The Iona College Campus Quad

Ralph N. Salvatore, Ph.D., '94

Dr. Ralph N. Salvatore received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry (1994) from Iona College. He received his Master of Science degree (1996) in physical organic chemistry from SUNY Stony Brook, under the guidance of professor William J. le Noble. After graduating from the University of South Florida with his Ph.D. in organic synthesis in 2001, Dr, Salvatore joined Western Kentucky University as an Assistant Professor. After a successful four years, in 2005, he accepted a position at University of Massachusetts Boston as an Associate Professor in the areas of Organic & Green chemistry. In 2006, he was recruited to the City University of New York (CUNY)-Lehman College, where he was promoted to Full Professor (with tenure) & served as Chair of the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry from 2006-2013. Shortly thereafter, he moved west to Colorado as Dean of Arts & Sciences at PCC in Pueblo, Colorado (2013-2016). Dr. Salvatore also serves on the Citizens’ Advisory Board Committee for the Pueblo Chemical Depot. The Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant is a chemical weapons destruction facility which has been built to destroy the chemical weapons stockpile at the Pueblo Chemical Depot, in southeastern Colorado.

In 2016, Dr. Salvatore relocated back to Florida and joined the faculty at Southeastern University as a Professor of Chemistry in 2016 teaching General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry I & II, Medicinal Chemistry, Biochemistry I & II and Pharmacology & Toxicology and other special topic’s classes. Concurrently, he holds a joint position at University of South Florida as Courtesy Faculty Professor in the Department of Chemistry.

Dr. Salvatore has a deep passion for working with undergraduate students conducting research in the areas of Synthetic and Mechanistic Organic Chemistry, Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Design. His research interests include the synthesis of novel anticancer agents, HIV and COVID-19 antivirals, and small biological molecules involved in the mechanism of early onset Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Salvatore continues to serve on numerous editorial boards for high impact chemistry journals and granting agencies. In addition, he regularly attends regional and national meetings in chemistry and chemical education.