Robert (Bobby) Towery, PhD

Professor of Chemistry


  • PhD in Chemistry, The University of Southern Mississippi
  • BS in Chemistry, Belhaven College

Courses Taught

  • General Chemistry I and II
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Bioanalytical Methods
  • The Lithosphere
  • Biochemistry

Teaching Focus

Dr. Towery’s teaching focus is on introducing college students to the field of chemistry. He has 21 years teaching experience at the high school and college level. His area of specialization is in the study of bioanalytical chemistry.

Additional Information

Dr. Towery’s primary research interests are in biosensor development including quantitation of nucleic acid hybridization using piezoelectric detectors such as the Quartz Crystal Microbalance (QCM). Please see Dr. Towery’s website located in the Research section of Chemistry faculty.

Dr. Towery is Chairman of the Learning Resources Committee and is also a member of the Admissions Committee, Library Committee and the Safety Committee.

Dr. Towery has been credited with the first known application of the QCM to a practical research problem in his determination of chloroplast DNA in total soybean DNA via QCM detection. He also was the recipient of the Opal Goolsby Excellence in Teaching Award for 2004. Dr. Towery is a member of the American Chemical Society and the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry.

Industrial experience includes working as a District Representative for the Drew Division of Ashland Chemical Company. Academic experience includes positions at Belhaven College and Hinds County Community College.
Dr. Towery’s hobbies are traveling with his wife Lisa and golf.

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