Alicia Frantz is an instructor for Organic Chemistry lecture. She earned a B.S. in Forensic Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. She is currently focusing on implementation of guided inquiry based learning in courses with large enrollment. Attending a large school herself, Alicia understands the importance for dedicating more of class time to group work and evidence-based techniques than the traditional lecturing.


Chemical Biology; Fluorescence and Bioluminescence Imaging; Protein Engineering


The Zhang group focuses on developing well-defined nanostructured materials with controls at atomic levels for highly efficient energy conversion and chemical transformation. We are interested in a broad range of nanomaterials systems, including single-component nanoparticles (NPs), multi-component heterostructured NPs, self-assembled NPs superlattices, and other complex nanoscale architectures.


Professor Lindsay Wheeler is the instructor for the Teaching Methods courses for undergraduate and graduate TAs in the chemistry, physics, biology, and astronomy departments, with the goal of expanding these courses to all STEM departments at the University. She worked with Dr. Charles Grisham to redesign the General Chemistry laboratory curricula (Chem 1411/1611/1421/1621) to a project-based guided inquiry approach where students work collaboratively to design, implement, analyze, and communicate their approach to solving a real-world problem. Dr.


Professor Kevin Welch is interested in developing curricula for undergraduate instruction in general chemistry and organic chemistry.  In particular, his focus is on updating these courses to accommodate the diverse educational background in chemistry of the students enrolling in chemistry at the University of Virginia, as well as providing a strong chemical foundation for the students as they continue on in their educational and post-educational careers in a variety of fields.  In the past, he has taught undergraduate courses in general chemistry, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, en


The Venton group is interested in the development and characterization of analytical techniques to measure neurochemical changes. Measurements in the brain are challenging because tiny quantities of neuroactive molecules must be detected in a chemically-complex sample while disturbing the tissue as little as possible. In addition, fast time resolution measurements are needed to track the fast dynamics of neurotransmitter release and uptake. Our lab develops both electrochemical and separations methods to monitor these rapid changes in neurotransmitters in model systems.


Professor Serbulea is teaching organic chemistry courses, including the accelerated organic chemistry lectures and laboratories. She is actively involved in the development of the organic chemistry curriculum, focusing on improving the coordination between the topics in the lecture course and the experiments that are carried out in the laboratory. In the accelerated organic chemistry laboratories, students gain hands-on experience in the synthesis, purification, and characterization of organic compounds using modern analytical instruments and laboratory equipment.


Organic, Polymer and Organometallic Chemistry; Asymmetric Catalysis; Chiral Sensors; Optically Active Materials


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