Marisa C. Buzzeo

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Marisa Buzzeo is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Barnard College and a graduate of the class of 2001. Prior to her faculty position, Buzzeo was a visiting research scientist at Columbia University’s nanocenter and a postdoctoral scholar at the California Institute of Technology, in the laboratory of Prof. Jacqueline K. Barton (BC ’74). Marisa completed her graduate studies in physical chemistry at the University of Oxford, under the supervision of Prof. Richard G. Compton. Her research program at Barnard is focused on the use of electrochemical techniques to examine fundamental properties and potential sensing applications of naturally redox-active biological systems.


National Science Foundation

American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund

Barnard College Presidential Research Award

The Sally Chapman Fund

Barnard College Office of the Provost

Academic Focus: 

Physical Biological Chemistry




CHEM BC3252 Thermodynamics and Kinetics

CHEM BC3242 Quantitative Analysis 

CHEM BC1003 Chemical Problem Solving

CHEM BC3254 Methods and Applications in Physical Chemistry

CHEM BC3338 Quantitative and Instrumental Techniques Laboratory

CHEM BC3901/3902 Senior Honors Thesis 

Awards & Honors: 

Gladys Brooks Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award

Barnard College Presidential Research Award

American Chemical Society Chemistry Ambassador

Professional Affiliations: 

American Chemical Society

Bioelectrochemical Society

Electrochemical Society


Presentations / Recent Lectures: 

Electrochemical Reactivity of Biological Selenium Analytes, 36th Reaction Mechanisms Conference, St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO, June 2016. 

Electroanalysis of Biological Selenium Analytes, 16th International Conference on Electroanalysis, Bath, England, June 2016.

Electrochemical Behavior of Selenocystine at Gold Substrates, 229th Meeting of the Electrochemical Society, San Diego, CA, May 2016.

Going with the Flow: Tracking Electrons in Biological Systems, Raising the Bar, Barnard College 125th Anniversary Lecture Mini-Series, New York, NY, June 2015

Electrochemical Characterization of Selenium-modified Gold Surfaces, 250th ACS National Meeting, Boston, MA, August 2015.



Walker, L. M.; Karnaukh, E. A.; Dewan, F.; Buzzeo, M. C. Voltammetric Behavior of Selenocystine at Modified Gold Substrates, Electrochem. Commun. 2016, 69, 28-31.

Sokolovskaya, O. M.; Magyar, J. S.; Buzzeo, M. C.; Electrochemical Behavior of Cytochrome c552 from a Psychrophilic Microorganism, J. Phys. Chem. C 2014, 118, 18829-18835.

Capozzi, B.; Chen, Q.; Darancet, P.; Buzzeo, M.; Neaton, J. B.; Nuckolls, C.; Venkataraman, L. Tunable Charge Transport in Single-Molecule Junctions via Electrolytic Gating, Nano Letters 2014, 14, 1400-1404.

Cantalupo, S. C.; Lum, J. S.; Buzzeo, M. C.; Moore, C.; DiPasquale, A. G.; Rheingold, A. L.; Doerrer, L. H. Three-Coordinate Late Transition Metal Fluorinated Alkoxide Complexes, Dalton Transactions 2010, 39, 374-383.

Gorodetsky, A. A.; Buzzeo, M. C.; Barton, J. K. DNA-Mediated Electrochemistry, Bioconjugate Chem. 2008, 19, 2285-2296.

Buzzeo, M. C.; Barton, J. K. Redmond Red as a Redox Probe for the DNA-mediated Detection of Abasic Sites, Bioconjugate Chem. 2008, 19, 2110-2112.


804A Altschul Hall
(212) 854-0026


B.A., Barnard College (Chemistry)

DPhil, University of Oxford (Physical Chemistry)