Faculty Profiles

Our faculty are active researchers, writers and speakers; many of them internationally known for their contributions toward the advancement of their fields of study. But, most of all, they're passionate, caring teachers.

  • Annalisa Jordan, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Chemistry

    Doctor of Philosophy – Chemistry (2012)
    The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
    Dissertation Title: Chemical Investigations of Endophytic and Fungicolous Fungi
    Bachelor of Arts – Biochemistry (2004)
    College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University, Saint Joseph, MN

  • Christopher Jordan, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Chemistry

  • Daron E Janzen, PhD

    Professor, Chemistry

    Daron Janzen is a Professor and Carondelet Scholar in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He received his Ph.D. in the area of Inorganic chemistry. He routinely teaches General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry laboratory courses, and Advanced Inorganic Chemistry. Professor Janzen’s research foci include coordination chemistry and organometallic chemistry, X-ray crystallography, green chemistry, materials chemistry, and laboratory curriculum development. All of his scholarship involves collaborative undergraduate research, with students at St. Kate’s as well as numerous faculty and students from other Primarily Undergraduate Institutions.

  • Ekaterina N Kadnikova, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Chemistry

    Research interests
    ·        Chemical education; student engagement in organic chemistry courses.
    ·        Bioorganic chemistry, enantioselective catalysis, dynamic kinetic resolution, biocatalysis.
    ·        Microwave-assisted enzymatic reactions.
    ·        Polymer synthesis, enzymatic polymerization; hybrid organic-inorganic materials.
    Teaching experience
    In the last 17 years I have been a college faculty teaching various chemistry courses:

    Most often I taught Organic Chemistry I, Organic Chemistry II, Elementary Organic Chemistry (BA/MD program), Survey of Organic Chemistry (agriculture program), as well as Bio-Organic Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry, and Advanced Theoretical Organic Chemistry.

  • Gina Mancini-Samuelson, PhD

    Professor, Chemistry

    Professor Gina Mancini-Samuelson earned her Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Minnesota. She has been teaching at St. Catherine University since 1996 where her primary teaching responsibilities are the analytical chemistry courses and the general chemistry for health sciences course. In 2008 she was recognized for outstanding teaching through the Teaching Excellence Award sponsored by the Myser Family Foundation, a great honor as nomination for this award comes from St. Catherine University alumna. She has directed over 20 undergraduate research projects ranging from analytical chemistry and materials science to environmental science.

  • James Wollack, PhD

    Associate Professor, Chemistry

    Dr. Wollack’s research spans several areas including green chemistry, non-natural enzyme substrates, click chemistry, and bioconjugation reactions. Since starting at St. Kate’s in 2010 he has involved over 25 students in these projects funded by the Research Corporation for Scientific Advancement, NSF, and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. While at St. Kate’s he has co-authored five research articles and two editions of a test bank for the textbook Organic Chemistry: Principals and Mechanisms. In 2013 he facilitated St. Catherine becoming an inaugural signer of the national green chemistry commitment.

  • Kim N. Ha, PhD

    Associate Professor, Chemistry

    My laboratory is interested in correlating structure-dynamics-function relationships in proteins utilizing an array of biochemical techniques and solution-state NMR spectroscopy. I have extensive expertise in the study of mutations of the cardiac membrane protein phospholamban (PLN), and the adipocyte lipid chaperone fatty acid binding protein 4 (FABP4). Students in my laboratory develop practical skills in recombinant protein expression, isolation, and characterization.

  • Taviare L. Hawkins, PhD

    Chair for the Math & Sciences Division; Professor of Physics

    Dr. Hawkins oversees the departments of Mathematical Sciences (math, statistics, and computer science), Chemistry, Physics, and Biology. Before joining St Kate’s, she was Professor and Chair of Physics at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse. She completed her graduate work at Syracuse University, where she holds two M.S. degrees (in Computer Science and Physics) and a Ph.D. in Physics. She was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She is an experimental biophysicist.

    Dr. Hawkins places great emphasis on teaching and training undergraduates in research. She has trained over 50 undergraduate students and is published with them on the topic in microtubule mechanics.