Sandra Russo-Rodriguez

Lecturer in Chemistry

Sandra Russo-Rodriguez is a Lecturer in the Chemistry Department at Brown.  She was born and raised in Puerto Rico, the daughter of a Chemistry university instructor and a father who worked as a contractor and did not attend university.  She came to the U.S. at the age of 20 to pursue graduate studies in Chemistry and earned a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology; after postdoctoral research at M.I.T., she worked as a researcher in industry, including at Polaroid and Amgen.  Her main research focus has been the synthesis of biologically relevant compounds.  

At Brown, Prof. Russo-Rodriguez teaches Chem 100, Chem 330T and summer Chem 100 web.  She offers support to a wide variety of students in Chemistry and has a keen interest in teaching and advising undergraduates with an eye towards increasing the retention of diverse students in the sciences. Prof. Russo-Rodriguez enjoys reading, spending time with her husband and  son, and traveling to spend time with family in Puerto Rico.