As a member of Marymount’s faculty since 2011, Dr. Deana Jaber has been engaged in teaching as well as research with undergraduate students. She strives to use technology to enhance teaching in both the classroom and the laboratory. She completed her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at Mt. Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. After that, she spent a year working at the state-of-the-art Novartis Institute for Tropical Diseases in Singapore where she was involved in drug-discovery research on tuberculosis and dengue fever. In 2011, Dr. Jaber received her doctoral degree in Organic Chemistry from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Dr. Jaber’s research consists of two main areas. The first is developing new synthetic methodologies aimed to poly-functionalize prominent compounds that have important biological activity. She is actively involved in undergraduate research where students are engaged in organic synthesis projects. Dr. Jaber’s second area of research interest is in the field of chemical education where she strives to develop chemistry educational tools that can be used in the classroom. Dr. Jaber has presented at local and national conferences on a variety of topics related to organic synthesis, organometallics, and chemistry pedagogical research.
Dr. Jaber is a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS), Sigma Xi (The Scientific Research Society), and Phi Beta Kappa. She serves as a coordinator for the Chemical Society of Washington (CSW) Younger Chemist’s Committee (YCC) where she helps organize different educational and outreach events. Dr. Jaber also serves as the primary organizer for the Fairfax/Arlington chemistry competition, “You Be The Chemist Challenge” (YBTC), one of the Chemical Educational Foundation’s (CEF) biggest programs.