Maria received her bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs in 1985. She went on to complete her Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln in 1991. Her research involves the study of two sea worm biocements. Phragmatopoma lapidosa (reef building worm) and Pectinaria gouldii (ice cream cone worm) make protective coverings using sand or coral and a biocement produced by the sea worms. She uses the tools of molecular biology as well as advanced microscopic techniques to study these materials.
Science Teaching Associate
and Chemical Hygiene Officer
Susan Noreuil (science teaching associate and chemical hygiene officer) received her bachelor's degree in medical technology, with minors in chemistry and biology, from Illinois State in 1982. She worked as a medical technologist at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids for several years and advises students in pursuing clinical laboratory technology.
Marty St. Clair
Professor, Analytical Chemistry
Marty received his undergraduate degree in chemistry and environmental studies from Butler University in 1983. He completed his graduate work in organometallic chemistry at the California Institute of Technology in 1989. Marty directed the Environmental Engineering Laboratory in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Iowa prior to joining the Coe faculty in 1993. His interests include water quality monitoring and remediation.
Professor, Physical Chemistry
Steve received his undergraduate chemistry education from Fort Lewis College in 1987. His Ph.D. is from the University of Denver, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the Air Force's Phillips Laboratory in Massachusetts. Steve's areas of interests include time-resolved laser spectroscopy, applied both to glasses and to atmospheric chemistry.
Associate Professor, Organic Chemistry
Scott received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Penn State in 1989. Scott then obtained his Ph.D. in physical organic/inorganic chemistry from Michigan State in 1995. His interests include the structure and dynamics of hypervalent (more than four bonds) main group compounds.
Assistant Professor, Biochemistry
Chris received his Master of Chemistry from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in England, and completed his Ph.D. in biochemistry at the Medical College of Georgia. Following a postdoctoral fellowship at the Rocky Mountain Laboratories, he taught at New Mexico Highlands University before coming to Coe. His research has focused on bacterial pathogenesis, and he now studies the metabolism of C. burnetii, a bacterium which causes Q fever.