As an associate professor in Rowan University’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Dr. James Grinias advances both research in chromatography and the minds of future analytical chemists. “For most academic professors, it is a three-prong job,” said Dr. Grinias. “I teach courses in analytical chemistry and chemical separations, work in a chromatography-focused research group, and provide various aspects of service to the university and the broader professional community.”
Dr. Grinias enjoys the balance between all three prongs of his role but feels most passionate about the mentorship component that comes with teaching. “It is important to help push the field forward with research, but I think the bigger impact is made by mentoring the next generation of chromatographers,” said Dr. Grinias. Whether his students decide to practice in the field or move into other various graduate programs, Dr. Grinias enjoys the aspect of training young chromatographers the most.
Grateful for the college experience he enjoyed as a chromatography student, Dr. Grinias works to recreate the same opportunity for his students and is motivated by the impacts that he witnesses them make in the lab. “The lab has received several awards, and I think that is a reflection of how hard the students are working,” said Dr. Grinias.
Seeing his students succeed and hearing first-hand that the training they received in his courses had a positive impact on their futures is just one of several motivating factors for Dr. Grinias’ work. There is also a community component in the field of chromatography that offers Dr. Grinias a sense of connection. “I’ve been involved in professional organizations on a local level, as well as the national level with the American Chemical Society,” said Dr. Grinias. “I’ve enjoyed being a part of these groups because it provides opportunities for both experts in the field and new members in the scientific community to come together with a shared interest in chromatography.”