Chemistry / Biochemistry
Department Chair:
Michael W. Nee

Administrative Assistant:
Patricia West, A263

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8300
Fax: (440) 775-6682

Science Center A263
119 Woodland St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Office Hours: 8:30-noon 1:00-5:00pm

Chelsea Martinez

Chelsea Martinez

Visiting Assistant Professor

Contact Information


Science Center N273
(440) 775-8238

Personal Office Hours:
W 11:00-12:15 pm; R 10:30-12:30 pm;

I'm an Obie alum (Class of 2002) who majored in Chemistry and Biochemistry while a student here and did Honors research in Inorganic Chemistry under Dr. Sarah Stoll my senior year. Since then, I have taught algebra, geometry, chemistry, and biology at the high school level, written for the Los Angeles Times Health page, and done work in science and engineering education in Washington, DC. My graduate research at the University of Texas at Austin involved the attempted exploitation of electron-rich and electron-poor aromatic donor-acceptor pairs to drive bioinspired "secondary" structure of synthetic peptides in water, and to bind sequence-specific stretches of DNA.

I will be offering research opportunities in my lab for the 2013-2014 academic year, potentially in the areas of synthetic organic chemistry, peptide chemistry, and/or polymer synthesis.

I was raised in the tumult of Los Angeles, and compensate for Oberlin's lack of ocean by swimming at the Splash Zone. I've been a WOBC-FM DJ every semester I've been at Oberlin.

Chem 205: Principles of Organic Chemistry (Fall 2012)
Chem 325: Organic Mechanism and Synthesis (Spring 2013)
Chem 101: Structure and Reactivity (Fall 2013)
Chem 254: Bioorganic Chemistry (Spring 2014)