Prof. Joseph Eduardo Ocando


New York University, New York, NY

  • M.S. Chemistry, 2004:
    Analysis of Sequence Specific PAH-o-Quinone Derived Guanine Adducts Using Maldi-TOF Mass Spectrometry”
    Advisor: Nicholas Geacintov
  • B.A. Chemistry, 1994


Six Sigma Black Belt certified, UPLC, HPLC, NIR, FTIR, GC, GC/MS, Quadrupole Mass Spectrometry, MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry, Dissolution, TLC, Empower, Minitab


PFIZER, INC., Brooklyn, NY
Analytical Chemist
Technical Services/ Quality Operations

  • Implemented six-sigma and continuous improvement strategy for process optimization
  • Developed methods to monitor multiple areas of tray dry ovens to quantify residual solvents in real-time
  • Validated various equipment for I/O/PQ
  • Designed training program for operators of at-process NIR analysis to determine end-point coating
  • Optimized tablet compression settings to maintain product integrity
  • Lead meetings with vendors for equipment integration
  • Transferred technology projects for adaptation and enhancement at viable manufacturing facility
  • Presented progress reports to executive leadership
  • Troubleshot product testing procedure and instrumentation to determine method validation and efficiency
  • Implemented inter-laboratory cost improvement program to enhance HPLC performance and efficiency
  • Initiated and report detailed analytical laboratory investigations
  • Supervised quality team training of associate analysts
  • Coordinated Environmental Health and Safety program for laboratory colleagues

TEACH FOR AMERICA, New York, NY(1997-2000)
Teach For America Corps Member/ Teacher

  • Fulfilled two year commitment to teach 8th grade math and science classes in an under-resourced, under-privileged inner-city public school district
  • Initiated after school Regents math Algebra program with Children’s Aid Society
  • Founded ed-tech start up Rhyme ‘n Learn Records, LLC to distribute math/science learning through rap music
  • Created cross-functional lessons
  • Facilitated effective independent classroom management system
  • Engaged VARK learning styles of students with extremely low SES backgrounds
  • Enhanced critical thinking through inquiry based projects via field trips
  • Fostered student centered cooperative learning
  • Ensured all curriculum standards were met based on targeted assessments


  • Designed, executed and interpreted experiments in an effort to develop, optimize, improve HPLC purification and analysis methodologies
  • Implemented HPLC analysis of biomolecules from in vivo sources
  • Conducted in vitro studies to determine covalent interactions
  • Co-authored five published scientific papers based on statistical analysis in highly prestigious peer-reviewed medical journals
  • Presented original research at meetings of the American Chemical Society (1996-1998


  1. Nath, R.G., Ocando, J.E., and Chung F.-L. (1996). “Detection of 1,N2-Propanodeoxyguanosine Adducts as Potential Endogenous DNA Lesions in Rodent and Human Tissues.” Cancer Research, 56 452-456.
  2. Nath, R.G., Ocando, J.E., Richie, J.P. and Chung, F.-L. (1997). “Effect of Glutathione Depletion on Exocyclic Adduct Levels in the Liver DNA of F344 Rats.” Chemical Research in Toxicology, 10, 1250-1253.
  3. Nath, R.G., Ocando, J.E., Guttenplan, J.B. and Chung, F-L. (1998). “1,N2-Propanodeoxyguanosine Adducts: Potential New Biomarkers of Smoking Induced DNA Damage in Human Oral Tissue.” Cancer Research, 58, 581-584.
  4. Chung, F.-L., Zhang, L., Ocando, J.E., and Nath, R.G. (1999). “Role of 1,N2-Propanodeoxyguanosine Adducts as Endogenous DNA Lesions in Rodents and Humans.” Exocyclic DNA Adducts in Mutagenesis and Carcinogenesis: IARC Scientific Publications No.150. International Agency for Research on Cancer, Lyon, France.
  5. Chung, F.-L., Nath, R.G., Ocando, J.E., Nishikawa, A. and Zhang, L. (2000). “Deoxyguanosine Adducts of t-4-Hydroxy-2-nonenal Are Endogenous DNA Lesions in Rodents and Humans: Detection and Potential Sources.” Cancer Research, 60, 1507-1511.


    • iSixSigma Network iSixSigma Network

  • Six Sigma Certified Practitioners Six Sigma Certified Practitioners
  • American Chemical Society American Chemical Society
  • ex-Pfizer Employee (%7e7000 members) ex-Pfizer Employee (~7000 members)
  • Teach For America Alumni Teach For America Alumni
  • Teach For America Career Mentors and Advisees Teach For America Career Mentors and Advisees
  • NYU CAS Alumni NYU CAS Alumni
  • NYU GSAS Alumni NYU GSAS Alumni

Campus Cultural Centers

Kupferberg Holocaust Center
Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives

Using the lessons of the Holocaust to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism and stereotyping.

Queensborough Performing Arts Center
QPAC: Performing Arts Center

QPAC is an invaluable entertainment company in this region with a growing national reputation. The arts at QPAC continues to play a vital role in transforming lives and building stronger communities.

Queensborough Art Gallery
QCC Art Gallery

The QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York is a vital educational and cultural resource for Queensborough Community College, the Borough of Queens and the surrounding communities.