Dr. Banisaukas graduated from Furman University with both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in chemistry. He earned his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Florida. His doctoral research in astrophysical chemistry focused on the photodissociation of hydrocarbons via low temperature matrix isolation and ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry.
Dr. Banisaukas joined the chemistry department at Furman in the Fall of 2003. Currently he teaches courses in general chemistry and physical chemistry, and a senior seminar course. His research interests include studying highly reactive astrophysically relevant molecules trapped in rare gas matrices at cryogenic temperatures.
Dr. Banisaukas has been the Chief Health Careers Advisor at Furman since 2008, and in this role advises all Furman students pursuing a career in healthcare. He is the faculty advisor of the Alpha Epsilon Delta PreHealth Honor Society and the Furman University Medical Missions Organization. He directs several health career focused programs at Furman, including the Healthcare Today Engaged Living program. In 2015 he was a recipient of the Alester G. Furman, Jr. and Janie Earle Furman Award for Meritorious Advising.