Jenifer Nalbandian, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Office Phone: (951) 343-4306
Office Location: James 478
Office Hours:

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Organic Chemistry University of California, Riverside 2013
M.S. Chemistry University of California, Riverside 2009
B.S. Chemistry/Biochemistry Emphasis Pepperdine University 2007
  • Courses Taught

    CHE 102 Fundamentals of Chemistry for Health Sciences
    CHE 112 Organic & Biochemistry for Health Sciences
    CHE 351 Organic Chemistry I
    CHE 352 Organic Chemistry II

  • Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

    I love organic chemistry and specifically its application to biological issues. My interest is in using organic synthesis to make small molecules that could potentially be used to treat various diseases and sicknesses.

  • Research, Presentations, & Publications

    "Synthesis of Small Molecule Candidate Insulin Mimics by the Claisen Rearrangement."

    Pirrung, M. C.; Nalbandian, J. N. “Catalyzed Claisen rearrangements of O-allyl kojates,” Tetrahedron Lett. 2013, 54, 3752-3754.

    Williams, R. T.; Nalbandian, J. N.; Tu, A.; Wang, Y. “Nuclease digestion and mass spectrometric characterization of oligodeoxyribonucleotides containing 1,2-GpG, 1,2-ApG, and 1,3-GpXpG cisplatin intrastrand cross-links.” Clin. Chim. Acta 2013, 420, 160-170.

    Nalbandian, J. N. and Pirrung, M. C. “Catalytic Claisen rearrangements of O-allyl kojates.” 243rd ACS National Meeting & Exposition, Mar. 2012, San Diego, CA.

    Nalbandian, J. N. and Pirrung, M. C. “Catalytic Claisen rearrangements of O-allyl kojates.” NOBCChe West Regional Meeting, Mar. 2012, La Jolla, CA.

  • Church Membership & Activities

    The Rock Church & World Outreach Center, San Bernardino

  • Interests & Hobbies

    I love spending time with my husband (the other Dr. Nalbandian).

    I am an animal-lover and I try to spend as much time as possible at zoos. When I travel, I try to visit that city's zoo, though the San Diego Zoo is still my favorite.

    I love watching documentaries about almost anything.

    My hobbies include reading, sleeping, doing puzzles, and doing arts and crafts.

  • Personal Philosophy

    "God sets out the entire creation as a science classroom, using birds and beasts to teach wisdom." Job 35:11 (The Message)