Rabi Musah

Studies folkloric and traditional medicinal plants; recruitment and retention of students in math and science

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Rabi Musah

Associate Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Chemistry

Expertise:
Isolation, analysis, biological evaluation and structure elucidation of natural products from medicinally important plants; rational evaluation of folkloric, ethno-medical, and traditional medicinal plants; organic chemistry; experimental physical chemistry; biochemistry; experimental methods of organic structure determination; pharmacognosy

Campus phone: (518) 437-3740
Campus email: rmusah@albany.edu

Biography:

Associate Professor of Chemistry Rabi Musah's research involves the biological evaluation and structure elucidation of natural products from medicinally important plants; rational evaluation of folkloric, ethno-medical, and traditional medicinal plants.

She currently serves as the director for UAlbany's Center for Achievement, Retention and Student Success. The Center is a support service that was created to provide free academic assistance to intended or declared science majors. CARSS has tapped into the resource of experienced students on campus who want to help their peers, and has provided them with additional formalized training on how to explain complex concepts in biology, chemistry and physics to students who are currently enrolled in those courses.

Musah, who grew up in Ghana, joined the University's Department of Chemistry in 1998. During the summers, she is involved in a "Young Women in Science" program at the Simon's Rock College of Bard. The program is designed to encourage young women ranging in age from 13 to 17 to explore careers in science. She also participates locally in providing "show and tell" experiments, designed to demonstrate the wonder of science, to junior and senior high school students.

Musah received her Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Arkansas, and completed postdoctoral studies the Scripps Research Institute, focusing on bioinorganic chemistry.