Centre College Faculty
Jennifer L. Muzyka• Professor of Chemistry
Office: Young Hall—118
Jennifer Muzyka is professor of chemistry at Centre College, where she has taught since 1994.
An organic chemist, Muzyka is committed to working with her Centre students in collaborative research. Her current research is in the design and synthesis of potential antibiotics. In 2005 she supervised Tina Searcy '05 and Mike McClintock '05 in synthesizing fluoroquinolone compounds as potential TB drugs.
From contacts made during her 2001 sabbatical work, Muzyka has helped a number of students arrange internships with Kentucky's Central Forensic Laboratory in Frankfort. She assists students interested in attending pharmacy school, and supervises internships at pharmacies and hospitals. She also serves on the Health Professions Advisory Committee.
Muzyka develops technology to help students learn general and organic chemistry. One of her technology projects, published in the Journal of Chemical Education, involves chemistry game shows (Jeopardy! and Who Wants to be a Millionare?). She has given presentations and organized symposia at the Biennial Conference on Chemical Education about the tutorials on her organic chemistry Web site, and conducts workshops to assist other chemistry faculty members to develop their own interactive chemistry web sites.
Muzyka has published the results of her research in scholarly journals including the Journal of Organic Chemistry and the Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology.
Muzyka received her B.S. from the University of Dallas and her Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin.
To read about Muzyka’s participation in the National Science Foundation's “Advancement of Senior Women Scientists at Liberal Arts Colleges,” click here.
File last updated: 5/2/13