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Faculty: Dr. Carolyn Anderson

carolyn andersonCarolyn Anderson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Office: DeVries Hall 335
Phone: (616) 526-6343
Fax: (616) 526-6501

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Detailed Research Plans


  • B.S.C., University of Michigan, 1998
  • Ph.D., University of California-Irvine, Organic Chemistry, 2003

Professional History

  • Associate Professor of Chemistry, Calvin College, 2012-present
  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Calvin College, 2006-2012
  • Dreyfus Post-doctoral Fellow, Pomona College, 2004-2006


  • Chem 115: Chemistry for the Health Sciences
  • Chem 261 & 261L: Organic Chemistry I & Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
  • Chem 262 & 262L: Organic Chemistry II & Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
  • Chem 295: Chemistry Seminar Series
  • Chem 325: Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • DCM Course: Worldviews and the Natural Environment

Research Interests

image 1Professor Anderson’s research efforts involve developing facile methods for the synthesis and application of N-alkyl pyridones. N-Alkyl pyridones are interesting motifs due to their prevalence in natural products as well as their ability to serve as biological mimics in pharmaceutical targets. Projects in the group include: optimization of new organic and organometallic reactions, evaluation of reaction scope, and mechanistic studies.



Minor in Biochemistry

Minor in Chemistry


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