Director of Scientific Instruments
Hélène Citeau, PhD, is the instrument specialist of the Chemistry and Biochemistry department. She supports teaching and research activities by overseeing instrument use and budget, maintaining the pool of instruments and equipment, acting as a point of contact with instrument vendors, and developing good practices for instrument users.
Prior to joining USD, Citeau was Lead Application Scientist for BioDot, Inc., an instrument company manufacturing nanoliter dispensing instruments. She started her career as a research scientist working for BioCrystal, Ltd, a company developing quantum dots.
Sharon Ferguson joined the department in June 2008 as Laboratory Technician. She prepares labs for Biochemistry as well as for a few Biology classes. As a San Diego native with a B.S. in Biology (SDSU), she has experience working in laboratories from academic to medical to industry. This experience includes 7 years at the Scripps Research Institute’s Molecular Biology Department. Sharon enjoys the challenges of science and looks forward to working with both faculty and students. In her other life, Sharon loves to travel and teach dance.
Laboratory Technician 1
Office: SCST 234/351
Office Hours: 8:00am-4:00pm
Jess joined this amazing department in March 2010 after graduating from Marist College with a B.S. in Chemistry. She has dabbled in many areas of chemistry in various places including: peptide creation for cheese flavors at International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF) in New Jersey (Summer ’07), evaluating pollution in the Thames River in England (Summer ’07), analyzing CdSe thin film semi-conductors at UMASS Amherst (Summer ’08), and developing a new-green method to analyze the amount of PCB’s in the Hudson River as her senior research project at Marist College. …but what Jess loves the most, is the way chemistry has helped her peer deeper into the physical reality of this beautiful world. There is hidden treasure there.
BA Chemistry 1974, University of California San Diego
UCSD Chemistry undergraduate lab supervisor for 16 years
1997 to present, USD Chemistry Department lab technician