Sherine Obare

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Sherine Obare
Interim Vice President for Research
Office: 
(269) 387-8283
Location: 
208W Walwood Hall, Mail Stop 5456
Mailing address: 
Office of the Vice President for Research
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5456 USA
Education: 
  • Post-doctoral Fellowship in Environmental Chemistry, Johns Hopkins University
  • PhD. in Chemistry, University of South Carolina
  • B.S. in Chemistry, West Virginia State University
Bio: 

Dr. Sherine Obare is a Full Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at Western Michigan University. Prior to her appointment as Interim Vice President for Research she filled the role of Associate Vice President for Research. Dr. Obare also served in the College of Arts and Sciences as an interim associate dean with oversight of the research portfolio, along with diversity and inclusion, global engagement, graduate education and student success.

As a materials chemist, Obare's work focuses on the design and applications of nanoscale materials and understanding their toll in drug delivery, environmental remediation, improved healthcare and alternative energy. Her work also aims to understand the environmental and health impacts of emerging contaminants. She is passionate about improving science education and has trained over 100 students in her laboratory.

Her research program has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Education, among others.

She has also served as director of "Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program" (Sponsored by the NIH) here at WMU. This program recruits underrepresented minority students from community colleges and supports them to pursue advanced degrees in biomedical and behavioral sciences. She is also the editor of a new book, "Green Technologies for the Environment."