Moody Towers Welcomes Dr. Gilbertson as New Faculty in Residence


Scott Gilbertson Ph.D. currently serves as the M.D. Anderson Professor of Chemistry at the University of Houston. In addition to teaching sophomore organic chemistry, he runs a research group of graduate students. Many of the projects this group works on are carried out in collaboration with biomedical researchers to design and synthesize molecules active in a number of therapeutic areas including, addiction, infectious disease, and cancer. In this effort, Dr. Gilbertson has collaborations with researchers at several institutions in the Texas Medical Center, including Baylor College of Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center Houston, Children’s Hospital University of Texas Medical Branch.

Dr. Gilbertson was born in a small town in west-central Wisconsin. Dr. Gilbertson received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse and his Master of Science degree from the University of Michigan. He received his doctorate from the University of Chicago.

Dr. Gilberston began his career at Washington University in Saint Louis, Mo., where he met his wife, Dr. Michelle Gilbertson. After 13 years, he was recruited to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and eventually came to the University of Houston in 2009.

Dr. Michelle Gilbertson. Michelle was born in Des Planes, Ill. After her receiving her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Ind., Dr. Michelle Gilbertson received her doctorate from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. Dr. Michelle Gilbertson is Assistant Chair in the Chemistry Department at Rice University where she has taught several introductory courses. She has a personal love of teaching and watching “the light come on” for students as they figure out how to succeed in college.

The Gilbertson's have two children in college. Their daughter, Jordan, is a dance and physics major at the University of Texas in Austin and their son Noah is a chemistry major at Trinity University in San Antonio, where he also plays soccer.

In their free time, the Gilbertson’s enjoy watching sports; Liverpool FC and the Green Bay Packers. They also love to snow ski as a family. You will likely see them walking their English Mastiffs (Phoebe and Rumor) on campus. The dogs are very friendly but somewhat slobbery. The Gilbertson’s invite you to come up and talk to them and even give the pups some pets.