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Joseph A. Gardella Jr.

SUNY Distinguished Professor of Chemistry
University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences


Industrial pollution; hazardous waste; microbeads; surface chemistry of plastics; controlled release of pharmaceuticals; wound healing; tissue engineering; STEM education

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Joseph A. Gardella Jr. has spent decades researching the environmental impact of industrial pollutants on Western New York. He works at the intersection of analytical chemistry and geographic information analysis.

Most recently, he was co-author of a study that provided a comprehensive look at hazardous waste sites in the region. The research identified potential chemical hazards ranging from lead to radioactive waste in rural and urban sites in the Great Lakes watershed.

In addition to his work as a researcher, Gardella is director of the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Partnership (ISEP), a $10 million, National Science Foundation-funded initiative to improve science education at 12 Buffalo Public Schools. ISEP engages dozens of middle and high school teachers each year in research-based professional development that encourages them to enliven their classrooms with experiments and other hands-on activities.

As an expert in surface chemistry, Gardella also investigates topics relevant to the development of new materials for coatings, drug delivery and controlled release for wound healing.

Joseph A. Gardella Jr., PhD
SUNY Distinguished Professor
John and Frances Larkin Professor of Chemistry

University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences