B.S., Saint Joseph's College
PhD., University of Maryland

Courses taught:

  • CHE 231-232 Organic Chemistry I-II
  • CHE 333 Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • CHE 433 Special Topics in Advanced Organic Synthesis, Medicinal Chemistry, Carbohydrate Chemistry

Research Interests:

  • Organic synthesis of naturally-occurring molecules
  • Synthetic methodology development
  • Microwave-assisted organic synthesis

Selected Research Publications

  1. "Bis-Phenol A in Breast Milk from Nursing Cavalier King Charles Spaniels: A Preliminary Study" with Leslie Slusher, Clarissa Martin and Jenn Poshkus, poster and oral presentation at the Cavalier Health Foundation meeting, Hershey PA, April 2014.
  2. Instructional Resources for the New MCAT Exam Available at the Open-Access, Pre-Health Collection within MedEdPORTAL's iCollaborative, Stephanie Brouet, Melissa Cichowicz, Henry V. Jakubowski and Laura S. Zapanta, J. Chem. Ed., 2013, 90, 1697-1698.
  3. "Novel Approach to the Total Synthesis of Furoventalene, a Sesquiterpene Natural Product", with Graham Roseman, poster presentation (ID # 17163) at 2012 National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, August 2012.
  4. "Investigation of Microwave-Mediated Oxidation of Benzylic Substrates with Sodium Perborate" with Daniel Bamper, poster presentation (ID # 1286521) at 2009 National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Washington DC, August 2009.
  5. "Investigation of Microwave-Accelerated Friedel-Crafts Reaction" with Tristan Colestock and Tanner Van Dell, poster presentation at 2007 Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Collegeville PA, May 2007.
  6. "Studies Directed Toward the Microwave-Accelerated Friedel-Crafts Reaction", oral presentation at the 2007 Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Collegeville PA, May 2007.
  7. Barron's How to Prepare for the MCAT: Medical College Admissions Test, Tenth (and subsequent) Edition (Barrons Education Series, ISBN 978-0-7641-2408-2) with co-authors Hugo R. Siebel, Carolyn M. Conway, Kenneth E. Guyer, Arthur F. Conway, A. Bryant Mangum and Wesley L. Shanholtzer.
  8. "Biomedical Research as an Integrated Feature of the Undergraduate Pre-Medical Curriculum" (solo author) The Advisor 2006 26 (1), 37-41.
  9. "Exhibit Review 'A Visit to Dr. Gunther von Hagens' "Body Worlds: The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies' " (solo author) The Advisor 2006, 26 (4), 42-46.
  10. Felix E. Goodson and Melissa Betz Cichowicz, "Organic Synthesis Using Metal-Mediated Cross Coupling Reactions" review article in The Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry, Second Edition, R. Bruce King, Editor-in-Chief, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken NJ, 2005, Volume 6, pp. 3750-3770.