Professor Isiah Warner holds the highest LSU professorial rank, Boyd Professor. He has more than 340 refereed publications in a variety of journals relevant to the general areas of analytical and materials chemistry. His particular expertise is in the area of fluorescence spectroscopy, where his research has focused for more than 35 years. He is considered one of the world’s experts in the analytical applications of fluorescence spectroscopy. Over the past 20 years, he hasmaintained a strong research effort in the areas of organized media andseparation science. He has also been performing research in the more specific area of analytical applications of ionic liquids. He has chaired 59 doctoral theses and is currently supervising 11 other Ph.D. theses.
In addition to fundamental research, Isiah has conducted educational research which focuses on mechanisms for maintaining and enhancing student education in STEM, with a particular focus on encouraging his students to pursue terminal degrees. He is involved in many projects that focus on diversity in STEM fields. Many of his students have gone on to pursue PhDs and post-doctoral studies at some of this country’s most prestigious institutions. He is a mentor to students all over the world.
Excellent teaching has always been an important part of his career goals. When he first joined the faculty of Emory University and of Louisiana State University, he was asked what he wanted to teach in his first semester. In both cases, he taught honor’s Freshman chemistry. He believes that teaching students how to do research is the ultimate form of education since it involves the discovery of new knowledge.
Isiah is only one of three professors to maintain the honor of being selected as an HHMI Professor over the past three selection processes. He has recently been honored with the 2015 Iddles Lectureship, the 2014 Stanley C. Israel Regional Award for Advancing Diversity in Chemical Sciences, and the 2013 American Chemical Society (ACS) Award in Analytical Chemistry.