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. At Vassar Dr. Tanski served as the Chair of the Chemistry Department (2018 – 2020 & 2011 – 2014) and is a member of the Pre-Medical Advisory Committee.
Dr. Tanski completed two terms as a member of the US National Committee for Crystallography (2017-2021) and is currently a Member-at-Large for the Mid-Hudson Section of the American Chemical Society.
Chemistry “Bridge Building” opened January 2016!