Chemistry and Biochemistry Department

About Our Faculty & Staff

Kevin Cavanaugh
Lecturer of Chemistry

Expertise

  • Biochemistry
  • Picornavirus Polymerase Structure and Function
  • Liquid Chromatography

Education

  • M.S., Colorado State University, 2014
  • B.S., Fort Lewis College, 2011
  • B.A., Saint Michael’s College, 1997

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Dr. Callie Cole
Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Expertise

  • Analytical chemistry
  • Astrochemistry

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder, 2015
  • B.S., University of Montana, 2010
     

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Dr. William R. Collins
Associate Professor of Chemistry

Expertise

  • Organic chemistry 
  • The development of reaction methodology
  • Supramolecular organic chemistry
  • Natural product isolation
  • The total synthesis of biologically active natural products
  • Chemical ecology

Education

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, 2009-2011
  • Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2009
  • B.S., New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, 2003

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James Dickson
Lecturer of Chemistry

Professional Interests

  • Analytical Chemistry 
  • Luminescence 
  • Chemistry education

Education

  • Master's of Science, 1998, Mississippi State
  • Master's of Education, 1992, Adams State
  • Teaching Certificate, 1990, Fort Lewis College
  • B.S., 1979, College of Wooster, Ohio

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Nicholas C. Gearhart
Chemistry Laboratory Director

Expertise

  • Oncology-focused medicinal chemistry 
  • Natural products and new cancer pathways in drug discovery 
  • Application of pharmacokinetic properties of molecules to design compounds for cancer treatments 

Education 

  • M.S., Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, 2008
  • B.S., Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado, 2004

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Nicholas C. Gearhart is available to comment on topics related to areas of interest or expertise. If you need further assistance, contact Public Affairs at 970-247-7401 or by email.

Dr. Michael Grubb
Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Expertise

  • Physical Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy
  • Chemical Reaction Dynamics
  • Photochemistry
  • Laser Physics and Optics​

Education

  • Ph.D., Chemistry, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 2012
  • B.S., Chemistry, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 2007

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Dr. Kenny Miller
Chair and Associate Professor of Chemistry

Expertise

  • Medicinal chemistry
  • Natural product/organic synthesis
  • Synthetic organic chemistry

Education

  • Ph.D., Chemistry, The University of Texas-Austin, 2007
  • Bachelor of Science, Chemistry, The University of Georgia-Athens, 2002

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Dr. Robert Milofsky
Professor of Chemistry

Expertise

  • Analytical chemistry
  • Atmospheric chemistry
  • Chemiluminescence
  • Liquid chromatography
  • Photochemical reaction detection
  • Sensor development with applications to infectious diseases

Education

  • Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Colorado at Boulder, 1991
  • Bachelor of Science, Chemistry, Bates College, 1987

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Dr. Aimee Morris
Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Expertise

  • Inorganic and bioinorganic chemistry
  • Catalysis using transition metal compounds

Education

  • Ph.D., Chemistry, Colorado State University, 2009
  • Bachelor of Science, Chemistry, Western Washington University, 2004

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Dr. Kathryn Mouzakis
Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Expertise

  • RNA structure and function
  • Translational regulation of gene expression
  • Nucleic acids biochemistry

Education

  • Ph.D., Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2013
  • B.S., Chemistry-Biology, Harvey Mudd College, 2007

 

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Dr. Les Sommerville
Professor of Chemistry

Expertise

  • Biochemistry
  • Common soil organisms belonging to the phylum acidobacteria

Education

  • Ph.D., Biochemistry, University of Minnesota, 1985
  • Bachelor of Science, Chemistry, Fort Lewis College, 1980

 

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Staff

Whitney Blakstad, Administrative Assistant
140 Chemistry Hall
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Friends of the Department

Ron Estler, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry
Dr. Estler retired in the summer of 2016.
Email: estler_r@fortlewis.edu

William R. Bartlett, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry
Dr. Bartlett retired in the summer of 2010.
Email: bartlett_t@fortlewis.edu

Merle E. Harrison, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry
Dr. Harrison retired in 1988.
Email: harrison_m@fortlewis.edu

William C. Langworthy, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry
Dr. Langworthy retired in 1999 and has moved to Mount Vernon, Washington
Email: hillsidebill@aol.com

James W. Mills, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry
Dr. Mills retired in 2002.
Email: mills_j@fortlewis.edu

John M. Ritchey, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry
Dr. Ritchey retired in May 1996.
Email: dgojmr@gmail.com

Rosanna Babcock, Former Academic Assistant
Ro retired in December 2012.  She lives in Durango when she's not RVing around North America, drinking in all the beauties of nature and enjoying life.
Email:  alchemyst68@yahoo.com

Carl Stransky, Former Laboratory Coordinator
Carl retired in June 2004, is living in Durango and pursuing his career as an accomplished metal sculptor.


In Memoriam

Doreen M. Mehs, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry
Dr. Mehs passed away on May 16, 2009, from vascular dementia.

Irwin L. (Ike) Klundt, Adjunct Professor of Chemistry
Dr. Klundt passed away on October 31, 2009, after a 3 year battle with cancer.

Rodney D. Hamilton, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry 
Dr. Hamilton passed away on April 29, 2012, after a 4 year battle with cancer.