Faculty and Staff

Chemistry and Biochemistry Faculty

Email information is followed by @css.edu unless otherwise noted.

Position: Professor/Dean, SSC
Department: SSC Admin
Phone: (218) 625-4834
E-Mail: abeard@css.edu

B.S. in Chemistry, Marquette University

Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, University of Utah

Joined the College of St. Scholastica in 2012, as Dean of the School of Sciences. I also teach one course a semester in the Department of Chemistry.

Over the past 20 years, I have worked with over 100 undergraduate collaborators on various research projects. One of my current research projects is in organic chemistry, researching the synthetic utility of sulfone ketenes in the preparation of novel antibiotics which combat drug-resistant bacteria. A second research project involves the investigation the anti-oxidant and anti-microbial properties of hops, the main flavoring in beer. The goal is to identify and better understand the compounds in hops that influence these properties.

Position: Asst Professor, CHM
Department: Chemistry
Phone: (218) 625-4973
E-Mail: hbrown5@css.edu
Position: Lecturer, CHM/SSC
Department: Chemistry
Phone: (218) 625-4492
E-Mail: LHodapp@css.edu
Position: Assoc Prof/Chair, CHM/Phy Sci
Department: Chemistry
Phone: (218) 723-6598
E-Mail: BJSJohns@css.edu

I am an inorganic chemist and have always been fascinated by the bonding and colors of transition metal ions. I teach courses in Inorganic Chemistry, Instrumental Chemistry, General Chemistry, General Chemistry for the Health Sciences, and Everyday Chemistry for non-majors. My current research focuses on crystal engineering and the the synthesis of coordination polymers and metal-organic frameworks.  Our materials are synthesized using hydro/solvothermal or slow-diffusion methods and characterized by FT-IR, UV/Vis spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, TGA-DSC, and cyclic voltammetry. I have only set off the fire alarm once.

Position: Professor, CHM
Department: Chemistry
Phone: (218) 723-6457
E-Mail: JMaki@css.edu

I earned my PhD in biochemistry from Iowa State University, and at CSS I teach general chemistry, biochemistry, and an honors course. My research employs CRISPR/Cas9 for gene disruption in fathead minnow and zebrafish, a collaborative effort with the EPA in Duluth. 15-20 students per year participate in this research project as part of the biochemistry curriculum.

Position: Asst Professor, CHM
Department: Chemistry
Phone: (218) 625-4941
E-Mail: ppalafox@css.edu
Position: Instructor, Chemistry
Department: Chemistry
Phone: (218) 625-4489
E-Mail: KRiel@css.edu

Krysta Riel Maas is an alumna of The College of St. Scholastica, earning degrees in Biochemistry and a Masters in Education.  Krysta has worked in the biomedical industry, designing and testing resorbable polymer materials for medical implants, and studying effective uses of polymers in cancer treatments.  She has been a Science educator for the past 8 years, specializing in Chemistry and STEM education, and is passionate about helping students pursue their dreams and goals in these fields.  Krysta is thrilled to be teaching at her alma mater and cannot imagine a better place to share her knowledge and enthusiasm for Science.

Position: Asst Professor, Chemistry
Department: Chemistry
Phone: (218) 625-4866
E-Mail: mtalaga@css.edu

My education includes a B.S. in Chemistry from University of Minnesota- Duluth (UMD) and a Ph.D in Chemistry from Michigan Technological University (MTU).  I teach General Chemistry I and II and Biochemistry I.  My research interests including biophysical glycobiology and protein purification.  

Position: Assoc Professor, CHM
Department: Chemistry
Phone: (218) 723-6138
E-Mail: Trygstad@css.edu
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Dr. Trygstad's post-secondary education began at St. Olaf College, where he earned his B.A. as a double major in Chemistry and Biology in May of 2002. He then attended graduate school in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, earning his Ph.D. in the summer of 2007.  While at the University of Minnesota, he conducted research focused on natural products organic synthesis under the direction of Prof. Craig J. Forsyth, Ph.D.  His Ph.D. Thesis is entitled:  Versatile Synthesis of the C3-C14 Domain of 7-Deoxyokadaic Acid and Strategic Analogues. He joined the Department of Chemistry and Physical Sciences at The College of St. Scholastica as an Assistant Professor in August of 2007.  He subsequently was granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor in August of 2013.  His current research focuses on the synthesis of indolyl/indazolyl (N1 substituted) quinolones (C6 and C8 substituted) for study as possible anticancer/antibiotic/antimicrobial agents.  Past research has focused of the development  of undergraduate organic chemistry instructional laboratory experiments, with particular focus on substitution reactions of allylic systems.

Position: Asst. Professor, CHM
Department: Chemistry
Phone: (218) 723-6065
E-Mail: zvia@css.edu

My doctorate is in biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology from Cornell University. I teach General Chemistry I+II, Biochemistry I+II, Chemistry and Sustainability, and Chemistry of Beer. My research interests include studying the accumulation of fluorocarbons in the environment. I enjoy Nordic skiing and spending time with my wife and daughter. 

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