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Brian Woods, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Chemistry


Courses Taught

Chem 1110/1130 General Chemistry I Recitations; Chem 1120/1140 General Chemistry II Recitations; Chem2410/2420 Organic Chemistry I and II; Chem2435/2445 Organic Chemistry Lab for Majors

Education

University of Minnesota, Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, 2014
Whitman College, B.A. in Chemistry, 2008

Practice Areas

My research background and teaching experience is in the field of organic chemistry. Taking Organic Chemistry as a sophomore in college is what hooked me on chemistry in the first place. I loved how the class was like putting together pieces of a puzzle and trying to find different pathways to solve difficult problems. And when I started synthetic organic research as a naïve undergraduate I thought it was so cool that you could go into the lab and make a molecule that had never been made before! As a professor, the best part of my job is seeing students appreciate the wonder of organic chemistry in both the classroom and research setting. Organic chemistry often gets labeled as a “weed-out” course, as it is the last required chemistry course for a number of majors. One of my goals in teaching the course is to change that reputation. I make a point to assure all my students that they have the ability to succeed in the course and that it’s my job to help them do just that.