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Manashi Chatterjee, Ph.D.

Lecturer and Undergraduate Advisor | ACERT Faculty Fellow 2016 - 2017; Assessment Fellow 2015 - 2018

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Office Room # 1319 HN 

Office Telephone # 212-772-5377

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MS  Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai, India

Ph.D.  University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada

Postdoc  University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Dr. Manashi Chatterjee received her Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) from Nowrosjee Wadia College, University of Poona, India. She moved to the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai, India to pursue her Masters of Science (M.Sc) degree in Organic Chemistry. After completing her M.Sc., she worked at the National Chemical Laboratory (N.C.L.), Pune, India and at Dr. Reddy's Research Foundation (DRF) Hyderabad, India for 4 years. She received her Ph.D. from University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada. During her Ph.D., she synthesized and studied some interesting classes of DNA minor groove binding compounds. She moved to Scotland, UK and spent 2 years as a postdoctoral researcher in Professor David Leigh's Laboratory at the University of Edinburgh. During her postdoctoral work, she synthesized and studied the operation of some new molecular machines.

Later, she moved to University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) as a Lecturer of Organic Chemistry and worked with the Instructional Division in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry for two years. She moved to the University of Nebraska, Lincoln where she taught for another five years. The large classroom teaching experiences at UCLA and UNL have helped her develop a student centered pedagogy so all students feel comfortable in what is perceived to be a very difficult class. She joined Hunter College in Fall 2013 and is responsible for teaching the large enrollment undergraduate organic chemistry sequence for majors.

I have nearly a decade of leadership in teaching large enrollment undergraduate courses in organic chemistry (300 - 700 students), and outreach in the STEM fields. This includes teaching lectures, laboratories, experimental design, videos, clickers workshops, online HWs, peer mentoring and peer tutoring. My interests are in designing student centered learning environments in large enrollment courses using a hybrid of technology and traditional teaching and learning methods. I am also interested in measuring student learning gains and student perception of the course using active learning methods compared to traditional lecture methods. My research interests are in understanding how students learn organic chemistry and how technology can be used to identify student misconceptions.

In addition to teaching introductory Organic chemistry laboratory and lecture courses, I enjoy participating in outreach activities like promoting Nanoscience education to high school students, mentor students to apply for summer research fellowships  and serve as undergraduate adviser.

I served as an ACERT Faculty Fellow (Academic Center for Excellence in Research and Teaching) from 2016 to 2017. I currently serve as an Assessment Fellow (2015 - 2018).


1.  Manashi N. Chatterjee, Euan R. Kay, David A. Leigh J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2006, 128, 4058-4063.“Beyond switches: Ratcheting a particle energetically uphill with a compartmentalized molecular machine”
2.  World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Publication Number: (WO/2007/045096) International Application No.: PCT/CA2006/001724. “Oligoheteroaromatic luminescent assemblies as high-affinity DNA sequence directed ligands” M. P. Singh and M. N. Chatterjee
3.  M. P. Singh, S. Sasmal, W. Lu, M. Chatterjee, Synthesis 2000, 10, 1380-1384. “Synthetic utilities of catalytic Fe (III)/Fe (II) redox cycling towards fused heterocycles: A facile access to substituted benzimidazole, bis-benzimidazole and imidazopyridine derivatives”
4.  B.B. Lohray, Vidya Bhushan, M. Chatterjee, Y. Jayamma and G. Prasuna, Res. Chem. Intermed. 1999, 25, 887-894. “Protecting group directed chemo and stereo selective transformations of bis-epoxides and cyclic sulfates derived from hexoses: synthesis of 2,5-dihydroxymethyl-3,4-dihydroxypyrrolidine”
5.  B. B. Lohray, M. Chatterjee, Y. Jayamma, Synthetic Commun. 1997, 27, 1711-1715. “A Practical approach to the synthesis of dianhydro sugars: Effect of protecting groups on the course of the reaction”
6.  B. B. Lohray, Y. Jayamma, M. Chatterjee, J. Org. Chem. 1995, 60, 5958-5965. “Unprecedented selectivity in the reaction of 1,2: 5,6- Dianhydro-3, 4-O-isopropylidene hexitols with benzyl amine. A practical synthesis of 3,4,5,6-tetrahydroxyazepanes”


ACS Travel Award (2017)
2017 Assessment Recognition Award: Chemistry Department won the annual “Most Enthusiastic Department” award for assessment 2017!
2017 – Best demonstration table at Majors Day at Hunter College, CUNY
Hunter Undergraduate Research Fellowship: Spring 2017 and Spring 2018:
Heba Shaaban and Leah Katz  were awarded the 2017 Undergraduate Research Fellowship from Hunter’s Undergraduate Research Initiative to work on chemical education projects under my supervision.
Awarded 2017-Faculty Innovations in Teaching with Technology (FITT) Grant:
Exploring the use of SMART Boards –  Creating a blended learning environment for organic chemistry courses by producing multimedia lessons and videos using an interactive white board.
Awarded 2016-PSC CUNY Grant:
“Measuring “Student Achievements” in large enrollment Organic Chemistry courses using “iPads with Airserve” as a tool for creating “Active Group Learning” environment”
Hunter College ACERT Faculty Fellow (2015-2016)
(Academic Center for Excellence in Research & Teaching) 
Attended Steering Committee meetings; ACERT advisory board meetings; Planned ACERT luncheon seminars; Design Teaching-Scholarship Circle; Contributed to ACERT Blog
Organized ACERT Luncheon
Teaching Scholarship Circle (TSC) for ACERT (Fall 2017)
"Evidence-Based Instruction: Emerging Best Practices For Effective Teaching & Learning."
This TSC will consists of a series of workshops in which we will discuss the development of engaging classroom activities. During this series we will discuss and explore teaching strategies that have been shown to lead to increased student interest, more active student participation and better faculty teacher evaluations. Specifically, we will investigate successful education pedagogies from the research literature and learn to apply these methods to our own courses. A large component of the series will be driven by open discussion, hands on activities and collaborative instructional design.
Depending on the interests of the group, we will focus on active, student-centered classroom activities using approaches gleaned from four major education pedagogies:

    Guided inquiry learning
    Peer instruction strategies
    The use of a personal response device / i-clicker and i-pads for active learning
    The importance of assessment
The knowledge we uncover in this series will lead to activities appropriate for classes of any size and in virtually any discipline. It is our hope that over the course of the series, we will each walk away with some new teaching strategies and have developed at least 2 new student-centered learning activities that we can test in our current or future classrooms.
Hunter College Assessment Fellow (2015-2018)
Attended Assessment breakfast, attended two assessment conference’s and presented at Hunter Assessment day and Assessment Recognition Brunch: (April 2016 and 2017)
Awarded 2015-PSC CUNY Grant:
Using Electronic Voting Systems  (i-clicker) and Multiple Choice tests (Scranton) data to understand how students learn and identify common misconceptions in learning undergraduate Organic Chemistry
Collaborations on NSF grant submitted by Pamela Mills, Charles Drain, Donna McGregor.
Flipping Chemistry and Biology Classes to Increase Student Engagement and Performance and Effect Cultural Change in Institutes of Higher Education
Awarded 2014-Faculty Innovations in Teaching with Technology (FITT) Grant:
Awarded 2014 FITT Grant: Empowering student learning in Organic Chemistry by designing a Flipped Classroom environment using Instructor created Videos and ChemDraw for ipads.


Oral Presentation: ACS (Washington DC- August 2017): Advances in E-learning 2017 Symposium
Investigating Student Misconceptions in Applying Resonance Concepts in Undergraduate Organic Chemistry Courses Using Various Formative and Summative Assessment Tools.
Attended Exam Soft Assessment Conference (Denver, CO)- June 2017
Oral Presentation: CUNY Institutional Research and Assessment Councils Retreat at BMCC: June, 2017
Investigating student misconceptions in understanding acid-base reactions in organic chemistry
Oral Presentation: 217th Two-Year College Chemistry Consortium (2YC3): Bronx Community College; "Creative Teaching Strategies": May 2017
Creating an active learning environment and providing formative assessment in Organic Chemistry large enrollment lecture course using iPads and AirServer
Attended CUNY Teach Day: Graduate Center: April 2017
Oral Presentation: Assessment Recognition Brunch: April 2017
Investigating Student Misconceptions in Understanding Acid-Base Reactions in Undergraduate Organic Chemistry Courses Using Various Formative and Summative Assessment Tools.
Oral Presentation: ACS (San Francisco-March 2017)
Investigating Student Misconceptions in Understanding Acid-Base Reactions in Undergraduate Organic Chemistry Courses Using Various Formative and Summative Assessment Tools.
Attended 2016 CUNY Instructional/Information Technology (CUNY IT) Conference: Nov 2016
Oral Presentation: ACS (Philadelphia- August 2016)
“Using digital technology to create student centered collaborative spaces for explaining real-world contexts using organic chemistry”
Attended AALH Assessment Conference- June 2016- Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education- 2016 AALHE Annual Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Oral Presentation: Hunter 2nd Annual Assessment Day-: April, 2016
Using Formative Assessments in Large Lectures to Identify and Address Student Misconceptions
Attended UPenn / ALEKS Symposium (May, 2016): Learnt ALEKS and Visited an active learning classroom in UPenn
Oral Presentation: Hunter 2nd Annual Assessment Day: April 2016
Exploring Student Learning: Oral presentation:
Using Formative Assessments in Large Lectures to Identify and Address Student Misconceptions.
Oral Presentation: ACS-(San Diego – March 2016): Advances in E-learning 2016 Symposium
“Using mobile technologies to make student thinking visible during Organic Chemistry lecture courses”
Talk highlighted in C&EN Volume 94 Issue 10 | p. 36
Issue Date: March 7, 2016 | Web Date: March 4, 2016
San Diego national meeting mania!
C&EN reviews who’s who at chemistry’s beach party
By Mitch André Garcia
Chemical & Engineering News highlighted the presentation at the ACS National Meeting in San Diego as amongst 40 Must-See Presenters:  “Teaching Chemistry on Mobile Devices”.
Participated in: Is there a crisis in organic chemistry education?
Highlighted From San Diego ACS in C&En news
Oral Presentation: ACS 2015-ACS (Boston-August 2015): Active Learning in Chemistry Classroom symposium:
Creating an active learning environment and providing formative assessment in Organic Chemistry large enrollment lecture course using iPads and AirServer
ACERT (Academic Center for Excellence in Research & Teaching) Lunch time seminars:
Participated and attended-Teaching Tuesday and Tech. Thursday seminars
Oral Presentation: ACERT Lunch Time Seminar-Fall 2015- October 1, 2015
Using mobile technologies to make student thinking visible