• Ph.D., Baylor University, in synthetic organic chemistry (2006)
  • Licentiate and B.S., Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, in pharmaceutical sciences (2001)

Courses Recently Taught:

  • CHEM 0201 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 0203 Organic Chemistry II

Professional Interests/Activities:
Dr. Carranza joined the WSU faculty in the fall of 2016, having previously been a tenure-track assistant professor of chemistry at Dominican University of California, where she was an award-winning teacher.  Additionally, while at Dominican she mentored undergraduate researchers in the field of medicinal chemistry: she both synthesized new drug candidates and studied the interaction of those compounds with their biological targets.  Her research currently focuses on the development of new anticancer drugs with increased specificity and improved effectiveness for the treatment of breast cancer.