-101.
  • Henry, G. E.; Jacobs, H.; Carrington, C. M. S.; McLean, S.; Reynolds, W. F. Plukenetione A.  An unusual adamantyl ketone from Clusia plukenetii (Guttiferae). Tetrahedron Lett. 1996, 37, 8663-8666.
  • Henry, G. E.; Jacobs, H.; McLean, S.; Yang, J-P.; Reynolds, W. F. Xerophenones A and B.  New isoprenylated derivatives of 11-oxatricyclo[4.3.1.14,10]undecane-7,9-dione from Clusia portlandiana (Guttiferae). Tetrahedron Lett. 1995, 36, 4575-4578.

MANUSCRIPTS SUBMITTED/IN PREPARATION (Susquehanna undergraduates in bold)

  • Chen, S.; Force, R.; Heneks, J.; Rhodes, B. Xanthones, flavonoids and stilbenes from Hypericum stragulum. To be submitted to J. Nat. Prod. or Phytochemistry
  • Rhodes, B.; Rhodes, A.;Tom. L.;Henry, G. E. Analysis of the flavonoid content of ten Pennsylvania Hypericum species.To be submitted to J. Ethnopharmacol.
  • Henry, G. E.; Yuan, T.; Edmonds, M.; Li, L.; Seeram, N. P. Antioxidant and a-glucosidase inhibitory activities of maple (Acer spp.) bark extracts. To be submitted to Pharm. Bio.
  • Palmer, M. R.; Suiter, C.L.; Henry. G. E.; Rovnyak, J. L.; Hoch, J. C.; Polenova, T.; Rovnyak. D. Absolute sensitivity of nonuniform sampling. To be submitted to Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys.

POSTER PRESENTATIONS (Susquehanna undergraduates in bold)    
2009-2014 Academic years

  • Chen, S-L.; Force, R.;  Heneks, J.; Rhodes, B.; Henry, G. E. Porphyrins from acetone extract of Hypericum stragulum. Juniata University Landmark Symposium (July 2014)
  • Heneks, J.; Chen, S-L.; Force, R.; Rhodes, B.; Henry, G. E. New xanthones from acetone extract of Hypericum stragulum. Juniata University Landmark Symposium (July 2014)
  • Force, R.; Heneks, J.; Chen, S-L.; Rhodes, B.; Henry, G. E. Flavonoids from acetone extract of Hypericum stragulum. Juniata University Landmark Symposium (July 2014)
  • Force, R.;Chen, S-L.; Fortier, E.; Rowlands, E.; Heneks, J.; Henry, G. E. New spirocyclic acylphloroglucinols from hexane extract of Hypericum pyramidatum. Pennsylvania Academy of Science Conference (March 2014)
  • Fortier, E.; Ngo, D.; Heneks, J.; Force, R.;Chen, S. Henry, G. E. Polyene and polyphenolic compounds from acetone extract of Hypericum pyramidatum. Pennsylvania Academy of Science Conference (March 2014)
  • Bruer, M.; Rhodes, B.; Heneks, J.; Chen, S.; Force, R.; Henry, G. E. Chemistry of the hexane extract of Hypericum stragulum. Pennsylvania Academy of Science Conference (March 2014)
  • Rhodes, B.; Rhodes, A.; Henry, G. E. HPLC Analysis of the phenolic constituents of Hypericum species from Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania Academy of Science Conference (March 2014)·        
  • Rhodes, B.; Rhodes, A.; Henry, G. E. HPLC Analysis of the phenolic constituents of Hypericum species from Pennsylvania. American Chemical Society, 247th National Conference (March 2014)
  • Chen, S-L.; Force, R.; Fortier, E.; Rowlands, E.; Henry, G. E. Acylphloroglucinols from hexane extract of Hypericum pyramidatum. Susquehanna University Landmark Symposium (July 2013)        
  • Ngo, D.; Chen, S-L.; Force, R. Henry, G. E. Polyphenols and other natural products from acetone extract of Hypericum pyramidatum. Susquehanna University Landmark Symposium (July 2013)
  • Neidrich, K.; Capozzoli, B.; Henry, G. E. Chemical constituents of a methanol extract of Hypericum ellipticum. American Chemical Society, 245th National Conference (April 2013)
  •  Lion, M.; Rowlands, E.; Henry, G. E. Antibacterial natural products from Hypericum canadense. American Chemical Society, 245th National Conference (April 2013)
  •  Henry, G. E.; Yuan, T.; Edmonds, M.; Li, L.; Seeram, N. P.Antioxidant and a-glucosidase inhibitory activities of maple (Acer spp.) bark extracts. International Congress on Natural Products Research (July-August 2012)       
  • Niesen, D.; González-Sarrías, A.; Ma, H.; Yuan, T.; Henry, G. E.; Seeram, N. P. Isolation of cytotoxic constituents from Carex vulpinoidea seeds. International Congress on Natural Products Research (July-August 2012)        
  • Niesen, D.; González-Sarrías, A.; Yuan, T.; Henry, G. E.; Seeram, N. P. Bioassay-guided isolation of cytotoxic constituents from Carex vulpinodea seeds. American Chemical Society 244th National Conference (August 2012)        
  • Rhodes, B.; Neidrich, K.; Lion, M.; Henry, G. E. Flavonoids from acetone extract of Hypericum mutilum. Moravian College Landmark Symposium (July 2012)
  • Manning, K.; Rhodes, B.; Henry, G. E. Chemical compounds from the hexane extract of Hypericum mutilum. American Chemical Society, 243rd National Conference (March 2012)
  • Gordon, J.; Petronaci, M.; Tobin, T.; Henry, G. E. Isolation and Characterization of Antimicrobial Agents from a Novel Species of Actinomycete Obtained from Soil Samples at the Centralia Mine Fire. National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (April 2012)        
  • Sarkisian, S. A.; Henry, G. E.; LaPlante, K. L.; Rowley, D. C. Inhibition of bacterial growth and biofilm production by metabolites from Hypericum spp. University of Rhode Island Discovery Day (April 2011), First place winner
  • Manning, K.; Petrunak, E.; Lebo, M.; Henry, G. E. New xanthones from Hypericum ellipticum. American Chemical Society, 241st National Conference (March 2011)
  • Niesen, D.; Manning, K.; Petrunak, E.; Lebo, M.; Henry, G. E. Chemical composition of the hexane extract of Hypericum ellipticum. American Chemical Society, 241st National Conference (March 2011)
  • Petronaci, M.; Henry, G. E.; Tobin, T. Identifying a novel species of Actinomycete isolated from soil obtained in Centralia, PA and characterizing its anti-microbial products. National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (April 2011)
  • Li, L.; Woolridge, D.; Saing, S. R.; Jennings, J.; Henry, G. E.; Seeram, N. P. Phytochemicals in Fraser's marsh St. John's Wort (Triadenum fraseri). American Chemical Society, 240th National Conference (August 2010)
  • Sarkisian, S. A.; Henry, G. E.; LaPlante, K. L.; Rowley, D. C. Inhibition of bacterial growth and biofilm production by metabolites from Hypericum spp. Rhode Island Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows (RI SURF) Conference (July 2010)
  • Manning, K.; Petrunak, E.; Lebo, M.; Henry, G. E.New xanthones from Hypericum ellipticum. Juniata College Landmark Symposium (July 2010), First place winner

  • Gromek, S.; Niesen, D.; Henry, G. E.Structure elucidation of resveratrol oligomers from Carex gynandra leaves. American Chemical Society, 239th National Conference (March 2010)
  • Gromek, S.; Niesen, D.; Henry, G. E.NMRstructure elucidation of resveratrol oligomers from Carex gynandra leaves. Wilkes University Conference on Undergraduate Research and Education in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (November 2009)
  • Li, L.; Henry, G. E.; Seeram, N.P. Flavonoids and a tetrastilbene from Carex folliculata seeds and their anticancer and antibacterial activities.  American Chemical Society, 238th National Conference (August 2009)
  • Gromek, S.; Niesen, D.; Henry, G. E.Antibacterial effects of Carex crinita, lurida and folliculata extracts against Staphylococcus aureus and Bacillus subtilis. Susquehanna University Landmark Symposium (July 2009) 

2003-2009 Academic years

  • Kester, A.; Petrunak, A.; Henry, G. E.Isolation and structure elucidation of polyphenolic compounds from Hypericum ellipticum. National Conferences on Undergraduate Research(April 2009)
  • Gromek, S.; Niesen, D.; Henry, G. E.Antibacterial effects of Carex crinita, lurida and folliculata extracts against Staphylococcus aureus and Bacillus subtilis. Pennsylvania Academy of Science Conference (March 2009)
  • Petrunak, E.; Kester, A.; Henry, G. E.New benzophenone glucoside from Hypericum ellipticum. American Chemical Society, 237th National Conference (March 2009)
  • Henry, G. E.; Zhang, Y.; Jayaprakasam, B.; Campbell, M. S.; Detmer, C. A.; Nair, M. G.; Seeram, N. P. Anticancer studies of acylphloroglucinols from Hypericum densiflorum. American Chemical Society, 235rd National Conference (April 2008)
  • Campbell, M. S.; Zelinsky, A. A.; Henry, G. E. Antibacterial natural products from Hypericum densiflorum. American Chemical Society, 235rd National Conference (April 2008)
  • Zelinsky, A. A.; Campbell, M. S.; Gromek S.; Henry, G. E. Antibacterial compounds from Hypericum mutilum. American Chemical Society, 235rd National Conference (April 2008)
  • Rush, L.; Zelinsky, A. A.; Gromek S.; Henry, G. E. Antioxidant and antibacterial studies of Hypericum species growing in Pennsylvania. American Chemical Society, 235rd National Conference (April 2008)
  • Saing, R.; Raithore, S.; Henry, G. E.; Zhang, Y.; Seeram, N. P. Triterpenes and other constituents of Hypericum prolificum. American Chemical Society, 233rd National Conference (March 2007)
  •  Matta, H.; Janssen, M.; Kester, A.; McKenzie, J. A. M.; Henry, G. E. Polyphenolic compounds from Hypericum punctatum. American Chemical Society, 233rd National Conference (March 2007)
  • Mckenzie, J. A. M.; Bell, D. S.; Henry, G. E. A HPLC-based method used in chromatographic fingerprinting of the constituents of St. John's wort. Pittcon Conference (March 2006)
  •   Raithore, S.; Henry, G. E.; Zhang, Y.; Seeram, N. P. New acylphloroglucinol derivatives from   Hypericum prolificum. American Chemical Society, 231st National Conference (March 2006)
  • Janssen, M.; Matta, H.; Henry, G. E. Chemical constituents of Hypericum punctatum. American Chemical Society, 231st National Conference (March 2006)
  • Crotchfelt. R.; Henry, G. E.  Secondary metabolites of Hypericum canadense. American Chemical Society, 231st National Conference (March 2006)
  • Henry, G. E.; Rosales, J. C.; Adams, L. S.; Seeram, N. P. Cytotoxic Kaurene diterpenes from Laetia thamnia (Flacourtiaceae). American Chemical Society, 229th National Conference (March 2005)
  • Held, B.; Henry, G. E. Chemical constituents of Marcgravia brownei and Omphalea triandra. American Chemical Society, 229th National Conference (March 2005)

Prior to Susquehanna

  • Henry, G. E.; Nair, M. G. Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory fatty acids. American Society of Pharmacognosy, 42nd Annual Meeting (July 2001)
  • Henry, G. E.; Jacobs, H. Novel Prenylated benzophenones from Caribbean Clusia species. Mona Symposium of Natural Products and Medicinal Chemistry(January 1998)
  • Henry, G. E.; Jacobs, H. Benzophenones and triterpenes from Caribbean Clusia species. American Chemical Society, 212th National Conference (August 1996)
  • Henry, G. E.; Jacobs, H. Benzophenones and triterpenes from Caribbean Clusia species.Mona Symposium of Natural Products and Medicinal Chemistry (January 1996)
  • Henry, G. E.; Jacobs, H. Synthesis of a chromene derivative isolated from Hortia regia. Mona Symposium of Natural Products and Medicinal Chemistry (January 1994)   


ORAL PRESENTATIONS

  • NMR Structure Elucidation of spirocyclic acylphloroglucinols from Hypericum pyramidatum.  Wilkes University Conference on Research and Education in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy and Mass Spectrometry (May 28, 2014). Invited.
  • Spirocyclic acylphloroglucinols from Hypericum pyramidatum. 25th Mona Symposium of Natural Product and Medicinal Chemistry, University of the West Indies, Jamaica (January 2014).
  • Bioactive potential of stilbenoids of the Carex genus. American Chemical Society 244th National Conference, Philadelphia (August 2012). Invited.
  • NMR structure elucidation of prenylated acylphloroglucinol derivatives from Pennsylvania Hypericum species. Bloomsburg University Conference on Research and Education in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (October 22, 2011). Invited.
  • Bioactive natural products from Pennsylvania Hypericum species, University of Rhode Island, School of Pharmacy (February 2011). Invited.
  • Medicinal properties of Pennsylvania Hypericum species, Susquehanna University Horn Lecture (April 2010).
  • Acylphloroglucinol derivatives from Hypericum prolificum. 21st Mona Symposium of Natural Products and Medicinal Chemistry, University of the West Indies, Jamaica (January 2006).
  • Chemical and biological characterization of Pennsylvania Hypericum species. Susquehanna University Science Luncheon (October 2005).          

FUNDED GRANTS
External:

  •  NSF-RUI award (2012-2015): Investigation of the chemical diversity of Pennsylvania Hypericum species ($150,000)
  • Research Corporation for Science Advancement Cottrell College Award (2007-2010): Chemical and biological investigation of Hypericum species ($34,980)
  • NSF-MRI grant submitted by Bucknell University (2005-2008): Acquisition of a high-resolution NMR spectrometer to advance faculty and undergraduate research. ($475,000)
    Co-contributor: Authored section on the use of NMR to characterize complex natural products.
    Co-investigators: David Rovnyak, Timothy Strein, Robert Stockland, Beth Cunningham, James Maneval, Eric Tillman, David Wolfe (Lycoming College)

Susquehanna:

  • Susquehanna University Summer Research Partners (2012): Phytochemical study of Hypericum mutilum ($2,320)*  
  • Susquehanna University Summer Research Partners (2010): Study of bioactive chemicals from  Hypericum ellipticum ($2,900)*  
  • Susquehanna University Summer Research Partners (2009): Phytochemical and antibacterial studies of Carex folliculata leaf extract ($2,900)*  
  • Susquehanna University Summer Research Partners (2008): Study of antibacterial and antioxidant potential of the chemical constituents of Hypericum ellipticum($2,900)*
  • Susquehanna University Faculty Development and Research (2007-2008): Phytochemical studiesofHypericum mutilum ($2,500)
  • Susquehanna University Summer Research Partners (2007): Phytochemical studies of Hypericum mutilum ($2,900)*  
  • Susquehanna University Faculty Development and Research (2006-2007): Characterization and biological evaluation of constituents of Triadenum fraseri ($2,500)  
  • Susquehanna University Summer Research Partners (2006); Chemistry of Triadenum fraseri ($2,700)*  
  • Susquehanna University Faculty Development and Research (2005-2006): Chemical investigation of Hypericum prolificum ($2,500)    
  • Susquehanna University Summer Research Partners (2005); Chemistry of Hypericum prolificum ($2,700)*  
  • Susquehanna University Faculty Development and Research (2004-2005): Investigation of the chemical Constituents of Laetia thamnia ($2,500)      
  • Susquehanna University Summer Research Partners (2004): Investigation of the chemical constituents of Laetia thamnia ($2,400)*
  • Susquehanna University Start up award (2003-2005): $17,000  
    *Undergraduate stipend

UNFUNDED GRANTS

  • NIH-RI5 award - Isolation and Characterization of Novel Actinomycetes and their Antimicrobial Products from Hot Soils Overlying the Centralia, Pennsylvania Mine Fire ($225,00)
    Co-PI with Tammy Tobin, Department of Biology, Susquehanna University   
    Submitted June 2012 (not funded)
  • Department of Education Susquehanna University McNair Grant ($1,000,000)    
    Co-PI with Cymone Fourshey, Department of History, Susquehanna University    
    Co-Authors: Orena Van, Ed Clarke, Lisa Scott, Alissa Packer, Helen Nunn    
    Submitted June 2012 (not funded)
     


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
January 2013 ACS Leadership Institute, Dallas, Texas
                        Courses: Engaging and Motivating Volunteers; Strategic Planning
Fall 2010         Leader of Susquehanna University Teaching circle
April 2010       Pennsylvania Rare Plant Forum, Wilkes University
June 2007        Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) laboratory workshop,
Washington College
May 2006        Susquehanna Publish and Flourish Workshop
May 2005        Susquehanna Writing seminar
January 2004   Susquehanna Faculty Teaching and Learning Workshop
June 2004        Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL), George Washington University
June 2002        Problem Based Learning (PBL), Baltimore Convention Center                                                                            
SYNERGISTIC ACTIVITIES
2014 -present External Advisory Committee member for Bucknell University's NSF STEM grant
2014                Chair, Susquehanna Valley section of the American Chemical Society
2013                Evaluation of scholarship for Penn State York tenure candidate
2013                Section moderator for Landmark Research Symposium at Susquehanna University
2013                NSF-MRI Review panel
2013                Reviewer for National Science Foundation Research in Undergraduate Institutions proposal
2013                Chair-Elect, Susquehanna Valley section of the American Chemical Society
2012-present   Women Chemist Committee contact ACS Susquehanna Valley section
2010-2012       Board Member for Friends of Joseph Priestley House
2010                Judge for Landmark Research Symposium at Juniata College
2009-2012       National Chemistry Week Coordinator for ACS Susquehanna Valley section
2009                Developed and taught teacher-training workshops for K-12 teachers for Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit (CSIU).
2007-2012       Chemistry Department liaison for ACS Susquehanna Valley section (Organize one section meeting per year)
2007                Member of steering committee and session chair for Bucknell University's NMR Conference
2001                Judge for University of Delaware, Annual Silver Award Symposium
2004-present   Reviewer for Journal of Natural Products, Natural Product Research, Natural Product Communications, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Food Chemistry, Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters, Tetrahedron Letters, Phytochemistry, Journal of Ethnopharmacology, European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry and Plant Foods for Human Nutrition

UNIVERSITY AND SCHOOL SERVICE
2014-present               Curriculum committee
November 2014          Search Committee for Part time grant coordinator
2014                            Strategic planning: Initiative 12 focus group
2013                            Ad Hoc committee on faculty scholarship focus groups
2013-2014                   Breakthrough Committee
2013                            Participant at Board of Trustees Retreat on strategic planning (June 21)
2013-present               Bookstore Advisory Committee
2012-2014                   Middle States Committee Working Group - Admissions and Student Support
2012-2013                   Library Building Planning Committee
2012-2013                   New Faculty Mentor
2012                            McNair Grant Executive Committee
2012                            Library review: Scholarship/creative work focus group
2012                            Alumni Engagement: Outcomes/Career focus group
2011-2014                   Student Life Committee
2011-present               Committee on Teaching and Learning (Chair 2013-2014)
2009-2010                   New Science Building Move and Operations Committees
2006-2011                   Library Committee
2005-2011                   Advisory Committee on Religious Life
2006                            Stamats Faculty Focus group
2006-2007                   Faculty Advisor, REACH                                                           
2004-2005                   Faculty Advisor, Black Student Union                                                         
2005                            Participant in Board of Directors Event (February 14)                     
2005, 2012-2014         Summer Preview Days                                                                       
2005                            University Retreat Panelist                                                                            
2004                            Faculty Focus group on Diversity                                                      
2004-2005,                  Science Action Workshops
2007-2008,
2010, 2013                                         

DEPARTMENTAL SERVICE
2014                            Member of Organic Chemistry Search Committee
Summer 2014              Co-chair, Organic Chemistry Visiting Assistant Professor Committee
2014                            Point person for NMR repairs
2013                            Education liaison
2012                            Member of Inorganic Chemistry Search Committee
2010 (July-Dec.)         Acting Department chair
2010                            Member of Biochemistry Visiting Assistant Professor Search Committee
2009-2010                   Department liaison for New Science Building planning meetings
2008, 2009, 2013        Organized Department's Diversity Awareness Dinner
2007-2008, 2009         Member of Organic Chemistry Search Committee
2006-2007                   Member of Inorganic Chemistry Search Committee
2004-2005                   Member of Physical Chemistry Search Committee
2007, 2010                  Junior Open House Faculty Fair                                                              
2003-2012                   Fall and Spring Open Houses                                                                                          
2004-2010                   Weekly maintenance of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectrometer

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
2014-present               National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity
2010-present               Friends of Joseph Priestley House
2009-present               Pennsylvania Academy of Science
2007-present               Gamma Sigma Epsilon, Chemistry Honor Society, Rho Kappa Chapter
2003-present               American Society of Pharmacognosy            
1998-present               American Chemical Society   

PAST AND PRESENT RESEARCH STUDENT COLLABORATORS

  

Student

Degree, Grad year

Post Susquehanna/Last known position

1

Elizabeth Harker

Chemistry, 2004

PhD and Postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University

2

Brittany Held

Biochemistry, 2005

Masters at Cornell University

Los Alamos National Laboratory

3

Megan Janssen

Biochemistry, 2006

PhD and Postdoctoral fellowship at Georgetown

University; Postodoctoral fellowship at NIH

Currently: Clinical pharmacologist at FDA

4

Robert Crotchfelt

Biochemistry, 2006

Sotax Corporation

5

Jose Rosales

Chemistry, 2006

BAE Systems US Combat Unit

6

Suzanne Thomas

Chemistry, 2006

PhD at SUNY, Stony Brook, Post doc: Salk Institute

7

Smita Raithore

Biochemistry, 2007

PhD at University of Minnesota

Currently: Research Chemist at USDA-ARS

8

Heather Matta

Chemistry, 2007

Irvine Pharmaceutical Services

9

Ritchie Saing

Chemistry, 2007

PharmD program at University of Buffalo (2013)

10

John Jennings

Chemistry, 2008

 

11

Ashlee Zelinsky

Chemistry, 2008

Gelest, Inc

12

Lawrence Rush

Computer Science,

Math 2008

GSI Commerce

Los Alamos National Laboratory

13

Andrew Kester

Biochemistry, 2009

Masters degree at Colorado State University (2011)

14

Matthew Campbell

Chemistry, 2009

Temple Kornberg School of Dentistry Graduates

15

Andrew Symonette

Chemistry, 2009

Exxon Mobil

16

Samantha Gromek

Biology, 2010

PhD program at University of Connecticut

17

Elyse Petrunak

Chemistry, 2010

PhD program at University of Kansas

18

Daniel Niesen

Biology, 2011

PhD program at University of Rhode Island

19

Michael Petronaci

(co-supervised with

Tammy Tobin)

Biology, 2011

 

20

Michelle Lebo

Chemistry, 2011

PhD program at Texas A&M University (DNF)

Quintiles

21

Kylie Manning

Chemistry, 2012

PhD program at New York University

22

Joshua Gordon

(co-supervised with

Tammy Tobin)

Biology, 2012

 

23

Olivia Lied

Biochemistry,

Dec. 2012

Covance Laboratories

24

Keisha Neidrich

Chemistry, 2013

PhD program at Ohio State University

25

Mitchell Lion

Biochemistry, 2013

Erie Regional Cancer Center

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

26

Bradleigh Rhodes

Chemistry, 2014

Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

27

Alexander Rhodes

Biochemistry, 2014

 

28

Emily Fortier

Biochemistry, 2015

 

29

Benjamin Capozzoli

Biochemistry, 2016

 

30

Emily Rowlands

Biochemistry, 2016

 

31

Joshua Kizina

Chemistry, 2016

 

32

Dalyna Ngo

Chemistry, 2014

 

33

Shui Ling Chen

Biochemistry 2016

 

34

Rebecca Force

Biochemistry 2016

 

35

Jean Heneks

Chemistry 2016

 

36

Matthew Bruer

Chemistry 2015

 

37

Patrick Erickson

(Co-supervised by Nikos Tapinos at Weis

Research Center,

Geisinger Medical)

Biochemistry 2015

 

 
 

Courses taught:

  • BIOL-560 Medicinal Chemistry
  • CHEM-221 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM-221L Organic Chemistry I Lab
  • CHEM-222 Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM-222L Organic Chemistry II Lab
  • CHEM-300 Medicinal Chemistry
  • CHEM-400 Research Experience
  • CHEM-500 Problems in Chemistry
  • CHEM-501 Independent Study
  • CHEM-505 Seminar
  • HONS-301 Medicinal Chemistry
  • PRDV-104 Perspectives