Stephen F. Austin State University

Faculty & Staff

Dr. Michael Janusa - Professor and Chairman Educational Background: Louisiana Tech University, BS; Louisiana State University, Ph.D. Research/Areas of Interest: Analytical / Inorganic; Environmental Office: Math Building, Room 104 Phone: 936.468.3606
Dr. Janusa received his doctorate in Inorganic/Analytical Chemistry from Louisiana State University in 1993. Dr. Janusa teaches General Chemistry, Inorganic, Analytical, and Environmental Chemistry. His research interest focuses on the environmental science areas of water quality, air quality, and solidification/stabilization of metal waste where he has numerous publications/presentations/funded projects. His projects have involved methods development for analyzing waste, the use of agriculture by-products (bagasse, soybean hulls) as stabilizing agents for hazardous metal wastes, and the study of the distribution of airborne heavy metals as measured in lichens. He holds a U.S. patent in complexing heavy metals with bagasse (sugar cane by-product). Dr. Janusa believes there are many different ways to reach students and educate them. The most recent trend is the use of technology. Technology can help students learn the material, and it is for this reason that Dr. Janusa has co-developed (with Dr. Lo - Nicholls State University) an on-line homework system that delivers homework assignments via the Internet ( and an e-textbook (Chemistry: The Core Concepts, Part I and II) that he uses in his courses.
Dr. Michele Harris - Professor and Assistant Chair Educational Background: University of Central Oklahoma, 1990, B.S. Chemistry; University of Arkansas, 1994, Ph.D. Biochemistry, Research/Areas of Interest: Biotransformations using whole plant cells Office: Chemistry Lab Building, Room 104A Phone: 936.468.2485
Dr. Michele Harris received her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Central Oklahoma and her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Arkansas. She joined SFA in 1994 and is currently the Graduate Advisor and Assistant Chair. Her research group has focused on the biotransformation reaction of (-)-1-benzofuran-2-yl-ethanol from benzofuran-2-yl-methylketone by an enzyme present on the surface of carrots. There are several examples of the conversion of prochiral ketones to stereospecific alcohols in recent literature via biotransformation reactions. Characterization of this reaction, isolating the enzyme(s) responsible for the conversion, and studying antibacterial properties of the reactants are products are all currently under investigations.
Dr. Brian Barngrover - Assistant Professor Educational Background: Kansas Wesleyan University, 2010, B.S. Forensic Science/Biomedical Chemistry; Kansas State University, 2014, Business Administration Graduate Certificate; Kansas State University, 2015, Ph.D., Physical Chemistry Office: Math Building; Room 124 Phone: 936.468.1568
Dr. Alyx Frantzen - Associate Professor Educational Background: Texas Lutheran University, 1991, B.S. Mathematics, Chemistry; New Mexico State University, 1996, M.S. Chemistry, Mathematics; New Mexico State University, 1998, Ph.D. Physical Chemistry Office: Math Building, Room 119 Phone: 936.468.2338
Dr. Russell Franks - Assistant Professor Educational Background: SFASU, 1994, B.S. Chemistry, 1996, M.S. Chemistry; University of Oklahoma, 2002, Ph.D. Chemistry Research/Areas of Interest: Organic chemistry, Alternative fuels, organometallic chemistry, chemical education Office: Math Building, Room 114 Phone: 936.468.2199
I was born and raised in San Antonio, TX. I earned my BS and MS degrees in Chemistry from SFASU. I earned my Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma. My dissertation research was in organometallic catalysis. I taught for two years at OU, and have been at SFA since July of 2005. I teach General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry here at SFA. In my free time, I enjoy music, cooking, reading, family activities, and following OU Football.
Dr. Darrell Fry
Dr. Darrell Fry - Assistant Professor Educational Background: Stephen F. Austin State University, 1995, B.S.; University of Arkansas, 2001, Ph.D. Analytical Chemistry Research/Areas of Interest: Fourier Transform methods in Microsoft Excel Office: Math Building, Room 120 Phone: 936.468.1406
Dr. Fry's Ph. D. work focused on developing a unique optical fiber sensor for a variety of applications. In 2001 he was honored to be a visiting assistant professor at Mississippi State University. In 2002 he went to SFA's arch rival in football, Northwestern State University (NSU) in Louisiana. While at NSU Dr. Fry served as faculty senate president for 2 years. More importantly he taught a bunch of students. Most were nursing majors, but along the way (and no less fun) chemistry majors. In 2010 Dr. Fry left his tenure track position at NSU to teach high school at Louisiana School for the Math Arts and Sciences (LSMSA). LSMSA is the state's residential magnet high school. While he only taught at LSMSA for a single year, he was greatly impacted by the quality and dedication of the leadership, students, faculty & staff of LSMSA. LSMSA produces a good product, and Dr. Fry learned a lot from his short time at LSMSA. In 2011 Dr. Fry replaced his undergraduate analytical chemistry teacher, Dr. Wayne Boring at SFA. Dr. Fry is humbled to be the replacement for Dr. Boring. Dr. Fry enjoys teaching, tinkering with instruments and learning/teaching Microsoft Excel. His current research interests is the teaching the Fourier Transform using Microsoft Excel. As time progress he hopes to finish the current project and pour time into additional research interests.
Dr. Richard Langley - Professor Educational Background: Miami University (Ohio), B.S. Chemistry, Mineralogy; M.S. Chemistry; University of Nebraska, Ph.D. Chemistry Research/Areas of Interest: Solid state chemistry, synthetic inorganic chemistry, fluorine chemistry, chemical education Office: Math Building, Room 116 Phone: 936.468.2189
Dr. John Moore
Dr. John Moore - Regents Professor (2008 - 2009) Educational Background: University of North Carolina -- Ashville, 1968, B.A.; Furman University, 1970, M.S. ; Texas A&M University, 1991, Ed. D. Research/Areas of Interest: Chemical Education Office: Math Building, Room 117; Steen Library, Room 220F [Teaching Excellence Center, 936.468.1801] Phone: 936.468.2384
Dr. Moore has been teaching in the chemistry department for over 40 years. He is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry, Director of the Teaching Excellence Center and Co-Director of SFA's Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) Center. He is author/coauthor of numerous books including Chemistry for Dummies, Chemistry Essentials for Dummies, Biochemistry for Dummies, Organic II for Dummies as well as several others. Dr. Moore enjoys cooking, traveling and making custom knife handles from exotic woods.
Dr. Odutayo Odunuga - Associate Professor Educational Background: Ogun State University (Nigeria), 1991, B. Sc. Biochemistry; University of Ibadan (Nigeria), 1995, M. Sc. Biochemistry; Rhodes University (South Africa), 2003, Ph.D. Biochemistry / Molecular Biology Research/Areas of Interest: Chaperones in health and diseases, Biochemical mechanisms of rare diseases (Ellis van Creveld syndrome) Office: Math Building, Room 122 Phone: 936.468.6468
While working on his Ph.D., Dr. Odunuga received additional training and research experience at the University of Saarland (Germany). Dr. Odunuga joined the Department of Chemistry after completing post-doctoral work the University of Cape Town (South Africa), and UTMB in Galveston TX. His research uses the following techniques and methods: recombinant DNA technology and rationale protein engineering, heterologous protein expression in bacteria, insect cells, mammalian cells and yeast, protein purification techniques using various types of chromatographic separations, surface plasmon resonance spectroscopy, X-ray crystallography, bioinformatics, etc.
Dr. Kefa Onchoke - Associate Professor Educational Background: The Ohio State University, Ph.D. (Analytical Chemistry, 2006), M.S. (Hampton University, Analytical Chemistry, 2000), B.Sc. (University of Nairobi, Chemistry, 1989) Research/Areas of Interest: Environmental, bio-analytical, computational and physical-oganic Office: Chemistry and Math Building; Room 118 Phone: 936.468.2386
Dr. Kefa K. Onchoke received his bachelor's degree in Chemistry from the University of Nairobi, Master's (Analytical/environmental) from Hampton University, Virginia, and a Ph.D. (Analytical chemistry) from The Ohio State University. He came to SFASU in Fall 2006. His research interests are focused on various studies of nitrated polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons from both experimental and theoretical standpoints. This multifaceted research spans environmental, bio-analytical, computational and physical-oganic studies. Of particular interest are the mutagenic/carcinogenic effects of nitro-PAHs upon animals and humans. He uses computational chemistry to gain insight into the relevant spectroscopic signatures that make them evoke their observed biological toxicity. In his spare time, he reads (auto)biographies for inspiration, writes poetry, jogs and enjoys nature walks.
Dr. Matibur Zamadar - Assistant Professor Educational Background: University of Calcutta, 2003, B.Sc. Chemistry; Indian Institute of Technology, 2005, M.Sc. Inorganic Chemistry; The City University of New York, 2010, M.Phil. Organic Chemistry; The City University of New York, 2011, Ph.D. Organic Chemistry Research/Areas of Interest: Organic Synthesis / Photochemistry / Polymer Chemistry Office: Math Building, Room 112 Phone: 936.468.2243
Dr. Zamadar received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry in 2003 at the University of Calcutta located in Kolkata, India. He received two master's degrees: one in inorganic chemistry in 2005 at the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay, India and a second one in organic chemistry from The City University of New York, New York in 2010. He earned his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from The City University of New York, New York in 2011. Dr. Zamadar was employed as a postdoctoral research associate at Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, New York in 2011-2013. Dr. Zamadar joined the department after completing his second postdoctoral research work at the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2013-1014. Dr. Zamadar's current research interests are (i) the discovery of metal-based drugs against cancer, (ii) the development of metal-porphyrin complexes for the polymerization of alkenes, and (iii) the discovery of porphyrin -based sensors for heavy-metal detection. Students can learn upon joining Dr. Zamadar' lab may include: organic synthesis, polymer synthesis and spectroscopic methods, such as, 1H/13C/31P NMR, UV-visible, fluorescence, GPC, DSC, TGA, MS, and IR.
Ms. Jennifer Edwards - Inventory Control Supervisor Office: Chemistry Building, Room 104B Phone: 936.468.2143
Ms. Caroline (Carrie) Stover - Administrative Assistant Office: Math Building, Room 108 Phone: 936.468.3606