Science Faculty

Deborah Hokien, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry


Ph.D., Analytical Chemistry, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA.
B.S., Chemistry, University of Scranton, Scranton, PA.


Analytical chemistry, Biochemistry, Synthetic Chemistry (organometallic and polymer), Phytoremediation Studies, and Biomaterials


General Science Interests: bioanalytical chemistry, cancer research, and biotechnology

Teaching Interests: general chemistry, environmental science and advanced analytical chemistry

Research Interests: environmental chemistry, phytoremediation, and bioremediation studies, health benefits of red-wine polyphenols, biochemistry, and polymer surface chemistry. These projects involve analytical instrumentation, quantitative analysis, water quality studies, instrumental method development, and synthetic chemistry.

Professional Activities and Awards: American Society for Engineering Education, NASA-Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA (1997, 1998, and 1999). Oak Ridge Institute and Education, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Rockville, MD (1996).  Past Chairperson (2004-2005) Susquehanna Valley Local Section of the American Chemical Society (SVS-ACS), 2009-10 Visiting Scholar at the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine & Food Science, Department of Viticulture & Enology, University of California, Davis, CA, and Program Director of the Doctoral Studies in Human Development (2013).