- Michael Doherty
- Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Department Chair
B.A., 1979, Wabash College
M.S., 1982, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
Ph.D., 1989, Purdue University
I've enjoyed 30 years helping ESU students succeed in science.
ESU hired me because of my joint Ph.D. in Education and Chemistry to serve as advisor to ESU Secondary Education Chemistry majors. I've seen over 50 chemistry teachers start their careers. As an analytical chemist by training, I've enjoyed implementing instrumentation and data handling tools into the General Chemistry labs, which I serve as department coordinator.
My original research was in instructional computing to teach molecular geometry. Scholarly work at ESU has included service on 4 national exam committees for the American Chemical Society, 2 as chair. For 16 years, I was a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Chemical Education. I've worked, presented, and published primarily on modernization and enhancement of laboratory curriculum for the first-year General Chemistry sequence. If you are interested in helping devise or test a new lab activity or implementing new lab instrumentation at that level, talk to me.
Student Group Advising
I served as chapter faculty advisor for Kappa Delta Rho fraternity for a number of years.
Publications & Presentations
Chemical Investigations I and II experimental laboratory manuals used at ESU in annual revised editions since 1989
First Term General Chemistry Examination, 2000 and 2002 Editions. Chairman and editor, with 19 coauthors. American Chemical Society, Division of Chemical Education, Examinations Institute.
First Term General Chemistry Examination, 1995 and 1997 Editions. With 24 coauthors, chaired by Dr. Patricia Metz. American Chemical Society, Division of Chemical Education, Examinations Institute.
"A Lively and Surprising Toxicology Case Study", Journal of Chemical Education 71, 860 (1994).
Evaluating the Equilibrium Constant for the Reaction of Iron(III) Ion with Thiocyanate Ion, with ESU coauthors Conrad Bergo, William M. Loffredo, and Robert F. Schramm, a "modular laboratory separate", Chemical Education Resources, Inc., Palmyra PA, (1994), and still sold nationally for use in General Chemistry course lab manuals by Cengage.
Valence Shell Electron Pair Repulsion Theory: Molecular Geometry Tutorial, with George M. Bodner, computer assisted instruction program (Falcon Software, Wentworth, N.H., 1989).
"Jet Impact Nebulization for Sample Introduction in an Inductively Coupled Plasma", with G. M. Hieftje, Appl. Spectrosc. 38, 405 (1984).
- 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
- Bioinorganic Chemistry
- Natural product chemistry and screening for potential antibiotics
- Mechanistic enzymology of bacterial enzymes
- Proteomic investigations on bacterial stress response proteins
- COAS representative on Curriculum Committee
- Frederick Douglas Institute Board member
- ASBMB Certification Administrator
- University Senator for Chemistry and Biochemistry
- Pennsylvania Academy of Science (PAS)
- American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)
- National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBBChE)
- American Chemical Society (ACS)
- Phi Lamda Upsilon (PLU) Honor Society
- American Society of Microbiology (ASM)
Publications and presentations
- Tlapala C, Fuanta NR. Target-based characterization of hymenidin against aeruginosa EPSP synthase. Annual Sigma Xi Research Forum - ESU Symposium, East Stroudsburg, PA. 2019 April 10.
- Tlapala C, Fuanta NR. Screening and evaluation of marine-based natural product hymenidin against aeruginosa EPSP synthase. 83rd Annual Intercollegiate Student Chemists Convention, Gettysburg, PA. 2019 April 6.
- Fuanta, NR. A potential application of intrinsic fluorescence towards the evaluation of inhibitors. 95th Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science, Cedar Crest, PA. 2019 March 31.
- Fuanta NR, Simithy J, Skinner, M, Childers, T, Calderon AI, Goodwin DC. Targeted intrinsic protein fluorescence, an approach towards high-throughput drug screening and mechanistic evaluation of tuberculosis shikimate kinase. Manuscript in preparation.
- Simithy J, Fuanta NR, Alturki M, Hobrath JV, Wahba AE, Pina I, Rath J, Hamann MT, DeRuiter J, Goodwin DC, Calderón AI. Slow-Binding Inhibition of Mycobacterium tuberculosis Shikimate Kinase by Manzamine Alkaloids. 2018 Aug 14;57(32):4923-4933. doi: 10.1021/acs.biochem.8b00231. Epub 2018 Jul 31. PMID:30063132
- Simithy J, Fuanta NR, Hobrath JV, Kochanowska-Karamyan A, Hamann MT, Goodwin DC, Calderón AI. Mechanism of irreversible inhibition of Mycobacterium tuberculosis shikimate kinase by ilimaquinone. Biochim Biophys Acta Proteins Proteom. 2018 May - Jun;1866(5-6):731-739. doi: 10.1016/j.bbapap.2018.04.007. Epub 2018 Apr 12. PMID:29654976
- Alturki MS, Fuanta NR, Jarrard MA, Hobrath JV, Goodwin DC, Rants'o TA, Calderón AI. A multifaceted approach to identify non-specific enzyme inhibition: Application to Mycobacterium tuberculosis shikimate kinase. Bioorg Med Chem Lett. 2018 Feb 15;28(4):802-808. doi: 10.1016/j.bmcl.2017.12.002. Epub 2017 Dec 5. PMID:29366649
- Alturki MS, Jarrad MA, Fuanta NR, , Goodwin DC, and Calderon, AI. 2016. LC-MS based approach to characterize non-specific binding inhibitors to Mycobacterium tuberculosis shikimate kinase (MtSK). 64thAmerican Society for Mass Spectrometry National Conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics, San Antonio, TX. 2016 June 5.
- McCarty SE, Schellenberger A, Goodwin DC, Fuanta NR, Tekwani BL, Calderón AI. Plasmodium falciparum Thioredoxin Reductase (PfTrxR) and Its Role as a Target for New Antimalarial Discovery. 2015 Jun 22;20(6):11459-73. doi: 10.3390/molecules200611459. Review. PMID:26111176
- Kudalkar SN, Njuma OJ, Li Y, Muldowney M, Fuanta NR, Goodwin DC. A role for catalase-peroxidase large loop 2 revealed by deletion mutagenesis: control of active site water and ferric enzyme reactivity. 2015 Mar 3;54(8):1648-62. doi: 10.1021/bi501221a. Epub 2015 Feb 23. PMID:25674665
- Jon Gold
- Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
B.S., 1980, University of California at Santa Cruz
M.S., 1981, University of California at Santa Cruz
Ph.D., 1987, University of California at Santa Cruz
I am honored to have been able to teach thousands of wonderful students from incredibly diverse backgrounds. I am certain that they have taught me much more than I have taught them.
My area of specialty is Physical Chemistry (i.e. the study of the underlying principles that drive chemical processes).
The chemistry of wine – analysis of benefit for vintners to improve quality. The correlation of the chemical and sensory analysis in wines. Development of novel fruit plant ripening hormone agonists and antagonists. The use of modeling to explore the active centers of selected plant proteins associated with ripening. Theoretical calculations of the spectroscopy of potential candidates for novel solar-cell receptor molecules.
In addition to the typical kinds of intra-institution committee work that faculty typically do, I have developed an extensive interest in working with external organizations in the Poconos to assist those who have become socially and economically marginalized. These groups work to provide immediate assistance (e.g. food, clothing and shelter) as well as creating opportunities with the goal of improving lives for the long term.
- T. Michelle Jones-Wilson
- Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
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.
For more information visit:
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.
- 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.
- Alan Shaffer
- Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
B.A., 1973, Otterbein College
M.S., 1975, Miami University of Ohio
Ph.D., 1988, Memphis State University
I am a retired Air Force Officer (Lt. Col.) that had the privilege to teach at the Air Force Academy and at West Point Military Academy prior to coming to ESU in Fall 1999. I teach organic, polymer, and advanced chemistry lectures and labs.
Organic Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry, and materials science. I have authored two peer-reviewed articles relating to teaching pedagogy.
I have been involved in the synthesis and characterization of electrotheological materials
Sigma Xi secretary for ESU Chapter from 2003 through Fall 2018.
- 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.