The School of Arts and Sciences
Chemistry/Forensic Science/Oceanography/Physics (UG)
Full Name: Cidya Grant
Associate Professor of Chemistry
B.S., University of the West Indies (Jamaica); M.S., Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University.
Dr. Grant earned her first degree in chemistry and management in her native island of Jamaica. She moved to South Florida and worked in the pharmaceutical industry before making the decision to pursue graduate studies at Florida Atlantic University (FAU). Dr. Grant’s graduate research utilized high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) protocols to understand and mathematically estimate algal biomass spatially and temporally using several biomass indices. Her additional projects included the isolation, purification, and structure elucidation of cyanobacterial pigments using column chromatography, UV/Vis, IR, NMR, and MS techniques. While pursuing graduate studies at FAU, Dr. Grant worked as teaching assistant and course administrator in the organic and inorganic chemistry laboratories; she supervised undergraduate students, tested and re-developed experiments, and carried out nominal duties to ensure efficient operation in all the laboratory sections. Dr. Grant was the recipient of a GK-12 NSF fellowship, where she worked in high school classes for two years to enhance students’ scientific learning. Upon completion of her doctoral degree, Dr. Grant worked for two semesters as an adjunct chemistry instructor teaching organic chemistry and principles of chemistry- chemistry for nursing. She is looking forward to pursuing her career goals and nurturing her faith at Palm Beach Atlantic University.