Chemistry & Biochemistry Department

Faculty and Staff

Contact

Fern E. Cardella

Fern E. Cardella

Senior Department Assistant
585-389-2667
fcardel7@naz.edu
Peckham Hall 222A
Additional Positions:
Senior Department Assistant in Chemistry and Biochemistry
Senior Department Assistant in Biology

Faculty

Stephen G. Tajc

Stephen G. Tajc

Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry & Department Chair
585-389-5077
stajc3@naz.edu
Peckham Hall 235
Bio

Education: B.S., Gannon University (Chemistry); M.S., University of Rochester (Biochemistry); Ph.D., University of Rochester (Biophysics); Postdoctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins University (Biophysics)

Teaching and Research Interests: Organic chemistry, undergraduate research, and chemistry of drug design. My teaching philosophy for organic chemistry is to emphasize the importance of understanding chemical reactions, rather than memorization. If a student can comprehend how the chemistry works, they will hold a greater appreciation for the overall science. In addition, they will apply their knowledge base to more complex reactions as the course progresses. Current research projects include the understanding of the fundamental binding mechanism of HIV-1 viral entry inhibitor drugs and the synthesis of small molecules that target cations in water.

Tajc research seeks a solution to hydrofracking's ecological problems.

Amber Flynn Charlebois

Amber Flynn Charlebois

Assistant Professor
585-389-2582
acharle5@naz.edu
Peckham Hall 234
Bio

Education: Ph.D., University at Buffalo; B.S., Syracuse University.

Teaching and Research Interests: Synthetic and physical organic chemistry, drug design, biochemistry, investigations into the interactions of the small dye molecule cresyl violet with nucleic acids, synthesis of stercobilin (a potential biomarker for childhood autism), and development of new undergraduate laboratory experiments.

Kelly M. Hutchinson-Anderson

Kelly M. Hutchinson-Anderson

Associate Professor of Chemistry Education
585-389-2154
khutchi8@naz.edu
Peckham Hall 327
Additional Positions:
Associate Professor, Science Education and Director of the Core Curriculum in Education, School of
Director of the Core Curriculum in Academic Affairs
Bio

Education: B.S. Nazareth College;  M.S., Ph.D. Purdue University

Teaching and Research Interests: Science education, general chemistry, nanoscience. In my courses, students are engaged in the classroom through discussions and working problems collaboratively in both large and small groups, as I believe that knowledge construction and skill development occur when you create the knowledge yourself as an active, rather than passive learner. My courses incorporate real-life examples and previous experiences, encourage discovery, and provide variety for diverse learners.

Lynn O'Brien

Lynn O'Brien

Professor of Biochemistry
585-389-2583
lobrien9@naz.edu
Peckham Hall 233
Bio

Education: B.S., St. John Fisher College (Chemistry); Ph.D., University of Rochester (Biochemistry).

Teaching and Research Interests: Biochemistry, molecular biology, and organic chemistry. Students in my laboratory and chemistry courses demonstrate an understanding of the flow of biological information from DNA to RNA to protein.

Read more about Lynn O'Brien.

William R. Lammela

William R. Lammela

Professor of Analytical Chemistry
585-389-2580
wlammel8@naz.edu
Peckham Hall 318
Bio

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.

Sanela Lampa-Pastirk

Sanela Lampa-Pastirk

Assistant Professor
585-389-2585
slampap3@naz.edu
Peckham Hall 230
Bio

Education: Ph.D., Michigan State University, chemistry; B.S., University of Belgrade, Serbia, physical chemistry

Teaching/Research Interests: Physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, spectroscopy, and undergraduate research. I believe that science is best taught in a highly interactive and dynamic atmosphere through hands-on experiences and with lectures extending outside the classroom. My research focuses on studying charge transfer mechanisms from nanomaterials to biological molecules utilizing spectroscopic methods. Students are involved in projects that are highly interdisciplinary and merge basic physicochemical concepts with inorganic, biophysical, and biomedical applications. The broader impacts of the work can be found in applications related to renewable energies, green synthesis of nanomaterials, bioremediation, and disease related protein dynamics studies.

Matthew C. Schoell

Matthew C. Schoell

Assistant Professor, Program Director of Clinical Laboratory Sciences
585-389-2587
mschoel6@naz.edu
Peckham Hall 320
Bio

Education: B.S. Biochemistry, State University of New York at Geneseo, MLS (ASCP), Rochester General Hospital, Ph.D., Pharmacology, University of Rochester

Jane A. Shebert

Jane A. Shebert

Equipment Manager & Chemistry Lab Coordinator
585-389-2578
jsheber0@naz.edu
Peckham Hall 239
Colin F. Wright

Colin F. Wright

Laboratory Coordinator
585-389-4751
cwright91@naz.edu
Peckham Hall 327
Stephanie M. Amico

Stephanie M. Amico

Lecturer
585-389-2667
samico4@naz.edu
Bio

Education: B.S, Nazareth College; M.S., Nazareth College

Lauren Rae Brooks

Lauren Rae Brooks

Visiting Assistant Professor
585-389-5038
lbrooks9@naz.edu
Peckham Hall 324
Remle Celenligil-Cetin

Remle Celenligil-Cetin

Lecturer
585-389-2667
rcelenl5@naz.edu
Saikat Chakraborty

Saikat Chakraborty

Lecturer
585-389-2667
schakra1@naz.edu
Jay P. Charlebois

Jay P. Charlebois

Lecturer
585-389-2667
jcharle4@naz.edu
Gwendolyn E. Dougherty

Gwendolyn E. Dougherty

Lecturer
585-389-2667
gdoughe5@naz.edu
James Francis Gaffney

James Francis Gaffney

Lecturer
585-389-2667
jgaffne1@naz.edu
Peckham Hall
David J. Giacherio

David J. Giacherio

Lecturer
585-389-2667
dgiache1@naz.edu
Peckham Hall 3111
Bio

Education: Ph.D., Purdue University; M.S., Loyola University of Chicago; B.S., Northern Illinois University.

Areas of Academic Interest: Synthetic and physical organic chemistry, environmental chemistry

Alyssa Kristine Merrill

Alyssa Kristine Merrill

Teacher
585-389-2667
amerril5@naz.edu
Peckham Hall
Jacob Charles Murphy

Jacob Charles Murphy

Teacher
585-389-2667
jmurphy1@naz.edu
Emily Rose Richey

Emily Rose Richey

Teacher
585-389-2667
erichey5@naz.edu
Steven M. Rubenstein

Steven M. Rubenstein

Lecturer
585-389-2667
srubens4@naz.edu
Aaron Roy Santiago

Aaron Roy Santiago

Teacher
585-389-2667
asantia81@naz.edu
Charles H. Schallhorn

Charles H. Schallhorn

Lecturer
585-389-2667
cschall0@naz.edu
Peckham Hall 311
Brian A. Smith

Brian A. Smith

Lecturer
585-389-2667
bsmith0@naz.edu
Peckham Hall 311
Hui Sun

Hui Sun

Lecturer
585-389-2667
hsun5@naz.edu
Peckham Hall 311
Tara Beth Sweet

Tara Beth Sweet

Lecturer
585-389-2667
tsweet3@naz.edu
Peckham Hall 311
Additional Positions:
Lecturer in Occupational Therapy
Bio

Education: B.S., Cornell University; Ph.D., Sackler School at Tufts University School of Medicine

Burkhardt Ingersol Wilke

Burkhardt Ingersol Wilke

Lecturer
585-389-2667
bwilke9@naz.edu