Barbara Munk

Clinical Asst Professor (FSC)
School of Molecular Sciences
External Collaborator
Personalized Diagnostics

Location: TEMPE

Contact Information
(480) 965-6876


Wayne State University, Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry, May 2009, Thesis Topic: "Applications of Electronic Structure Theory to Problems in Zinc Oxide Chemical Vapor Deposition and DNA Nucleobase Mutations".

Purdue University, Master of Science in Management, Marketing Option, 1990. Graduate research topics: "Retail Credit as an Economic Indicator" and "Brand Equity: A Survey of Current Literature".

Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, cum laude, 1979. Undergraduate research topic: "Preservation of Rock Art, Sandstone and Adobe Structures Utilizing In-situ Polymerization of Methyl Methacrylate".


Barbara H. Munk is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Molecular Sciences at Arizona State University.  Before coming back to Arizona State University, she was a Senior Lecturer in the Chemistry Department at Wayne State University (Detroit, Michigan) where she was responsible for teaching general and analytical chemistry to undergraduate chemistry majors and students in the preparatory programs for health care professions. Barbara also served as Chair of the Chemistry Department Safety Committee and was responsible for coordinating communications between various University departments in order to comply with current regulations and help ensure a safe environment for undergraduate teaching and graduate student research laboratories. Prior to joining the faculty at Wayne State University, Barbara worked as a research chemist and as a manager with a diverse set of industrial companies including Warner-Lambert/Pfizer, Allergan Pharmaceuticals, the Clorox Company, Great Lakes Chemical Corporation, the Stepan Company, and Port Systems, LLC (a start-up company in Ann Arbor, MI). During her 25 years in industry, she has been involved in research and development activities from phase I through phase III and the ultimate filing of New Drug Applications. While at the University of California at Irvine, Barbara was involved with the development of UC-ACCESS, an early online system designed to help academic scientists find industrial partners with whom to develop emerging technologies. Her chemical research efforts are summarized in 13 publications and patents. She is co-author of a book describing the drug development process and co-editor of a laboratory manual for undergraduate general chemistry. Barbara holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Wayne State University, a M.S. in Management from Purdue University and a B.S. in Chemistry from Arizona State University.