PFF Alumni

PFF Period Fellow Current Institution
2012-2014 Lynetta Mier Assistant Professor,
Regis University, Denver CO
2012-2013 Kristen Mascall Lecturer in Chemistry
Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
2011-2012 Wendy Iskenderian-Epps Chemistry Instructor
Dartmouth College
2010-2012 Katie Frato Seattle University
Assistant Professor
2009-2012 Adam Moser Loras College
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Seann Mulcahy Providence College
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
2009-2011 Nic Hammond Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), The University of Rochester, Assistant Director for Workshops
2008-2010 Christina Crecca Teaching Chemistry to Nursing Students
Camden County College
Jesse Karr Siena College
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Rosemary White Boston University Academy
Chemistry Instructor
2007-2009 Susan DeSensi Temporarily on break from teaching
Boston University Chemistry Lecturer (2009-2010)
Lauren L. Rossi Roger Williams University
Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry
2006-2009 Swapan Jain Bard College
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
2006-2008 Ki-Young “Suzi” Byun Adjunct Professor
Emmanuel College
2006-2007 Beth Anderson Hope College
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
2005-2007 Karelle Aiken Georgia Southern University
Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry
2004-2007 John Miecznikowski Fairfield University
Associate Professor of Chemistry
2004-2006 Robert Harris MA College of Liberal Arts
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Cliff Murphy Roger Williams University
Assistant Professor of Physical Chemistry
2003-2006 Thomas Castonguay Iona College
Assistant Professor Physical Chemistry
2002-2004 Amy Bradley Wilkes University
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Chair, Department of Chemistry
Allison Moore Belmont University
Associate Professor
Director, General Education Program
Laurie Tyler Union College
Associate Professor of Chemistry

Profiles

2012-2014

Lynetta MierMier, Lynetta

  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, Ohio State University

 

Dr. Mier joined the PFF Program in 2012.  She taught CH 101/102 (General Chemistry); CH 303 (Instrumental Analysis Laboratory); and CH 354 (Physical Chemistry Laboratory). CH303 and 354  teach the fundamental theoretical principles, capabilities, applications, and limitations of modern analytical instrumentation with laboratory in spectroscopy and analytical chromatography.  She designed the laboratory manual for the courses.  Dr. Mier conducted research in physical chemistry with Professor Larry Ziegler, working on optical spectroscopic methodologies.  She received her Ph.D. from Ohio State University in 2012 working with Dr. Terry L. Gustafson and Dr. Arthur J. Epstein.  Lynetta’s doctoral research focused on characterizing excited state reactions and charge transfer processes of systems showing potential for use in solar energy.  In Fall 2014, she started her new tenure track assistant professor position at Regis University, Denver CO.

 

2012-2013

Kristen MascallMascall, Kristen

  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, Dartmouth College

Dr. Mascall joined the PFF Program in 2012.  She taught in the CH 203/204/214 Organic Chemistry sequence.  She is conducting research in medicinal chemistry with Professor Aaron Beeler.  Dr. Mascall received her Ph.D. in Chemistry, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, in 2012 with Dr. Peter Jacobi.   Her dissertation was on “Furanosteroid Studies:  Preparation and functionalization of the viridian core skeleton,”  which reflects her research interests in complex molecule synthesis and synthetic methodology.  Kristen received her B.Sc. from the University of the West Indies (Barbados, W.I.) in 2006.  In 2013, she decided that she wanted to focus full time on research and became a postdoctoral associate in the Beeler Group, which focuses on research related to medicinal chemistry.

 

2011-2012

Wendy Iskenderian-EppsWendy Iskenderian-Epps

  • Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

As a PFF, Dr. Iskenderian-Epps conducted research in laboratory of Professor Karen Allen, which investigates protein structure and function through X-ray diffraction and enzyme kinetic studies. Dr. Iskenderian-Epps’ teaching contributions were in Organic Chemistry, where she led discussion sections and laboratories and helped to develop laboratory curricula. She received her Ph.D. in 2011 from MIT, where her advisor was Professor Barbara Imperiali. Her graduate work focused on the synthesis and validation of biophysical tools for interrogating PDZ domain interactions in neurons, which are critical to the translation of molecular signals into learning and memory. Specifically, Wendy developed fluorescence-based sensors that report binding events to specific PDZ domains. Wendy received her B.A. in Chemistry and Music (summa cum laude) from Pomona College (Claremont, CA). Both her research and teaching have received recognition, including the MIT Wyeth Scholar Award, 2009, NSCRC Graduate Women in Science Excellent Poster Presentation Award, 2008, and MIT Chemistry Outstanding Teaching Award, 2006. Dr. Iskenderian-Epps has relocated to New Hampshire for family reasons and is currently a chemistry instructor at Dartmouth College.

 

2010-2012

Katie FratoPFF Katie Frato

  • Ph.D. in Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Assistant Professor, Seattle University

Dr. Frato received her Ph.D. in Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry in 2009 from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine , working with Professor Robert Schleif. Her research focused on developing a DNA-assisted binding assay for weak protein-protein interactions. As a PFF, Dr. Frato taught CH 109/110 (General and Quantitative Analytical Chemistry) and provided leadership to the Boston University Women in Chemistry in their high school outreach programs.  In addition, she conducted research on redox active enzymes with Professor Sean Elliott.. Her work focused on using direct electrochemical methods to elucidate the mechanism of bacterial diheme peroxidases. In 2012-2013 she was awarded a fellowship for Cross-disciplinary Training in Nanotechnology for Cancer at BU to study human thioredoxin reductase in the Elliott Laboratory. She joined the faculty of Seattle University as an Assistant Professor in 2013.

 

2009-2012

Adam MoserMoser, Adam

  • Ph.D. in Computational Chemistry, University of Minnesota
  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Loras College

Dr. Moser conducted research in the laboratory of Professor John Straub in computational chemistry. Dr. Moser received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, with Professor Darrin York. He worked on a variety of computational projects, including implicit and explicit solvation model development, benchmark ab initio calculations for proton affinity and gas phase basicities, and ribozyme simulation. He also did collaborative work with the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center on the influence of C-5 DNA methylation on tobacco induced lung cancer. As a PFF, Dr. Moser was a major contributor to the curriculum enhancement of our General Chemistry courses and a leader in the implementation of the highly successful Boston University Learning Assistant program. He is currently a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Loras College in Dubuque, IA.

 

Seann MulcahyPFF Seann Mulcahy

  • Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania
  • Assistant Professor, Providence College

Dr. Mulcahy conducted research in the laboratory of Professor John Snyder in natural product synthesis. Dr. Mulcahy received his Ph.D. in organic chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, in 2009, working with Professor Eric Meggers. As a graduate student he developed parallel techniques for the synthesis and biological evaluation of ruthenium(II) complexes. Following his Ph.D, he was a postdoctoral research associate with Professor Seth Herzon at Yale University, New Haven, CT, studying the mechanism of action and performing structure function studies of the diazufluorene antitumor antibiotics. As a PFF, Dr. Mulcahy taught Intensive Organic Chemistry Courses. He was a key participant in the transformation of our sophomore-level organic chemistry curriculum with the adoption of the “paperless laboratory” through the use of electronic laboratory notebooks. Through his efforts, experiment protocols are now available on BU’s Digital Common site (DCommon), an open-access online repository that is accessible not only by our students, but by outside instructors as well. Dr. Mulcahy also provided leadership to the Boston University Women in Chemistry in their high school outreach programs. He is currently a tenure-track Assistant Professor at Providence College in Providence, RI.

 

2009-2011

Nic Hammond

Nic Hammond

Nic Hammond

  • Ph. D. in Chemistry, University of Rochester
  • Assistant Director for Workshops at the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), The University of Rochester

Dr. Hammond received in Ph.D. in 2009 from the University of Rochester with Professor Douglas Turner on small molecule-oligonucleotide inhibition of fungal growth and NMR structures of RNA internal loops.  He joined the BU PFF Program in 2009.  He lectured and led discussions for CH101 and CH102. He did his research with Professor Thomas Tullius, using the Tullius laboratory’s Beckman CEQ DNA sequencing system to quickly analyze large numbers of hydroxyl radical footprint experiments as part of the ENCODE consortium.  Dr. Hammond, in affiliation with Dr. Moser, was highly active in designing and implementing the Learning Assistant (LA) Program in BU’s general chemistry course.  On leaving the program, Dr. Hammond became the Assistant Director for Workshops at the CETL, which aims to promote excellence in both teaching and learning through a range of programs for faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students.  He teaches courses in pedagogy to support CETL’s Center for Workshop Education initiative, specifically for Leaders in Chemistry courses, drawing on his background in lab bench chemistry (Ph.D.), and higher-ed initiatives (PFF).

 

2008-2010

Christina Crecca

Christina Crecca

  • Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, University of Florida
  • Teaching Chemistry to Nursing Students, Camden County College

Dr. Crecca taught CH171 which is a course primarily for students in the allied health professions. It includes Organic chemistry, including structure, stereochemistry, and reactions of carbon compounds and emphasizes compounds of biochemical interest.  She conducted research in the laboratory of Prof. John Straub.  She also co-supervised a high-school science class outreach activity of the Boston University Women in Chemistry graduate student group.

 

Jesse Karr

Jesse Karr

  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of Maryland
  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Siena College

Dr. Karr taught “General Chemistry” (CH101) and “Inorganic Chemistry” (CH 232).  He conducted research in the laboratory of Prof. John Caradonna in inorganic chemistry. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he worked in the laboratory of Dr. Veronika Szalai on the Cu(II) binding site of the amyloid-beta peptide of Alzheimer’s disease.

 

 

Rosemary White

Rosemary White

In addition to teaching “General Chemistry,” Dr. White was involved with the Intensive General and Quantitative Analytical Chemistry (CH111/181) course.  She conducted research in the laboratory of Professor Linda Doerrer in inorganic chemistry. Her research project focused on the synthesis and characterization of first-row transition metal complexes with a unique tridentate oxygen-donating ligand. Dr. White also coordinated (with Dr. DeSensi) the chemistry outreach activities to  local area high schools, arranging for in class demonstrations and a Chemistry Day at BU.  Prior to joining the PFF program, Dr. White was a postdoctoral research associate in the laboratory of Professor Susannah Scott, University of California, Santa Barbara. She received her Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Vanderbilt University, Nashville TN.

 

 

2007-2009

Susan DeSensi

Susan DeSensi

Susan C. DeSensi

  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, Vanderbilt University
  • Course Instructor, Boston University (2009-2010)

Dr. DeSensi taught General and Quantitative Analytical Chemistry designed for students in the Chemistry and Biochemistry/Molecular Biology programs.  She obtained her doctorate from Vanderbilt University where she combined SDSL-EPR experiments with computational methods to analyze the structure and dynamics of the membrane protein, Band 3, and its P327R Spherocytosis variant.  She conducted research in the laboratory of Dr. John Straub where she used molecular dynamics simulations to investigate the role of hydration in peptide aggregation in AOT reverse micelles. Dr. DeSensi also coordinated (with Dr. White) the chemistry outreach activities to  local area high schools, arranging for in class demonstrations and a Chemistry Day at BU.  Dr. DeSensi is currently involved with the Pinhead Institute’s Punk Science Program.

 

Lauren Rossi

Lauren L. Rossi

Dr. Lauren Rossi lectured and lead discussions and labs in Organic Chemistry and Intensive Organic Chemist.  She played a role in directing the CAPSTONE projects in the Intensive Organic Chemistry laboratory. She received her doctorate in organic chemistry from Brown University working with Dr. Amit Basu on the synthesis and evaluation of glycosyl triazoles as glycosidase inhibitors.  Her research at Boston University was conducted in the laboratory of Prof. John Porco where her work focused on the synthesis and biological evaluation of flavonoid-based compounds.

 

2006-2008

Ki-Young “Suzi” Byun

Ki-Young “Suzi” Byun

  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, Emory University
  • Associate Academic Specialist, Northeastern University

Dr. Byun taught Freshman General Chemistry and General Chemistry for Life Sciences Majors.  Her contributions included demonstrations during lecture (ranging from density of soft drinks to polarized light); talks (on radioactive decay, acid/base equilibria, buffer solutions, Gibbs Free Energy); lectures at weekly discussion sections; and designing chemistry demonstrations illustrating chemical kinetics and chemical catalysis.  She conducted research in Prof. Tom Tullius‘ laboratory where she applied new computational methods to identify identify DNA structural motifs in functional genomic elements within the ENCODE (Encyclopedia Of DNA Elements) regions of the human genome. She also conducted solvent-accessible surface area calcuations on DNA and RNA crystal structures to analyze hydroxyl radical cleavage patterns.

 

Swapan Jain

Swapan Jain

  • Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Bard College

Dr. Jain taught General Chemistry (CH 101/102) and Biochemistry (CH 422/423).  He conducted research in the Laboratory of Prof. Tom Tullius where he focused on understanding the high resolution structure of RNA molecules by using hydroxyl radical footprinting techniques. His Ph.D. research was on “Investigating Small Molecule Interactions with Nucleic Acid Structures,” under the mentorship of Prof. Nick Hud. Inn 2007 he was selected as one of the winners of the Sigma Xi Best PhD Thesis Awards at Georgia Tech.

 

2006-2007

Beth Anderson

Beth Anderson

  • Ph.D in Chemistry, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Assistant Profess of Chemistry, Hope College

Dr. Anderson co-taught General Chemistry (CH109/CH110) for science majors, and conducted her research in Prof. Rosina Georgiadis‘ laboratory. Her work focused on the detection and characterization of biomolecular and other substrate-bound assemblies and on the utilization of surface plasmon resonance spectroscopy and microscopy techniques. At Penn State, her Ph.D. advisors were Prof. P. S. Weiss and Prof. M. W. Horn. She designed, created, and characterized nanoscale structures fabricated by self-assembly and conventional lithographic techniques. She became an expert in the use of various instruments such as atomic force microscopes, scanning electron microscopes, photolithography tools, and ellipsometers.

 

2005-2007

Karelle Aiken

Karelle Aiken

Dr. Aiken conducted research in Prof. John Snyder‘s laboratory on “Cobalt Catalyzed [4 + 2 + 2] Homo Diels-Alder Chemistry and Application in the Formal Synthesis of Portulal.”

2004-2007

John R. Miecznikowski

John R. Miecznikowski

  • Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry, Yale University, 2004
  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Fairfield University

Dr. Miecznikowski taught “General Chemistry” (CH101) and “Inorganic Chemistry” (CH 232). His research was conducted in Prof. John Caradonna’s laboratory.  His research focused on developing, synthesizing, and characterizing ligand precursors and iron, gallium and zinc model complexes of phenylalanine hydroxylase and other mononuclear nonheme enzymes with N and O atoms bound to the metal center. John gave an overview of the PFF Program at the American Chemical Society’s 230th National Meeting & Exposition in Washington, D.C., Division of Chemical Education.  In March 2011, received Fairfield University’s Teacher of the Year Award. He was nominated by the Fairfield student body and selected from among 75 undergraduate professors.

 

2004-2006

Robert F. Harris

Robert F. Harris

As a PFF, Dr. Harris taught “General and Quantitative Analytical Chemistry” (CH109/110) and “Intensive General and Quantitative Chemistry” (CH112/182).  He conducted research in Prof. Mark Grinstaff’s laboratory in the area of C1 symmetric modular P, N ligands.

Cliff Murphy

Cliff Murphy

As a PFF, Dr. Murphy taught “General and Quantitative Analytical Chemistry” (CH111/CH 112). He conducted research in the laboratory of Prof. Guilford Jones.

2003-2006

Thomas Castonguay

Thomas Castonguay

Dr. Castonguay was responsible for much of the instruction provided in the Department’s undergraduate physical chemistry course.

He served as substitute lecturer on several occasions, helped design and grade exams, led discussion sections, and performed a variety of other teaching-related tasks.  While a PFF, he conducted research in theoretical chemistry, working with Prof. David Coker and his group. After the completion of his PFF position, he became a Postdoctoral Fellow with Prof. Feng Wang, exploring the applicability of the Kinetic Monte Carlo method to model nonequilibrium chemical and physical processes.

2002-2004

Amy L. Bradley

Amy L. Bradley

  • Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, University of New Orleans, 2002
  • Associate Professor of Chemistry, Wilkes University

Prof. Bradley was the first PFF hired under the Program.  As a PFF she taught an “Intensive Organic Chemistry” Course; designed and implemented a new three-week synthesis laboratory; and participated in the team-taught course, “Graduate Research Methods and Scholarly Writing.”  Her research was conducted in the laboratory of Prof. Sean Elliott, and resulted in two publications.  Amy joined the faculty at Wilkes in 2004 and received tenure in 2010.  In 2011 Amy became Chair of the Department of Chemistry.

Alison B. Moore

Alison B. Moore

  • Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry, University of Cincinnati, 2002
  • Associate Professor of Chemistry, Belmont University

Dr. Moore was a discussion leader in the Department’s hugely successful General Chemistry Course (over 600 students) and led the advanced laboratory and discussion sections in the three “General and Quantitative Analytical Chemistry” courses.  Her research was conducted in the laboratory of Prof. Thomas Tullius and dealt with deuterium isotope effects on hydroxyl radical cleavage of a 29-mer analog of the sarcin-ricin loop of 28S rRNA.  She joined the faculty of the Department of Chemistry & Physics in Belmont University (Nashville, TN) in 2004 where she was promoted to Associate Professor in 2010,  She was appointed Director of the  Department of General Education in 2011.

 

Laurie A. Tyler

Laurie A. Tyler

  • Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2002
  • Associate Professor of Chemistry, Union College

She guest lectured and taught discussion sections in “Inorganic Chemistry” and oversaw the “Inorganic Chemistry” laboratory.  She also guest lectured and led a discussion section in “General Chemistry” for majors and in the “Quantitative Analysis” laboratory. Her research was conducted in the laboratory of Prof. John Caradonna and dealt with the synthesis and characterization of mononuclear non-heme iron complexes and investigation of their reactivity towards alkane oxidation.  In 2009, Dr. Tyler received tenure at Union.