I joined the faculty of the UVA Chemistry Department in 2019, where my teaching interests include Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Chemistry for the Health Sciences. I earned my M.S. and my Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry at Warsaw University (Poland). After two postdoctoral trainings at the University of Virginia and at Stanford University I joined the faculty of Washington and Lee University.

I am passionate about teaching and I design my courses to motivate and excite students through proactive learning. My teaching style effectively engages the students and encourage them to develop into future thinkers, inventors, and researchers, whether it be in industry, academia, or public service.

My research interests lie at the interface of Organic and Polymer Chemistry, Nanomaterials and Medicine, and include the development of new concepts in drug delivery, imaging and diagnostics.



2014 - 2016

Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University, CA

2012 - 2014

Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA


Visiting Research Fellow, National Institutes of Health, MD

2006 - 2010

Ph.D. Organic Chemistry, Warsaw University, Poland

2001 - 2006

M.S. Organic Chemistry, Warsaw University, Poland

Teaching Experience

University of Virginia, 2019 - present

  • CHEM 1500 (Chemistry for Heath Sciences)

  • CHEM 2410 (Organic Chemistry I)

  • CHEM 2420 (Organic Chemistry II)

  • CHEM 4440 (Biochemistry for Pre-Health)

Washington and Lee University, 2016 – 2019

  • 241 Organic Chemistry I (Lecture and Lab)

  • 242 Organic Chemistry (Lecture and Lab)

  • 347 Advanced Organic Chemistry


Medical University of Warsaw, Division of Physiotherapy, 2010-2012

  • Organic Chemistry

  • Biochemistry

  • Biochemistry Lab


Warsaw University, Department of Chemistry, 2006 – 2013

  • Organic Chemistry Lab

  • Organic Chemistry Seminar

  • Chemistry for Non-Chemists

Awards, Scholarships and Grants

  • UVa, Center for Teaching Excellence, Ignite Scholar (2020)

  • Lenfest Summer Research Grant (2019)

  • Washington and Lee Mini-Grant for Course Enhancement (2018)

  • NSF sponsored Advanced Chemistry and Art Workshop (2017)

  • Cancer Center Fellowship, Department of Chemistry, University of Virginia (2012-2013)

  • Warsaw University Postdoctoral International Fellowship to the NIH, Bethesda, MD (2012)

  • Outstanding Achievement Award for a Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Chemistry, Warsaw University (PL) (2009-2010)

Selected Publications

Sawyer C. W., Suffield B. H., Finnefrock A. C., Billings H. M., Uffelman E. S., Zoeller J. R., Dombrowski M. S., Delaney J.K., Dooley K. A., Mass J. L., Samonina J., Whitesell M. M., A John White Alexander Painting at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts: A Comparison of Imaging Technologies for Resolving a Painting under Another Painting, Journal of American Institute for Concervation. 2019, 58, 37–53
De Crisci A. G., Samonina-Kosicka J., Gieleciak R., Fleischauer M., Morris R. H., Waymouth R. M., Electrocatalytic Transfer Hydrogenation for Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Activation and Utilization” – 2018. Poster won first prize at the Connaught Global Challenge Symposium on CO2 Solution to Climate Change
Butler, T.; Morris, W.; Samonina-Kosicka, J.; Fraser, C., Mechanochromic Luminescence and Aggregation Induced Emission of Dinaphthoylmethane β-Diketones and their Boronated Counterparts – ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. 2016, 8, 1242–1251
Samonina-Kosicka, J.; Weitzel, D. H.; Hofmann, C. L.; Hendargo, H.; Hanna, G.; Dewhirst, M. W.; Palmer, G. M.; Fraser, C. L., Luminescent Difluoroboron β-Diketonate PEG-PLA Oxygen Nanosensors for Tumor Imaging. Macromolecular Rapid Communications 2015, 36, 694-699
Butler, T.; Morris, W. A.; Samonina-Kosicka, J.; Fraser, C. L., Mechanochromic Luminescence and Aggregation Induced Emission for a Metal-Free Beta-Diketone. Chemical Communications 2015, 51, 3359-3362. - highlighted as "Noteworthy Chemistry" by ACS
DeRosa, C. A.; Samonina-Kosicka, J.; Fan, Z.; Hendargo, H. C.; Weitzel, D. H.; Palmer, G. M.; Fraser, C. L., Oxygen Sensing Difluoroboron Dinaphthoylmethane Polylactide. Macromolecules 2015, 48, 2967-2977
Samonina-Kosicka, J.; Kańska, M., Synthesis of Selectively Labeled Histidine and its Methylderivatives with Deuterium, Tritium, and Carbon-14. Journal of Labelled Compounds and Radiopharmaceuticals 2013, 56, 317-320