Dr. Elisa M. Woolridge

Associate Professor of Chemistry


Dr. Woolridge joined Marist College in 2002 as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry. Her primary teaching responsibilities have been to Marist’s General Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Research Methods course offerings. Dr. Woolridge was promoted to Associate Professor in 2008, and she served as Chair of the Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry, & Physics from 2012-2018. Prior to Marist, Dr. Woolridge was a Research Scientist for International Paper Company (1993-2001), where she had the opportunity to develop and optimize process chemistry with particular emphasis on biotechnology applications. Her research aims to understand the mechanism of enzymes responsible for the metabolism of aromatic and carbohydrate polymers, driven by the need to develop enzyme systems for environmentally benign conversion and valorization of lignocellulosics, the world’s largest renewable resource.

Dr. Woolridge is committed to the teacher-scholar model and thus is grateful for the many opportunities at Marist to mentor undergraduate students and observe their progress, both in the laboratory and beyond, as they embark upon careers of their own.


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