Director of Pre-Professional Advising, Chief Health Careers Advisor
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 has taught in the chemistry department since 2003. 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. He is the faculty advisor of several health-focused student organizations, including the Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Health Honor Society, the First Responders Club, and the Furman University Medical Missions Organization. He also directs several health career focused programs at Furman, including the Healthcare Today Engaged Living program and the Direct Entry Program with the USC School of Medicine Greenville. In 2015 he was a recipient of the Alester G. Furman, Jr. and Janie Earle Furman Award for Meritorious Advising.
- Ph.D., University of Florida
- M.S., Furman University
- B.S., Furman University
Dr. Banisaukas’s research interests include studying highly reactive astrophysically relevant molecules trapped in rare gas matrices at cryogenic temperatures. Recent projects include electron spin resonance spectroscopic studies of mass-selected boron hydride cations, high spin calcium and magnesium clusters, hydrocarbon radicals present in star forming regions, and cationic hydrogen clusters.