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Joe Hurley

Chemistry & Biochemistry
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Specialty area(s)

Organic Chemistry

Physical Organic Chemistry


Brief biography

I was born in Arlington Heights, IL, which is a suburb of the city of Chicago. I started my undergraduate studies at Northern Illinois University in the fall of 2012 with a Pre-Pharmacy major. After taking (and falling in love with) organic chemistry, I switched my major to Chemistry and decided to go to graduate school. After graduating with my B.S. in chemistry, I attended Florida State University, joining the research group of Dr. Lei Zhu. My research involved the design, synthesis, and analysis of organic fluorophores capable of excitation-dependent multiple emission. I graduated with my PhD in the spring of 2022.

Current courses at UWL

General Chemistry (CHM 103) Lab

Fundamental Organic Chem Lab (CHM 302)


PhD - Organic Chemistry - Florida State University - 2022

B.S. - Chemistry - Northern Illinois University - 2016


Teaching history

I am new to UWL, so the "current courses" are the only ones I've taught here. I was a TA for all six years of graduate school at Florida State University and taught several versions of organic chemistry lecture, organic chemistry lab, and general chemistry lab.

Professional history

University of Wisconsin La Crosse - Lecturer - 2022-present

Florida State University - Graduate Student/Teaching Assistant - 2016-2022