Deana Jaber

Deana Jaber (no photo)

Associate Professor

Academic Credentials

B.A., Mount Holyoke College
Ph.D., University of Maryland


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 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 is actively involved in undergraduate research where students are engaged in research projects that have earned them authorship on several publications. Dr. Jaber’s research interest is in the field of chemistry education where she strives to develop chemistry educational tools that have been shown to enhance the student’s learning experience. Dr. Jaber has presented at local and national conferences on a variety of topics related to STEM education, case studies, and discipline-based education research.

Dr. Jaber is a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS), Sigma Xi (The Scientific Research Society), and Phi Beta Kappa. She served as a coordinator for the Chemical Society of Washington (CSW) Younger Chemist’s Committee (YCC) where she helped organize different educational and outreach events. Dr. Jaber also served 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.

Teaching Area

  • General Chemistry I & II
  • Organic Chemistry I & II
  • “Beyond Elementary,” a course dedicated to learning about the development of the periodic table, the stories behind each element’s discovery, the scientists who discovered the elements, the scientific processes that produced these discoveries, and the impact they had on the world. 

Research Interests

  • Developing pedagogical tools for chemistry education in different formats: physical, virtual and smart applications.
  • Developing case studies that allow students to associate chemistry content with real-world applications.


(Names underlined are undergraduate students)

“The Evolution of Games and Case Studies for the Organic Chemistry Classroom,” Maria Camarca, Bridget Murphy, and Deana Jaber, Chem. Educator, 2022.   

“Three Methods for Adapting Physical Games to Virtual Formats in STEM Courses – Easy (Google Suite), Medium (Web GL Games in Unity) and Hard (Virtual Reality),” Eric Bubar, Susan Agolini, Deana Jaber, and Amanda Wright. HCI International 2021-Posters, 2021.

“From Strawberry Fields to the Chemistry Classroom,” Simone Walker, Quyen Doan, William Hewitt, and Deana Jaber, National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, 2021.

CHEMCompete-II: an organic chemistry card game to differentiate between substitution and elimination reactions of alcohols,” Maria Camarca, William Heuett, and Deana Jaber, J. Chem. Educ., 2019, 96, 11, 2535-2539.

“CHEMCompete: An Organic Chemistry Card Game to Differentiate between Substitution and Elimination Reactions of Alkyl Halides,” Kristin Gogal, William Heuett, and Deana Jaber, J.Chem.Educ., 2017, 94(9), 1276-1279.

“Competitive [2,3]- and [1,2]- oxonium ylide rearrangements. Concerted or stepwise?” Deana M. Jaber, Ryan N. Burgin, Mattew Helper, Peter Zavalij, and Michael P. Doyle, Org. Lett., 2012, 14 (7), 1676-1679. 

“Control of selectivity in the generation and reactions of oxonium ylides,” Deana M. Jaber, Ryan N. Burgin, Mattew Helper, Peter Zavalij, and Michael P. Doyle, Chem. Commun., 2011, 47, 7623-7625. 

“Remote C-H functionalization: using the N-O moiety as an atom-economical tether to obtain 1,5- and the rare 1,7-C_H insertions,” Jingxin Wang, Bogdan Stefane, Deana Jaber, Jacqueline Smith, Christopher Vickery, Mouhamed Diop, and Herman O. Sintim, Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2010, 49, 1-6. 

“A small-molecule dengue virus entry inhibitor,” Qing-Yin Wang, Sejal J. Patel, Eric Vangrevelinghe, Hao Ying Xu, Ranga Rao, Deana M. Jaber, Wouter Schul, Feng Gu, Olivier Heudi, Ngai Ling Ma, Mee Kian Poh, Wai Yee Phong, Thomas H. Keller, Edgar Jacoby, Subhash G. Vasudevan, Antimicrob. Agents Chemother. 2009, 53(5), 1823-1831.

“An expedient synthesis of mellitic triimides,” Kathryn G. Rose, Deana M. Jaber, Chenaimwoyo A. Gondo and Darren G. Hamilton, J. Org. Chem. 2008, 73 (10), 3950-3953.



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