Mariella Passarelli

Mariella Passarelli
Title Professor of Chemistry
Telephone 207.778.7390

Dr. Mariella Passarelli was trained as a synthetic organic chemist designing drug candidates for the pharmaceutical industry.  After her doctorate, Passarelli worked in toxicology looking at how carcinogens change the shape of DNA to cause mutations.  She now uses enzymes to synthesize organic molecules, looks at other xenobiotics in the environment, and focuses on best practices for teaching chemistry.  Her teaching responsibilities include: organic chemistry, biochemistry, forensic science, and chemistry for health sciences.


  • 1991 Post Doctorate Organic Chemistry, Cambridge University
  • 1992 Post Doctorate Toxicology, Vanderbilt University
  • 1989 PhD Emory University
  • 1984 BS Simmons College