Faculty & Staff

Department Chair

  • Lawrence Margerum: margeruml@usfca.edu, (415) 422-5928

Staff

  • Charles George, Ass't Lab Coordinator: george@usfca.edu, (415) 422-6157
  • Andy Huang, Mgr., Technical Operations: huanga@usfca.edu, (415) 422-6419
  • Chad Schwietert, Lab Coordinator: cwschwietert@usfca.edu, (415) 422-5424
  • Angela Yishun Qin, Stockroom Mgr.: yqin2@usfca.edu, (415) 422-2739
  • Deidre Shymanski, Program Ass't: dhshymanski@usfca.edu, (415) 422-6157

Faculty

Tel:(415) 422-6051
mebolitho@usfca.edu

Megan Bolitho

Assistant Professor

Dr. Bolitho teaches in the organic chemistry and biochemistry curricula at USF. Her research interests center around the phenomenon of bacterial quorum sensing, a process by which bacteria are able to communicate with each other using small molecules. The Bolitho lab uses the techniques of organic synthesis, biochemistry, and molecular biology to develop inhibitors of quorum sensing in bacterial pathogens and means of evaluating them as potential agents against disease.

Tel:(415) 422-6069
castroc@usfca.edu

Claire Castro

Professor

Dr. Castro teaches in the organic chemistry curriculum at USF. Her research focuses on using computational tools to solve organic chemistry problems. In recent years, her focus has been studying dynamic processes in annulenes.

Tel:(415) 422-6450
cobley@usfca.edu

John Cobley

Professor

Dr. Cobley's field of interest is: the integration of ideas across disciplines in natural science, biochemistry. He is currently working on a project involving molecular genetics of chromatic adaptation in the Cyanobacterium, Fremyella diplosiphon.

Tel:(415) 422-6391
curtisj@usfca.edu

Jeff Curtis

Professor

Dr. Curtis' areas of interest and research in inorganic chemistry include: optical and thermal electron-transfer processes, redox kinetics and electrolyte effects thereon, solvent-solute interactions and second coordination sphere interactions.

Tel:(415) 422-5842
karney@usfca.edu

William Karney

Professor

William L. Karney received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles.  Dr. Karney's teaching interests lie primarily in the areas of environmental chemistry and organic chemistry.  His research involves the use of computational chemistry to study organic reaction mechanisms, particularly the formation and rearrangements of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.

Tel:
jaleonetti@usfca.edu

Joseph Leonetti

Adjunct Professor

Dr. Joseph Leonetti (USF Chemistry degree) went to U.C. Santa Barbara for his Ph.D. with Professor Dan Little doing di-radical chemistry and organic electrochemistry.  He did post-doctoral work at U. Cambridge synthesizing proton conducting polymer membranes with applications for fuel cells.  He has worked for several US companies and is now Project Manager at Genentech managing teams making new drugs.  His research interests lie at the interface of organic, polymer, and biochemistry.  Dr. Leonetti is grateful for the wonderful education he received from the USF Chemistry department and is now giving back to the department as an adjunct faculty member.

Tel:(415) 422-4914
jjli@usfca.edu

Jie Jack Li

Associate Professor

Dr. Li teaches Organic Chemistry and History of Drug Discovery.  His current research interests at USF are in two areas: (a) Organic Chemistry: Development of synthetic methodology on the C-H activation of heterocycles, which are of paramount importance to drug discovery; and (b) Medicinal Chemistry: The current focuses are to discover novel anti-diabetic drugs by inhibiting the PH domain leucine-rich repeat protein phosphatase (PHLPP) in collaboration with Prof. Alexandra C. Newton at UCSD and to discover new anti-cancer drugs by targeting both novel and proven mechanisms of action such as the hedgehog signaling pathway.

Tel:(415) 422-5928
margeruml@usfca.edu

Lawrence Margerum

Professor

In 1995, Dr. Margerum joined USF as assistant professor of analytical and inorganic chemistry. He currently has undergraduate and masters students exploring the following research areas: -The Effect of Dendrimer Size and pH on the Binding of Metal Complexes using electrochemistry. -Immobilized Dendrimers as Platforms for Multivalent Binding of Metal Ions using spectroscopy techniques and solid-phase synthesis. -Implementing technology-based learning tools for chemical education (OWL, CPR, clickers in the classroom, POGIL)

Tel:(415) 422-5930
melaugh@usfca.edu

William Melaugh

Professor

Dr. Melaugh teaches general chemistry, organic chemistry and biochemistry. His areas of interest include: the application of mass spectrometry to the solution of biological problems, particularly structure/functions in the surface glycolipids of pathogenic bacteria with a view to designing drugs for therapeutic intervention.

Tel:(415) 422-6159
gmeloni@usfca.edu

Giovanni Meloni

Associate Professor and Von Soosten Chair

Prior to joining the University of San Francisco, Dr. Meloni carried out post-doctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley and at Sandia National Laboratories. In his research, he employed state-of-the-art experimental and computational techniques, to study semiconductor clusters, van der Waals species, and hydrocarbon radicals. Dr. Meloni's interests range from high-temperature physical chemistry to spectroscopic characterization of reaction intermediates. More recently, his research group performs experiments at the Advanced Light Source of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory using a multiplex photoionization mass spectrometer to investigate biofuel molecules combustion and atmospheric reactions.

Tel:(415) 422-2927
spector@usfca.edu

Tami Spector

Professor

Tami Spector received her B.A. from Bard College, her Ph.D. from Dartmouth College, and was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Minnesota. She teaches Organic Chemistry I and II, Organic laboratory I and II, and Molecular Gastronomy: The Science of the Food We Eat.