Department of Chemistry

Jesse Morin

Lecturer in Chemistry
GeoChem 451
Research Interests Course-based research experiences, Inclusive pedagogy, Science identity and self efficacy as indicators of persistence in STEM, Chemical education, Antibiotic discovery, Organic chemistry, Green chemistry, Developing authentic course-based research experiences for introductory organic chemistry students, Designing and implementing inclusive and anti-racist pedagogy


Research Statement 

My research has the ultimate goal of developing, implementing, and evaluating inquiry and research-based laboratory pedagogy that promotes student retention in STEM careers, particularly for students historically under-represented in STEM. The efficacy of different models is evaluated based on students’ development of self-efficacy and science identity, both of which are thought to be key predictors of persistence in STEM fields. As part of this work, we also develop new and greener reaction conditions for common chemical transformations that have applications in teaching settings and more broadly in synthetic organic chemistry. Lastly, I am also interested in antibiotic discovery and isolating and elucidating the structures of bioactive compounds isolated from soil bacteria.


Wilczek, L.; Guerrero Martinez, M.; Sreenivasan, K.; Morin, J. B. “Pivoting to Remote Learning: An Inquiry-Based Laboratory Closed Gaps in Self-Efficacy and Science Identity Between Students from Underrepresented Groups and Their Counterparts” In Press.  J. Chem. Ed.  2022,

Stulberg, E. R.; Lozano, G. L.; Morin, J. B., Park, H.; Baraban, E. G.; Mlot, C.; Heffelfinger, C.; Phillips, G. M.; Rush, J. S.; Phillips, A. J.; Broderick, N. A.; Thomas, M. G.; Stabb, E. V.; Handelsman, J. “Genomic and Secondary Metabolite Analyses of Streptomyces sp. 2AW Provide Insight into the Evolution of the Cycloheximide Pathway”. Front. Microbiol.  2016, 7, 573.

Baraban, E.; Morin, J. B.; Phillips, G.; Phillips, A. J.; Handelsman, J. “Xyolide, an oomycete inhibitor from an Amazonian endophytic fungus, Xylaria feejeensis”. Tetrahedron Lett. 2013, 54, 4058-4060.

Morin, J. B.; Adams, K. L.; Sello, J. K. “Replication of Biosynthetic Reactions Enables Efficient Synthesis of A-factor, a γ-butyrolactone Autoinducer from Streptomyces griseus” Org. Biomol. Chem. 2012, 10, 1517-1520.

Cooper, D. C.; Yennie, C. J.; Morin, J. B.; Delaney, S.; Suggs, J. William. “Development of a DNA-Damaging Ferrocene Amino Acid”. J. Organomet. Chem. 2011, 696, 3058-3061.

Morin, J. B.; Sello, J. K. “Efficient Synthesis of a Peculiar Vicinal Diamine Pheromone from Streptomyces natalensis”. Org. Lett. 2010, 12, 3522-3524.

Davis, J. B.; Bailey, J. D.; Sello, J. K. “Biomimetic Synthesis of  New Class of Bacterial Signaling Molecules”. Org. Lett. 2009, 11, 2984-2987.