Faculty & Staff

Jeffrey Bartz, Professor of Chemistry

Phone: 269.337.7021 Email: jeffrey.bartz@kzoo.edu

Professor Bartz teaches Chemical Composition and Structure, Chemical Reactivity, Physical Chemistry I, and Physical Chemistry II. His research group works in the area of chemical dynamics, focusing on the photochemistry of NO-containing molecules.

Professor Jeffrey Bartz

Jennifer Furchak, Associate Professor of Chemistry (Chair)

Email: jennifer.furchak@kzoo.edu

Professor Furchak teaches Chemical Composition and Structure, Analytical Chemistry, and Instrumental Analysis. Her research interests are in analytical separations and spectroscopy.

Professor Jennifer Furchak

Regina Stevens-Truss, Professor of Chemistry

Phone: 269.337.7330 Email: regina.stevens-truss@kzoo.edu

Professor Stevens-Truss teaches Chemical Reactivity, Biochemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, and Infection: Global Health & Social Justice.  Research in her lab focuses on testing a variety of compounds for antimicrobial activity.

Professor Regina Stevens Truss

Dwight Williams, Associate Professor of Chemistry

Phone: 269.337.7409 Email: dwight.williams@kzoo.edu

Professor Williams teaches Organic Chemistry I & II with the corresponding labs, as well as Advanced Organic Chemistry and Introductory Chemistry. His research interests combine synthetic organic chemistry and medicinal chemistry with pharmacology.

Professor Dwight Williams and students

Blakely Tresca, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Phone: 269.337.7018 Email: blakely.tresca@kzoo.edu

Professor Tresca teaches Organic Chemistry. His research interests include Organic and Supramolecular chemistry.

Professor Blake Tresca

Daniela Arias-Rotondo, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Phone: 269.337.7017 Email: Daniela.Arias-Rotondo@kzoo.edu

Dr. Arias-Rotondo teaches Inorganic Chemistry, Molecular Structure, and Chemical Reactivity. Her research focuses on photoactive complexes of first-row transition metals.

Dr. Arias-Rotondo

Josie Mitchell, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Phone: 269.337.7020

Dr. Mitchell teaches Biochemistry and the corresponding labs. Her research focuses on studying biochemical processes in vivo by manipulating proteins using CRISPR-Cas9 genome engineering in Drosophila melanogaster (fruit flies).

Professor Josie Mitchell

Arjun Bhowmick, Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Bhowmick teaches Organic Chemistry courses. His research focuses on developing organic/organometallic molecules and investigating their suitability as catalysts in organic synthesis and photoresponsive luminescent material.

photo of Arjun Bhowmick sitting in a chair

Yit-Yian Lua, Laboratory Instructor

Email: yit-yian.lua@kzoo.edu

Tom Massura, Instrument Technician

Phone: 269.337.7099, Email: tom.massura@kzoo.edu

Tom’s duties include maintaining all of the Instrumentation for the Science Division along with setting up Physics Labs. When Tom started at the College in 1987 computers were a rare thing to be found on campus. Now he maintains over 50 machines just used in the Science Division. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his 2 children when they are home from college and spending time outside.

Jarred Fitch, Director of Chemistry Laboratories

Phone: 269.337.7022

Betsy Paulson, Office Coordinator for Biology and Chemistry and Biochemistry

Phone: 269.337.7007, Email: elizabeth.paulson@kzoo.edu