Dr. Jordan A. Verdis


  • Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, Yale University
  • M.S., Organic Chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles
  • B.S., Chemistry, University of Athens, Greece

Courses Taught

  • CH-102: Living in a Chemical World Lab
  • CH-103: Chemistry and the Arts
  • CH-104: Chemistry and the Arts Lab
  • CH-120: Fundamentals of Chemistry
  • CH-121: Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory
  • CH-127: Introductory College Chemistry Lecture and Lab
  • CH-128: Introductory Organic Chemistry Lecture and Lab
  • CH-151: General Chemistry I Lecture and Lab
  • CH-251: Organic Chemistry I Lecture and Lab

Research Interests

  • Computational chemistry: Ab Initio investigations of organic reactions and reaction mechanisms.
  • Chemical Informatics: Computer representation of chemical reactions.
  • Chemical Education: Incorporation of computational chemistry terminology and methods into the first-year chemistry curriculum. Development of novel laboratory experiments for introductory organic chemistry students.

Teaching Experience

  • 2007 – present Queensborough Community College
    • Substitute Assistant Instructor (2008 - present)
    • Adjunct Professor (2007 - 2008)
  • 2008 – present York College (Adjunct Professor)
  • 2006 – 2007 Nassau Community College (Adjunct Instructor)

Membership In Professional Societies

  • American Chemical Society
  • Association for Computing Machinery


  1. "Computer Assisted Mechanistic Evaluation of Organic Reactions. 22. The Generation and Use of Three-Dimensional Structures." Gothe, S.A.; Helson, H.E.; Houdaverdis, I.; Lagerstedt, I.; Sinclair, S.; Jorgensen, W.L. J. Org. Chem. 1984, 58, 5081-5094.
  2. "A Double Decay Experiment: Half-Life Determination of Two Independently Decaying Radionuclides." Houdaverdis, I.; Kontis, S.S. J. Chem. Educ. 1991, 68, 171-172.

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.