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Catherine Neto, Valedictorian B.S. 1983


After graduating from UMassD, I completed my PhD and postdoctoral study at Brown University. I returned to UMass Dartmouth, where I am now an Associate Professor of Chemistry. I teach organic and natural products chemistry and direct the UMass Cranberry Health Research Center. My research group studies compounds in cranberries with anti-cancer, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties.

On UMass Dartmouth Chemistry...

I really liked that UMassD offerred small classes taught by dedicated professors, with a solid laboratory-based curriculum that emphasized hands-on learning.

On the preparation that UMassD Chem provided...

The laboratory skills we acquired at UMassD were invaluable. This made it easy to transition into a graduate-level research laboratory, because I felt very comfortable doing experimental work and wasn't afraid to learn and apply new techniques. I was able to transfer these skills across several disciplines as I went from graduate school to post-doc to independent faculty researcher.