Department News

Spring 2020 Seminar Schedule

Wednesday, January 29:  Scott Niezgoda, Ph.D. (Chemistry, SJU) 400 SC   3:35 P.M.

“Custom As-Synthesized Quantum Dot Surfaces Via New Ligands and New Syntheses”

Wednesday, February 5:   Lou Charkoudian, Ph.D. (Chemisty, Haverford College)

“Capturing transient interactions of proteins involved in natural product biosynthesis”

McCroddy Frontiers in Science Seminar Series:   Wednesday, March 25:  Enrique De La Cruz, Ph.D. (Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Yale)

“How cells use Chemistry and Physics to break the bones that power their movement (300 SC)


“Chemistry Department Faculty and Staff”

Left to Right Bottom Row:     Roger Murray, Ph.D., Peter Zurbach, Ph.D., John Longo, Laboratory Coordinator, Peter Graham, Ph.D.,

Scott Niezgoda, Ph.D.

Left to Right Top Row:            Kathy Gordon, Adm. Assistant, Mark Reynolds, Ph.D., Usha Rao, Ph.D., Brian Lake, Resource Coordinator;

Mark Forman, Ph.D., Chair.     Missing:  Jose Cerda, Ph.D.    

Summer Scholars 2019

Fifteen students participated in the Summer Scholars 2019 program:

Dr. Mark Forman:   Emily Schaeffer, Collette Makara, Christina DeAngelo and Liam Browne

Dr. Jose Cerda:    Gerardo Rivera-Colon, Aiden Bauer and Tanaka Mada

Dr. Peter Graham:  Patrick Higgins, Jovany Laredo and Maddie MacDonald

Dr. Scott Niezgoda:   Lucas Tortella, Jordan Butt and Erica Litle

Dr. Reynolds/Rao:  Amy Troutman, Nazein Brahme


Congratulations Class of 2019

Left to Right:  David Deysher, Griffin Spence, Brandon Jiannotti, Steven Oldenburg

Elise Brutschea, Elizabeth DelRio, Emily Dispenziere, Ashley Frankenfield, Isabella Armento, Praise Okoh-Aihe, Mary Dougherty

Missing:   Erin Fahey, John Henry, Delaney McCann, Cody Suliveras-Jardine, Christopher Tran and Behlul Basqul.

ACS National Meeting

Erica Litle, Christina DeAngelo, Brandon Jiannotti, Steve Oldenburg, Madelyn MacDonald,  Emily Dispenziere and Delaney McCann; respectively presented at the American Chemical Society’s National Meeting which was held from March 31-April 4th in Orlando, Florida



Spring Student Seminars


Wednesday,  April 17th:        Student Research Presentations I     

Elise Brutschea, Brandon Jiannotti and Steve Oldenburg


Wednesday, April 24th:         Student Research Presentations 2

Ashley Frankenfield, David Deysher and Griffin Spence


400 SC   3:30 p.m.

“Nanochemistry Spring 2019 Course”

Have an interest in nanotech?   Consider taking the new Chem Department’s new course being offered for the Spring 2019 semester on nanomaterials.

The course “Nanochemistry” will be taught by Dr. Niezgoda on Tuesdays/Thursdays at 12:30.   If you have any questions, you can reach Dr. Niezgoda at

Congratulations Elise and Dave

Elise Brutschea’19 was awarded a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship from the Division of Organic Chemisty of the American Chemical Society; a competitive award based on the merits of students’ research proposals, academic records, faculty recommendations and their passion for laboratory science.  This fellowship provided financial support for Elise to carry out research this past summer at St. Joseph’s University along with a tour of Pfizer’s industrial campus in Groton, CT


David Deysher ’19 was awarded a four-year scholarship to medical school from the Air Force Health Professions Scholarship Program.   While on scholarship, Dave will spend 45 days on active duty in the Air Force, and after graduation will serve four years of active duty, one for each year of scholarship.





The Saint Joseph’s University chapter of Alpha Epsilon Delta, the national pre-health honor society inducted the following six students:

Brandon Creisher         ChemBiology                                  Michael Feng     Chemistry                      Talia Gottlieb               ChemBiology

Emily Hunter                 ChemBiology                                  Erica Litle         Chemistry                      Maria Mazzochette       ChemBiology


Summer Scholars 2018

This past summer 13 Students participated in the Summer Scholar’s Program:

Dr. Forman:   Isabella Armento, Elise Brutschea,  Christina DeAngelo and Emily Schaeffer;  (Top Left)

Dr. Cerda:       Elizabeth DelRio, Ashley Frankfenfield, Michael Feng and Emily Hunter;   (Top Right)

Dr. Graham:   Brandon Jiannotti, Madelyn MacDonald and Steven Oldenburg;      (Bottom Left)

Dr. Niezgoda:    Erica Litle and Griffin Spence.     (Bottom Right).