Dr. Catherine Santai is an Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Integrative Sciences Program Lead at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology in Harrisburg, PA. She has a M.S. in Chemistry from Georgetown University. She is a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology where she earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry with an emphasis in Biochemistry for her research into novel nucleic acid structures she created and termed mixed-stranded DNA. Her current research interests include determining how the method of plant oil extraction impacts antibacterial effectiveness.
Dr. Santai has been teaching Chemistry and Biochemistry at the undergraduate level for 11 years. She is passionate about education, research, and increasing representation of women and minorities in STEM fields. She is the current Chair of National Chemistry Week for SE Pennsylvania, an executive board member of the SE PA Section of the American Chemical Society, an active volunteer for "Girls in STEM" program at Whitaker Science Center, and the mother of three very active boy
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