Associate Professor of Chemistry
B.S., Concord College
M.S., University of Pittsburgh
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Patterson is originally from West Virgina where she obtained her BS in chemistry from Concord College. She later obtained her MS and PhD at the University of Pittsburgh where she studied protein dynamics using an atomic force microscope. At the end of her doctoral work, she was investigating how surface chemistry influences the conformation and stability of fibronectin in the hopes of generating new implant materials. While attending the University of Pittsburgh, she received the Safford Teaching Award and the Andrew Mellon Pre-doctoral Fellowship.
Dr. Patterson joined the NCWC chemistry deparment in 2005 teaching primarily conceptual chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry. She has also done multiple workshops for local school teachers that emphasize inquiry based assignments and hands-on activities.
Outside of NCWC, Dr. Patterson enjoys spending time with her family and training for a half-marathon.