Joe Tanski earned his A.B. in chemistry from Vassar College in 1995. He received a Ph.D. from Cornell University in 2000 where he worked in the field of inorganic chemistry with Peter T. Wolczanski. After completing a postdoctoral appointment with Gerard Parkin at Columbia University, he spent time as a substitute assistant professor at the City University of New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice before returning to Vassar as a faculty member in 2003.
Dr. Tanski is the Principal Investigator on grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF – MRI 0521237, NSF-RUI – 0911324 and NSF-MRI – 1526982) supporting his research, the single crystal X-ray diffraction facility, and a 400 MHz nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer, and has served in several capacities on the Executive Committee of the Mid-Hudson section of the American Chemical Society. At Vassar Dr. Tanski is a member of the Pre-Medical Advisory Committee, was the Chair of the Chemistry Department for three years, 2011-2014, and recently served as the budget member of the Faculty Policy and Conference Committee and as the Science Facilities Project Faculty Coordinator as Vassar revitalized its science facilities for chemistry, biology, physics & astronomy, computer science, psychology and the science multidisciplinary programs, including construction of a new chemistry lab building, the “Bridge Building”. See the new Integrated Science Center.
Dr. Tanski is currently a member of the US National Committee for Crystallography.