Paul Sabila

Professor/Program Director
Science, Technology & Math

Paul Sabila

Phone Numbers

202-651-5165 (V)



Hall Memorial Building N446B

  • 2016-Present:  Professor
  • 2012-2016:  Associate Professor
  • 2008-2012:  Assistant professor
  • 2006-2008:  Postdoctoral Research, University of Connecticut, Medicinal Chemistry
  • 2001-2006:  Ph.D., University of Connecticut, Organic Chemistry
  • 1995-1999:  B.Sc., University of Nairobi, Chemistry

Short Biography: 
Dr. Paul Sabila completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry, School of Pharmacy, at the University of Connecticut (2008). Dr. Sabila earned his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Connecticut (2006) and his bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Nairobi in Kenya (1999). His dissertation work synthesis of strained and heterocyclic organic compounds. While studying for his doctorate, he completed an internship at Boehringer-Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Dr. Sabila has also worked as an assistant Quality control Manager (Gesto Pharmaceuticals, Kenya) and as a Medical Sales Representative (Phillips Pharmaceuticals, Kenya). He is a member of the American Chemical Society, Organic division.  External Website:

Collaborations: I have formed collaborations with various institutions including George Washington University, Howard University, Prince Georges Community college, University of the District of Columbia, University of Ottawa, Cornell university, Harvard University, MIT and the Boston Museum of Science.  

Teaching: I am interested in developing new chemistry teaching approaches for current generation of Deaf and also hearing students and is currently working on "Multi-Level Teaching Approach".  

Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing: I am is also interested in working with other institutions willing work with Deaf and Hard of hearing interns, students and employees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.

Research: My current research includes Nanotechnology where he is working on new approaches for tunable-large synthesis of various nanomaterials including molybdenum disulfide, bismuth telluride and gallium amide.  He also continues to do research in organic synthesis where his focus is in method development using low catalyst loading or using less toxic and readily available transition metal salts with an aim of developing more environmental-friendly and commercially viable industrial synthesis processes.

Specializations:  Organic Chemistry, Organometallic Synthesis, Natural Products Chemistry, Nanotechnology, Advancement of Women and Minority in STEM, Accessibility and advancement of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Individuals in STEM.

External Website:

  • Organic Chemistry Lecture I & 2 (CHE 211 & CHE 212)
  • Organic Chemistry Laboratory I & 2 (CHE 213 & CHE 214)
  • General Chemistry Lecture I & 2 (CHE 107 & CHE 108)
  • General Chemistry Laboratory I & 2 (CHE 109 & CHE 110)
  • Analytical Chemistry Lecture I & 2 (CHE 307 & CHE 308)
  • Analytical Chemistry Laboratory I & 2 (CHE 309 & CHE 310)
  • Physical Chemistry Lecture I & 2 (CHE 331 & CHE 332)
  • Chemistry Capstone Course (CHE 403)
  • Chemistry internship Course I & 2 (CHE 201 & CHE 202)

My teaching aims at demystifying the course and inviting the students into a learning adventure.  I generally start by providing students with key structural information then providing them with opportunities to learn deeper by applying what they know in new scenarios.  The goal is to get the students to “buy-in” and take full responsibility of their learning.  Overall, the focus of my teaching has been towards improving the students’, presentation, problem solving, group interaction, team work, research laboratory, and safety skills.  At the same time, I have incorporated new teaching techniques in my lectures and laboratory classes.  After attending the “Best Teachers” conference (summer of 2014), I modified my teaching approach in fall 2014 to include more interactive discussion format and less traditional lectures.  The students have indicated in their evaluations that the new approach made the class exciting and made them enjoy chemistry.  My teaching approach integrates group discussions, one-on-one meetings, office hours, class discussions, quizzes, laboratory reports, student presentations, homework, student evaluations, classroom observations and faculty observations to evaluate the impact of my teaching.  For sample teaching materials, FOLLOW THIS LINK

  • Has served as a member in the following committees; Grievance Committee, Faculty Development Committee and Tenure and Promotion Committee.
  • Served as the Chair to the Tenure and Promotion Committee (AY 2015-2016).

Gallaudet:  Throughout my time at Gallaudet University, I have performed service to benefit the student body by providing internships, academic advising, career advising, interview preparation and skills.  I have performed service in support of the Chemistry & Physics program by troubleshooting and carrying out instrument updates and maintenance, developing and maintaining the program’s chemical inventory, supervision of student workers and staff.  I have published several articles on Gallaudet website about my research, grants, internship opportunities and student involvement.  Wider Community:  I have also performed service to the external community by serving as a judge at several UMBC undergraduate research symposia, served as one of the editors in the Universal Journal of Chemistry Board, reviewing article publications and a book, and lastly, reviewing grant proposals for the NSF.

Grants:  NSF STC (2013-2017, $160,666); NSF PRDM (2012-2017, $222,687); NSF MRI (2010-2013, $290,500); NSF PAID (2009-2015, $118,864); NSF S-STEM (2013-2018, $519,689); NSF Supplement (2014-2017, $150,000); GU Small Grant (2011-2013, $3000); GU Fac. Dev. (2014, $1567).  Published book chapters: (1) Sabila, P. S. Snyder, H. D. and Sorensen, C. C. FORWARD workshops: strategies for inclusion of the deaf and hard of hearing, In: Heller, R., Mavriplis, C. and Sabila, P. (Eds) FORWARD to professorship in STEM, Elsevier, New York; 2016, pp. 223-243.  (2) Sabila, P. S. (2015). Appendix. In: Heller, R., Mavriplis, C. and Sabila, P. (Eds) FORWARD to professorship in STEM, Elsevier, New York; 2016, pp. 363-403.  (2) Catherine Mavriplis, Rachelle S. Heller, Paul S. Sabila and Charlene C. Sorensen. The FORWARD Program:   in a book titled “Girls and Women in STEM: A Never-Ending Story, a volume edited by Janice Koch, Barbara Polnick and Beverly Irby (2014).  ISBN-10: 162396556X, ISBN-13: 978-1623965563.  Peer Reviewed Publication: Paul Sabila (2015). Styrene Cross-metathesis Using Low Catalyst Concentrations. Universal Journal of Chemistry, 3, 87 - 90. doi: For more information on scholarships, FOLLOW THIS LINK


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