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.
Chemistry Purchasing & Budget Coordinator
As the Purchasing & Budget Coordinator for the Chemistry Department, Tammy Gillespie is in charge of ordering chemicals, supplies and equipment for the labs. Along with budgeting and grant administration duties, she also interacts with other departments throughout the University to keep an open line of communication.
Jess has dabbled in many areas of chemistry in various places. She spent summer 2007 working at International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF) in West Long Branch, NJ, focusing on organic synthesis of amides for possible use as flavors in soft drinks and purification of peptides for potential use as cheese flavors. She was also able to spend two weeks that summer in Europe studying environmental chemistry with a focus on analyzing pollution in the river Thames in England.
Jess spent the next summer doing inorganic, thin film synthesis and characterization at UMASS Amherst, through NSF and MassCREST funding, with an overall goal of linking HynSL covalently to the semi-conductor films to create an efficient ‘bio-inspired’ catalyst for the production of hydrogen.
In 2009, she finally completed her senior research at Marist College in analytical chemistry that focused on creating a new green method for the extraction of PCBs from sediment and soil. The main methods compared were QuEChERS (Quick, Easy, Cheap, Effective, Rugged, and Safe) method, traditional Soxhlet method, microwave assisted extraction, and simple hexanes extraction. Ultimately the goal is to monitor the Hudson River using this quick, easy, green method especially since GE was starting to dredge upstream.