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Jennifer A. Tripp

Assistant Professor

Full-Time Faculty
Harney Science Center 378


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 Francisco, she had the opportunity to return to England, spending two years as a research associate in the Institute of Archaeology at University College London. She was part of an interdisciplinary team funded by the European Research Council, studying how climate change during the end of the last glacial period affected human migration and cultural development. Dr. Tripp has had a varied education and career — showing the wide range of things you can do with a chemistry degree.


  • Chemical applications in archaeology
  • Chromatography
  • Green chemistry
  • Polymeric materials

Research Areas

  • Green chemistry in education
  • Archaeological chemistry


  • Member, American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute, Green & Sustainable Chemistry Module Development Project
  • Member, Working Group #7, USF Strategic Plan for Global Focus and Responsibility


  • PhD in Chemistry, University of California Berkeley
  • BS (summa cum laude) in Chemistry, University of San Francisco

Prior Experience

  • Assistant Professor, University of San Francisco
  • Research Associate, University College London
  • Visiting Researcher, University of Oxford

Awards & Distinctions

  • British Academy Visiting Fellowship, 2007

  • NSF International Fellowship, 2002-2004

  • Mel Gorman Award, USF, 1997

Selected Publications

  • Tripp, J. A.; Deviése, T.; McCullagh, J. S. O. Preparative HPLC Separation of Underivatized Amino Acids for Isotopic Analysis. In Amino Acid Analysis: Methods and Protocols, 2nd edition, Alterman, M. A. and Hunziker, P., Eds. Humana Press, 2019, pp. 69-83.

  • Alldritt, I.; Whitham-Agut, B.; Sipin, M.; Studholme, J.; Trentacoste, A.; Tripp, J. A.; Cappai, M. G.; Ditchfield, P.; Deviése, T.; Hedges, R. E. M.; McCullagh, J. S. O. Metabolomics reveals diet-derived plant polyphenols accumulate in physiological bone. Nature Scientific Reports, 2019, 9, 8047.

  • Tripp, J. A.; Squire, M. E.; Hedges, R. E. M.; Stevens, R. E. Use of micro-computed tomography imaging and porosity measurements as indicators of collagen preservation in archaeological bone. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 2018, 511, 462-471.

  • Tripp, J. A. and McKenzie, L., eds. Chemistry in Context Laboratory Manual, 9th Edition, McGraw-Hill, 2018.