Biochemistry

Education

  • BS, Univ of West Indies - Mona
  • PHD, Univ of West Indies - Mona

Professor of Chemistry

Department Head of Chemistry

Contact Information

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.

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)

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

Susquehanna University, Department of Chemistry

  • Charles B. Degenstein Professor of Chemistry (2017-present)
  • Professor of Chemistry (2015-2017)
  • Associate Professor of Chemistry (2009-2015)
  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry (2003-2009)

Courses: Organic Chemistry I and II (lecture and laboratory sections), Medicinal Chemistry,

Chemical Concepts (lecture and laboratory section), Perspectives (First year seminar)

RESEARCH APPOINTMENTS

University of Rhode Island, Sabbatical: School of Pharmacy (Spring 2011)

State University of New York, Research Associate: Environmental Science and Forestry Division (Summer 2003)

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

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

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

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

2020: Council of Undergraduate Research 2020 Outstanding Mentorship Award (Chemistry)

2017: Charles B. Degenstein Professor of Chemistry

2017: Joseph Priestley Service Award for the Susquehanna Valley section of the American Chemical Society.

2011: Susquehanna University Whatever it takes (WIT) Award

2009: John C. 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

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)

PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS (Susquehanna undergraduates in bold)

  • Havasi, M. H.; Ressler, A. J.; Parks, E. L.; Cocolas, A. H.; Weaver, A.; Seeram, N. P.; Henry, G. E. Antioxidant and tyrosinase docking studies of heterocyclic sulfide derivatives containing a thymol moiety. Inorganica Chim. Acta. 2020, 505, 119495 .
  • Castner, E.; Dickson, M.; Mykytyn, A.; Seeram, N. P.; Henry, G. E.; Vivekanand, P. Synthesis and evaluation of apoptotic induction of human cervical cancer cells by ester derivatives of thujone.
  • Med. Chem. Res. 2020, 29, 268-280.
  • Cocolas, A.; Parks, E.; Ressler, A.; Havasi, M.; Seeram, N. P. Henry, G. E. Heterocyclic b-keto sulfide derivatives of carvacrol: synthesis and copper (II) ion reducing capacity. Med. Chem. Lett. 2019, 29, 126636.
  • Brotzman, N.; Xu, Y.; Graybill, A.; Cocolas, A.; Ressler, A.; Seeram, N. P.; Ma, H.; Henry, G. E. Synthesis and tyrosinase inhibitory activities of 4-oxobutanoate derivatives of carvacrol and thymol. Med. Chem. Lett. 2019, 29, 56-58.
  • Palmer, M. R.; Suiter, C. L.; Henry, G. E.; Rovnyak, J.; Hoch, J. C.; Polenova, T.; Rovnyak, D. R. Sensitivity of nonuniform sampling NMR. J. Phys. Chem. B. 2015, 119, 6502-6515.
  • 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. Prod. Comm. 2015, 10, 491-493.
  • Force, R.; Chen, S-L.; Fortier, E.; Rowlands, E.; Heneks, J.; Rovnyak, D.; Henry, G. E. Spirocyclic acylphloroglucinol derivatives from Hypericum pyramidatum. 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 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. 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. 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 J. Agric. Food Chem. 2009, 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

ORAL/POSTER PRESENTATIONS INVOLVING STUDENTS

(Susquehanna undergraduates in bold); *Indicates oral presentation.

Susquehanna University (2003-present)

  • Ressler, A.; Henry, G. E. Synthesis and radical scavenging activity of chromene-hydrazone

hybrids. 9th Annual Susquehanna Valley Undergraduate Research Symposium, Bucknell University

(July 31, 2019)

  • Parks, E.; Alexander, T.; Peeler, M.; Henry, G. E. Synthesis and anticancer potential of cannabichromene-based oxime ester derivatives. 9thAnnual Susquehanna Valley Undergraduate Research Symposium, Bucknell University (July 31, 2019)
  • Ressler, A.; Dougherty, W. G.; Henry, G. E. Synthesis, characterization, and antioxidant activity of Zn(II) and Ni(II) complexes of chromene-based Schiff bases. 11th Annual Landmark Symposium, Elizabethtown College (July 11, 2019)*
  • Parks, E.; Peeler, M.; Henry, G. E. Synthesis and anti-mitotic studies of cannabichromene-based oxime ester derivatives. 11th Annual Landmark Symposium, Elizabethtown College (July 11, 2019)*
  • Cocolas, A.; Parks, E.; Ressler, A.; Havasi, M.; Henry, G. E. Synthesis and antioxidant evaluation of thioether derivatives of carvacrol. American Chemical Society 257th National Conference, (April 2019)
  • Havasi, M.; Ressler, A.; Cocolas, A.; Parks, E.; Henry, G. E. Synthesis and antioxidant evaluation of thioether derivatives of thymol. American Chemical Society 257th National Conference, (April 2019)
  • Ressler, A.; Myers, D.; Dougherty, W. G.; Henry, G. E. Synthesis and cupric ion reducing capacity of a mercapto-1,3,4-oxadiazole derivative of thymol. 10th Annual Landmark Symposium, Juniata College (July 26, 2018)
  • Castner, E.; Henry, G. E. Synthesis of thujol esters as potential antibacterial agents. American Chemical Society 255th National Conference, CHED-1490 (March 2018)
  • Graybill, A.; Brotzman, N.; Cocolas, A.; Henry, G. E. Synthesis of oxobutanoate-substituted carvacrol and thymol derivatives as potential antibacterial agents. American Chemical Society 255th National Conference, CHED 1461 (March 2018)
  • Reynolds, G.; Yarger, J.; Graybill, A.; Castner, E.; Henry, G. E. Chemical composition of an acetone extract of Vitis riparia. American Chemical Society 255th National Conference, CHED-1472 (March 2018).
  • Mykytyn, A.; Dickson, M.; Castner, E.; Persons, M; Henry, G. E.; Vivekanand, P. Determination of the lethality of thujone and its derivatives on adult Drosophila melanogaster. 59th Annual Drosophila Research Conference (April 2018).
  • Brotzman, N.; Henry, G. E. Synthesis of oxobutanoate-substituted carvacrol and thymol derivatives as potential anticancer agents. 9th Annual Landmark Symposium, Susquehanna University (July 2017)
  • Castner, E.; Henry, G. E. Synthesis of thujol esters as potential insecticidal agents. 9th Annual Landmark Symposium, Susquehanna University (July 2017)
  • Smith, A.; Chen, S. L.; Turnbach, M.; Henry, G. E. Polyphenolic compounds from Hypericum punctatum National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (April 2017)
  • Henry, G. E.; Bixler, J.; Kizina, J.; Smith, A. O-prenylated acylphloroglucinols from Hypericum densiflorum. International Congress on Natural Products Research (July 2016, Copenhagen)
  • Heneks, J.; Force, R; Kizina, J.; Bruer, M.; Henry, G. E. Polyphenolic compounds from cabernet franc (Vitis vinifera) autumn leaves. American Chemical Society 251st National Conference (March 2016)
  • Bixler, J.; Smith, A; Kizina, J.; Henry, G. E. Acylphloroglucinols from an acetone extract of Hypericum densiflorum. American Chemical Society 251st National Conference (March 2016)
  • Kizina, J.; Bixler, J.; Smith, A; Henry, G. E. Chemistry of an hexane extract of Hypericum densiflorum. American Chemical Society 251st National Conference (March 2016)
  • Bixler, J.; Smith, A; Kizina, J.; Henry, G. E. Acylphloroglucinols from an acetone extract of Hypericum densiflorum. 7th Annual Landmark Symposium, Goucher College (July 23, 2015) First place prize
  • Kizina, J.; Bixler, J.; Smith, A; Henry, G. E. Chemistry of an hexane extract of Hypericum densiflorum. 7th Annual Landmark Symposium, Goucher College (July 23, 2015) First place prize
  • Bruer, M.; Kizina, J.; Chen, S. L.; Henry, G. E. Chemical constituents of Scirpus atrovirens leaves. American Chemical Society, 249th National Conference (March 2015)
  • Force, R.; Heneks, J.; Chen, S. L.; Rhodes, B.; Henry, G. E. Flavonoids and stilbenes from an acetone extract of Hypericum stragulum. American Chemical Society, 249th National Conference (March 2015)
  • Chen, S. L.; Heneks, J.; Force, R.; Rhodes, B.; Henry, G. E. Xanthones and a caffeic acid ester from an acetone extract of Hypericum stragulum. American Chemical Society, 249th National Conference (March 2015)
  • Fortier, E.; Ngo, D.; Heneks, J.; Force, R.; Chen, S.L..; Henry, G. E. Polyphenolic compounds from an acetone extract of Hypericum pyramidatum. American Chemical Society, 249th National Conference (March 2015)
  • Chen, S-L.; Force, R.; Heneks, J.; Rhodes, B.; Henry, G. E. Porphyrins from acetone extract of Hypericum stragulum. 6th Annual Landmark Symposium, Juniata College (July 2014)
  • Heneks, J.; Chen, S-L.; Force, R.; Rhodes, B.; Henry, G. E. New xanthones from acetone extract of Hypericum stragulum. 6th Annual Landmark Symposium, Juniata College (July 2014)
  • Force, R.; Heneks, J.; Chen, S-L.; Rhodes, B.; Henry, G. E. Flavonoids from acetone extract of Hypericum stragulum. 6th Annual Landmark Symposium, Juniata College (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. 5th Annual Landmark Symposium, Susquehanna University (July 2013)
  • Ngo, D.; Chen, S-L.; Force, R. Henry, G. E. Polyphenols and other natural products from acetone extract of Hypericum pyramidatum. 5th Annual Landmark Symposium, Susquehanna University (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 International Congress on Natural Products Research (July-August 2012, New York)
  • Niesen, D.; González-Sarrías, A.; Yuan, T.; Henry, G. E.; Seeram, N. P. Bioassay-guided isolation of cytotoxic constituents from Carex vulpinodea American Chemical Society 244th National Conference (August 2012)
  • Rhodes, B.; Neidrich, K.; Lion, M.; Henry, G. E. Flavonoids from acetone extract of Hypericum mutilum. 4th Annual Landmark Symposium, Moravian College (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 University of Rhode Island Discovery Day (April 2011), First place prize
  • 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 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. 2nd Annual Landmark Symposium, Juniata College (July 2010), First place prize
  • Gromek, S.; Niesen, D.; Henry, G. E. Structure elucidation of resveratrol oligomers from Carex gynandra American Chemical Society, 239th National Conference (March 2010)
  • Gromek, S.; Niesen, D.; Henry, G. E. NMR structure elucidation of resveratrol oligomers from Carex gynandra 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. 1st Annual Landmark Symposium, Susquehanna University (July 2009), Third place prize
  • 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)
  • 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 Mona Symposium of Natural Products and Medicinal Chemistry (January 1998)
  • Henry, G. E.; Jacobs, H. Benzophenones and triterpenes from Caribbean Clusia American Chemical Society, 212th National Conference (August 1996)
  • Henry, G. E.; Jacobs, H. Benzophenones and triterpenes from Caribbean Clusia 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

  • Antioxidant properties of derivatives of thyme and oregano essential oils. Susquehanna University Faculty Colloquium (February 2020).
  • Synthesis and anticancer potential of cannabichromene-based oxime ester derivatives. Spelman College, Chemistry Department (January 2020).
  • Structure-antioxidant correlations of heterocyclic thioether derivatives of carvacrol and thymol. Southeastern Regional ACS meeting. Savannah, Georgia (October 2019).
  • Antioxidant and tyrosinase inhibitory activities of g-keto ester derivatives of carvacrol and thymol. 4th International Conference and Exhibition on Natural Products, Medicinal Plants & Marine Drugs. Rome, Italy (June 2018). Invited.
  • Medicinal and insecticidal properties of derivatives of white cedar essential oils, Susquehanna University Faculty Colloquium (April 2018).
  • 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).
  • 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 American Chemical Society 244th National Conference, Philadelphia (August 2012). Invited.
  • NMR structure elucidation of prenylated acylphloroglucinol derivatives from Pennsylvania Hypericum 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 Susquehanna University Science Luncheon (October 2005).

FUNDED GRANTS

External:

  • NSF-MRI award (2016-2019): Acquisition of an upgraded radio frequency console, a broadband Royal probe and an autosampler for our current JEOL ECP 400MHz nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer ($223,890)

PI: William Dougherty, Co-PI’s: Geneive Henry, Elizabeth Valentin

  • NSF-RUI award (2012-2015): Investigation of the chemical diversity of Pennsylvania Hypericum

species ($150,000). PI: Geneive Henry

  • Research Corporation for Science Advancement Cottrell College Award (2007-2010): Chemical and biological investigation of Hypericum species ($34,980). PI: Geneive Henry
  • 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 Research (2019-2021): Synthesis and biological evaluation of cannabichromene inspired Schiff base derivatives ($8,000)
  • Susquehanna University Faculty Development and Research (2004-2007, 2017, 2018): Awards ranged from $2,500-$4,000 and provided funds for research chemicals and materials
  • Susquehanna University Summer Research Partners (2004-2010, 2012, 2017-2019): These grants provided stipend and housing for summer students.

SYNERGISTIC ACTIVITIES

2016-present Chemistry Department Chair

2017 NSF Review panel

2015 Judge for Landmark Research Symposium at Goucher College

2014 –2018 External Advisory Committee member for Bucknell University’s NSF STEM grant

2014 Chair, Susquehanna Valley section of the American Chemical Society

2013 Section moderator for Landmark Research Symposium at Susquehanna University

2013 NSF Review panel

2013 Reviewer for NSF RUI 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, Bioorganic Chemistry, Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry, Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters, European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, Natural Product Communications, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Food Chemistry, Tetrahedron Letters, Phytochemistry, Journal of Ethnopharmacology, and Plant Foods for Human Nutrition, Medicinal Chemistry (Taylor and Francis, 2015), Organic Chemistry by McMurry, 9th ed (2016).

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

2020-present National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black

Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE)

2014-2015 National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity

2010-present Friends of Joseph Priestley House

2009-2011 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

  • CHEM-501: Independent Study
  • CHEM-302: Medicinal Chemistry
  • CHEM-221: Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM-221L: Organic Chemistry I Lab
  • CHEM-222: Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM-222L: Organic Chemistry II Lab
  • PRDV-104: Perspectives
  • CHEM-400: Research Experience
  • CHEM-200: Research Exploration

About Me

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.

Professional Experience

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)

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

Susquehanna University, Department of Chemistry

  • Charles B. Degenstein Professor of Chemistry (2017-present)
  • Professor of Chemistry (2015-2017)
  • Associate Professor of Chemistry (2009-2015)
  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry (2003-2009)

Courses: Organic Chemistry I and II (lecture and laboratory sections), Medicinal Chemistry,

Chemical Concepts (lecture and laboratory section), Perspectives (First year seminar)

RESEARCH APPOINTMENTS

University of Rhode Island, Sabbatical: School of Pharmacy (Spring 2011)

State University of New York, Research Associate: Environmental Science and Forestry Division (Summer 2003)

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

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

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

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

2020: Council of Undergraduate Research 2020 Outstanding Mentorship Award (Chemistry)

2017: Charles B. Degenstein Professor of Chemistry

2017: Joseph Priestley Service Award for the Susquehanna Valley section of the American Chemical Society.

2011: Susquehanna University Whatever it takes (WIT) Award

2009: John C. 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

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)

PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS (Susquehanna undergraduates in bold)

  • Havasi, M. H.; Ressler, A. J.; Parks, E. L.; Cocolas, A. H.; Weaver, A.; Seeram, N. P.; Henry, G. E. Antioxidant and tyrosinase docking studies of heterocyclic sulfide derivatives containing a thymol moiety. Inorganica Chim. Acta. 2020, 505, 119495 .
  • Castner, E.; Dickson, M.; Mykytyn, A.; Seeram, N. P.; Henry, G. E.; Vivekanand, P. Synthesis and evaluation of apoptotic induction of human cervical cancer cells by ester derivatives of thujone.
  • Med. Chem. Res. 2020, 29, 268-280.
  • Cocolas, A.; Parks, E.; Ressler, A.; Havasi, M.; Seeram, N. P. Henry, G. E. Heterocyclic b-keto sulfide derivatives of carvacrol: synthesis and copper (II) ion reducing capacity. Med. Chem. Lett. 2019, 29, 126636.
  • Brotzman, N.; Xu, Y.; Graybill, A.; Cocolas, A.; Ressler, A.; Seeram, N. P.; Ma, H.; Henry, G. E. Synthesis and tyrosinase inhibitory activities of 4-oxobutanoate derivatives of carvacrol and thymol. Med. Chem. Lett. 2019, 29, 56-58.
  • Palmer, M. R.; Suiter, C. L.; Henry, G. E.; Rovnyak, J.; Hoch, J. C.; Polenova, T.; Rovnyak, D. R. Sensitivity of nonuniform sampling NMR. J. Phys. Chem. B. 2015, 119, 6502-6515.
  • 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. Prod. Comm. 2015, 10, 491-493.
  • Force, R.; Chen, S-L.; Fortier, E.; Rowlands, E.; Heneks, J.; Rovnyak, D.; Henry, G. E. Spirocyclic acylphloroglucinol derivatives from Hypericum pyramidatum. 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 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. 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. 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 J. Agric. Food Chem. 2009, 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

ORAL/POSTER PRESENTATIONS INVOLVING STUDENTS

(Susquehanna undergraduates in bold); *Indicates oral presentation.

Susquehanna University (2003-present)

  • Ressler, A.; Henry, G. E. Synthesis and radical scavenging activity of chromene-hydrazone

hybrids. 9th Annual Susquehanna Valley Undergraduate Research Symposium, Bucknell University

(July 31, 2019)

  • Parks, E.; Alexander, T.; Peeler, M.; Henry, G. E. Synthesis and anticancer potential of cannabichromene-based oxime ester derivatives. 9thAnnual Susquehanna Valley Undergraduate Research Symposium, Bucknell University (July 31, 2019)
  • Ressler, A.; Dougherty, W. G.; Henry, G. E. Synthesis, characterization, and antioxidant activity of Zn(II) and Ni(II) complexes of chromene-based Schiff bases. 11th Annual Landmark Symposium, Elizabethtown College (July 11, 2019)*
  • Parks, E.; Peeler, M.; Henry, G. E. Synthesis and anti-mitotic studies of cannabichromene-based oxime ester derivatives. 11th Annual Landmark Symposium, Elizabethtown College (July 11, 2019)*
  • Cocolas, A.; Parks, E.; Ressler, A.; Havasi, M.; Henry, G. E. Synthesis and antioxidant evaluation of thioether derivatives of carvacrol. American Chemical Society 257th National Conference, (April 2019)
  • Havasi, M.; Ressler, A.; Cocolas, A.; Parks, E.; Henry, G. E. Synthesis and antioxidant evaluation of thioether derivatives of thymol. American Chemical Society 257th National Conference, (April 2019)
  • Ressler, A.; Myers, D.; Dougherty, W. G.; Henry, G. E. Synthesis and cupric ion reducing capacity of a mercapto-1,3,4-oxadiazole derivative of thymol. 10th Annual Landmark Symposium, Juniata College (July 26, 2018)
  • Castner, E.; Henry, G. E. Synthesis of thujol esters as potential antibacterial agents. American Chemical Society 255th National Conference, CHED-1490 (March 2018)
  • Graybill, A.; Brotzman, N.; Cocolas, A.; Henry, G. E. Synthesis of oxobutanoate-substituted carvacrol and thymol derivatives as potential antibacterial agents. American Chemical Society 255th National Conference, CHED 1461 (March 2018)
  • Reynolds, G.; Yarger, J.; Graybill, A.; Castner, E.; Henry, G. E. Chemical composition of an acetone extract of Vitis riparia. American Chemical Society 255th National Conference, CHED-1472 (March 2018).
  • Mykytyn, A.; Dickson, M.; Castner, E.; Persons, M; Henry, G. E.; Vivekanand, P. Determination of the lethality of thujone and its derivatives on adult Drosophila melanogaster. 59th Annual Drosophila Research Conference (April 2018).
  • Brotzman, N.; Henry, G. E. Synthesis of oxobutanoate-substituted carvacrol and thymol derivatives as potential anticancer agents. 9th Annual Landmark Symposium, Susquehanna University (July 2017)
  • Castner, E.; Henry, G. E. Synthesis of thujol esters as potential insecticidal agents. 9th Annual Landmark Symposium, Susquehanna University (July 2017)
  • Smith, A.; Chen, S. L.; Turnbach, M.; Henry, G. E. Polyphenolic compounds from Hypericum punctatum National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (April 2017)
  • Henry, G. E.; Bixler, J.; Kizina, J.; Smith, A. O-prenylated acylphloroglucinols from Hypericum densiflorum. International Congress on Natural Products Research (July 2016, Copenhagen)
  • Heneks, J.; Force, R; Kizina, J.; Bruer, M.; Henry, G. E. Polyphenolic compounds from cabernet franc (Vitis vinifera) autumn leaves. American Chemical Society 251st National Conference (March 2016)
  • Bixler, J.; Smith, A; Kizina, J.; Henry, G. E. Acylphloroglucinols from an acetone extract of Hypericum densiflorum. American Chemical Society 251st National Conference (March 2016)
  • Kizina, J.; Bixler, J.; Smith, A; Henry, G. E. Chemistry of an hexane extract of Hypericum densiflorum. American Chemical Society 251st National Conference (March 2016)
  • Bixler, J.; Smith, A; Kizina, J.; Henry, G. E. Acylphloroglucinols from an acetone extract of Hypericum densiflorum. 7th Annual Landmark Symposium, Goucher College (July 23, 2015) First place prize
  • Kizina, J.; Bixler, J.; Smith, A; Henry, G. E. Chemistry of an hexane extract of Hypericum densiflorum. 7th Annual Landmark Symposium, Goucher College (July 23, 2015) First place prize
  • Bruer, M.; Kizina, J.; Chen, S. L.; Henry, G. E. Chemical constituents of Scirpus atrovirens leaves. American Chemical Society, 249th National Conference (March 2015)
  • Force, R.; Heneks, J.; Chen, S. L.; Rhodes, B.; Henry, G. E. Flavonoids and stilbenes from an acetone extract of Hypericum stragulum. American Chemical Society, 249th National Conference (March 2015)
  • Chen, S. L.; Heneks, J.; Force, R.; Rhodes, B.; Henry, G. E. Xanthones and a caffeic acid ester from an acetone extract of Hypericum stragulum. American Chemical Society, 249th National Conference (March 2015)
  • Fortier, E.; Ngo, D.; Heneks, J.; Force, R.; Chen, S.L..; Henry, G. E. Polyphenolic compounds from an acetone extract of Hypericum pyramidatum. American Chemical Society, 249th National Conference (March 2015)
  • Chen, S-L.; Force, R.; Heneks, J.; Rhodes, B.; Henry, G. E. Porphyrins from acetone extract of Hypericum stragulum. 6th Annual Landmark Symposium, Juniata College (July 2014)
  • Heneks, J.; Chen, S-L.; Force, R.; Rhodes, B.; Henry, G. E. New xanthones from acetone extract of Hypericum stragulum. 6th Annual Landmark Symposium, Juniata College (July 2014)
  • Force, R.; Heneks, J.; Chen, S-L.; Rhodes, B.; Henry, G. E. Flavonoids from acetone extract of Hypericum stragulum. 6th Annual Landmark Symposium, Juniata College (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. 5th Annual Landmark Symposium, Susquehanna University (July 2013)
  • Ngo, D.; Chen, S-L.; Force, R. Henry, G. E. Polyphenols and other natural products from acetone extract of Hypericum pyramidatum. 5th Annual Landmark Symposium, Susquehanna University (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 International Congress on Natural Products Research (July-August 2012, New York)
  • Niesen, D.; González-Sarrías, A.; Yuan, T.; Henry, G. E.; Seeram, N. P. Bioassay-guided isolation of cytotoxic constituents from Carex vulpinodea American Chemical Society 244th National Conference (August 2012)
  • Rhodes, B.; Neidrich, K.; Lion, M.; Henry, G. E. Flavonoids from acetone extract of Hypericum mutilum. 4th Annual Landmark Symposium, Moravian College (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 University of Rhode Island Discovery Day (April 2011), First place prize
  • 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 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. 2nd Annual Landmark Symposium, Juniata College (July 2010), First place prize
  • Gromek, S.; Niesen, D.; Henry, G. E. Structure elucidation of resveratrol oligomers from Carex gynandra American Chemical Society, 239th National Conference (March 2010)
  • Gromek, S.; Niesen, D.; Henry, G. E. NMR structure elucidation of resveratrol oligomers from Carex gynandra 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. 1st Annual Landmark Symposium, Susquehanna University (July 2009), Third place prize
  • 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)
  • 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 Mona Symposium of Natural Products and Medicinal Chemistry (January 1998)
  • Henry, G. E.; Jacobs, H. Benzophenones and triterpenes from Caribbean Clusia American Chemical Society, 212th National Conference (August 1996)
  • Henry, G. E.; Jacobs, H. Benzophenones and triterpenes from Caribbean Clusia 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

  • Antioxidant properties of derivatives of thyme and oregano essential oils. Susquehanna University Faculty Colloquium (February 2020).
  • Synthesis and anticancer potential of cannabichromene-based oxime ester derivatives. Spelman College, Chemistry Department (January 2020).
  • Structure-antioxidant correlations of heterocyclic thioether derivatives of carvacrol and thymol. Southeastern Regional ACS meeting. Savannah, Georgia (October 2019).
  • Antioxidant and tyrosinase inhibitory activities of g-keto ester derivatives of carvacrol and thymol. 4th International Conference and Exhibition on Natural Products, Medicinal Plants & Marine Drugs. Rome, Italy (June 2018). Invited.
  • Medicinal and insecticidal properties of derivatives of white cedar essential oils, Susquehanna University Faculty Colloquium (April 2018).
  • 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).
  • 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 American Chemical Society 244th National Conference, Philadelphia (August 2012). Invited.
  • NMR structure elucidation of prenylated acylphloroglucinol derivatives from Pennsylvania Hypericum 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 Susquehanna University Science Luncheon (October 2005).

FUNDED GRANTS

External:

  • NSF-MRI award (2016-2019): Acquisition of an upgraded radio frequency console, a broadband Royal probe and an autosampler for our current JEOL ECP 400MHz nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer ($223,890)

PI: William Dougherty, Co-PI’s: Geneive Henry, Elizabeth Valentin

  • NSF-RUI award (2012-2015): Investigation of the chemical diversity of Pennsylvania Hypericum

species ($150,000). PI: Geneive Henry

  • Research Corporation for Science Advancement Cottrell College Award (2007-2010): Chemical and biological investigation of Hypericum species ($34,980). PI: Geneive Henry
  • 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 Research (2019-2021): Synthesis and biological evaluation of cannabichromene inspired Schiff base derivatives ($8,000)
  • Susquehanna University Faculty Development and Research (2004-2007, 2017, 2018): Awards ranged from $2,500-$4,000 and provided funds for research chemicals and materials
  • Susquehanna University Summer Research Partners (2004-2010, 2012, 2017-2019): These grants provided stipend and housing for summer students.

SYNERGISTIC ACTIVITIES

2016-present Chemistry Department Chair

2017 NSF Review panel

2015 Judge for Landmark Research Symposium at Goucher College

2014 –2018 External Advisory Committee member for Bucknell University’s NSF STEM grant

2014 Chair, Susquehanna Valley section of the American Chemical Society

2013 Section moderator for Landmark Research Symposium at Susquehanna University

2013 NSF Review panel

2013 Reviewer for NSF RUI 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, Bioorganic Chemistry, Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry, Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters, European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, Natural Product Communications, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Food Chemistry, Tetrahedron Letters, Phytochemistry, Journal of Ethnopharmacology, and Plant Foods for Human Nutrition, Medicinal Chemistry (Taylor and Francis, 2015), Organic Chemistry by McMurry, 9th ed (2016).

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

2020-present National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black

Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE)

2014-2015 National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity

2010-present Friends of Joseph Priestley House

2009-2011 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

Courses Taught

  • CHEM-501: Independent Study
  • CHEM-302: Medicinal Chemistry
  • CHEM-221: Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM-221L: Organic Chemistry I Lab
  • CHEM-222: Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM-222L: Organic Chemistry II Lab
  • PRDV-104: Perspectives
  • CHEM-400: Research Experience
  • CHEM-200: Research Exploration