- T. Michelle Jones-Wilson
- Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Department Chair
B.S., 1988, Lafayette College
M.A., 1990, Washington University
Ph.D., 1995, Washington University
I have the privilege of mentoring 12-25 biochemistry and chemical biotechnology graduates each year. Our diverse group is successful in industry and graduate and professional school. My research areas are in the Science of Student Success funded through the NSF Clear Path grant and in water quality in the Pocono region.
I teach a variety of courses from the 100 level, chemistry of science majors and non majors, 200 level organic chemistry, 300 level biochemistry to 400 level courses like Proteins and Nucleic Acids and Biochemical Methods. I have taught more than 31 preparations throughout the curriculum in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. My favorite is Chem 350 - Biochemical Energetics
Dr. Jones-Wilson's research currently encompasses 2 broad areas:
The Science of Teaching and Learning (STL)
Students in the Jones-Wilson group participating in the STL area work to develop laboratory procedures that effectively illustrate concepts in the biochemistry and biochemical energetics areas. Students develop ideas, refine experimental parameters, communicate findings and finally lab test the experiments designed.
Dr. Jones-Wilson is currently Principle Investigator on the NSF S-STEM grant Clear Path - Bachelor's Degree Completion Scholarships.
In Clear Path community college transfer students are supported in finishing their bachelor's degrees in 10 identified STEM areas. The Clear Path team (Co-PIs Dr. Olivia Carducci and Dr. Bonnie Green) work to understand how the grant identified developmental mechanisms work independently and synergistically to promote student success.
To learn more about Clear Path research see:
Water Quality Monitoring and Watershed Protection
Students working on water quality projects work with Dr. Jones-Wilson and Dr. Paul Wilson, Environmental Science, Department of Biological Sciences, ESU. In conjunction with Dr. Paul Wilson, lead scientist for the William Penn Foundation funded Pocono-Kittatinny Cluster of the Delaware River Watershed Initiative, students verify field testing and methods used in the water monitoring project.
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Service to students and the university and community is a critical part of the job of a faculty member. Over my career I have advised student organizations and served on numerous university and APSCUF committees.
- René Fuanta
- Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
B.Sc., 2007 - 2010, University of Buea
Ph.D., 2013 - 2018, Auburn University
I enjoy discussions on enzyme mechanisms - the ‘science fiction’ behind their catalysis.
- Introduction to Biochemistry
- Biochemical Assays and Method Development
- Enzymology and Nucleic Acid Chemistry
- Metabolic Biochemistry
- My research is a hybrid of mechanistic enzymology, proteomics and molecular biology.
- I serve on several platforms both on- (UWCC, FDR, FDI, etc) and off-campus (ACS, ASBMB, NOBCChE, etc).
- Other academic service includes reviewing for journals like ACS ID, BBA Proteins and Proteomics, some MDPIs, etc.
- Richard S. Kelly
- Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
B.S., 1979, Davidson College
Ph.D., 1984, University of Vermont
Analytical Chemistry, Instrumental Analysis, Environmental Chemistry, Active Learning
Development of analysis methods for wine, beer, and spirits industry.
Improving teaching through cooperative learning.
Collections editor, Analytical Sciences Digital Library
- William Loffredo
- Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Pre-Pharmacy Program Advisor
B.S., 1982, Lebanon Valley College
Ph.D., 1988, Ohio State University
My primary teaching duties include general chemistry, organic chemistry I, II and III as well as biochemistry I and II.
I enjoy teaching organic and biochemistry.
My research interest are along the chemical education lines these days.
I serve as the coordinator and advisor for the pre-pharmacy program.
Student Group Advising
I am currently serving as the faculty advisor for the ACS Student Affiliate chapter at ESU.
- Steven M. Boyer
- Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
B.S., 2012, Elizabethtown College
Ph.D., 2017, Binghamton University
My background is in the area of materials inorganic chemistry. Currently my research focuses on metal-organic frame works for applications such as the degradation of organic pollutants
Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs)
Degradation of organic pollutants
Publications & Presentations
Dwyer, D.B., Lee, D.T., Boyer, S.M., Bernier, W.E., Parsons, G.N., Jones Jr., W.E.
Toxic organophosphate hydrolysis using nanofiber-templated UiO-66NH2 metal-organic
framework polycrystalline cylinders. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2018, 10,
McCarthy, D.L., Liu. J., Dwyer, D.B., Troiano, J.L., Boyer, S.M., DeCoste, J.B., Bernier, W.E., Jones, W.E. Electrospin metal-organic framework polymer composites for the catalytic degradation of methyl paraoxon. New Journal of Chemistry 2017, 41, 8748-8753.
Boyer, S.M., Liu, J., Zhang, S., Ehrlich, M.I., McCarthy, D.L., Tong, L., DeCoste, J.B., Bernier, B.E., Jones Jr., W.E. The role of ruthenium photosensitizers in the degradation of phenazopyridine with TiO2 electrospun fibers. Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A:Chemistry 2016, 329, 46-53.
- Mary Doherty
- Instructor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
B.S., 1982, Thomas More College
M.S., 1987, Purdue University
General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Nursing Chemistry labs.
Development and improvement of experiments in General Chemistry Organic Chemistry and Nursing Chemistry labs.
Planning and presenting at the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.
Collecting food from campus donations and stocking shelves at the ESU Warrior Food Pantry.