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Swarna Basu, Ph.D.

Department: Chemistry

Professor of Chemistry

  • Education
  • PHD, Wesleyan University
  • MA, Wesleyan University
  • BA, Clark University
Swarna Basu

When I was 10 years old I received a chemistry set for Christmas, and I can trace my interest in chemistry to that time. I ended up being a physical chemist almost by chance, when I decided to switch research projects in graduate school. Following a postdoctoral position in a biomedical/biophysical area, I settled on an area of chemistry that is interdisciplinary and has something to offer students with different backgrounds and career goals.

For me, teaching is something that occurs both in and out of the classroom, and doesn't always require a textbook. SU is an institution that values and supports faculty-student collaborative research, and as a research mentor, I work with several students each year on short-term projects that often culminate in a publication and/or poster presentation at a conference. 

Watching my students grow as researchers and become independent scientists brings me a lot of joy. The culture of student research, the support in terms of funding and available instrumentation, the curriculum, and the opportunities to develop as a teacher-scholar, are a few things that attracted me to Susquehanna.

Outside of SU, I enjoy spending time with my family, watching soccer and tennis, playing the guitar, listening to music and reading.

SWARNA BASU

EDUCATION

Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
Ph.D., Chemistry, 2002
Thesis Title:   Conformational dynamics, energy redistribution and cluster dissociation in substituted aromatic molecules.
Advisor: Dr. Joseph Knee
Master of Arts, Chemistry, 1999
Thesis Title: Porphyrins which are specific to different types of quadruplex DNA and their possible role in promoting the formation of quadruplex structure.
Advisor: Dr. Philip Bolton

Clark University, Worcester, MA
Bachelor of Arts, Chemistry, 1996
Thesis Title: Characterization of the Dynamics of a Protein in Solution: Calculation of Correlation Functions from a Molecular Dynamics Simulation.
Advisor: Dr. Dale Mierke

TEACHING
Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA
Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Sept 2011 - present
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Sept 2005 - Aug 2011

Courses: CHEM 101/103/111-102/104/112 (General Chemistry I and II); CHEM 341-342 (Physical Chemistry I and II); CHEM 300/BIOL 560 (Nanoscience); CHEM 500 (Problems in Chemistry); CHEM 505 (Seminar); PRDV 104 (Perspectives).

  • Part of the instructional team for the introductory chemistry courses (laboratory and lecture).  Continuing to update curriculum by introducing new experiments, activities and pedagogies. Developed and taught "workshop" and team-intensive General Chemistry.
  • Continuing to implement new laboratory experiments in Physical Chemistry, with an emphasis on multi- week, investigative experiments.
  • Developed a new, interdisciplinary topics course in Nanoscience (Fall 2006, Fall 2008, Spring 2013).
  • Supervised an Independent Study (Theoretical Basis of Spectroscopy, Spring 2008)
  • Developed and implemented assessment tools for student seminar and laboratory courses (presentations, notebooks and laboratory reports).
  • Participated in assessment activities for courses in the Central Curriculum in the following areas: Scientific Explanations, Team Intensive, Writing Intensive and Oral Intensive.


Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA
Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, July 2004 - June 2005
Courses: Chem. 221 and 222 (Physical Chemistry I and II); Chem. 251 and 252 (Research Methodology I and II); Chem. 321 (Advanced Physical Chemistry) and Chem. 104 (General Chemistry II).

  • Planned   and   implemented   a   new   upper-level   integrated   laboratory   course   for   chemistry   majors.
  • Responsibilities included working with two other faculty members to design experiments that complemented courses in Physical Chemistry (Fall/Spring), Inorganic Chemistry (Fall 2004) and Biochemistry (Spring 2005).
  • Fall 2004: Taught a special topics course to seniors and graduate students in advanced quantum mechanics and spectroscopy, with a special focus on the applications of laser spectroscopy in biomedical research.
  • Spring and Summer 2005: Taught sections of General Chemistry to post-baccalaureate pre-med students and non-majors.

Goodwin College, East Hartford, CT
Adjunct Instructor of Chemistry, Department of Science, Jan 2004 - May 2004

  • Taught a one-semester course in chemistry designed for students in the nursing program: responsibilities included course planning, weekly lectures and laboratory sessions. Curriculum covered all areas in chemistry, with a special focus on general, organic and biological chemistry, and laboratory skills.

Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
Chemistry Instructor, Health Professions Partnership Initiative, July 2000 and July 2001

  • Instructed a group of incoming first-year students on undergraduate science laboratory skills and expectations, the use of various analytical techniques, laboratory safety, report writing and data analysis.

Teaching Assistant, Department of Chemistry, Sept 1996 - March 2002
Courses: Chem. 141 and 142 (Introductory Chemistry I and II); Chem. 143 (Principles of Chemistry I); Chem. 257 (General Chemistry Laboratory) and Chem. 376 (Integrated Laboratory II).

  • Organized and supervised introductory and advanced undergraduate laboratories and conducted recitation sessions for introductory chemistry courses.
  • Conducted a Graduate Pedagogy workshop for new Graduate Teaching Assistants (Fall 1999, Fall 2000 and Fall 2001).

Clark University, Worcester, MA
Tutor, Department of Mathematics, Sept 1993 - May 1996

  • Assisted students in pre-calculus and calculus courses. Graded homework assignments.

SCHOLARSHIP

Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA, Sept 2005 - present
Developed a physical and biophysical chemistry research program suitable for an undergraduate institution: projects include the construction of a frequency-domain laser-lifetime instrument to measure excited state lifetime, implementation of a laser-coupled microscope for imaging and micron-scale photochemistry, investigation of solvatochromic effects on aromatic systems, detection of quadruplex DNA using lanthanides, metal complexes, porphyrins and nanoparticles, synthesis and characterization of various free and functionalized nanoparticles (Au, Ag, ZnO, ZnS), tryptophan quenching by transition metal complexes, quantum chemical calculations using Gaussian, molecular docking.

Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA, July 2004 - June 2005
Supervised  an  undergraduate  research  group  on  short-term  projects  in  the  areas  of  theoretical  and experimental physical chemistry.  Projects included the study of conformational dynamics of donor-acceptor systems using quantum chemical calculations, as well as fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) and fluorescence quenching experiments on indole and fluorene derivatives.

University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT
Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Biomedical Imaging Technology, March 2002 - June 2004

  • Developed and implemented a home-built laser-scanning non-linear microscope for the micro-fabrication of proteins for biomedical applications, multi-photon excited fluorescence, second harmonic generation and biological imaging.
  • Micro-fabrication of proteins and polymer gels for biomedical applications: developed experiments that would serve as models for tissue engineering and micro-fluidic/controlled-release applications.  Experiments included multi-photon photo-polymerization, fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP) and enzymatic assays involving micron-scale structures.
  • Developed software using LabVIEW:   motion control for galvano-scanning mirrors and a stage-scanning microscope, data acquisition and analysis for fluorescence-based experiments.

Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Chemistry, Aug 1996 - March 2002

  • Time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy of large aromatic molecules using laser pump-probe methods such as Multiphoton Ionization (MPI), Zero Electron Kinetic Energy (ZEKE) and Laser-Induced Fluorescence (LIF) for conformational studies, vibrational dynamics and energy redistribution.
  • Developed a laser-pumped Infrared - Ultraviolet (IR-UV) Double Resonance instrument to study dissociation dynamics of hydrogen-bonded and van der Waal's clusters of phenols, substituted fluorenes and indoles.
  • Extensively used quantum chemical calculations (GAUSSIAN) to complement experiments.
  • Studied DNA binding (metal ions and porphyrins) using UV/vis, Fluorescence and EPR spectroscopy.


Clark University, Worcester, MA
Senior Research Project, Department of Chemistry, Sept 1995 - April 1996

  • Assisted a Physics graduate student in the development of Fortran code to calculate correlation functions to study protein dynamics and analyze Nuclear Overhauser Effects (NOE) obtained from NMR experiments.

SUMMARY (Fall 2011-present)
PUBLICATIONS (* Susquehanna University undergraduate authors)

  • Peter M. Kerns*, Joseph W. Lafferty*, Nathan A. Fox* and Swarna Basu, A cost-effective fluorescence detection system for pulsed laser analysis, Measurement 61, 107 (2015).
  • Alexander A. Rhodes*, Brandi L. Swartz*, Erik R. Hosler*, Deanna L. Snyder*, Kristen M. Benitez*, Balwant S. Chohan and Swarna Basu, Static quenching of tryptophan fluorescence in proteins by a dioxomolybdenum(VI) thiolate complex, J. Photochem. Photobiol. A 293, 81 (2014).
  • Joseph W. Lafferty*, James R. Strande*, Peter M. Kerns*, Nathan A. Fox* and Swarna Basu, The Interaction of Photoactivators with Proteins during Microfabrication, J. Photochem. Photobiol. A 275, 81 (2014).
  • Heather  F.  Crouse*,  Alex  Doudt*,  Cassie  Zerbe*  and  Swarna  Basu,  Detection  and  Stabilization  ofQuadruplex DNA by Gold Nanoparticles, J. Analytical Meth. Chem. 327603 (2012).
  • Heather F. Crouse*, Julianne Potoma*, Farhat Nejrabi, Deanna L. Snyder*, Balwant S. Chohan and Swarna Basu, Quenching of Tryptophan Fluorescence in Various Proteins by a Series of Small Nickel Complexes, Dalton Trans. 41, 2720 (2012).

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS (* Susquehanna University undergraduate presenter)

  • Zinc   Oxide   and   Zinc   Sulfide   Nanoparticles   for   DNA   Detection:   Synthesis,   Functionalization, Characterization and Applications (student poster), Brian Etz*, Janeily Perez, Peter Kerns and Swarna Basu, 249th American Chemical Society Meeting (2015).Synthesis, Characterization and Applications of Gold and Silver Nanoparticles: Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering and Singlet Oxygen Generation (student poster), Megan Wright* and Swarna Basu, 6th Annual Landmark Summer Research Conference and Susquehanna Valley Undergraduate Research Symposium (2014).
  • Zinc and Nickel complexes that distinguish between various forms of DNA (student poster), Shelby O'Riley*and Swarna Basu, 247th American Chemical Society Meeting (2014).
  • A LabVIEW-based fluorescence detection system (student poster), Peter Kerns* and Swarna Basu, 247th American Chemical Society Meeting (2014).
  • Cross-linking of proteins using laser excitation of various photoactivators (student poster), Joseph Lafferty* and Swarna Basu, 247th American Chemical Society Meeting (2014).
  • Zinc complexes that bind to proteins and also distinguish between various forms of DNA (student oral presentation),  Shelby  O'Riley*  and  Swarna  Basu,  5th   Annual  Landmark  Summer  Research  Conference (2013).
  • Cross-linking of Proteins using a Low-Cost Microscopy Setup (student oral presentation), Joseph Lafferty* and Swarna Basu, 5th Annual Landmark Summer Research Conference (2013).
  • A LabVIEW-based fluorescence detection system (student oral presentation), Peter Kerns* and Swarna Basu, 5th Annual Landmark Summer Research Conference (2013).
  • Multiphoton cross-linking and the monomer-photoactivator relationship: An ongoing study using microscopy, fluorescence quenching and molecular docking (student poster), Joseph Lafferty*, James R. Strande, Nathan A. Fox and Swarna Basu, 245th American Chemical Society Meeting (2013).
  • Multiphoton cross-linking and the monomer-photoactivator relationship: An ongoing study using microscopy, fluorescence quenching and molecular docking (student seminar), Joseph Lafferty* and Swarna Basu, 4th Annual Landmark Summer Research Conference (2012).
  • Multiphoton cross-linking of proteins and polymers using a low-cost home-built microscope (student poster), James R. Strande*, Joseph Lafferty, Nathan A. Fox and Swarna Basu, 243rd American Chemical Society Meeting (2012).
  • Quadruplex DNA detection and stabilization: A detailed study using fluorescence, light scattering, UV-vis and quantum chemical calculations (student poster), Cassie M. Zerbe* and Swarna Basu, 243rd American Chemical Society Meeting (2012).
  • Detection of Quadruplex DNA by Metal Complexes and Nanoparticles (student poster), Heather F. Crouse* and Swarna Basu, 241st American Chemical Society Meeting (2011).


MANUSCRIPTS IN PREPARATION (* Susquehanna University undergraduate authors)

  • Shelby L. O'Riley*, Joann M. Butkus*, Balwant S. Chohan and Swarna Basu, Interaction of Small Zinc Complexes with Globular Proteins and Free Tryptophan
  • Shelby L. O'Riley*, Alycia K. Frampton*, Heather F. Crouse*, Balwant S. Chohan and Swarna Basu, Zinc(II) and Nickel(II) Complexes that Demonstrate DNA Selectivity: Potential Quadruplex DNA Binders.

SEMINARS

  • Protein Cross-linking via excitation of aromatic photoactivators: techniques, challenges and advances, Rush Hour, Dickinson College Interdisciplinary Seminar Series (2014).
  • Protein  Cross-linking  via  excitation  of  aromatic  photoactivators:  techniques,  challenges  and  advances, Bucknell University Chemistry Department (2014).
  • Protein  Cross-linking  via  excitation  of  aromatic  photoactivators:  techniques,  challenges  and  advances, American Chemistry Society, Susquehanna Valley Section Annual Education Awards Banquet (2014).
  • Protein   cross-linking   via   multiphoton   excitation   of   photoactivators:   Techniques   and   Applications, Susquehanna University Chemistry Department (2011). 


FUNDING

  • Susquehanna University Committee on Faculty Scholarship (2014): Minigrant ($900) awarded for a project titled "Synthesis and Characterization of Various Nanoparticles".
  • Susquehanna  University  Summer  Research  Partners  (2014):  Nanoparticles  as  DNA  Sensitizers,  Singlet Oxygen Generators and Signal Enhancers for Fluorescence Microscopy and Surface-enhanced Raman Scattering.
  • II-VI Foundation (2013): $17355 awarded for an undergraduate research project titled "Multiphoton Cross- linking at the Micron and Sub-micron Level: Models for Tissue Engineering and Controlled Release Applications".
  • The Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (2013): $6000 for the purchase of portable UV-vis and fluorescence spectrometers.
  • Susquehanna University Summer Research Partners (2013): Interaction of Zinc Complexes with Proteins and DNA.
  • Susquehanna University Summer Research Partners (2012): Multiphoton Cross-linking of Proteins.
  • Susquehanna University Committee on Faculty Scholarship (2011): $3542 for the project titled "Imaging and Interactions on the Micro and sub-Micron Scale".

GRANTS NOT FUNDED

  • NIH AREA (National Institutes of Health): Detection and Stabilization of Quadruplex DNA using Lanthanide Chelates and Transition Metal Complexes, $200,000 (2011).
  • NIH R03: Imaging, Fabrication and Molecular Interactions on the Nano and Microscale, $112,841 (2011).
  • NSF RUI (National Science Foundation Research at Undergraduate Institution): Detection and Stabilization of Quadruplex DNA using Lanthanide Chelates and Transition Metal Complexes, $212,152 (2011).

SUMMARY (Fall 2005 - Summer 2011)

PUBLICATIONS (* Susquehanna University undergraduate authors, ** Bryn Mawr College undergraduate authors)

  • Heather F. Crouse*, Elyse M. Petrunak*, Ashley M. Donovan**, Anna C. Merkle**, Brandi L. Swartz* and Swarna Basu, Static and Dynamic Quenching of Bovine and Human Serum Albumin by a Chromium (III) Complex, Spec. Lett. 44, 369 (2011).
  • Crystal M. Schneck*, Adam J. Poncheri*, John T. Jennings*, Deanna L. Snyder*, Jill L. Worlinsky* and Swarna  Basu,  Competition  between  solvent-quenching  and  indole-quenching  of  fluorenones investigated using steady-state fluorescence spectroscopy, Spectrochim. Acta 75, 624 (2010).
  • Gregory  M.  Trout*  and  Swarna  Basu,  Design  and  Implementation  of  a  Cost-Effective  Microscope  for Fabrication and Imaging, Meas. Sci. Tech. 20, 127001 (2009).
  • Jill L. Worlinsky* and Swarna Basu, Detection of Quadruplex DNA using Lanthanide Ions and Chelates, J. Phys. Chem. B. 113, 865 (2009).
  • Quanli Gu, Swarna Basu and J.L. Knee, Tryptophol Cation Conformations Studied with ZEKE Spectroscopy, J. Phys. Chem. A 111, 1808 (2007).

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS (* Susquehanna University undergraduate presenter)

  • Static  and  Dynamic  Quenching of  Tryptophan  Fluorescence in  Various  Proteins by  a  Series  of  Nickel Complexes (student poster), Heather F. Crouse* and Swarna Basu, 2nd Annual Landmark Summer Research Symposium (2010).
  • Detection of Quadruplex DNA using Lifetime Measurements and Fluorescence Microscopy (student poster), Alex Doudt* and Swarna Basu, 239th American Chemical Society Meeting (2010).
  • Design and  Implementation of  a  Cost-Effective  Microscopy  Set-up  for  Fabrication  and  Imaging  at  the Undergraduate Level (student poster), Gregory M. Trout* and Swarna Basu, 239th   American Chemical Society Meeting (2010) and National Conference on Undergraduate Research (2009).
  • Interaction between lanthanide chelates and quadruplex DNA: An NMR study (student poster), Deanna L. Snyder* and Swarna Basu, Undergraduate Poster Session, 237th American Chemical Society Meeting (2009).
  • Detection of Quadruplex DNA using lanthanide probes (student poster), Jill L. Worlinsky* and Swarna Basu, Undergraduate Poster Session, 235th American Chemical Society Meeting (2008).The effect of solvation on various fluorenones (student poster), John T. Jennings* and Swarna Basu, National Conference on Undergraduate Research (2008).
  • Detection of Quadruplex DNA using lanthanide probes (student poster), Jill L. Worlinsky* and Swarna Basu, Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol (2007).
  • Competition   between   solvent-quenching   and   indole-quenching   of   fluorenones:   a   spectroscopic   and computational study (oral presentation), Swarna Basu, Adam Poncheri and Crystal Schneck, Physical Chemistry General Session, 39th Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society (2007).
  • Development and implementation of a frequency-domain fluorescence lifetime instrument using lasers and light-emitting diodes, suitable for an undergraduate institution (student poster), Adam J. Poncheri* and Swarna Basu, Undergraduate Poster Session (Physical Chemistry), 233rd American Chemical Society Meeting (2007).
  • Fluorescence  quenching  of  Green  Fluorescent  Protein  by  various  metal  complexes  and  flavonoids: calculation of quenching constants, excited-state lifetimes and intermolecular distances (student poster), Brandi L. Swartz*, Deanna Snyder and Swarna Basu, Undergraduate Poster Session (Biochemistry), 233rd American Chemical Society Meeting (2007).
  • Interaction of fluorenones with indoles:  a computational and spectroscopic study (student poster), Adam J. Poncheri*,  Crystal  M.  Schneck  and  Swarna  Basu,  Undergraduate  Poster  Session,  38th   Middle  Atlantic Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society (2006).
  • Fluorescence resonance energy transfer: determination of distances between proteins and photoactivators used for cross-linking (student poster), Christine M. Anderson*, Erik R. Hosler, Adam J. Poncheri, Ashley M. Donovan, Anna C. Merkle, Sruti Bhaumik, Balwant S. Chohan and Swarna Basu, Undergraduate Poster Session (Nanotechnology), 231st American Chemical Society Meeting (2006).
  • Disruption of intermolecular hydrogen-bonding in fluorenone-alcohol systems by various indoles (student poster), Crystal M. Schneck*, Adam J. Poncheri, and Swarna Basu, Undergraduate Poster Session (Physical Chemistry), 231st American Chemical Society Meeting (2006).

SEMINARS

  • Detection of DNA using Nanoparticles and Laser Techniques, Susquehanna University Faculty Colloquium (2010).
  • Detection of Quadruplex DNA using Lanthanide Ions, Brooklyn College, City University of New York (2009).
  • Study of intermolecular interactions using lifetime measurements, Susquehanna University Science Lunch (2008).

FUNDING

  • The Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (2010): $6000 for the purchase of a portable Raman spectrometer.
  • Susquehanna University Summer  Research  Partners Funding (2010): Static and  Dynamic  Quenching of Bovine and Human Serum Albumin by various Nickel Complexes.
  • Susquehanna University Mini-grant (2009): $1000 instructional innovation grant to fund student projects based on original research proposals in Chem 342 (Physical Chemistry II).
  • Susquehanna University Academic Computing Committee (2008): $ 7,941 over three years (2008-2011) for the implementation of Mathematica in upper-level chemistry courses.
  • Susquehanna University Summer Research Partners Funding (2008): fabrication of micron-scale protein structures using a laser-scanning microscope.
  • Susquehanna University Research Grant (2007): $1400 awarded towards the implementation of a pulsed-laser system for excited state dynamics and fluorescence microscopy. Additional support (student stipend) also provided.
  • Susquehanna University Summer Research Partners Funding (2007): Lanthanide-binding to various DNA molecules.
  • George I. Alden Trust (2007): Funding for an inverted microscope and continued expansion of the Laser Lab.
  • Susquehanna University Summer Research Partners Funding (2006): construction, calibration and ultimate implementation of a laser-based instrument for excited state lifetime measurements in the frequency domain.
  • Susquehanna University NSS Start-up Grant (2005-2006).
  • The Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (2005): $6000 for the purchase of an optical chopper and lock-in amplifier for frequency-domain lifetime experiments.

GRANTS NOT FUNDED

  • NSF RUI (National Science Foundation Research at Undergraduate Institution): Detection and Stabilization of Quadruplex DNA using Lanthanide Chelates and Transition Metal Complexes, $156,843 (2010).
  • NIH R03: Imaging, Fabrication and Molecular Interactions on the Nano and Microscale, $114,424 (2010).


SUMMARY (Spring 1998 - Summer 2005) PUBLICATIONS

  • Swarna Basu, Lawrence P. Cunningham, George D. Pins, Katie A. Bush, Rosa Taboada, Amy R. Howell, Jun Wang and Paul J. Campagnola, Multi-photon Excited Microfabrication of Collagen Matrixes Cross-linked by a  Modified  Benzophenone  Dimer:  Bioactivity  and  Enzymatic  Degradation,  Biomacromolecules  6,  1465 (2005).
  • Swarna  Basu,  Mark  Terasaki,  Vladimir  Rodionov  and  Paul  J.  Campagnola,  Multi-photon  Excited Microfabrication in Live Cells via Rose Bengal Cross-linking of Cytoplasmic Proteins, Optics Letters 30, 1 (2005).
  • Swarna  Basu,  Charles  Wolgemuth  and  Paul  J.  Campagnola,  Measurement  of  Normal  and  Anomalous Diffusion of Dyes within Protein Structures via Multi-photon Excitation using Fluorescence Recovery after Photobleaching, Biomacromolecules 5, 2347 (2004).
  • Swarna Basu and Paul J. Campagnola, Properties of Cross-linked Protein Matrices for Tissue Engineering Applications Synthesized by Multi-photon Excitation, J. Biomed. Mat. Res. 71A, 359 (2004).
  • Swarna  Basu  and  Paul  J.  Campagnola,  Enzymatic  Activity  of  Alkaline  Phosphatase  inside  Protein  andPolymer Structures Fabricated via Multi-photon Excitation, Biomacromolecules 5, 572 (2004).
  • Swarna  Basu  and  J.L.  Knee,  Vibrational  Dynamics  of  9-Fluorenemethanol  and  its  Hydrogen-Bonded Clusters, J. Chem. Phys. 120, 5631 (2004).
  • Mallika Sridhar, Swarna Basu, and Paul J. Campagnola, Construction of a Laser-Scanning Microscope for Multi-photon Excited Optical Fabrication, Rev. Sci. Instr. 74, 3474 (2003).
  • Swarna  Basu  and  J.L.  Knee,  Conformational  Analysis  and  Dynamics  of  9-Propylfluorene  and  9- Ethylfluorene, J. Phys. Chem. 105, 5842 (2001).
  • Swarna  Basu  and J.L. Knee,  Conformational  Studies  of  the  Neutral  and  Cation  of  Several  Substituted Fluorenes, J. Elec. Spec. Rel. Phen. 112, 209 (2000).
  • Jonathan  D.  Pitts,  Swarna  Basu  and  J.L.  Knee,  3-Ethylindole  Electronic  Spectroscopy:  S1   and  Cation Torsional Potential Surfaces, J. Chem. Phys. 113, 1857 (2000).
  • Haribabu Arthanari, Swarna Basu, Thomas L. Kawano and P.H. Bolton, Fluorescent Dyes Specific for Quadruplex DNA, Nucleic Acids Research 26, 3724 (1998).
  • Richard D. Beger, Haribabu Arthanari, Swarna Basu and P.H. Bolton, Interresidue Quiet NOEs for DNA Structural Studies, J. Magnetic Resonance 132, 34 (1998).

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

  • Microfabrication  of  Proteins  and  Polymer  Gels  for  Biomedical  Applications  (poster),  Sci-Mix  and Biotechnology Division, 227th American Chemical Society Meeting (2004).
  • Vibrational Dynamics of 9-Fluorenemethanol Using IR-UV Double Resonance Spectroscopy (poster), Gordon Research Conference (2001).
  • Conformational Studies of Large Molecules using Photoelectron Spectroscopy (poster), Gordon Research Conference (2000). 


UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH STUDENTS (*2015-2016 academic year)

Name

Major

Grad. Year

Current Position and Additional Degree

Joann Butkus*

Biochemistry2

2018

 

Alvaro Montoya*

Chemistry

2017

 

Megan Wright

Biochemistry

2017

 

Peter Kerns

Chemistry

2016

 

Andrew Clarkson

Chemistry

2016

 

Matthew Sawka

Chemistry

2016

 

Brian Etz

Chemistry1, 3

2015

Ph.D. Program, Colorado School of Mines

Shelby O'Riley

Biochemistry1, 3

2015

 

Nathan Fox

Chemistry

2015

Ph. D. Program, University of Utah

Joseph Antonides

Mathematics

2015

Masters Program, Ohio State University

Alycia Frampton

Biochemistry

2014

Masters Program, Villanova University

Joseph Lafferty

Chemistry1

2014

Drexel University College of Medicine

Chad Schultz

Chemistry/Physics1

2012

 

Cassie Zerbe

Biology1, 4

2012

Ph.D. Program, University of Connecticut

Samantha Berkheimer

Biology/Chemistry

2012

Ph.D. Program, Cornell University

Heather Crouse

Chemistry1

2011

Rhodes Pharmaceuticals

Gregory Trout

Chemistry1

2010

Math Instructor, Chandler Learning Center

Alex Doudt

Biochemistry1

2010

DO (2014), Western University of Health Sciences

Elyse Petrunak

Chemistry

2010

Ph.D. program, University of Kansas

Deanna Snyder

Chemistry1, 2

2009

MS (2011), Georgia Inst. Of Tech.; AB SCIEX

Amanda Brooker

Biochemistry

2009

MS (2012), Drexel COM; WellSpan Health

Jill Worlinsky

Chemistry1, 3

2008

Ph.D. (2013), University of Connecticut; Visiting

Assistant Professor at Susquehanna University

John Jennings

Chemistry1

2008

 

Kevin Cuff

Chemistry

2008

Stryker Orthopaedics

Adam Poncheri

Chemistry1, 3

2007

MS (2011), Georgia Inst. Of Tech.; Columbian Chemicals

Brandi Swartz

Biochemistry1

2007

Copan Diagnostics

Crystal Schneck

Chemistry

2007

MS, Lehigh University; Cook Pharmica

Christine Anderson

Biochemistry1

2006

 

Notes:   

  1. Senior Capstone Project                    
  2. University Assistantship Student
  3. Outstanding Research Award (Chemistry Dept.)     
  4. Research Honors (Biology Dept.)

PEER REVIEW ASSIGNMENTS

Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 2014-present
Journal of Luminescence, 2013-present
Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 2012-present
Spectroscopy Letters, 2011-present Journal of Fluorescence, 2011-present Acta Biomaterilia, 2007-present

COMPUTER SKILLS

  •  Instructional and Research Software: LabVIEW, Mathematica, Gaussian, Autodock and Origin.

AWARDS

  • John C. Horn Distinguished Service Award (2015), Susquehanna University.
  • Tishler Teaching Award (2002), Wesleyan University.


UNIVERSITY SERVICE

Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA

Faculty Advisor to first-year and upper-class students, 2006-present.

  • Chemistry Department Contact (Spring 2011) - managed day-to-day affairs of the department, including student hiring, budgets, recruitment and course scheduling. Acted as the department liaison with multiple Administrative Offices and wrote Annual Report.


Committee Assignments
Faculty Affairs Committee, 2010-present; Chair, 2012-2015

  • Elected at-large to a three year term; re-elected to a second term in 2013.
    Science Speaker Committee, 2006-2008; 2013-present
  • Appointed as the Chemistry Department representative.
    University Healthcare Committee, 2011-2015
  • Appointed to be one of five faculty representatives. Committee oversaw changes to the University's Health Insurance Coverage (2014).
    Curriculum Committee, Spring 2010
  • Elected as a sabbatical replacement from the School of Natural and Social Sciences.
    New Science Building Eco-Alcove Committee, 2008-2011
  • Chemistry  Department  representative.  Developed  plans  for  signage  (environmental  and  departmental information) in the new building.
    Committee on Faculty Scholarship, 2007-2010
  •   Elected to a three-year term as a representative from the School of Natural and Social Sciences.
    Ad hoc Committee for Family Leave, 2007-2008
  • Chaired a sub-committee (reporting to Faculty Affairs Committee) that drafted a family leave policy for Susquehanna University faculty, 2007-2008
    Career Services Faculty Advisory Committee (2007-2008)

Search Committees

  •   Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics (Spring 2014).
  •   Director of Human Resources (Spring 2013).
  •   Assistant Professor of Physics, two positions (2012-2013).
  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry (2006, 2008, 2009, 2012).
  • Assistant Professor of Political Science (Fall 2008).
  • Fulbright Scholarship (Fall 2007).

Other Service

  •   Office of Admissions: Participant on Faculty Panels on Fall Visit Days (2014)
  • Faculty mentor to new tenure-track faculty members (2006, 2010, 2011, 2014)
  • Chemistry Department webpage development and maintenance (2005- 2009 and 2012-present)
  • Faculty Advisor: Chemistry Club and Gamma Sigma Epsilon (2010-2011)
  • Summer Preview Days: conducted advising workshops for incoming students (2006, 2007, 2009, 2010)
  • Science Action Day: Nanoscience workshops for high school students (2006-2008)
  • Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit (CSIU) workshop: helped school teachers (K-12) develop science experiments for their students (Summer 2006 and 2007)
  • Workshops designed to improve proposed Central Curriculum (2007)
  •  University (Conduct) Board (2006-2007)
  • Revised Departmental Honors Program (Fall 2005)


CURRENT AFFILIATIONS

  • Member, American Chemical Society.
  •   Member, Rho Kappa Chapter of Gamma Sigma Epsilon, a Chemistry Honors Society (inducted: 2007).

OTHER EXPERIENCE
Consulting

W. W. Norton and Company

  • Tested and piloted an online homework tool for General Chemistry (Spring 2009).

Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA
Chemistry Representative, Science Node, 2004-2005.

  •   Appointed by the Chemistry Department to serve as a liaison between the department and Information Services.

Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
Graduate Housing Committee, 2000-2001.

  •  Worked closely with the Graduate Student Association, the Office of Graduate Student Services and the Office of Residential Life to address issues related to graduate student housing.


Clark University, Worcester, MA
Alumni Admissions Program, 2003-2007.

  • Interviewed and evaluated local applicants for various classes and served as a link between prospective students and the University.

Resident Advisor, 1994-1996.

  •  Supervised and developed the community of a Residence Hall floor.
  •  Coordinated housing arrangements for summer conferences involving United Way and the Israel College Program.
  •  Served on search committees for Resident Advisors, Hall Directors and Assistant Dean of Housing.

Courses taught:

  • BIOL-560 Nanoscience
  • CHEM-103 General Chemistry I Teams
  • CHEM-112 General Chemistry II Teams
  • CHEM-306 Nanoscience
  • CHEM-341 Physical Chemistry I
  • CHEM-342 Physical Chemistry II
  • CHEM-400 Research Experience
  • CHEM-490 Adv. Vibrational Spectroscopy
  • CHEM-500 Problems in Chemistry
  • CHEM-505 Seminar
  • PRDV-104 Perspectives