Maria Dean (chemistry, biochemistry) received her bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs in 1985 - after her two children were nearly grown. She went on to complete her Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln in 1991, where her work involved the synthesis, separation, and analysis of sucrose fatty acid esters. She stayed in Lincoln as a postdoctoral associate at the University, while also teaching biochemistry at a small liberal arts college. Dr. Dean's teaching interests at Coe include food chemistry as well as biochemistry. She is also a pre-med, pre-health advisor and helps arrange internships in health and science. Her research centers on the biochemistry of marine cements. One of her most recent grants was from the National Science Foundation for the purchase of new UV/visible spectrophotometers for use in general and biochemistry laboratories. In a collaboration with other faculty and staff, she also received a grant from the Midwest Instructional Technology Center for pre-lab instruction modules for the web.