Skip to main content

Lisa Funari

General Chemistry Lab Instructor and Supervisor
No Photo Available


020 Whitmore Lab


Mailing Address

104 Chemistry Building

University Park, PA 16802



Masters of Education in Educational Leadership, Pennsylvania State University

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Ramapo College of New Jersey

Associate of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology, Pennsylvania State University


About Me

I am a General Chemistry Lab Instructor and Supervisor. I teach various general chemistry lab classes. I am also the lead instructor for Chem 113E. This is the second semester general chemistry lab course with a focus on environmental chemistry. As lead instructor, I also serve as editor of the Chemistry 113E Laboratory Manual. In addition, I supervise various general chemistry lab sections, providing support to both graduate teaching assistants, as well as the general chemistry students. As both instructor and supervisor, my focus is to improve the general chemistry lab experience.

I have been teaching for over 15 years. I have taught various levels of high school chemistry, physics and environmental science in New Jersey and Georgia before arriving at Penn State. Prior to entering the teaching profession, I worked as a chemist and ultimately a laboratory manager in the highly regulated pharmaceutical industry. This allows me to provide a valuable perspective to our students with respect to a true industrial laboratory environment.

My daughter (B.S. Economics) and my son (B.S. Kinesiology) both proudly earned their undergraduate degrees from Penn State. In addition to my enthusiasm for chemistry, my husband and I volunteer for the Special Olympics of Pennsylvania, as well as other organizations. He serves as event director for the statewide summer games, held annually here at Penn State. I have recently accepted a leadership position on the planning committee for the Paterno Family Beaver Stadium Run “Finish at the Fifty”, supporting these summer games.