Dr. Shainaz Landge

Assistant Professor
Organic Chemistry

Office: Chemistry & Nursing Bldg. Rm. 3213
Phone: (912) 478-1883


  • B.S. University of Pune, India (1998)
  • M.S. University of Pune, India (2000)
  • Ph.D. University of Massachusetts, Boston (2008)

Dr. Shainaz Landge joined Georgia Southern University in August of 2010. She completed her M.S. degree in Organic Chemistry (2000) from the University of Pune (India), after which she worked as a project assistant at the National Chemical Laboratory in Pune. In 2008, she completed her Ph.D. research under the supervision of Dr. Béla Török at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and then moved on to a postdoctoral position at Dartmouth College (NH) under the direction of Dr. Ivan Aprahamian comprising research focused on the “Synthesis and development of molecular switches triggered by pH, metal and light”. In her spare time she likes to read, write, watch movies and hang around with friends and family members.

Dr. Landge’s research interests are in the area of synthetic organic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, and supramolecular chemistry. Click here for the detailed description of the projects.

Her current research projects include:

  • Microwave assisted synthesis of biologically active heterocycles towards cancer research.
  • Detection of toxic transition metal cations, anions targeted towards Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Synthesis and detection of sugar sensors for Type II diabetes.
  • Utilizing and assessing “elaborate visual analogy” to explain difficult topics in organic chemistry.
  • Engaging students with interactive teaching aids to understand the complex concepts in chemistry.

Research site


Courses Taught

  • FYE 1000 Conversations with Professors
  • FYE 1220 First-Year Seminar
  • CHEM 1145 Principles of Chemistry I
  • CHEM 1146 Principles of Chemistry II (Lab)
  • CHEM 1152 Nursing Chemistry II (Online)
  • CHEM 1152 Nursing Chemistry II (Lab)
  • CHEM 3341 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 3342 Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 4890 Organic Research

Selected Publications

  • Ghosh, D.; Rhodes, S.; Winder, D.; Atkinson, A.; Gibson, J.; Ming, W.; Padgett, C.; Landge, S. M.* Aiken, K.*“Spectroscopic Investigation of Bis-Appended 1,2,3-Triazole Probe for the Detection of Cu(II) Ion” J. Mol. Struct., 2017, 1134, 638-648.
  • Orvis, J.; Sturges, D.; Tysinger, D. P. Riggins, K.; Landge, S. M. “A Culture of Extrinsically Motivated Students: Chemistry”, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. 2017, (Accepted).
  • Book Chapter: Landge, S. M.; Ghosh, D.; Aiken, K. A. “Solvent-Free Synthesis of Nanoparticles” 2017, Green Chemistry, Ed: B. Torok, T. Dransfield, Elsevier (invited chapter, In Press)
  • Orvis, J.; Struges, D.; Rhodes, S.; White, K-J.; Maurer, T. W.; Landge, S. M.* “A Mailman Analogy: An Introduction to Alkane Nomenclature”, J. Chem. Ed., 2016, 93, 879-885.
  • Ghosh, D.; Rhodes, S.; Hawkins, K. V.; Winder, D.; Atkinson, A.; Ming, W.; Padgett, C.; Orvis, J.; Aiken, K.; Landge, M.* “A simple and effective 1,2,3-triazole based “turn-on” fluorescence sensor for the detection of anions” New J. Chem., 2015, 39, 295-303.
  • Landge, S. M.; Tkatchouk, E.; Benitez, D.; Lanfranchi, D. A.; Elhabiri, M.; Goddard III, W. A.; Aprahamian, I. “Isomerization Mechanism in Hydrazone-Based Rotary Switches: Lateral Shift, Rotation or Tautomerization?” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2011, 133, 9812-9823.
  • Landge, S. M.; Aprahamian, I. “A pH Activated Configurational Rotary Switch: Controlling the E/Z Isomerization in Hydrazones.” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2009, 131, 18269-18271.

Awards & Recognitions

  • 2012-present Affiliate Faculty, Institute for Interdisciplinary STEM Education i2STEMe
  • 2014 Nominated and Selected for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Committee
  • 2010 “Women in Science” Presentation Award; Awarded Membership of Sigma Delta Epsilon
  • 2009 Best Outgoing Graduate Student Award, (UMASS, Boston)
  • 2008 M. J. Collins Award for Outstanding Young Innovator in Microwave Chemistry at 236th ACS National meeting, Philadelphia
  • 2008 Outstanding Graduate Student Award (UMASS, Boston)
  • 2006 Mastricola, Best Graduate Student Award (UMASS, Boston)

Last updated: 3/16/2018

DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY • P.O. Box 8064 • Statesboro, GA 30460 • (912) 478-5681