2021 Furman Chemistry Faculty and Staff

Front row, left to right: Elizabeth Gordon, Mary Elizabeth Anderson, Laura Wright, Meghan Breen, Nina Veas, Lauren Jarocha.
Middle row, left to right: Togo Odbadrakh, Mary Beth Daub, Mac Gilliland, Tim Hanks, Karen Buchmueller, George Shields.
Top row, left to right: Greg Springsteen, Jackson McCarthy, Brian Goess, Henry London, Paul Wagenknecht, John Banisaukas, Kyle Martin.
Camera shy: Dulani Bajjala Kumbure Gedara, Noel Kane-Maguire (emeritus), Lon Knight (emeritus), Sabrina Pettaway, Jeff Petty, John Wheeler, Sandy Wheeler.


Chemistry faculty have dedicated themselves to mentoring and advising undergraduate students in and out of the classroom. They have received Furman’s highest teaching and advising award for faculty ten times — six for meritorious teaching, and four for meritorious advising.

As active researchers who receive funding from national research centers like the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, our faculty and staff provide undergraduate students at all levels an opportunity to conduct intensive summer research. They lead individual laboratories and work with students one-on-one on meaningful research projects. Through this collaboration, our students are exposed to modern instrumentation and have the opportunity to co-author papers for publication.

Mary Elizabeth Anderson

Associate Professor, Chemistry

John Banisaukas

Director of Pre-Professional Advising, Chief Health Careers Advisor

Meghan Breen

Assistant Professor, Chemistry

Karen Buchmueller

Associate Professor, Chemistry

Mary Beth Daub

Assistant Professor, Chemistry

Mac Gilliland

Assistant Professor, Chemistry

Brian Goess

Professor, Chemistry

Elizabeth Gordon

Lecturer, Chemistry

Timothy Hanks

Charles Ezra Daniel Professor and Chair of Chemistry

Lauren Jarocha

Assistant Professor, Chemistry

Noel Kane-Maguire

Professor Emeritus, Chemistry

Lon Knight

Professor Emeritus, Chemistry

Kyle Martin

Laboratory Coordinator, Chemistry

Togo Odbadrakh

Postdoctoral Fellow, Chemistry

Sabrina Pettaway

Administrative Assistant, Chemistry

Jeffrey Petty

Professor, Chemistry

George Shields

Professor, Chemistry

Greg Springsteen

Professor, Chemistry

Paul Wagenknecht

Professor, Chemistry

John Wheeler

Associate Provost for Integrative Science; Professor of Chemistry

Sandy Wheeler

Senior Research Associate and Lecturer

Laura Wright

Professor, Chemistry