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Jenifer Nalbandian, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Office Phone: (951) 343-4306
Office Location: James 478
Office Hours: Email for office hour availability

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

    CHE 101 Introduction to the Discipline
    CHE 102 Fundamentals of Chemistry for Health Sciences
    CHE 112 Organic & Biochemistry for Health Sciences
    CHE 230 Introduction to Molecular Modeling
    CHE 351 Organic Chemistry I
    CHE 352 Organic Chemistry II
    CHE 400 Advanced Organic Chemistry
    CHE 490 Research in Organic Chemistry

  • 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."

    Nalbandian, J. N. "Common myths surrounding faith integration," Journal of Faith in the Academic Profession 2022, 1, 45-49.

    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. "Active learning in the Advanced Organic Chemistry classroom." ACS National Meeting & Exposition, Mar. 2022, San Diego, CA.

    Nalbandian, J. N. and Pirrung, M. C. “Catalytic Claisen rearrangements of O-allyl kojates.” 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

    Generations Church Moreno Valley

  • Community Service & Involvement

    I am Chair of the San Gorgonio local Section of the American Chemical Society, where I organize numerous community service events each year.

    One of my passions is to coordinate science outreach events for K-12 students. I have organized numerous outreach events on- and off-campus.

  • 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)