Biochemistry, the study of the molecular basis of biological processes in living organisms, seeks to explain how a collection of atoms like carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen interact to build the biomolecules necessary for life.
It is a growing discipline that provides insight into the related fields of genetics, immunology, microbiology, cell biology, and physiology. It advances our understanding of the chemical reactions and molecular interactions that govern living organisms and makes important contributions to the fields of medicine, agriculture, nutrition, and even our criminal justice system.
The biochemistry degree program at Nazareth College provides opportunities for experiential learning such as undergraduate research, problem-based learning, and internships. Nazareth faculty mentor students on research projects such as the development of biofuels, characterization of proteins involved in blood coagulation, design of synthetic transcription factors, and analysis of small molecules in the spore-forming bacteria Bacillus subtilis.
In addition, students participate in undergraduate summer research programs across the U.S. and abroad. Our biochemistry major prepares students for careers and graduate studies in a variety of fields including research, business, law, education, medicine, pharmaceutical sales, and other health-related professions.
Education: B.S., Keene State College (Chemistry and Physics/Environmental Science); Ph.D., University of New Hampshire (Analytical Chemistry/Earth Science (Marine Chemistry)
Teaching and Research Interests: Analytical and environmental chemistry; environmental science. My core teaching philosophy is that students learn by doing. In my laboratory and chemistry courses, I focus less on memorizing concepts and more on the process of "figuring out" chemical solutions to real world problems. Students learn to think as analysts rather than technicians; they understand why they are doing what they are doing and what their data means.