Faculty with a wide range of experience and expertise
Lumberjacks who pursue a chemistry or biochemistry degree will work in the classroom and side-by-side with professors who are passionate about science and who truly love teaching. As a major, you'll have the opportunity to participate in classwork, fieldwork and real-world research projects that use your knowledge to solve problems and overcome challenges related to the environment, health care, food, energy and more.
Dr. Michael Janusa
Professor and Chairman
Dr. Janusa’s research interests include environmental science, particularly water, soil and air quality involving metals and anions. His most recent research involves a study of local water quality in Lanana Creek and the Nacogdoches Surface Water Treatment Plant. Janusa holds a patent in complexing heavy metals with bagasse, a sugar cane byproduct.
Janusa teaches general chemistry, inorganic, analytical and environmental chemistry at SFA. He co-developed i-assign.com, an online homework system, and he is the author of an e-textbook, “Chemistry: The Core Concepts, Part I and II.” Janusa holds a B.S. from Louisiana Tech University and a Ph.D. from Louisiana State University.
Dr. Michele Harris
Professor, Assistant Chair and Graduate Adviser
Dr. Harris’ primary research interest is biochemistry, and her most recent research has involved biotransformation using whole plant cells. Harris holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Central Oklahoma and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Arkansas.
Dr. Brian Barngrover
Dr. Barngrover’s research emphasizes computational chemistry, with an emphasis on thiolate-protected noble metal nanoparticles, which have applications in drug delivery and therapy, catalysts, sensors, electronics and optics. He holds a B.S. in forensic science and biomedical chemistry from Kansas Wesleyan University and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Kansas State University.
Dr. Alyx Frantzen
Dr. Frantzen earned a B.S. in mathematics and chemistry from Texas Lutheran University. She holds an M.S. in mathematics and chemistry and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from New Mexico State University. Her primary research involves clays and phylloaluminoscillates, and many of her projects involve the study of the surface volatility of invasive plant species in East Texas.
Dr. Russell Franks
Dr. Franks holds a bachelor's and a master's in chemistry from SFA (Axe ‘em, Jacks!), and he earned his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Oklahoma. His research interests include the synthesis and study of the chemical and physical properties of biodiesel fuels made from plant- and animal-derived tryglyceride sources. He teaches general chemistry and organic chemistry classes at SFA.
Dr. Darrell Fry
Dr. Fry’s areas of interest include fluorescent probes, porphyrins as chemical sensors and chemical education. He holds a bachelor's from SFA and a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Arkansas.
Dr. Odutayo Odunuga
Dr. ‘Tayo Odunuga joined SFA’s chemistry department after completing his Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology at Rhodes University and post-doctoral work at the University of Cape Town, both in South Africa and at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. His research interests include chaperones in health and diseases, biochemical mechanisms of the pathogenesis of the Ellis van Creveld syndrome and screening of small molecule inhibitors for pathogenic proteins.
Dr. Kefa Onchoke
Dr. Onchoke holds a bachelor's in chemistry from the University of Nairobi, a Master's in analytical chemistry from Hampton University, and a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from The Ohio State University. His research and areas of interest are focused on food chemistry, water chemistry, environmental toxicants, mutagens and carcinogens.
Dr. Matibur Zamadar
Dr. Zamadar joined SFA’s chemistry department after completing his second postdoctoral research work at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He earned his bachelor of science and master of science in India from the University of Calcutta and the Indian Institute of Technology, respectively, and he holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the City University of New York. His research interests and recent projects involve designing and synthesizing new photosensitizer molecules for use in solar energy or biomedical applications.
Inventory Control Supervisor
Jennifer Edwards earned her B.S. in biology and her M.S. in biotechnology from SFA. Her interests include hazardous waste management, laboratory safety, as well as medicinal plant chemistry and uses of native flora.
Caroline (Carrie) Stover
Carrie Stover earned her B.A. in history from Ashford University. She is currently pursuing her Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree at SFA.
Inventory Control Specialist
Amy Calhoun holds bachelor's degrees in chemistry and speech communication and a master's degree in chemistry from SFA. Her 18-year teaching career includes faculty positions at Panola College and Tatum High School.