The Genna Lab is always looking for highly motivated graduate and undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing research. If you are interested in joining our team please make an appointment to meet with Professor Genna to discuss potential opportunities. 

Primary Investigator


Doug Genna (

Professor Douglas Genna was born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania just north of Philadelphia. He received his BS in 2006 from Haverford College working in the area of total synthesis with Fran Blase. In the fall of that same year he joined the lab of Gary H. Posner at The Johns Hopkins University, where he studied chirality transfer in allylic substitution chemistry and the copper mediated conversion ofcarboxylic acids into a ketones. In December 2011, he defended his thesis and joined the lab of Melanie S. Sanford at the University of Michigan in January 2012 for his postdoctoral studies. In the Sanford lab he studied the heterogenization of homogeneous catalysts inside Metal-Organic Frameworks. After two and half years in Ann Arbor he joined the faculty at Youngstown State University in August 2014.

In his spare time Doug enjoys a good game of ping pong with his family.




Postdoctoral Researchers


Caleb Tatebe

Project: On the mechanism of Metal-organic framework formation

Ph.D. Purdue University 2019 (Suzanne Bart)

M.S. Youngstown State University 2014

B.S. Youngstown State University 2012

Graduate Students


Joseph Strozier

Project: Deinterpenetration of Metal-organic Frameworks.

B.S. Youngstown State University, 2016


Joseph Pallone

Project: Synthesis of new Pb-containing compounds

B.S. Youngstown State University, 2018

Undergraduate Students