Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Office: Eaton 308
Education: BS, University of the West Indies (2007); MS, University of Southern Mississippi (2011); MEd, Walla Walla University (2021); PhD, Louisiana State University (2017). At SPU since 2021.
Nerissa Lewis was born and raised on the beautiful island of Trinidad and Tobago. She earned her BS in chemistry at the University of the West Indies and then moved to the United States to pursue graduate studies. After completing her PhD in chemistry at Louisiana State University, she spent four years as teaching at Walla Walla University before joining SPU.
At SPU, Dr. Lewis will teach upper-level classes in inorganic chemistry, as well as sections of the first year general chemistry sequence. Her research interest focuses on the synthesis and characterization of metal complexes with potential diagnostic and therapeutic activity for targeted delivery to tumor sites.
Dr. Lewis's hobbies include hiking, working out at the gym, and traveling.
1. Lewis, N. A.; Pakhomova, S., Marzilli, P. A.; Marzilli, L. G., Synthesis and Characterization of Pt(II) Complexes
with Pyridyl Ligands: Elongated Octahedral Ion Pairs and Other Factors Influencing 1H NMR Spectra; Inorg.
Chem. 2017, 56, 9781-9793.
2. Lewis, N. A.; Marzilli, P. A.; Fronczek, F. R.; Marzilli, L. G., Models for B12-Conjugated Radiopharmaceuticals.
Cobaloxime Binding to New fac-[Re(CO)3(Me2bipyridine)(amidine)]BF4 Complexes Having an Exposed
Pyridyl Nitrogen; Inorg. Chem. 2014, 53, 11096-11107.
3. Lewis, N. A.; Liu, F.; Seymour, L.; Magnusen, A.; Erves, T. R.; Arca, J. F.; Beckford, F. A.; Venkatraman, R.;
Gonzalez-Sarrias, A.; Fronczek, F. R.; Van, D. D. G.; Seeram, N. P.; Liu, A.; Jarrett, W. L.; Holder, A. A.;
Synthesis, Characterization, and Preliminary In Vitro Studies of Vanadium(IV) Complexes with a Schiff Base
and Thiosemicarbazones as Mixed Ligands; Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2012, 2012 (4), 664-677.
4. Kumar, A.; Moody, L.; Olaivar, J. F.; Lewis, N. A.; Khade, R. L.; Holder, A. A.; Zhang, Y.; Rangachari, V.;
Inhibition of Aβ42 Peptide Aggregation by a Binuclear Ruthenium(II)-Platinum(II) Complex: Potential for
Multimetal Organometallics as Anti-Amyloid Agents; ACS Chem. Neurosci. 2010, 1 (10), 691-701.
Please view Dr. Lewis's CV (PDF) for more information