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Mary Jane Saunders

Dr. Mary Jane Saunders
  • Professor
  • FAU Biological Sciences
  • 561 297-3501 (Boca Raton)
  • Boca Raton - SC, 218


  • Ph.D., University of Massachusetts - Amherst, 1982

Research Interests

  • Nanostructures

Research Description

As a long time university and scientific administrator (Louisiana State University, University of South Florida, National Science Foundation, Cleveland State University, and Florida Atlantic University) I am interested in federal, state and university support for the sciences, especially infrastructure needs. I have a special interest in recruitment and retention of minority students in science.

I am currently doing research on nanostructures using transmission electron microscopy and polarized light microscopy. My teaching areas are introductory biology, plant cell biology, analytical microscopy, grant writing and professional scientific communication.

Recent Publications

  • Xie, T.Z., Guo, K., Guo, Z., Gao, W.Y., Wojtas, L., Ning, G.H., Huang, M., Lu, X., Li, J.Y., Liao, S.Y., Chen, Y.S., Moorefield, C.N., Saunders , M.J., Cheng, S.C.D., Wesdemiotis, C. and Newkome, G.R. (2015). Precise molecular fission and fusion: Quantitative self-assembly and chemistry of a metallo-cuboctahedron. Angew Chem Int Ed 54:9224-9229.
  • Ludlow III, J.M., Xie, T., Guo, Z., Guo, K., Saunders, M.J., Moorefield, C.N., Wesdemiotis, C. and Newkome, G.R. (2015) Directed flexibility: self-assembly of a supramolecular tetrahedron. Chem Commun 51(18):3820-3823.
  • Sakar, R., Guo, K., Moorefield, C.N., Saunders, M.J., Wesdemiotis, C. and Newkome, G.R. (2014). One-step multicomponent self-assembly of a first generation Sierpinski triangle: From fractal design to chemical reality. Angew Chem Int Ed 53:12182-12185.

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