Mission Statement and Research Interests:
I am an analytical chemist and a professor of chemistry focusing on the measurement and determination of atoms and molecules in environmental and biological samples. I am particularly interested in studying the interface of biology and environmental chemistry to determine human health implications. One of these research projects seeks to improve the measurement of arsenic in water and soil samples using commercially available field kit technology, employing digital image analysis to improve the accuracy of the devices. Another tentative research project uses liquid chromatography mass spectrometry methods to examine biomolecules to explore the connection between environmental contaminants and their impact on biological systems. These projects are intended to engage students in the areas of fundamental research, critical thinking, writing skills, speaking and preparation for employment.