John Osambo, Ph.D.
Ph.D., Analytical Chemistry, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, 2009
Thesis title: “Chemical Sensors Based on Swellable Polymer Microparticles and Molecular Imprinted Polymers”
Advisor: Professor Rudolf W. Seitz
Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE),Egerton University, Kisii College campus, Kisii, Kenya, 1999.BS. Honors (Chemistry & Mathematics), Egerton University, Njoro, Kenya, 1991
Dr. Osambo joined the department in August 2013. Prior to joining University of New Haven, Dr. Osambo was a visiting chemistry instructor at Colby Sawyer College. He has also been an adjunct Chemistry instructor in Plymouth State University, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Worcester State University, Northern Essex Community College and also a visiting instructor at College of The Holy Cross.
01/2012-08/13 Visiting Assistant Professor of chemistry: Colby-Sawyer College
Teaching Chemical Principles lectures and labs, preparing course syllabus, exams, homework, and grading. Advising undergraduate students.
02/2010- 05/2012 Adjunct Instructor: Plymouth State University
Teaching general chemistry lectures and labs, preparing course syllabus, exams, homework and grading. Advising undergraduate students.
09/2011-12/2011 Adjunct instructor: Worcester State University
Teaching general chemistry lectures and labs. Preparing course syllabus, exams, homeworks and grading, advising undergraduate students.
09/2010-05/2011 Chemistry Instructor: University of Massachusetts Lowell
Teaching General Chemistry I and II, Preparing syllabus, exams and grading. Reviewing text book for the course.
01/2009-05/2011 Chemistry instructor: Northern Essex Community College
Teaching lectures and labs in Introductory Chemistry and Physiological Chemistry, Preparing course syllabus, exams, and grading.
08/2008-12/2009 Lead Teaching Assistant: University of New Hampshire
Coordinating and supervising general chemistry lab and tutoring process. Assigning grading and proctoring responsibilities to teaching assistants.
08/2007-05/2008 Visiting Instructor: College of The Holy Cross
Teaching General Chemistry and conducting discovery general chemistry labs. Teaching Chemistry and society (none science major) course. Prepared course syllabus for both general chemistry and chemistry and society courses. Prepared and graded homework and exams for both general chemistry and chemistry and society courses
Summer 2007 Instructor for general chemistry II: University of New Hampshire
Reporting to Chemistry department chair. Prepared the course syllabus. Prepared, moderated, and administered homework, tests, and examinations. Supervised teaching assistants for general chemistry labs. Participated in designing of general chemistry labs. Overseeing the running of general chemistry labs
Spring 2007 Co-instructor for general chemistry (II) recitation sessions with Prof. Rudolf Seitz.
Assigned, and evaluated recitation problems. Taught recitation classes with instructor. Teaching Assistant, Department of Chemistry, University of New Hampshire. Conducting General Chemistry recitation session with faculty member. Taught general Chemistry labs band tutored general Chemistry. Graded quizzes, homework and examinations.
2001-2006 Teaching Assistant: University of New Hampshire
Tutoring general chemistry. Maintained and tested laboratory instruments in readiness for chemistry experiments. Designed experimental procedures, identified and rectified technical problems in general chemistry labs. Taught general chemistry labs
1992-1999High School Chemistry Teacher, Teachers Service Commission (TSC), Nairobi Kenya
Taught Chemistry, designed, and graded tests, homework, and examinations, participated in educational conferences and teacher. Workshops Counseled and advised students on conduct and career opportunities.
Dr. Osambo’s graduate research focused on synthesizing functionalized or smart polymer microspheres for both molecular and transition metal ion recognitions. Developing chemical sensors for analysis of glucose, caffeine, and theophylline.
2006-2007: Research Assistant, University of New Hampshire
Supervisor: Professor Rudolf W. Seitz
Synthesized monomers for preparation of polymer microspheres. Synthesized and characterized molecular imprinted polymer microspheres (MIP) for analysis of caffeine, theophylline, and glucose. Experience in analytical spectroscopic techniques.
2001-2006: Graduate Research, University of New Hampshire
Advisor: Professor Rudolf W. Seitz
1991-1992: Research Assistant, Muhoroni Sugar Company Ltd. Muhoroni, Kenya
Separated and purified various brands of spirits by fractional distillation process in industrial scale.
Fluorescent Ratiometric Indicators Based on Cu(II)-Induced Changes in Poly(NIPAM) Microparticle Volume. John Osambo1, W. Rudolf Seitz1, Daniel P. Kennedy1,2, Roy P. Planalp1, Aaron M. Jones2, Randy K. Jackson2, and Shawn Burdette3.
Sensors 2013, 13, 1341-1352; doi:10.3390/s130101341
2007-National American Chemical Society, Division of Analytical Chemistry poster presentation, Boston, MA.
1998 Team Leader of the Year Award, Kenya National Examinations Council, Nairobi, Kenya
1997 District Level Chemistry Teachers Award, Department of education, Kisii District, Kenya
1995 Provincial Science Teachers Award, Department of education, Nyanza Province, Kenya
1994 Science Project Facilitator Award, Kenya High Schools Science Symposium,
American Chemical Society (ACS)
New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE)