Full-Time Faculty

Herman Nikolayevskiy

Program Director
(415) 422-3925

Herman Nikolayevskiy received his BE in Chemical Engineering from Cooper Union, a primarily-undergraduate institution in the heart of NYC. After a transformative undergraduate research experience, Herman was inspired to pursue a PhD in Organic Chemistry at Yale University, where he focused on the total synthesis and computational analysis of bioactive natural products under Professor Seth B. Herzon. After leaving New Haven, Herman did his postdoctoral work at the National Institutes of Health (...


PhD, Organic Chemistry, Yale University, BE, Chemical Engineering, Cooper Union

Amrita Bhattacharyya

Assistant Professor

Amrita Bhattacharyya is an environmental geochemist. After completing her BS in Chemistry and MS in Environmental Chemistry from University of Calcutta, India, she moved to the USA to pursue her PhD in Environmental Chemistry at Pennsylvania State University. She continued to pursue her research in environmental chemistry as a post-doctoral fellow at Colorado State University before joining the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in 2015. At USF,...


Pennsylvania State University, PhD in Soil Science, 2012, University of Calcutta, MS in Soil Chemistry, 2007, University of Calcutta, BS in Chemistry (Honors), 2004

Osasere Evbuomwan

Assistant Professor and Faculty Director of Engineering Summer Zero Program
(415) 422-4914

Professor Evbuomwan received her BS in Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho in May 2006. Later that year, she joined the chemistry program at the University of Texas at Dallas where she received her PhD in Chemistry under the supervision of A. Dean Sherry. Evbuomwan spent an additional year at UT Dallas as a postdoctoral research associate after which she was selected as one of ten Madrid-MIT M+Vision Postdoctoral Research Fellows at MIT. In...


PhD, University of Texas at Dallas, Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Texas at Dallas, Postdoctoral Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

William Karney

(415) 422-5842

William Karney received his BA from Haverford College and his PhD in organic chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to his position at USF he did postdoctoral work at the University of Washington and the University of California, Berkeley. At USF, William teaches organic chemistry and environmental chemistry. His research, performed in collaboration with Professor Claire Castro, involves the use of computational chemistry to understand the structures, energetics, and...


University of California, Los Angeles, PhD in Chemistry, 1994, Haverford College, BA in Chemistry, 1986

Giovanni Meloni

(415) 422-6159

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...


PhD, Universita' di Roma, La Sapienza

Tami Spector

(415) 422-2927

Tami Spector received her bachelor's from Bard College, her PhD 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. Trained as a physical organic chemist, her scientific work has focused on fluorocarbons, the transformations of strained ring organics, and the molecular dynamics and free energy calculations of biomolecular systems....


PhD, Dartmouth College

Michael Stevenson

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-6391

Michael Stevenson obtained a BS in biochemistry from the University of Washington and a PhD in chemistry from Dartmouth College. After graduate school, he first completed postdoctoral work at Ohio State University before going on to his second postdoctoral appointment at University of California, Davis.  The Stevenson Group at USF studies the interplay between antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) and metals. Students in the group learn peptide biochemistry, coordination chemistry, spectroscopy, and...


Dartmouth College, PhD in Chemistry, 2016, University of Washington, BS in Biochemistry, 2009

Janet Yang

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-4517

Janet Yang received her BS from Yale University and then promptly headed for the West Coast. She attended the University of California San Francisco for her PhD in Biochemistry, and then did her postdoctoral work at the California Institute of Technology. Prof. Yang has always been fascinated by molecular motor proteins that harness the energy from ATP binding and hydrolysis to perform work in the cell. Her research uses quantitative thermodynamic and kinetic measurements to understand how...


PhD, University of California San Francisco, Postdoctoral Fellow, California Institute of Technology

Part-Time Faculty

Claire Castro

Professor Emerita and Research Professor, Adjunct Professor
(510) 469-1193

Claire Castro received her BA in Botany from UC Berkeley and her PhD in Organic Chemistry from UCLA. Her dissertation work focused on the synthesis of nucleoside analogs as anti-viral agents. After a short stint as a lecturer and post-doctoral scholar at UCLA, Claire joined the faculty at USF in 1994. Although she formally retired in 2017, she continues to teach on a part-time basis in the organic chemistry curriculum (the Medicinal/Synthetic Track). In addition, she, continues to work with her...


PhD, University of California, Los Angeles

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....


Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara

Jennifer Tripp

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-6157

Dr. Jennifer Tripp received a bachelor's degree in chemistry from USF, and went on to earn a PhD in chemistry from UC Berkeley. Upon receiving her doctorate, she was granted an NSF International Fellowship supporting a two-year postdoctoral research appointment at the University of Oxford, where she developed novel separation techniques for archaeological biomolecules. In 2017, after teaching chemistry at the University of Scranton, San Francisco State University, and the University of San...


Ph.D. Chemistry, University of California Berkeley, B.S. (summa cum laude) Chemistry, University of San Francisco

Emeriti Faculty

John Cobley

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-6450

John Griffin Cobley is a professor of chemistry. He received his bachelor's and PhD from the University of Bristol; was a postdoc fellow at UCSF and University of Dundee, Scotland. His 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.   Professor Cobley received the University Distinguished Research Award in...


PhD, University of Bristol


The integration of ideas across disciplines in natural science, biochemistry

Jeff Curtis

(415) 422-6391

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. Dr. Curtis has received the University Distinguished Research Award at USF.  


PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Lawrence Margerum

(415) 422-5928

Professor Margerum started his professional career at the Clorox Technical Center investigating such areas as bleach stable metal chelates. He spend four years at Nycomed Salutar Imaging in Sunnyvale, CA, leading a team of scientists developing a Gd(III) contrast agent for blood imaging. He joined USF as assistant professor of analytical and inorganic chemistry and is currently full professor working with undergraduate students exploring the following chemical education research areas: How...


PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Postdoctoral Fellow, UCLA

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Chemistry MS

Herman Nikolayevskiy, Graduate Director

Harney Science Center 353, 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94117-1080 (415) 422-6157 (415) 422-5157