MS (Organic), University of Pittsburgh | 2020

BS Chemistry (Organic), Rowan University | 2017

BA Physics (Astronomy), Rowan University | 2017

Research Assistant

Dr. Peter Wipf Research Group (2017-2020)

Research Assistant

Dr. Gustavo Moura-Letts Research Group (2014-2017)

Assistant Instrument & Safety Coordinator | 2013 – 2017
Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ

Assisted in laboratory equipment setup, maintenance, and repair. Assisted in laboratory safety checks and emergency equipment testing.

Student Laboratory Technician | 2013 – 2017
Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ

Assisted in lab preparations, equipment maintenance and repair, waste disposal, and laboratory clean-up.

Teaching Assistant – Organic Chemistry

January 2020 May 2020
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Conducted undergraduate Organic Chemistry lab.

Teaching Assistant – General Chemistry

August 2017 – May 2020
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Conducted undergraduate General Chemistry labs/recitation.

Teaching Assistant – Introductory Electricity & Magnetism

Spring 2015
Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ
Assisted students with in-class problems, aided teacher in class preparations, and conducted demonstrations.

Teaching Assistant – Physics I

Fall 2014
Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ
Assisted students with in-class problems, hosted tutoring sessions, and conducted demonstrations.

Tutor/Teaching Assistant – Organic Chemistry II

Summer 2014
Rowan University,  Glassboro, NJ
Hosted tutoring sessions, assisted professor in lab and class preparations.


Abuse liability, antinociceptive, and discriminative stimulus properties of IBNtxA

Islam, A.; Rahman, M. A.; Brenner, M. B.; Moore, A.; Kellmyer, A.; Buechler, H. M.; DiGiorgio, F.; Verchio, V. R.; McCracken, L.; Sumi, M.; Hartley, R.; Lizza, J. R.; Moura- Letts, G.; Fischer, B.; Keck, T. M. Transl. Sci. 2020, acsptsci.0c00066.

2,2,6,6-Tetramethylpiperidin-1-yloxycarbonyl: A Protecting Group for Primary, Secondary, and Heterocyclic Amines

Lizza, J. R.; Bremerich, M.; McCabe, S. R.; Wipf, P. Org. Lett. 2018, 20 (21), 6760.

Solvent-Directed Epoxide Opening with Primary Amines for the Synthesis of β-Amino Alcohols

Lizza, J.R.; Moura-Letts, G. Synthesis (Stuttg). 2016, 49 (06), 1231.

Direct Synthesis of Cyanopyrrolidinyl β-Amino Alcohols for the Development of Diabetes Therapeutics

Lizza, J. R.; Patel, S. V.; Yang, C. F.; Moura-Letts, G. European J. Org. Chem. 2016, 2016 (30), 5160.

Novel biodegradable protonic ionic liquid for the Fischer indole synthesis reaction

Neuhaus, W. C.; Bakanas, I. J.; Lizza, J. R.; Boon, C. T.; Moura-Letts, G. Green Chem. Lett. Rev. 2016, 9 (1), 39.


Organic Synthesis

  • Synthetic Method Development and Optimization
  • Natural Product Synthesis
  • Drug Discovery and Design
  • Organic Compound Characterization
  • Air/Moisture Sensitive Reagent Handling
  • Stench Chemical Handling
  • Micro/Macro Scale Reactions
  • Process Chemistry
  • Chromatographic, Crystallization, and Distillation Techniques

Computer Software

  • MestReNova Spectral Software
  • Database (SciFinder/Reaxys)
  • Autodesk AutoCAD/Inventor
  • SolidWorks
  • Microsoft Office
  • Perkin Elmer ChemOffice
  • WordPress
  • Inventory/Database Management Software
  • General Computer Troubleshooting


  • Machining (Milling/Turning)
  • Fabrication (Welding/Cutting/Casting)
  • Scientific Glassblowing (Borosilicate)
  • Electrical (Circuit Design/Specialized Online Process Controllers/Basic Wiring/Soldering)
  • Computers (Custom Builds/Networking)


  • Six Sigma Greenbelt Certified (MSI)
  • Executive Management Certified (MSI)
  • Laboratory Setup/Management
  • Laboratory Equipment Maintenance/Repair
  • Adherence to Good Laboratory Practices (GLP)
  • Team Building/Leadership
  • Professionalism in Verbal Communication and Presentation
  • Focused, Organized, and Efficient