Joann M. Um

Southwestern College
(510) 823-8637

Joann’s passion for chemistry began as an undergraduate at Columbia University, where she synthesized retinal analogs for elucidation of the visual transduction pathway. Her synthesis career continued at Merck & Co., Inc. (Rahway, NJ), University of California, Berkeley, (M.S.), and Genentech, Inc. (South San Francisco, CA). Joann then earned her Ph.D. under the direction of K.N. Houk (University of California, Los Angeles), where she used quantum mechanical methods to investigate pericyclic reactions, asymmetric reactions, and organocatalysis. Joann has taught chemistry at numerous colleges in the San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego areas and is currently Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Southwestern College (Chula Vista, CA). She has been an active member of the American Chemical Society and 2YC3 (Two-Year College Chemistry Consortium) since 2011 and has been advising the Student Chapter of the American Chemical Society at Southwestern College since 2012.