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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
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
Associate Professor
Department Chair
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
Lecturer
Phone (661) 654-6024
E-mail dharvey4@csub.edu
Office Science II 166

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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
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
Associate 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
Assistant Professor
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.

Tiffany Pawluk
Lecturer
Phone (661) 654-3113
E-mail tpawluk@csub.edu
Office Science II 166A

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Education:

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

Research:

My research uses computational modeling to study transition metal nanoparticles for applications in catalysis. Specifically, I study the structural, energetic and dynamic properties of iridium nanoparticles. This research provides insights into the stability of nanoparticle clusters and the growth mechanisms of the clusters.

My current project is an investigation into the potential of iridium nanoparticles as a catalyst for hydrogen production from methane. This project uses modern computational methods to determine the reaction pathway for hydrogen dissociation from methane molecules supported on iridium nanoparticle clusters. Participants in this research project will learn popular computational methods that scientists around the world use to complement experimental work.


Gerd Rabe
Lecturer
Phone (661) 654-2840
E-mail grabe@csub.edu
Office DDH/BB (Bridge) 211

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Education:
Ph.D., University of Gottingen (Germany)
Research:

My research interest are:

  1. Organometallic chemistry of the rare-earth elements
  2. Polymerization of functionalized olefins

David Saiki
Physical Chemistry
Associate Professor
Phone (661) 654-2616
E-mail dsaiki@csub.edu
Office Science II 286
Office Hours MW: 3:30-4:00 PM; T: 3:15-4:00 PM; R: 3:30-4:00 PM; F: 9-10:00 AM

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Education:
B.S., Westmont College
Ph.D., University of California, Davis
Research:

My research program involves building and using novel instruments to study physical properties of biomolecules.

Research with Sound:
Acoustic Resonance Spectroscopy ARS
This project uses sound to generate an acoustic signature that is used to study the percent of milk fat present in samples of milk. Currently, we are developing a prototype inline spectrometer which may be used at dairies to determine milk fat concentrations in real time.

Research with Light:
Thermal Lens Spectroscopy TLS
This project uses diode lasers to study thermal properties of insulin hexamers in solution. Currently, we are characterizing and developing a thermal lens spectrometer by studying beam characteristic and optimizing the optical bench. We are also developing a graphic user interface that will control and automate the data collection.

Student Skills Gained in my Laboratory
Students are exposed to: building and using ARS and TLS prototypes, data analysis with Mathematica, developing graphic user interfaces with LabView, and presenting results at conferences.

If Interested, Inquire here
These two projects represent my current interests. If you have an interest in the area of physical chemistry and/or would like to work on a different project please contact me to discuss your idea.


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.

Danielle Solano
Assistant Professor
Phone (661) 654-2785
E-mail dsolano@csub.edu
Website http://www.csub.edu/~dsolano/
Office Science II 268
Office Hours Mon/Wed/Fri 3-4pm and by appointment (book appointments online at: http://solano.youcanbook.me/)

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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 331, CHEM 332, and CHEM 333). I also teach CHEM 290 (Careers in Chemistry & Biochemistry).
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. More information including a list of my publications is available on my personal webpage.

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


Staff

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

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

Shaun Tobiasen
Administrative Support Coordinator
Phone (661) 654-3027
E-mail stobiasen@csub.edu
Office Science II 273

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Other:
It's an honor to be a part of CSUB's Chemistry and Geological Sciences team. I attended this university as a student and I am now here as a staff member! I have been working with students and non-profits for over 7 years and I truly enjoy serving our community in any facet. I was previously employed with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County and managed their grants and programs. It was an amazing opportunity to see over 5,000 students in our community being served by a great organization and also see the generous spirit of Kern County. I hope to have similar experiences here at CSUB. If there is any way that I can assist you, please feel free to call or stop by.

Affiliated & Former Faculty

Carl Kemnitz
Professor
AVP for Academic Programs
Phone (661) 654-3420
E-mail ckemnitz@csub.edu
Website http://www.csub.edu/academicprograms/
Office Education Building 242

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Education:
A.B. Occidental College
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison

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