Swarna Basu, Ph.D.

Department: Chemistry

Professor of Chemistry

Department Head of Chemistry

  • Education
  • PHD, Wesleyan University
  • MA, Wesleyan University
  • BA, Clark University
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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.

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

CURRENT POSITION

Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA       
Professor, Department of Chemistry, Sept 2016 - present           
Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Sept 2011 - Aug 2016
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Sept 2005 - Aug 2011 

TEACHING

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).

RESEARCH

Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA                                                                           Sept 2005 - present

Developed a physical and biophysical chemistry research program suitable for an undergraduate institution: 

  • Instrument development: Design and implementation of a frequency-domain laser-lifetime instrument to measure excited state lifetimes; implementation of a laser-coupled microscope for imaging and micron-scale photochemistry.
  • Investigation of solvatochromic effects on aromatic systems: spectroscopy and computational.
  • Detection of quadruplex DNA using lanthanides, metal complexes, porphyrins and nanoparticles.
  • Synthesis, characterization and applications of various free and functionalized nanoparticles (Au, Ag, ZnO, ZnS): green synthesis, singlet oxygen generation, dye deactivation, signal enhancement.
  • Protein and indole/indole-derivative quenching by transition metal (Zn, Cr, Ni, Mo) complexes.

ADMINISTRATIVE

Associate Dean, School of Arts and Sciences                                                                   July 2016 - July 2018
Appointed to the position, reported directly to the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences.                                                                       

  • Oversee first-year and transfer student scheduling (summers)
  • Coordinate with Department Heads on course schedules and adjunct hiring
  • Coordinate with Department Heads to assign advisors to first-year and transfer students
  • Acting Program Director: Asian Studies (2016-18), Women's Studies (Fall 2017)      
  • Acting Department Head, Physics (Fall 2016)
  • Personnel Reviews: Third-Year, Tenure and Promotion; Sabbatical Leaves; Department Heads 
  • First Year Experience Working Group
  • Curriculum Development: Review new courses and programs 
  • Student Advising: Review overload and Independent Study requests; Advise new advisors
  • Academic Advising Working Group- oversee annual Advising Survey
  • Education Advisory Board (SSC Campus) Leadership Team
  • University Theme Selection Committee- ex officio member
  • Summer Research: partner with faculty on the funding process

PREVIOUS POSITIONS


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.
  • 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.

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.

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).  

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.    

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.

Tutor, Department of Mathematics, Sept 1993 - May 1996

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

RESEARCH SUMMARY

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS (* Susquehanna University students, ** Bryn Mawr College students) 

  • Swarna Basu, Shelby L. O'Riley*, Alycia K. Frampton*, Heather F. Crouse*, Joann M. Butkus* and Balwant S. Chohan, Zinc(II) and Nickel(II) Complexes that Demonstrate DNA Selectivity: Potential Quadruplex DNA Binders J. Undergrad. Chem. Res. 16, 1 (2017).       

  • Swarna Basu, Shelby O'Riley*, Cassie M. Zerbe*, Joseph Antonides*, Matthew G. Gabrielson*, and Alex R. Doudt*, Role of Metal Ions on Quadruplex DNA Detection Capabilities of Porphyrins, J. Undergrad. Chem. Res. 15, 16 (2016).

  • Joann M. Butkus*, Shelby L. O'Riley*, Balwant S. Chohan and Swarna Basu, Interaction of Small Zinc Complexes with Globular Proteins and Free Tryptophan, Intl. J. Spec. 1378680 (2016). 

  • 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 of Quadruplex 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).

  • 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).

  • 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 and Polymer 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).

SEMINARS

  • Protein Cross-linking via excitation of aromatic photoactivators: techniques, challenges and advances, Chemistry Colloquium, Wesleyan University (2015).
  • Solvatochromism of Substituted Fluorenones: A Spectroscopic, Computational and Photochemical Study, Clark University Chemistry Department (2015).
  • 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).
  • 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).  

RESEARCH COLLABORATIONS

  • Dr. Jillian (Worlinsky) McCue, Kings College, Water-soluble Porphyrins for Selective Detection of DNA Sequences (2015-present). 
  • Dr. Brian Williams, Professor of Chemistry, Bucknell University, Solvatochromism in Aromatic Systems (2006-present).

FUNDING (External funding)

  • Susquehanna University Committee on Faculty Scholarship (2018): Faculty Research Grant ($2850) awarded for a project titled "Synthesis, Characterization and Biological Applications of Nanoparticles - green methodology, harnessing singlet oxygen for protein cross-linking, and biocompatibility."
  • Susquehanna University Committee on Faculty Scholarship (2016): Minigrant ($920) awarded to study the interaction of indole-derivatives with metal complexes.
  • Susquehanna University Summer Research Partners (2015): Lanthanide-based Nanoparticles for DNA and Protein Interaction Studies.
  • Susquehanna University Summer Research Partners (2014): Nanoparticles as DNA Sensitizers, Singlet Oxygen Generators and Signal Enhancers for Fluorescence Microscopy and Surface-enhanced Raman Scattering.
  • Susquehanna University Committee on Faculty Scholarship (2014): Minigrant ($900) awarded for a project titled "Synthesis and Characterization of Various Nanoparticles".
  • 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". ·         Ocean Optics Educational Grant-in-Kind (2013)*: Waiver of cost of software and application samples worth $541 in exchange for an Application Note (published online). 
  • 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".
  • 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 through the Summer Research Partners Program.
  • Susquehanna University Summer Research Partners Funding (2007): Lanthanide-binding to various DNA molecules
  • George I. Alden Trust (2007)*: Funding for an inverted microscope and 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.   

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS (* Susquehanna University undergraduate presenter)

  • Study of the Interactions between DNA and Metal Complexes using Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (student poster), Joann Butkus* and Swarna Basu, 255th American Chemical Society Meeting (2018).
  •  Synthesis, Characterization and Applications of Gold and Silver Nanoparticles: Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering and Singlet Oxygen Generation (student poster), Megan Wright* and Swarna Basu, 253rd American Chemical Society Meeting (2017).
  • Nanoscience in the Undergraduate Curriculum: Introducing Students to Tiny Miracles (oral presentation), Swarna Basu, Teaching Nanoscience Session, Middle Atlantic Meeting of the American Chemical Society (2016)
  • Zinc Oxide and Zinc Sulfide Nanoparticles for DNA Detection: Synthesis, Functionalization, Characterization and Applications (student poster), Mariana Bianchini Silva*, Joann Butkus, Brian Etz, and Swarna Basu, National Conference on Undergraduate Research (2016).
  • Interaction of Small Zinc Complexes with Proteins and Free Tryptophan (student oral presentation1), Joann Butkus* and Swarna Basu, 7th Annual Landmark Summer Research Conference (2015).
  • Solvatochromism in various 1- and 2-substituted fluorenones: A spectroscopic and computational study (oral presentation), Swarna Basu and Alvaro A. Montoya, Physical Chemistry Session, Northeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society (2015).
  • Gaussian-based Laboratory Exercises in Physical Chemistry study (oral presentation), Swarna Basu, Chemical Education Session, Northeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society (2015).
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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 Last-Known Position and Additional Degree
Erin Reese* Neuroscience 2020  
Caroline Stead* Chemistry/Sec. Ed. 2020  
Rebekah Klock* Chemistry 2020  
Carissa Wolfe* Chemistry 2020  
Kara Pytko* Biochemistry1 2019  
Kristina Fenner* Biochemistry1 2019  
Joann Butkus Biochemistry2,3,8 2018 Research Assistant, Penn State University
Gustin Reynolds Biochemistry 2018 Geisinger Medical School, Scranton PA
Janeily Perez Neuroscience7 2018  
Alvaro Montoya Chemistry 2017 Ph.D. Program, University of Florida
Megan Wright Biochemistry1,8 2017 Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Peter Kerns Chemistry6 2016 Ph.D. Program, University of Connecticut
Mariana Bianchini Silva Chemistry5 2016  
Andrew Clarkson Chemistry1 2016 Masters Program, Miami University (Ohio)
Matthew Sawka Chemistry1 2016 U. Maine, Pharmacy Program
Brian Etz Chemistry1,3 2015 Ph.D. Program, Colorado School of Mines
Shelby O'Riley Biochemistry1,3 2015 AmeriCorps
Nathan Fox Chemistry 2015 Ph.D. Program, University of Utah
Joseph Antonides Mathematics 2015 Masters Program, Ohio State University
Kristen Benitez Chemistry 2015  
Alycia Frampton Biochemistry 2014 M.S. (2016), Villanova University
Joseph Lafferty Chemistry1,6 2014 Drexel University College of Medicine
Alexander Rhodes Chemistry1 2014  
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
James Strande Chemistry1 2012 Rowan College of Medicine
Heather (Crouse) Murray Chemistry1 2011 Rhodes Pharmaceuticals
R. Davon Slaton Chemistry 2011 Ph.D., Syracuse University (2015)
Gregory Trout Chemistry1 2010 Ph.D. Program (Mathematics), Univ. of Delaware
Alex Doudt Biochemistry1 2010 DO (2014), Western University of Health Sciences
Elyse Petrunak Chemistry 2010 Ph.D., University of Kansas (2016)
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) McCue Chemistry1,3 2008 Ph.D. (2013), University of Connecticut; Assistant Professor at King's College
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 Buchi

Notes:   

1. Senior Capstone Project          
2. University Assistantship Student         
3. Outstanding Research Award (Chemistry Dept.)               
4. Research Honors (Biology Dept.)        
5. Foreign Exchange Student (Brazil)                    
6. Externally funded by II-VI Corporation, Summer 2013   
7. NSF-Stem Student  
8. Departmental Honors (Chemistry Dept.)

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.   

CURRENT AFFILIATIONS

  • Member, American Chemical Society.
  • Member, Rho Kappa Chapter of Gamma Sigma Epsilon, a Chemistry Honors Society (inducted: 2007)
  • Honorary Member, Alpha Lambda Delta (inducted: 2016).

PEER REVIEW ASSIGNMENTS
Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2017-present  
Journal of Undergraduate Chemistry Research, 2016-present            
RSC Advances, 2016-present
Sensors and Actuators B, 2015-present
Journal of Chemical Education, 2015-present 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

ASSESSMENT ACTIVITIES

  • Susquehanna University Central Curriculum: Scientific Explanations, Team Intensive, Writing Intensive, Interdisciplinary and Oral Intensive.
  • Chemistry Department Program and Student-Preparedness Assessment 
  • Overseeing General Chemistry End-of-Year Assessment using Standardized American Chemical Society Exams (2006 - present).
  • Continuing to use Standardized American Chemical Society Exam in upper-level Physical Chemistry II (2006 - present)
  • Made Recommendations to both Physics and Math Departments regarding Calculus placement for incoming chemistry/biochemistry majors, and the use of Calculus in Introductory Physics courses. Maintaining Departmental database of student performance in ACS Exams in General Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Instrumental Analysis and Quantitative Analysis.
  • Reviewed Student Calculus and Physics Preparation leading into Physical Chemistry (2015)

OTHER ACTIVITIES

  • New Program Development: Chemical Physics Major, with Dr. Samya Zain (Fall 2015).
  • Participant, MoleCVUE (Molecular Computation and Visualization in Undergraduate Education)- Gaussian-based Laboratory Exercises in Physical Chemistry study, oral presentation (2015)
  • Inter-departmental Pedagogical Collaboration: Laboratory Experiment for PHYS 404 (Thermodynamics and Statistical Methods) with Dr. Samya Zain (Calorie Content of Chocolates, 2014 - date).
  • Application Note: Ocean Optics in the Teaching and Research Laboratories, oceanoptics.com (2014).
  • Session Moderator, Landmark Research Conference (2013).
  • Poster Session Judge, Landmark Research Conference (2010).
  • Tested and piloted an online homework tool for General Chemistry as a Consultant for W.H. Norton and Company (2009).

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.
  • Chemistry Department Interim Chair (Spring 2019)
  • University Assistantship Program (2007-2009, 2014-2018), Currently mentoring a student on a long-term research project involving laser and other spectroscopic techniques.
  • Faculty Advisor to first-year and upper-class students, 2006-present.

Committee Assignments
Committee on Faculty Scholarship, 2007-2010, 2018-present 

  • Elected to three-year terms as a representative from the School of Natural and Social Sciences (2007) and Group 3 (2018).

Residency Requirement Waivers, 2018-present

  • Elected to a three-year term. 

Academic Standing Committee, 2015-2016 

  • Elected as a representative of Group 3 to a two-year replacement term. 

Faculty Affairs Committee, 2010-2016

  • Elected at-large to a three year term; re-elected to a second term in 2013. ·         
  • Chair, 2012-2015
  • Worked with various campus constituencies (Senior Leadership, Human Resources, Information Technology, Faculty) to craft new policies, revise existing policies and maintain Faculty Handbook. 
  • Led the Committee in updating the Faculty Handbook language following the reorganization of schools (2012), revised committee memberships.
  • Led the Committee in discussions with various constituencies on policies regarding Medical and Administrative Leaves, Faculty/Student Relationships, Intellectual Property, Collegiality and Scholarship.

Science Speaker Committee, 2006-2008; 2013-2018

  • Appointed as the Chemistry Department representative. Participate in annual conversations on the Claritas Distinguished Lecture in the Sciences, including speaker selection and event planning. 

University Healthcare Committee, 2011-2015       

  • Appointed to be one of five faculty representatives.
  • Committee oversaw changes to the University's Health Insurance Coverage (2014).
  • Worked with Faculty Affairs Committee to replace appointed faculty representatives with elected representatives who would regularly present reports at Faculty Meetings (2015).

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. 

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. 

Career Services Faculty Advisory Committee (2007-2008)

Courses taught:

  • BIOL-560 Nanoscience
  • CHEM-103 General Chemistry I Teams
  • CHEM-104 General Chemistry II
  • 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