Raghida Bou Zerdan
Raghida received a B.Sc. in chemistry from the Lebanese University where she developed an electrochemical technique for the depollution of soil under reproduced environmental conditions. She completed her M.Sc. in 2010 under the guidance of Professor Makahluf Haddadin at the American University of Beirut. There, she developed an interest in synthetic organic chemistry and prepared a small library of novel heterocycles toward the synthesis of natural, antimalarial drugs and for collaboration with Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN for studies of anticancer activity. She then joined the Ph.D. program at University of Florida under the tutelage of Dr. Ronald K. Castellano where she was the first to study the structure-property-function relationships of nucleobase-containing π-conjugated molecules for organic electronics. During her Ph.D., she was selected as the Ann R. Stasch Fellow for her academic success as a female graduate student. After receiving her Ph.D. in 2015, she joined the group as a postdoctoral researcher.
Raghida is currently developing new star and branched macromolecular architectures for advanced polymeric materials.