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
Website: View

I earned B.S. degrees in biochemistry and biology from the College of St. Scholastica, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in analytical chemistry from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. At CSS, I teach analytical chemistry, instrumental analysis, general chemistry and the lab portion of general, organic, and biochemistry for the health sciences. My research lab has three main foci: i) identifying and quantifying contaminants of emerging concern from local surface waters via GC-MS, ii) developing RNA-based aptamer - siRNA chimeras capable of cell-internalization and modulation of gene expression, and iii) the development and construction of a fluorescence-activated organelle sorting instrument for the downstream proteomic analysis of specific organelle populations in dysfunctional beta cells found in type II diabetes.

Position: Lecturer, CHM/SSC
Department: Chemistry
Phone: (218) 625-4492
E-Mail: LHodapp@css.edu
Website: View

I have a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Notre Dame.  I have completed the coursework for a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and am ABD status.  I teach organic chemistry lab and general chemistry lab.

Position: Assoc Prof/Chair, CHM/Phy Sci
Department: Chemistry
Phone: (218) 723-6598
E-Mail: BJSJohns@css.edu

B.A. Chemistry (ACS-certified), Concordia College, Moorhead, MN

Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Minnesota

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, General Chemistry, and Polymer Chemistry.  My current research interests focus on crystal engineering and the the synthesis of metal-organic frameworks.and coordination polymers.

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

I am an alumna of The College of St. Scholastica, earning degrees in Biochemistry and a Masters in Education.  My masters degree in Biochemistry is from the University of St. Joseph in Hartford Connecticut.  I have has worked in the biomedical industry, designing and testing resorbable polymer materials for medical implants, and studying effective uses of polymers in cancer treatments.  I have been a Science educator since 2010, specializing in Chemistry and STEM education, and focusing on research involving supportive teaching methods for underrepresented and at-risk students in Science classrooms. I am passionate about helping students pursue their dreams and goals in these fields while focusing on best-practice pedagogies, student-centered learning environments, and the use of guided inquiry for supporting student success..  I am  thrilled to be teaching at my alma mater and cannot imagine a better place to share my 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
Website: View

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 and II, Biochemistry I and 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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