Associate Professor of Chemistry
Ph.D. Organic Chemistry, University of California, Irvine
B.S. Biochemistry, University of Nevada-Reno
Location: LAS Building, Office 267
Phone: (702) 992-2656
Dr. Zachary Woydziak grew up in a small town in the Mojave Desert of Southern California. At an early age he began experimenting with chemistry by mixing household chemicals, although his displeased parents redirected his motivation toward a chemistry set. He later moved to Reno, NV, and attended UNR to receive two undergraduate degrees, one in Chemistry and one in Biochemistry. At UNR he also performed undergraduate research and became interested in the synthesis of fluorophores, molecules that appear to glow when one shines certain wavelengths of light on them.
Dr. Woydziak attended graduate school in sunny southern California at the University of California, Irvine. There he studied organic chemistry in detail and synthesized a series of anticancer molecules for which he obtained his Ph.D. He then accepted a NIH IRACDA post-doctoral fellowship, where he both taught at Haskell University and researched the development of new and exciting fluorophores once again at the University of Kansas. During this time Dr. Woydziak experienced some of the coldest winters of his life and is very glad to be living in warm Las Vegas.
Dr. Woydziak teaches Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Organic Spectroscopy, and a Natural Products course and he and several students are researching the development of fluorophores, anti-cancer drugs, and new methods of generating petroleum-based fuels. In addition to chemistry, Dr. Woydziak enjoys cooking, camping and hiking, and about any sport one can name.