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Maria Ballester, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Dept. of Chemistry and Physics
(954) 262-8178


  • Florida International University, Ph.D. (Spring 2005)
  • Florida International University, BS Chemistry (1998)
  • University of Habana, Associate Degree (1987-1990)

Areas of Academic Focus

  • Porphyrin basicity
  • Physical chemistry
  • Biophysical chemistry
  • Drug binding to DNA
  • Forensic science


  • Associate Professor, Nova Southeastern University (2013- present)
  • Assistant Professor, Nova Southeastern University (Aug 2006 –2013)
  • Visiting Professor, Nova Southeastern University (Aug 2005 – June 2006)
  • Vice-President, DNA Counselors Inc. (2001-2006)
  • Graduate Student, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Florida International University (Sept. 1998 – 2005)
  • Thesis: “Enthalpies of solution, proton exchange, and metal exchange of porphyrins and  metalloporphyrins. Conformational and electronic considerations

Grant funded research

  • Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences, Dean’s mini-grant program 2011: “Antibacterial properties of synthetic porphyrins and metalloporphyrins”. Aug 2011.
  • Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences, Dean’s mini-grant program 2010: “Preliminary forensic identification of hand surface bacteria” in collaboration with Dr D. Roopnarine.

Professional Memberships

  • American Chemical Society (ACS) member since 1998
  • American Chemical Society, Delta Epsilon Iota Honor Society
  • Division memberships:
  • Chemistry and the Law
  • Chemical Education
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Additional ACS subdivision memberships:
    • Theoretical subdivision, member
    • Biophysical Chemistry subdivision member
    • South Florida section member
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