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Faculty & Staff

The Department of Chemistry faculty and staff are listed below.  Click on a name to go to the individual's profile page which includes more details.

Jeffrey Boles, PhD - Chair
Lab Science Commons, Rm. 1104  ||  ||  372-3421  

Andrew Callender, PhD - Assistant Professor
Lab Science Commons, Rm. 3103  ||  ||  372-6273

Ann Marie Carrick - Senior Instructor
Lab Science Commons, Rm. 1110  ||  ||  372-3093

Jesse Carrick, PhD - Professor
Lab Science Commons, Rm. 3304  ||  ||  372-6199

Amanda Carroll, PhD - Senior Lecturer
Lab Science Commons, Rm. 1310  ||  ||  372-6324

William R. Carroll, PhD - Associate Professor
Lab Science Commons, Rm. 3314  ||  ||  372-6094

Derek Cashman, PhD - Lecturer
Lab Science Commons, Rm. 2318  ||  ||  372-3894

Andreea Cojocaru, PhD - Instructor
Lab Science Commons, Rm. 3316  ||  ||  372-3799

Janet Coonce - Senior Instructor
Lab Science Commons, Rm. 1123  ||  ||  372-6521

David Crouse, PhD - Associate Professor
Lab Science Commons, Rm. 3302  ||  ||  372-3515

David Dan, PhD - Assistant Professor
Lab Science Commons, Rm. 3104  ||  ||  372-6819

Dylan Duvall - Coordinator
Lab Science Commons, Rm. 3118  ||  ||  372-3536

Dale Ensor, PhD - Emeritus Faculty
Lab Science Commons, Rm. 1121  ||  ||  372-3493

Lesta Fletcher - Instructor
Lab Science Commons, Rm. 3315  ||  ||  372-3237

Wilson Gichuhi, PhD - Associate Professor
Lab Science Commons, Rm. 2317  ||  ||  372-3499

Robert Glinski, PhD - Emeritus Faculty

Ranil Gurusinghe, PhD - Assistant Professor
Lab Science Commons, Rm. 2316  ||  ||  372-6849

Tammie Hanchey - Academic Support Associate
Lab Science Commons, Rm. 1318  ||  ||  372-6168

Anthony Hoffman - Instructor
Lab Science Commons, Rm. 1312  ||  ||  372-3748

Julie Hudson - Administrative Associate
Lab Science Commons, Rm. 1106  ||  ||  372-3957

Xiaohua Jiang, PhD - Associate Professor
Lab Science Commons, Rm. 2116  ||  ||  372-3814

Megan Keane - Instructor
Lab Science Commons, Rm. 1125  ||  ||  372-3851

Edward Lisic, PhD - Professor
Lab Science Commons, Rm. 3303  ||  ||  372-3425

Twanelle Majors, PhD - Lecturer
Lab Science Commons, Rm. 1124  ||  ||  372-6399

Tammy Martorana - Administrative Associate
Lab Science Commons, Rm. 1111  ||  ||  372-3093

Jonathan Moldenhauer, PhD - Instructor
Lab Science Commons, Rm. 3117  ||  ||  372-6866

Kyle Murphy, PhD - Assistant Professor
Lab Science Commons, Rm. 3317  ||  ||  372-3238

Lisa Norsworthy - Financial Associate
Lab Science Commons, Rm. 1107  ||  ||  372-3184

Chad Rezsnyak, PhD - Associate Professor
Lab Science Commons, Rm. 1313  ||  ||  372-6282

Kathryn Rust - Instructor
Lab Science Commons, Rm. 1311  ||  ||  372-3423

Daniel Swartling, PhD - Associate Professor
Lab Science Commons, Rm. 3301  ||  ||  372-3431

Martha Wells, PhD - Emeritus Faculty
Lab Science Commons, Rm. 1121  ||  ||  372-3493

Xuanzhi Zhan, PhD - Associate Professor
Lab Science Commons, Rm. 2115  ||  ||  372-3427

Hong Zhang, PhD - Professor
Lab Science Commons, Rm. 3102  ||  ||  372-6325

Graduate Students / Teaching Assistants


clementCLEMENT ARUADA (Master's Student)

I am from Nigeria. I earned my bachelor's degree in industrial chemistry from the Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun Delta State, Nigeria.  

As a graduate student here at Tennessee Technological University, my research is primarily focused on method development and optimization for the determination, and quantification of per fluorinated alkylated substances (PFAS) in post-treatment water, surface water, soil, and packaging materials for consumer goods by solid phase microextraction (SPE), dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction (DLLME), and gas chromatography triple quadrupole mass spectrometer (QqQ-GC-MS)''.


SEKYERE BOATENG (Master's Student)

Education: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, 2018.

I am from Ghana and graduated with a degree in biochemistry focusing on clinical biochemistry. Currently, I am a member of the Zhan lab as a graduate student in chemistry studying protein - protein interactions.

TimothyTIMOTHY BRYANT (Master's Student)

Timothy Bryant is from Springfield, Tennessee. He got his BS in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology at Hampden-Sydney College. His areas of interest are drug design, instrumental analysis and instrumentation. His hobbies are reading, table-top RPGs, Dungeons & Dragons, movies and travel.

FortuneFORTUNE DZEAGU (Master's Student)

Fortune Otuko Dzeagu hails from Ada in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana, a place known for its salt mining activities. She holds a BSc. in Chemistry from the University of Ghana, Legon where her undergraduate thesis centered on “Evaluation of the Nutrient Content in Vegetables grown in the Accra Metropolis, Ghana. She served as a Teaching Assistant after her undergraduate studies in the same institution. Fortune also has experience as a formulation chemist. Currently, she is pursuing her master’s degree and works under Dr. Jesse Carrick. Her research is focused on synthesis of novel 2-(6-(5,6-(diphenyl)-1,2,4-triazin-3-yl) pyridin-2-yl)-5-(diversified) benzo-1,3,4-oxadiazole (MTP-1,3,4-oxadiazole) scaffolds as part of developing soft Lewis-basic tridentate ligands for minor Actinide separation.  

MeaganMEAGAN EDMONDS (Master's Student)

I am Meagan Edmonds, a first year Master’s student. My hometown is Rockwood, Tennessee. I got my Associate’s in Chemistry at Roane State Community College and then finished my Bachelor’s (ACS Certified) here at Tech in Spring 2021. My current research is in computational drug design. In my spare time, I like to read, write, and watch movies.

feliciaFELICIA GILLILAND (Master's Student)

Felicia J. Gilliland is from Oak Ridge, TN. She received her Bachelor of Science degree with a Concentration in Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In Felicia’s spare time, she enjoys spending time with family in Tampa, FL, gardening, fitness, hair & makeup and playing with her cats - Henry, Daisy, Pesto, and Ellie. Her career aspirations include becoming a medical physician.

EmilyEMILY HUNTLEY (Master's Student)

I am a 2nd year MS student from Livingston, TN and I completed my undergraduate degree at Tennessee Tech University in Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology. My area of research is in renewable energy and biofuels and I work with Dr. Jeffrey Boles.

brianBRIAN KILGORE (Master's Student)

I’m a Masters student from Alcoa, TN. I started at Tennessee Tech in the fall of 2014 and graduated in the spring of 2019 with a B.S. in chemistry and a B.A. in foreign language (German). My current research project focuses on the use of electrochemical techniques to measure diffusion in ionic liquid solvents. My research is overseen by Dr. Jonathan Moldenhauer and Dr. Andrew Callender as co-advisors.

kyleKYLE LYONS (Master's Student)

Hello! I am a 2nd year MS student under Dr. Jiang researching the mechanism of inhibition of topoisomerase II α via thiosemicarbazone-metal complexes. I earned a BS in chemistry at Tennessee Technological University May of 2019. After defending my MS thesis, I hope to matriculate into a MD/PhD dual-degree program to continue a research-oriented career. 

I currently live in Knoxville since 2019 but grew up in Cookeville. Cooking and poking fun at my cats occupies some of my free time. I also volunteer with Remote Area Medical as a Patient Registration Supervisor at clinics within and outside of Tennessee. In 2015 I earned Eagle Scout and in 2016 I backpacked at Philmont in New Mexico for 10 days.

haleyHALEY MAYSE (PhD Student)

My name is Haley Mayse and I am from Morristown, TN.  I received my bachelor's in chemistry from Lincoln Memorial University in 2019.  I moved to Cookeville with my husband and dogs shortly after.  I am studying the degradation of amphetamine-type stimulants when exposed to UV light in wastewater treatment plants.


ROBERT (ROB) OLIVER (Master's Student)

I am originally from Mackay, Queensland, Australia. I graduated from my BSc at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane majoring in Chemistry/Industrial Chemistry in 2009. I completed a Graduate Diploma in Extractive Metallurgy at the Western Australian School of Mines in 2013. I worked at Glencore’s McArthur River Lead-Zinc Project from 2009 to 2012, where I was introduced to selective, sequential froth flotation, selective oxidative leaching, and geochemical analysis of base metal sulfides. I was also the site radiation safety officer. From 2012 to 2021 I was a manager for Intertek PLC’s Indonesian minerals operations where I furthered my understanding of geochemical analysis, in particular speciation of sulfide minerals. While working at Intertek I collaborated with Dr Dominique François-Bongarçon on research into particle size analysis and minerals sampling theory. At Tech, my area of interest is chromatographic separation of actinides and lanthanides, and intraseries separation of lanthanides with Dr Dale Ensor.



My name is Chioma Onwuchekwa, a doctoral candidate of Environmental Science-Chemistry. I am a Nigerian from Imo State (South -East Nigeria) and I lived most of my life in Lagos, South-Western Nigeria. I have a Bachelor’s in Industrial Chemistry from Covenant University (2011) in Nigeria and a master’s degree in energy and environmental management from Glasgow Caledonian University (2014), Scotland, United Kingdom.

My doctoral research aims to better understand how and/or if the wastewater treatment plant contributes to the occurrence of microplastics and the role of microplastics as possible vectors for pollution (focus on psychostimulants) in the environment, with Dr. Tammy Boles as my research advisor.

JakeJACOB THORN (Master's Student)

Jacob Thorn is a second-year graduate student studying chemistry, with an organic concentration at Tennessee Technological University. He also received a B.S. in biochemistry from TN Tech, and is currently researching ionic liquids under the tutelage of Dr. Callender and Dr. Cojocaru.


meganMEGAN WHARTON (Master's Student)

Hello everyone! My name is Megan Wharton, and I am a current M.S. candidate working under Dr. Xuanzhi Zhan. I received a B.S. in Chemistry, Biochemistry (ACS Certified) and a B.S. in Biology, Cellular & Molecular Biology from Tennessee Tech University in the summer of 2020. My current research involves studying the isoform selectivity and mechanism of action of a peptide inhibitor for the protein JNK3. My major career goal after earning my M.S. involves earning a Ph.D. and/or M.D./Ph.D. to pursue medical research. I am a Cookeville native and spend my time involved in my local community, including serving as President of the Graduate Chemistry Club (GCC) and serving as a Senator for the College of Graduate Studies for the Tennessee Tech Student Government Association (SGA). I like to explore new places to eat, play various board and video games, and sleep my worries away in my free time.

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