William R. Collins, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
B.S., 2003, New Mexico Institute of Technology, Socorro
Ph.D., 2009, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2009-2011, MIT, Cambridge
Organic Chemistry, the development of reaction methodology, supramolecular organic chemistry, natural product isolation, the total synthesis of biologically active natural products, chemical ecology
Ron C. Estler, Professor of Chemistry
Instructional Website: http://faculty.fortlewis.edu/estler_r/REresearch.html
Research Website: http://faculty.fortlewis.edu/estler_r/REresearch.html
B.A., 1972, Drew University, New Jersey
Ph.D. (Chemical Physics), 1976, Johns Hopkins University, Maryland
Postdoctoral Fellow, 1976-1978, Columbia and Stanford University
Faculty, 1978-1982, University of Southern California
Physical Chemistry, kinetics, reaction dynamics, and laser photochemistry, with interest in the use of lasers in Resonance Ionization Mass Spectrometry (RIMS) and the application of the technique to environmental and biochemical problems.
Kenneth A. Miller, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
B.S., 2002, University of Georgia, Athens
Ph.D., 2007, University of Texas, Austin
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2007-2009, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
Organic Chemistry, Green Chemistry, sustainable chemistry, total synthesis of biologically active natural products, development of new green methods for heterocycle formation, C-H activation using metallocarbenes.
Robert E. Milofsky, Professor of Chemistry
Research Website: http://faculty.fortlewis.edu/milofsky_r/research.html
B.S., 1987, Bates College, Maine
Ph.D., 1991, University of Colorado, Boulder
Postdoctoral Fellow,1991-1992, Ames Laboratory, Iowa State University
Analytical Chemistry, laser induced fluorescence detection in capillary electrophoresis, bioanalytical chemistry, chemiluminescence, photochemical reaction detection, liquid chromatography, and atmospheric photo chemistry.
Aimee M. Morris, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
B.S., 2004, Western Washington University
Ph.D., 2009, Colorado State University
Neuro-postdoctoral fellow, 2009-2010, Brandeis University
Adjunct Faculty, 2010-2011, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Faculty Associate, 2011-2012, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Inorganic Chemistry, Bio-inorganic Chemistry, synthesis and characterization of new coordination complexes relevant to the treatment of various diseases.
Kathryn D. Mouzakis, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
B.S., 2007, Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, CA
Ph.D., 2013, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2013, University of Wisconsin -
Biochemistry: RNA structure, function, and disease; translational regulation of gene expression; and viral replication and latency.
Leslie E. Sommerville, Professor of Chemistry
Department Chair, Program Director for the MARC U*STAR Program
B.S., 1980, Fort Lewis College, Colorado
Ph.D., 1985, University of Minnesota
NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, 1986-1988, University of Arizona
Faculty, 1988-1989, Bates College, Maine
Faculty, 1989-1991, St. Lawrence University, New York
Biochemistry, metabolism and enzymology associated with dissimilatory Fe(III) reducing bacteria, enzymology of bacteria from the Acidobacteria division, and bioremediation.
Chemistry Department Staff
Nick Gearhart, Laboratory Director
B.S., 2004, Fort Lewis College, Colorado
M.S., 2008, Colorado State University
Eisai Inc. 2008-2011
H3 Biomedicine 2011-2012
Medicinal chemistry, organic chemistry: utiliizing new cancer pathways and natural products in oncology based drug discovery.
Debra Moses, Academic Assistant
B.S., 1995, University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
(Wildlife Biology, minor: Chemistry)
M.S., 2000, Colorado State University (Botany)
Ecology, plant taxonomy, organic farming research, chemistry
Friends of the Department
William R. Bartlett, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry
Dr. Bartlett retired in the summer of 2010.
Merle E. Harrison, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry
Dr. Harrison retired in 1988.
William C. Langworthy, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry
Dr. Langworthy retired in 1999 and has moved to Mount Vernon, Washington
James W. Mills, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry
Dr. Mills retired in 2002.
John M. Ritchey, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry
Dr. Ritchey retired in May 1996.
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.
Carl Stransky, Former Laboratory Coordinator
Carl retired in June 2004, is living in Durango and pursuing his career as an accomplished metal sculptor.
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.