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Dr. Debra Feakes - Professor

Dr. Debra Feakes

Contact Information

Office:  CENT 340B

Phone:  (512) 245-7609

Fax:  (512) 245-2374


Educational Background

  • B.S., Chemistry, Colorado School of Mines (Golden, CO) 1986
  • Ph.D., Chemistry, Utah State University (Logan, UT) 1991
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of California at Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA) 1991-94

Honors and Awards

  • Minnie Stevens Piper Professor, 2016
  • Recipient of the Presidential Distinction Award for Excellence in Teaching, Texas State, 2014
  • Awarded Distinguished Membership status in the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS), Texas State, 2013
  • Professor of the Year, Non-Traditional Students Organization, Texas State, 2012
  • Nominated by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching, Texas State, 2010
  • Den Namesake, Texas State, 2009
  • Invited to Participate in the Technology Integration Workshop, Texas State, 2009
  • Nominated for the Minnie Stevens Piper Professor, 2007
  • Texas State University Nominee for the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Professor of the Year Award, 2007

Areas of Interest

Main Group Inorganic Chemistry


Research in the Feakes Group

The research in my laboratory is based on the synthesis and investigation of polyhedral borane anions.  In particular, we are interested in the potential application of this class of compounds to boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT), a binary cancer therapy proposed for the treatment of brain tumors and metastatic melanoma.