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Our faculty believe strongly in direct interaction with students, and many of our students develop lasting relationships with faculty that continue well beyond the four years spent at the college. This close link between students and faculty is one of the distinct advantages of an education at a small, liberal arts college like Saint Anselm.

Prof. Mary Kate Donais

Mary Kate Donais, Ph.D.

Ph.D. 1996. University of Massachusetts. Analytical Chemistry.

My current research focus is in the area of archaeometry - analytical measurements on archaeological samples. This research has provided me with the unique opportunity to learn an entirely new area of study while utilizing my expertise as a measurement chemist. This work has focused thus far on spectroscopic measurements in archaeological samples. 

Prof. Nicole Eyet

Nicole Eyet, Ph.D.
Ph.D. 2009. University of Colorado. Physical Chemistry.

As a physical chemist, I am interested in studying how and if ions and molecules react, specifically in the gas phase. In addition to this reaction's fundamental importance, reactions of this type often occur in the atmosphere. Recently I have also started collaborating with the Classics Department to identify molecules found in archeological samples.

Prof. George Parodi

George Parodi, Ph.D.
Ph.D. 1978. University of Pennsylvania. Physical Chemistry.

As a physical chemist I am interested in studying the role that weak complex formation may play in facilitating some reactions. As a preliminary step in understanding this role, students under my direction have been employing a variety of experimental and computational techniques to learn about the structures, energetics, and spectral properties of both weak complexes (held together by London forces) and stronger complexes (held together by hydrogen bonds).

Prof. Thomas Shell

Thomas Shell, Ph.D.
Ph.D. Emory University. Chemistry.

I am an organic chemist that performs research in the field of chemical biology. Chemical biologists work at the interface of chemistry and biology. My research focuses on the synthesis and development of compounds that manipulate cellular systems in order to study biological processes or to potentially treat disease. For example, I am currently interested in molecules that can be used to target anticancer agents to malignant cells while reducing interactions with healthy cells.  Targeted drug delivery has the potential of reducing the side effects of chemotherapeutics without altering their efficacy.

Prof. Carolyn Weinreb

Carolyn Weinreb, Ph.D. (Chair)
Ph.D. 1994. Pennsylvania State University. 1994.

I teach Organic chemistry, which is most simply defined as the study of carbon compounds. Carbon-based compounds are all around us: from the food we eat to the clothes we wear; from the plastics used to make our cars to the fuel that powers them; from our medicines to the make-up of our DNA. My research interests include organic synthesis and methodology, molecular recognition and the design and implementation of new undergraduate laboratory experiments.

Prof. Derk Wierda

Derk Wierda, Ph.D.
Ph.D. 1990. Harvard University. 1990.

Students in my lab are working on studying systems related to the elimination of CFCs (Chlorofluorocarbons) in the environment, and model compounds that mimic Nitrogenase (the enzyme responsible for nitrogen fixation in the environment).

Additional Staff

Sandra Provencher
Faculty Assistant
(603) 641-7155
Lyle Hamel
Laboratory Instructor
(603) 641-7226
Kim Bock, J.D.
Laboratory Instructor
(603) 641-7263
John Tipping
Laboratory Instructor and Chemical Hygiene Officer
(603) 641-7382
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