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Karen S. Wendling, Ph.D.

Karen S. Wendling, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor of Chemistry
St. Joseph Hall, 5th flr., North Wing, SJ545
Educational Background: 
  • Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2008, under the direction of Professor Gary L. Glish)
  • B.S. in Chemistry and Environmental Science from Chestnut Hill College (2003)
  • Research Scientist II, Scientific Writer, and Consultant at Jai Research Foundation (JRF America), Audubon PA, 2012-2014
  • PRAXIS Chemistry Instructor, Turn to Teach Program, School District of Philadelphia, 2012
  • Visiting Researcher, Soprano Lab, Temple University School of Medicine, 2009-2010
Courses Taught: 

CHEM 131/132 Principles of Chemistry I and II

CHEM 131L/132L Principles of Chemistry I and II Laboratory

CHEM 301/301L Analytical Chemistry with Laboratory (Writing Intensive)

CHEM 303/303L Instrumental Analysis with Laboratory

CHEM 242 Environmental Chemistry (With Embedded Laboratory)

CHEM  230 Internship Seminar

CHEM 498 Senior Seminar

IDHP 326/327 The Emergence of the Hero in the Epic Voyage (Interdisciplinary Honors Course)

Scholarly Interests: 
Specialized Fields 
  • Analytical Chemistry and Mass Spectrometry
  • Cognitive Apprenticeship in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratory
  • Forensic Chemistry Applications
Scholarly Interests 
  • Ion trap mass spectrometry
  • Detection of gas and liquid phase environmental pollutants
  • Cognitive Apprenticeship in the undergraduate laboratory
  • Harry Potter Scholarship

Awarded "40 Under 40: Professors Who Inspire" by NerdScholar, 2015 (

Nominee for the Lindback Teaching Award, 2013

Adviser of the Year Award: Chemistry Club, 2017


Co-coordinator of the Annual Harry Potter Conference at Chestnut Hill College (2012 - present)

Chestnut Hill College Coordinator of the Philadelphia Area Girls Enjoying Science (PAGES) Program, Sponsored by the American Chemistry Society (2009 - present)

Acting Chair of the Chemistry Department (2016-2017)

Board Member of the Younger Chemists Committee of the Philadelphia ACS Section (2013-2015)

Board Member of the Delaware Valley Mass Spectrometry Discussion Group (2009-2013)

Selected Publications: 
  • Wang, F.; Wendling, K. S.; Soprano, K. J.; Soprano, D. R. The SAP Motif and C-Terminal RS- and RD/E-Rich Region Influences the Sub-Nuclear Localization of Acinus Isoforms. Journal of Cellular Biochemistry, 115: 2165 - 2174 (2014).
  • Kamel, I., Wendling, W., Chen, D., Wendling, K., Harakal, C., Carlsson, C. Effects of N-Methyl-D-Aspartate Antagonists on Bovine Cerebral Arterial Tone and 45Ca Uptake: S(+)-ketamine, Dextrorphan, and Dextromethorphan. Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology, October 2008, 20:4, 241-248.