Chemistry Welcomes Four New Faculty Members

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The Chemistry Department is happy to welcome four new faculty members all starting in the fall semester.

Joseph Cotruvo, Jr.

Joseph Cotruvo, Jr., joins the department after completing his postdoctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley.  Dr. Cotruvo's research will focus on the development and application of chemical biology tools to understand the inorganic chemistry of life, with particular interests in disease and bioenergy.

R. Aaron Garner

R. Aaron Garner joins us from Harvard University where he completed his Ph.D. and is currently a teaching faculty member.  Aaron plans to teach general and organic chemistry at Penn State, and to contribute to textbook and World Campus projects in the department.

Joseph Houck

Joseph Houck received his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Virginia and joins us from the University of Maryland, where he has won several awards for outstanding undergraduate teaching.  Joe will contribute to the development of World Campus courses at Penn State as well as to our instructional programs in general and organic chemistry.

Lauren Zarzar

Lauren Zarzar received her Ph.D. from Harvard and joins Penn State after completing her postdoctoral work at MIT.  Lauren will have a joint appointment in Chemistry and in Materials Science and Engineering, where she plans to do research in the design and synthesis of dynamic chemo-mechanical materials.