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Wade Johnson, Ph.D.

Department: Chemistry

Associate Professor of Chemistry

  • Education
  • PHD, Iowa State University of Science & Technology
  • MS, Iowa State University of Science & Technology
  • BS, Hampden-Sydney College
Wade Johnson

I've always been interested in the structure function aspects of proteins and small molecules and in spectroscopy. That is how light interacts with molecules. Studying Photosystem I as a model system combines those two passions, as there are hundreds of light-absorbing molecules in the protein complex that allow for a variety of types of interactions. My current research utilizes samples grown and purified in my lab and characterized by a novel, home-built pump-probe laser system. Additionally, through access with collaborators, we collect transient EPR signals for analysis.

As a professor, I like to see the student's "aha" moment when they finally understand. My own liberal arts background has been invaluable at times in being able to approach a new topic or problem from several angles. When in graduate school, I realized how much my state school friends missed out on the breadth of study I was afforded. This is particularly useful for those people who don't necessarily know what kinds of topics there are to study outside the major. The liberal arts experience exposes students to topics they never knew they might have liked. It a great survey of education and provides students with jumping-off points that allow them to pursue their interests.

In Susquehanna, students find a small liberal arts school that has a strong science program, which is somewhat unusual. The friendly people here remind me of the schools nearby where I grew up.

My main hobby outside of the classroom is photography; landscape, macro, and scientific.

Courses taught:

  • CHEM-104 General Chemistry II Teams
  • CHEM-105 General Chemistry I Lab
  • CHEM-106 General Chemistry II Lab
  • CHEM-221L Organic Chemistry I Lab
  • CHEM-231 Quantitative Analysis
  • CHEM-303 Science Ethics, Blunders, and Fraud
  • CHEM-311 Analytical Chemistry
  • CHEM-342 Physical Chemistry II
  • CHEM-500 Problems in Chemistry
  • CHEM-501 Independent Study
  • CHEM-505 Seminar
  • PRDV-104 Perspectives