Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry Faculty & Staff

Faculty

Alfred-Dirk Bacher
Alfred-Dirk Bacher
Lecturer
Phone (661) 654-3930
E-mail abacher@csub.edu
Office DDH/BB (Bridge) 215

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Education:
M.S., Philipps-University Marburg, Germany
Ph.D., Philipps-University Marburg, Germany
Research:
Dr. Bacher holds a degree in inorganic and organometallic chemistry. He has worked in various fields of chemistry spanning from organometallic chemical vapor deposition of thin films, over magnetic nanoparticles, and single-walled carbon nanotubes to organic synthesis. Most recently, his focus has been on the development of experiments involving green chemistry to be used in undergraduate labs (i.e., microwave-based chemistry). Many of these projects involve the use of modern equipment like NMR, IR, GC/MS, and HPLC. He also has an interest in analytical chemistry. Dr. Bacher currently does not direct any undergraduate research due to his full-time teaching obligation but hopes to be able to in the future.

Jesse Bergkamp
Jesse Bergkamp
Assistant Professor
Phone (661) 654-3992
E-mail jbergkamp@csub.edu
Office Science II 252

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Education:
B.S., The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington
Ph.D., Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona

Miriam Buschhaus
Miriam Buschhaus
Lecturer
Phone (661) 654-2674
E-mail mbuschhaus@csub.edu
Office DDH/BB (Bridge) 214

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Education:

B.S., Trinity Western University
Ph.D., University of British Columbia

Research:

Dr. Buschhaus teaches full time, and does not have an active research project at present. Her specialty is in the area of organometallic chemistry, and during her Ph.D research she explored the reactions of tungsten and molybdenum nitrosyl compounds that catalyze the oligomerization of cyclic alkenes.

Other:
Dr. Buschhaus obtained her B.Sc in chemistry at Trinity Western University and her Ph.D at the University of British Columbia. In 2008, she moved from her home in Canada to teach at CSU Bakersfield.

Sarah Forester
Sarah Forester
Assistant Professor
Phone (661) 654-2888
E-mail sforester@csub.edu
Office Science II 269

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Education:

Postdoctoral Associate, The Pennsylvania State University, Natural Products and Disease Prevention, 2013
Ph.D., The University of California at Davis, Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry, Department of Viticulture and Enology, 2010
B.A., Mills College, Chemistry, 2002

Research:

My laboratory is focused on studying food-derived polyphenols, such as wine and grape anthocyanins, as potential agents in the prevention and treatment of cancer. The work is largely centered on understanding how these natural products are transformed in the body and how their anti-cancer activities can be improved in vivo through increased bioavailability.

Understanding the metabolism of polyphenols in the digestive tract is an important step in determining how these compounds can impact human health. Specifically, my laboratory studies the transformation of these food molecules by gut microflora, which play a major role in polyphenol metabolism and production of bioactive metabolites. We are also interested in modulating phase II metabolism activity as a way to improve the bioavailability and bioactivity of these food compounds. Mammalian cells in culture, mouse models and human subjects are used to study the transformations and bioefficacy of food-related polyphenols.

The research of my lab also serves the California wine industry by studying wine quality and sustainability, particularly in the south San Joaquin Valley. Polyphenols are important for the sensorial and health-related qualities of a finished wine, as well as for its stability. Therefore, we are particularly interested in investigating ways that local grape producers and wineries can manipulate the polyphenol content of grapes and wines. Additionally, we study methods of preserving the sustainability of grape production, which may be under threat from climate change.

Publications:
  1. 2012 Sarah C. Forester, Yeyi Gu, and Joshua D. Lambert. Inhibition of starch digestion by the green tea polyphenol (-)-epigallocatechin-3-gallate. Molecular Nutrition and Food Research. 56(11): 1647-1654.
  2. 2012 Sarah C. Forester, Ying Yng Choy, Andrew L. Waterhouse and Patricia I. Oteiza, The anthocyanin metabolites, gallic acid, 3-O-methylgallic acid, and 2,4,6-trihydroxybenzaldehyde decrease human colon cancer cell viability by regulating pro-oncogenic signals. Molecular Carcinogenesis. DOI: 10.1002/mc.21974.
  3. 2011 Sarah C. Forester and Joshua D. Lambert. The role of antioxidant versus pro-oxidant effects of green tea polyphenols in cancer prevention. Molecular Nutrition and Food Research. 55(6): 844-854.
  4. 2010 Sarah C. Forester and Andrew L. Waterhouse. Gut metabolites of anthocyanins, gallic acid, 3-O-methylgallic acid, and 2,4,6-trihydroxybenzaldehyde inhibit cell proliferation of Caco-2 cells. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 58(9): 5320-5327.
  5. 2009 Sarah C. Forester and Andrew L. Waterhouse. Metabolites are key to understanding health effects of wine polyphenolics. Journal of Nutrition. 139:1824S-1831S.
  6. 2008 Sarah C. Forester and Andrew L. Waterhouse. Identification of cabernet sauvignon anthocyanin gut microflora metabolites. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 56(19):9299-9304.

Andreas Gebauer
Andreas Gebauer
Professor
Phone (661) 654-6840
E-mail agebauer@csub.edu
Website http://www.csub.edu/~agebauer/
Office Science II 252

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Education:

M.S., University of Cologne, Germany
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Research:

My research program is concerned with the synthesis, study, and application of a variety of new macrocyclic compounds. These materials are targeted to:

  1. obtain structural and functional mimics of metalloproteins and -enzymes;
  2. develop new ligands with unique affinity for studies in host-guest chemistry, specifically anion binding and transport;
  3. study questions of fundamental interest such as the nature of aromaticity.

Students working in my research laboratory will learn modern methods of organic, inorganic, and organometallic synthesis. Furthermore, students will learn to operate modern chemistry instrumentation such as NMR, IR, UV-Vis, GC-MS, and electrochemistry, as well as learn to interpret the spectra and other data obtained with this instrumentation.


Dennis Harvey
Dennis Harvey
Lecturer
Phone (661) 654-6024
E-mail dharvey4@csub.edu
Office DDH/BB (Bridge) 209

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Education:
B.S. University of California Davis
Ph.D. University of California Los Angeles, School of Medicine
Teaching:
I am currently serving as a full-time lecturer in Introductory and General Chemistry.
Research:
My areas of research include Methamphetamine neurotoxicity with emphasis on the metabolism of “unintended” by-products as well as the cellular mechanisms of both initial signaling in and the subsequent down-regulation of dopaminergic cells of the substantia nigra.
Other:
My background is in Natural Products Chemistry and Instrumental Analysis as well as Molecular Pharmacology. I spent 17 years working as a Criminalist in the Kern County Crime Lab in the areas of Toxicology and Forensic Biology/DNA. Prior to this I spent several years as a Winemaker, Brandymaker and Wine Chemist in the California wine industry.

Samuel Hudson
Samuel Hudson
Associate Professor
Phone (661) 654-2455
E-mail shudson@csub.edu
Office Science II 287

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Education:

B.S.,M.S., CSU Fresno
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz

Research:

My research interest are in the following areas:

  1. Computer modeling of bioinorganic molecules
  2. Incorporation of chemical analysis as a component of diagnostic systems
  3. Development of chemical demonstrations that elucidate chemical principles

Roy LaFever
Roy LaFever
Professor
Phone (661) 654-2336
E-mail rlafever@csub.edu
Office Science II 260

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Education:
B.S., Humboldt State University
Ph.D., Washington State University
Research:

My research focuses on the production (biosynthesis) of plant natural products with a particular attention on Capsaicinoids (pungent principle of peppers) and Terpenoids (monoterpenes and diterpenes). Most of this effort centers around four distinct areas of inquiry:

  1. Determine identity and quantity of specific plant derived matabolites
  2. Establish site of metabolite accumjulation
  3. Characterize enzymes involved in biosynthetic pathways
  4. Determine potential for use as bioactive agents (e.g. antibiotics)
Students working in my laboratory will learn modern methods of organic and biochemistry, utilizing instrumental analysis extensively. Students will learn to operate instrumentation such as HPLC, GC-MS, UV/Vis, and IR spectroscopy.

Karlo Lopez
Karlo Lopez
Associate Professor
Vice Chair
Phone (661) 654-2762
E-mail klopez@csub.edu
Website http://www.csub.edu/~klopez/
Office Science II 271

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Education:

B.S. CSUB
M.S. University of Arizona
Ph.D. Clark University

Research:
My primary research interest is the chemical and structural characterization of proteins and enzymes. Research in my laboratory integrates techniques from the areas of molecular and microbiology, proteomics, and spectroscopy in order to fully characterize enzymes of interest. Information of specific projects available in my laboratory can be found on my research page.

Hanoz Santoke
Hanoz Santoke
Lecturer
Phone (661) 654-2519
E-mail hsantoke@csub.edu
Office DDH/BB (Bridge) 213

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Education:

B.S. University of California Los Angeles
Ph.D. University of California Irvine

Research:
My background is in chemical and environmental engineering. My graduate research focused on the degradation of pharmaceutical compounds in water. I am also interested in photochemistry and the environmental fate of pharmaceutical compounds, and more recently I have started a project on the role of dissolved organic matter in their degradation.

Marina Shapiro
Marina Shapiro
Lecturer
Phone (661) 654-2840
E-mail mshapiro1@csub.edu
Office DDH (Bridge) BB211

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Education:
B.S. Towson University
M.S. Towson University
Ph.D. George Mason University
Teaching:
I teach General Chemistry, Foundations of Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Food Science lecture and laboratory courses.
Research:

My background is in Science Education Research (Chemistry) and Learning Technologies. My research interests are implementing game-based learning environments into undergraduate college chemistry curricula in order to facilitate methods for active and experiential learning, particularly in the context of lecture settings where students are often passive learners.

The focus of my dissertation research was on evaluating the implementation of a chemistry video game into an undergraduate General Chemistry course where I concentrated on evaluating knowledge gains of chemistry content and attitudinal increase toward chemistry. The results of my dissertation showed that the chemistry SEG lead to a significant increase in students’ knowledge of chemistry concepts, thereby indicating the potential for implementing SEGs into undergraduate college chemistry curricula.

Additional research interests include investigating how Serious Educational Games (SEGs) can be used to increase motivation, engagement, and how they can be implemented as tools for measurement of assessment as research shows that SEGs can serve as tools for assessment and that there is a link between engagement, motivation, attitude, and knowledge gains in science class. By increasing attitude toward chemistry the goal is to also see an increase in engagement and motivation to learn chemistry.

Publications:

Annetta, L.A., Keaton, W., Shapiro, M., & Burch, J.L. (In Review). Competency-Based education in science teacher education: The next disruptive innovation or the next disruption? Journal of Science Teacher Education (submitted 07-06-17).

Lamb, R., Annetta, L., Firestone, J. B., Vallett, D. B., Shapiro, M., Matthews, B., Akmal, T. & McManus, C. (In Review). Psychosocial factors impacting STEM career selection in Computer Science and Engineering. Social Science Research (2016).

Annetta, L. A., Shapiro, M., & Abbasi, S. (In Review). Critical perspectives on implementing Serious Educational Games: How societal pressures, cognitive attributes, assessment, and learning through failure are providing new research paradigms. Journal of Science Education and Technology (submitted 11-29-16).

Annetta, L. A., Lamb, R., Vallett, D., & Shapiro, M. (In Review). Project based learning progressions: Identifying the nodes of learning in a project based environment. Journal of the Learning Sciences (submitted 6-30-15).

Lamb, R.Annetta, L., Shapiro, M., & Matthews, B. (Accepted). Examining human behavior in video games: The development of a computational model to measure aggression. Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Economics.

Annetta, L. A., Shapiro, M., & Matthews, B. (2016). Serious Educational Game design: Overlapping game design with instructional design. In R. L. Lamb & D. D. McMahon (Eds.), Educational and Learning Games: New Research. New York, NY: Nova Publishing.

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Conference Presentations:

Shapiro, M., Annetta, L.A. (April 23, 2017). Learning chemistry concepts through serious game play. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for the Research in Science Teaching (NARST), San Antonio, TX.

Annetta, L.A., Shapiro, M., & Lamb, R. (April 23, 2017). Entrepreneurial Thinking: Cross Cutting Concepts for Science Teachers. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for the Research in Science Teaching (NARST). San Antonio, TX.

Shapiro, M., Annetta, L.A. (August 3, 2016). Learning Chemistry via Serious Educational Games. Paper presented at the Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE). Greeley, CO.

Shapiro, M., Merkebu, J., Annetta, L.A., Kitsantas, A. (August 3, 2016). The Effect of Game Design on Chemistry Students’ Metacognitive Processes. Paper presented at the Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE). Greeley, CO.

Annetta, L.A., Shapiro, M., Stribling, S., Menditto, A., Kurz, L.A., Berkeley, S., & Luh, A. (April 15, 2016). Developing a Project Based Learning Progression in a Development Project. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for the Research in Science Teaching (NARST). Baltimore, MD.

Vallett, D., Lamb, R., Annetta, L.A., & Shapiro, M. (April 15, 2016). Intersection of Creativity and the Design Process in SEG Design-Based Research. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for the Research in Science Teaching (NARST). Baltimore, MD.

Lamb, R., Annetta, L.A., Firestone, J., Vallett, D., Shapiro, M. & Matthews, B. (January 8, 2016). Examination of moderators of student cognition, affect, and learning outcomes using Serious Educational games, Serious Games and Simulations in the science classroom. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE). Reno, NV.

Annetta, L.A., Lamb, R., Vallett, D., Shapiro, M. & Matthews, B. (January 7, 2016). Developing a Project Based Learning Progression in a Technology Rich Environment. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE). Reno, NV.

Shapiro, M., Luh, A., Annetta, L. (October 2, 2015). Learning progressions in science: Implications for students with LD. Poster presented at the Council for Learning Disabilities Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Lamb, R., Vallett, D., Annetta, L., Petrie, K., Cheng, R., Shapiro, M., Matthews, B. (April 12, 2015) Examination of latent class profile transition analysis of K-12 students STEM career selection moderated using Serious Educational Games. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for the Research in Science Teaching (NARST), Chicago, IL.

Vallett, D., Lamb, R., Annetta, L., Cheng, R., Shapiro, M., Matthews, B. (April 12, 2015) The influence of Serious Educational Game Design on student interest in STEM. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for the Research in Science Teaching (NARST), Chicago, IL.

Petrie, K., Lamb, R., Vallett, D., Annetta, L., Cheng, R., Shapiro, M., Matthews, B. (April 12, 2015) Individual differences/moderators of science content via 21st century skill acquisition using Serious Educational Games. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for the Research in Science Teaching (NARST), Chicago, IL.

Lamb, R., Annetta, L., Vallett, D., Firestone, J., Petrie K., Shapiro, M., Matthews, B., Lamb, R. E., Cunningham, K.R., Hiliker, H. (April 3, 2015). Factors influencing STEM major and career selection, Poster presented at Washington State University Academic Showcase. Pullman, WA.

Petrie, K., Lamb, R., Vallett, D., Annetta, L., Cheng, R., Shapiro, M., Matthews, B. (January 9, 2015) Examination of individual differences and moderators of science content and 21st Century Skill acquisition. Paper presented at the National conference of Association of Science Teacher Education (ASTE), Portland, OR.

Lamb, R., Vallett, D., Annetta, L., Petrie, K., Cheng, R., Shapiro, M., Matthews, B. (January 9, 2015) Latent class profile transition analysis of student STEM career selection using Serious Educational Games. Paper presented at the National conference of Association of Science Teacher Education (ASTE), Portland, OR.


Danielle Solano
Danielle Solano
Associate Professor
Chair
Phone (661) 654-2785
E-mail dsolano@csub.edu
Office Science II 268
Office Hours Book appointments online at: https://dsolano.acuityscheduling.com/

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Education:
B.S. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
M.A. Boston University
Ph.D. University of California Davis
Teaching:
I primarily teach organic chemistry (CHEM 2300, 3300, 3301, 3310, and 3311).
Research:

Undergraduate students in my lab use the methods of modern synthetic organic chemistry to synthesize target molecules. In the process, students will learn the techniques of purification and identification of organic compounds.

Research projects include one or more of the following topics: (1) heterocycle synthesis, (2) methodology development, (3) synthesis of natural products and analogues, (4) combinatorial chemistry, and (5) biological/medicinal chemistry applications of organic molecules.

If you are interested in joining my research team, checkout the department research page to see when I am accepting applications next.


Staff

Jackie Brouilette
Jackie Brouilette
Administrative Support Coordinator
Phone (661) 654-2030
E-mail jbrouillette@csub.edu
Office SCI II 273

Summer Gibbons
Summer Gibbons
Instructional Support Technician
Phone (661) 654-2332
E-mail sgibbons@csub.edu
Office Science I 143

Kate Grube
Kate Grube
Instructional Support Technician
Phone (661) 654-2332
E-mail kgrube@csub.edu
Office Science I 143

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Education:
B.S.University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Affiliated & Former Faculty

Tiffany Pawluk
Tiffany Pawluk
Assistant Professor
Moorpark College
Phone (805) 553-4826
E-mail tpawluk@vcccd.edu

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Education:

B.S. Southern Illinois University Carbondale
M.S. Southern Illinois University Carbondale


David Saiki
David Saiki
Associate Professor
Covenant College
Phone (661) 654-2616
E-mail dsaiki@gmail.com

Laura Serbulea
Laura Serbulea
Lecturer
University of Virginia
Phone (434) 924-0924
E-mail lls3s@virginia.edu

Adrian  Villalta-Cerdas
Adrian Villalta-Cerdas
Assistant Professor
Sam Houston State University
Phone (936) 294-2556
E-mail axv067@shsu.edu
Website http://avc-chemed.com/