Dr. Ralph Salvatore

Courtesy Faculty



Office: NSCS 209 (Lakeland Campus)
Phone: 863/660-2900
Lab: NHSC 201, 220
Email: rnsalvatore@usf.edu 


  • B.S. in Chemistry, Iona College, Chemistry, 1990
  • M.S. in Physical Organic and Mechanistic Chemistry, SUNY Stony Brook, 1996
    • Master’s thesis: “Lewis Acid Enhanced in the Face Selection of Adamantanone”
      • Advisor: William (Bill) J. le Noble
  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, Organic Synthesis and Medicinal Chemistry, University of South Florida, 2006
    • Dissertation Title: “Cesium Effect: Mechanistic Insights & Synthetic Appications”
      • Advisor: Kyung Woo Jung


After graduating from the University of South Florida 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), 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 an Associate Professor in 2016 teaching General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry I & II, Medicinal Chemistry, Biochemistry I & II and Pharmacology & Toxicology and other special topic’s classes.


Dr. Salvatore also has a deep passion for working with undergraduate students conducting research in the areas of Synthetic and Mechanistic Organic Chemistry, Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry. His research interests include the synthesis of novel anticancer agents, antivirals, and small biological molecules involved in 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.

Development of novel synthetic methodologies with applications toward the synthesis of artificial biomolecules and natural products, reaction mechanisms, stereochemistry, heterocycles, environmentally benign (green) synthetic methods and online course delivery.