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Elizabeth Owuor, Ph. D.


Montgomery Hall, Room 219

P.O. Box 43700
Lafayette, LA  70504


PhD, Chemistry - Swinburne University of Technology, Australia, 2015
MS, Analytical Chemistry - University of New Hampshire, USA, 2007
Bachelor of Education (Chemistry & Statistics) - Kenyatta University, Kenya, 2002

Professional Career:

  • 2015 - present: Instructor, Department of Chemistry, University of Louisiana at Lafayette.​
  • 2014 - 2015: Lecturer, Forensic/Analytical Science, Master Program, Swinburne University of Technology.
  • 2011 - 2015: Lab Demonstrator; Fundamentals of Environmental Chemistry, Instrumental & Environmental Analysis & Advanced Instrumental Analysis, RMIT University, Australia.
  • 2007 - 2010: Certified Adjunct faculty, Chemistry & Physics, New Hampshire Technical Institute, USA.
  • 2007 - 2010 Full time teacher; Math & Chemistry (NH certified), Merrimack Valley High School, USA.
  • 2003 - 2007: Teaching assistant; Chemistry, University of New Hampshire, USA - Won Best Teaching Assistant Recognition for the 2006/2007 academic year

Grant Funded Industrial Research Projects (under Intellectual Property)

  • 2012 - 2015: Polymers for water and food security: fundamental studies and polymer processing; funded by BASF, Germany and CRC Polymers, Australia (project period 2012 -2017), currently under filed trials in several sites across Australia
  • 2012 - 2014: Single Injection Vaccine delivery systems; funded by CRC Polymer-Australia and Virbac
  • 2010 - 2011: Polymer functional architecture at the biointerface to control soil-water-nutrient behavior during plant growth; Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), Australia

Research Interests and Experience

  • Preparation of scaffolds for tissue engineering
  • Enzymatic degradation of biopolymers for bio-medical applications
  • Monitoring, extraction and removal of pollutants such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) from environmental systems using surfactants and ecofriendly adsorbents.
  • Studies of the structure & biosynthesis of glycosphingolipids (GSLs) of the pathogenic model fungus, Cryptococcus neoformans
  • Studies of the functions of GSLs in Neurosora crassa using inhibitors of GSL biosynthesis, with a view of providing a correlation of biological effects with changes in GSL expression (glycosphingolipidomics). A collaborative study done together with the Centre of Microbial and Plant Genetics (CMPG), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Kasteelpark Arenberg 20, B- 3001 Heverlee-Leuven, Belgium

Journal Publications

  1. Impact of particle nanotopology on water transport through hydrophobic soils. Journal of Colloid & Interface Science August 2015, p. 61-70
  2. β-1, 2-Xylosyltransferase Cxt1p Is Solely Responsible for Xylose Incorporation into Cryptococcus neoformans Glycosphingolipids. Eukaryotic Cell, September 2008, p.1611-1615, Vol. 7, No. 9

Conference Presentations

  1. Hydrotropic biopolymer surfactants in non-wetting agricultural soils. CRC for Polymers Annual General Meeting, Melbourne Australia, November 2013
  2. Analysis of Glycoinositol Phosporylceremide Expression in Cryptococcus neoformans Xylose Pathway Knockout Strains Glycobiology conference. Boston, November 15, 2007