Puminan (Pete) Punthasee
Pete earned his bachelor degree in Chemistry from Chulalongkorn University in Thailand in 2010. In the same year, he started the Chemistry PhD program at the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU) under Professor Kent S. Gates where he learned techniques in Organic Synthesis and Enzymology. He and his team designed a small molecule that targeted Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase 1B (PTP1B), an enzyme that has been proved as a drug target for type II diabetes. While at MU, he served as an TA for General Chemistry I, Organic Chemistry I and Lab, Advanced Organic Chemistry Lab, and Survey of Organic Chemistry. His work and effort that he put in teaching to help students learn Chemistry went above and beyond a normal TA. With his work in teaching and support from faculty members and students, he received #1 TA Choice Awards in 2012 and 2015 and Green Chalk Award for an excellent teaching assistant in 2016.
Pete earned a PhD Chemistry in 2016 and continued his passion in teaching at Humboldt State University (HSU), California. At HSU he was assigned to teach General Chemistry I lecture and Survey of Organic Chemistry with lab. With more experience in teaching, his teaching style was unique and recognized by colleagues and students as one of the most passionate, enthusiastic, and caring teachers at HSU. In Spring 2017, the university newspaper The Lumber Jack interviewed Pete and published an article about Pete and his class.
In 2017 Pete joined the teaching faculty at Indiana University where he will learn, perform, and flourish as an instructor, a teacher, and a person, and continue his passion and dream of becoming one of the most beloved and recognized college teacher in the US.