Chemistry and Biochemistry (323) 343-2300

Harold Goldwhite

Emeritus Professor of Chemistry; Ph.D., Cambridge University, England

Contact: (323) 343-2373

E-mail: hgoldwh@calstatela.edu

As an expert in inorganic chemistry, Dr. Goldwhite’s research interests have included the chemistry of phosphorous and coordination chemistry. He has published 80 journal articles, four textbooks and 12 instructional films, and he holds four patents in phosphorus chemistry. A grant from the National Cancer Institute supported Dr. Goldwhite’s research to determine that phosphorous compounds can be used in the treatment of cancer. Dr. Goldwhite received Cal State L.A.’s Outstanding Professor Award for 1966-67 and the Outstanding Professor Award for the CSU system in 1978. He has served on the CSU Board of Trustees as Faculty Trustee since 1998.


Frank A. Gomez

Professor of Chemistry; B.S., Cal State L.A., Ph.D., UCLA

Contact: (323) 343-2368

E-mail: fgomez2@calstatela.edu

Dr. Gomez’s expertise includes biological applications of capillary electrophoresis (CE) with a particular interest in molecular recognition and analysis of in-capillary enzyme-mediated transformations and microfluidics. He received a $450,000, four-year NSF grant to fund research that will develop groundbreaking “nanotechnology” devices that may be used in applications ranging from detecting bioterrorism pathogens such as anthrax to analyzing forensic evidence at the scene of a crime. He is director of the CSULA-Caltech Partnership for Research and Education in Materials (PREM) Collaborative, one of only four such programs in the country. He was also a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program Grant recipient.


Carlos Gutiérrez

Professor of Chemistry; Ph.D., UC Davis

Contact: (323) 343-2300

E-mail: cgutier@calstatela.edu

A nationally-recognized specialist in minority science education, Dr. Gutiérrez is the director of the University’s Minority Access to Research Careers and Minority Biomedical Research Support programs, and faculty coordinator and mentor for its Beckman Scholars program. Dr. Gutiérrez is an expert in organic chemistry and has received three distinguished awards for science documentary films. Gutiérrez’s research straddles the interface between organic, inorganic and biological chemistry and focuses on studying the molecular processes of iron acquisition and transport in bacteria. He has published numerous articles, all with student coauthors. He was the recipient of the 1983-84 Cal State L.A. Outstanding Professor Award. In 1996, Gutiérrez was among the first to receive the annual Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring at a White House ceremony. He was most recently named the 2005 U.S. Professor of the Year in the Master’s University and College category by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.


Jamil Momand

Professor of Biochemistry; Ph.D., UCLA


Contact: (323) 343-2361

E-mail: jmomand@calstatela.edu

As an expert in biochemistry, Dr. Momand’s research interests include tumor suppressor genes and redox regulation. He has published 27 journal articles in his area of expertise. He has received grants from the National Cancer Institute and National Science Foundation for his research to determine how the p53 tumor suppressor protein is regulation by oxidation and reduction. Dr. Momand is also the director of the CSULA Southern California Bioinformatics Summer Institute, one of nine federally-funded programs throughout the United States.


Donald Paulson

Emeritus Professor of Chemistry; Ph.D., Indiana University

Contact: (323) 343-2332

E-mail: dpaulso@calstatela.edu

Dr. Paulson is an expert in organic chemistry, bioorganic chemistry and active learning. His research interests include model systems for oxygen binding proteins. He is the author of more than 29 research papers in the areas of photochemistry, models for biological oxygenation and electron transfer. For the past 10 years, he has been developing active learning and cooperative learning techniques for the college lecture classroom. He has given more than 50 lectures and workshops on these science education techniques to both high school and college teachers. Dr. Paulson is a member of the American Chemical Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry, London, and is a past president of the California Association of Chemical Teachers. He received Cal State L.A.’s Outstanding Professor Award for 1978-79, and was named the inaugural CSULA President’s

Distinguished Professor in 1997.


Stanley Pine

Emeritus Professor of Chemistry; CSLA Chemical Safety Officer; Ph.D., UCLA


Contact: (323) 343-2333

Through his Organic Chemistry textbook, now translated into seven foreign languages, Dr. Pine has influenced the instruction of students throughout the world. He carries out research in the area of synthetic organic chemistry. He also has had a significant impact on laboratory safety practices and working with hazardous materials. In 1990, he received a national award from the American Chemical Society for his efforts in chemical health and safety. California recognized Dr. Pine’s concern for safety in 1983 when he received the Governor’s Employee Safety Award. Professor Pine received the Outstanding Professor Award at Cal State L.A. for 1974-75. He is an active member of the American Chemical Society where he serves on many national and local committees, and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


Matthias Selke

Associate Professor of Chemistry; Ph.D., UCLA

Contact: (323) 343-2347

E-mail: mselke@calstatela.edu


Dr. Selke is an expert in organic chemistry, bioorganic chemistry and the role of metals in biology. He is particularly interested in biological oxidation reactions, damage to enzymes by so-called reactive oxygen species, and antioxidants. His research also includes the development of new sensitizers for photodynamic cancer therapy. His research interests are not limited to chemistry — he has been studying long-term climate cycles in Southern California and is an expert on the climatological history of Los Angeles. He is also interested in political economy and philosophy of science. He has won several awards, including a Camille and Henry Dreyfus New Faculty Award and a Siemens Mentor Recognition Award for his involvement of high school students in scientific research. He was also honored as one of only nine scientists across the nation to receive the prestigious Henry Dreyfus Foundation Teacher-Scholar Award for 2004.




Wayne R. Tikkanen

Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry; B.S., University of Rhode Island; M.A., Ph.D., UC Santa Barbara

Contact: (323) 343-2372

E-mail: wayne@calstatela.edu

Professor Tikkanen is an expert on organometalic chemistry and his interest is on catalysis. Professor Tikkanen is an expert on organometallic chemistry and his interest is on catalysis, particularly [4+2] cycloaddition and silylcyanation. Catalyst systems include homogeneous and heterogenized early transition metal complexes.