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Dr. Sandra Russo-Rodriguez is a Lecturer in Chemistry at Brown University. She has a B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After Postdoctoral research at M.I.T., she worked as a scientist in industry for a number of years, including research at Polaroid and Amgen. She synthesized compounds to support discovery programs in Digital Imaging, Bioorganic Chemistry, Biotherapeutics, Pharmaceuticals, and Custom Synthesis. Her main research interest has been the organic synthesis of biologically relevant molecules and the application of synthetic methods to prepare sensitive compounds.
Dr. Russo-Rodriguez started teaching Chemistry in a community college in 2002 and taught Chemistry four years, including lecture and laboratory. She came to Brown University in 2005 to teach the Chem 330T tutorial program; the tutorial provides an opportunity to study Equilibrium, Rate and Structure in a more individualized setting. She continues her work in Chem 330T with a focus on problem solving. She has been responsible for revising and teaching the online summer Chem0100web tutorial since 2006 to help incoming Brown freshmen review Chemistry, and she teaches Introductory Chemistry/ Chem 100 since 2008 to help students prepare for Chem 330. She supports students in Chem 330 and Chem 350 courses with open office hours.
Dr. Russo-Rodriguez enjoys helping students, and she aims to increase the retention of students in the Sciences. She has been a freshman and sophomore adviser for several years. She was appointed a TEAM Adviser in 2011 and a Randall Adviser in 2012.
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