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Dr. Deana Jaber

Associate Professor

Biology & Physical Sciences

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Deana Jaber

Contact Information

Contact via email

703-284-6535

Caruthers Hall, 3014

Academic Credentials

B.A., Mount Holyoke College
Ph.D., University of Maryland

Teaching Areas

  • General Chemistry I & II
  • Organic Chemistry I & II
  • DISCOVER 101-"Beyond Elementary" a course dedicated to learning about the development of the periodic table, the stories behind each element’s discovery, the scientists who discovered the elements, the scientific processes that produced these discoveries and the impact they had on the world. 

Research Interests

 
  • Novel synthetic methodologies and dirhodium catalysis
  • Designing pedagogical organic chemistry games as a novel alternative method of instruction
  • Developing educational tools that strengthen chemical education
     

Bio

As a member of Marymount's faculty since 2011, Dr. Deana Jaber has been engaged in teaching as well as research with undergraduate students. She strives to use technology to enhance teaching in both the classroom and the laboratory. She completed her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at Mt. Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. After that, she spent a year working at the state-of-the-art Novartis Institute for Tropical Diseases in Singapore where she was involved in drug-discovery research on tuberculosis and dengue fever. In 2011, Dr. Jaber received her doctoral degree in Organic Chemistry from the University of Maryland, College Park. 
 
Dr. Jaber's research consists of two main areas. The first is developing new synthetic methodologies aimed to poly-functionalize prominent compounds that have important biological activity. She is actively involved in undergraduate research where students are engaged in organic synthesis projects. Dr. Jaber's second area of research interest is in the field of chemical education where she strives to develop chemistry educational tools that can be used in the classroom. Dr. Jaber has presented at local and national conferences on a variety of topics related to organic synthesis, organometallics, and chemistry pedagogical research.
 
Dr. Jaber is a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS), Sigma Xi (The Scientific Research Society), and Phi Beta Kappa. She serves as a coordinator for the Chemical Society of Washington (CSW)  Younger Chemist’s Committee (YCC) where she helps organize different educational and outreach events. Dr. Jaber also serves as the primary organizer for the Fairfax/Arlington chemistry competition, "You Be The Chemist Challenge" (YBTC), one of the Chemical Educational Foundation's (CEF) biggest programs.
 
  • CHEMCompete: An Organic Chemistry Card Game to Differentiate between Substitution and Elimination Reactions of Alkyl Halides" Kristin Gogal, William Heuett, and Deana Jaber, J.Chem.Educ., 2017, 94(9), 1276-1279.
  • “Competitive [2,3]- and [1,2]- oxonium ylide rearrangements. Concerted or stepwise?” Deana M. Jaber, Ryan N. Burgin, Mattew Helper, Peter Zavalij, and Michael P. Doyle, Org. Lett., 2012, 14 (7), 1676-1679. 
  •  “Control of selectivity in the generation and reactions of oxonium ylides” Deana M. Jaber, Ryan N. Burgin, Mattew Helper, Peter Zavalij, and Michael P. Doyle, Chem. Commun., 2011, 47, 7623-7625. 
  • “Remote C-H functionalization: using the N-O moiety as an atom-economical tether to obtain 1,5- and the rare 1,7-C_H insertions” Jingxin Wang, Bogdan Stefane, Deana Jaber, Jacqueline Smith, Christopher Vickery, Mouhamed Diop, and Herman O. Sintim, Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2010, 49, 1-6. 
  • “A small-molecule dengue virus entry inhibitor” Qing-Yin Wang, Sejal J. Patel, Eric Vangrevelinghe, Hao Ying Xu, Ranga Rao, Deana M. Jaber, Wouter Schul, Feng Gu, Olivier Heudi, Ngai Ling Ma, Mee Kian Poh, Wai Yee Phong, Thoams H. Keller, Edgar Jacoby, Subhash G. Vasudevan, Antimicrob. Agents Chemother. 2009, 53(5), 1823-1831.
  • “An expedient synthesis of mellitic triimides” Kathryn G. Rose, Deana M. Jaber, Chenaimwoyo A. Gondo and Darren G. Hamilton, J. Org. Chem. 2008, 73 (10), 3950-3953.
     
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