Dr. Gerdon received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from Hanover College, a small liberal school in southern Indiana.  He completed his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry at Vanderbilt University while working under Dr. David Cliffel and Dr. David Wright on multidisciplinary projects in chemistry, nanotechnology, and immunology.  Dr. Gerdon continued his education with a post-doctoral fellowship at the Institute of Collaborative Biotechnologies at the University of California, Santa Barbara in the lab of Dr. H. Tom Soh with Dr. Alan Heeger.  His work in this mechanical engineering lab focused on the use of microfluidic devices for rapid directed evolution and in biosensing as well as on novel nano-positioning using DNA origami.  Since arriving at Emmanuel College, Dr. Gerdon has taught students introductory and analytical chemistry and has received funding from the National Institute of Health and National Science Foundation.  When not in the classroom or lab, you’ll find Dr. Gerdon running half-marathons, hiking across New England and the country, and playing the saxophone.

Hard at work with demos!

Hard at work with demos!

Education
2006 Ph.D. – Analytical Chemistry – Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
2002 B.A. – Major with Distinction in Chemistry – Hanover College, Hanover, IN

Positions
2014 – Associate Professor – Emmanuel College, Department of Chemistry and Physics, Boston, MA
2016 – Chair, Department of Chemistry and Physics, Emmanuel College, Boston, MA
2015 – Visiting Scholar – Vanderbilt University, Department of Chemistry, Nashville, TN
2008 – Assistant Professor – Emmanuel College, Department of Chemistry and Physics, Boston, MA
2007-2008 – Post-doctoral Research Associate – University of California, Santa Barbara, H. Tom Soh Lab, Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies, Santa Barbara, CA
2007 – Post-doctoral Research Associate – Vanderbilt University, David Wright Lab, Department of Chemistry, Nashville, TN

Courses Taught
CHEM 1101 – Principles of Chemistry I
CHEM 1102 – Principles of Chemistry II
CHEM 1103 – Chemical Perspectives
CHEM 2104 – Analytical Chemistry
CHEM 3108 – Fundamental of Instrumental Analysis
CHEM 2114 – Chemistry of Fire and Explosives
CHEM 3211 – Experiential Internships in the Natural Sciences
CHEM 4160 – Senior Seminar
CHEM 4178 – Directed Study
Nanotechnology Talent Identification Program (TIP), Duke University, 2005, 2006
Biomedical Research Institute for HS Students, Emmanuel College, 2010-2014
Middle School Science Lessons – Vanderbilt Students Volunteering for Science (VSVS), Vanderbilt University, 2002-2006

Professional Activities and Service
Member of Societies: American Chemical Society, Materials Research Society
Emmanuel College – Emmanuel Science Seminar Series Coordinator – 2009-2011
Emmanuel College – Science Living Learning Community Coordinator – 2010-2012
Emmanuel College – ecEDGE Faculty Mentor – 2010-2011
Emmanuel College – Health Professions Advisory Committee – 2012-
Emmanuel College – Ultimate Frisbee Faculty Advisor – 2013-