Chemistry Department faculty and staff

Chemistry Department faculty and staff, from left to right: back row: Jose Cerda, John Longo, John Berberian, Roger Murray, Mark FormanPeter Zurbach. front row: Barbara Neff, Kathy Gordon, Mark Reynolds, Usha Rao, Jean Smolen.  not pictured: Peter Graham

The Department of Chemistry at Saint Joseph’s University would like to welcome you to our website. Our Department is a community - of faculty, staff, students and alumni - dedicated to excellence in education in general and excellence in chemical education in particular.

The Department offers not only courses in the traditional major areas of chemistry, but also in interdisciplinary areas, such as biochemistry, biophysical chemistry, bioinorganic chemistry, environmental chemistry, environmental geochemistry, and organometallic chemistry. Just as importantly, the department has an active summer research program, in which faculty and undergraduate researchers work together to investigate problems of current interest.

We encourage our students to become involved in faculty-directed independent research projects during both the academic year and the summer. Gifts from our alumni and local industry and research grants to our faculty members from federal agencies and private foundations provide the financial support for this work. Our students regularly publish their results in scientific journals and make presentations at regional and national meetings at which they have been given recognition and won awards.

Our curriculum prepares our graduates to choose a wide range of career paths, and our graduates have pursued graduate study in chemistry or biochemistry; professional degrees in the health sciences; graduate studies in other fields (including business, law, theater, etc.); and direct employment after graduation.

Department News

                                  SJU  Chemistry Seminar                                        Avery Vilbert, ’13;    Ph.D. Candidate Department of Chemistry and  Chemical Biology    Cornell University                      “Influences of the Heme-Lysine Crosslink                       in Cytochrome P460 over Redox                       Catalysis and Nitric  Oxide Sensitivity”  Wednesday, September 27          3:35 p.m.         Room 400  […]

Fall 2017 Seminar Schedule

                       Saint Joseph’s University: Fall 2017 Schedule             Date                Speaker and Title  Sept. 27          Avery Vilbert  (Ph.D. Candidate, Cornell University)  Oct. 4              Amanda Reig, Ph.D. (Chemistry Department, Ursinus College)  Oct. 18           Celeste Nelson, Ph.D. (Chemical and Biological Engineering, Princeton) McNulty Seminar (SC 300) Nov. 15           Jill Bechtel Walker, Ph.D. (Principal Scientist at Medlmmune)  McGroddy Frontiers […]

 Interested in being a Teaching Assistant?

Students interested in becoming a Chemistry Laboratory Teaching Assistant should contact John Longo, Chemistry Laboratory Coordinator, at

Dr. Rao Awarded 2011 Merit Award for Teaching

Above: Chemistry faculty member Dr. Usha Rao receives her Merit Teaching Award from SJU Interim President John W. Smithson Dr. Usha Rao was awarded a Merit Award for Teaching at the 2011 Fall Awards ceremony. Dr. Rao has been teaching in the Department of Chemistry and in the Environmental Science Program at Saint Joseph’s University since […]

Philadelphia American Chemical Society Section 12th Annual Student Poster Session

Above: The Cerda Group at the Philadelphia ACS Section Poster Session (l to R); Andi Fritz, Emily Amendola, Dr. Jose Cerda, Jackie Castorino, Michale Gallagher Two of Dr. Jose Cerda’s research students won awards at the Philadelphia American Chemical Society Section 12th Annual Student Poster Session on Thursday, February 23, 2012 at Temple University. Emily […]