Ashley  Faris, PhD

Department Chair, Chemistry

Ashley Faris has been an instructor for the Chemistry Department at Mission College since 2011, and the Department Chair of Chemistry since 2013. In addition to teaching Chemistry, Ashley has enjoyed serving as an advisor to the Alpha Gamma Sigma Honors Club. Prior to teaching at Mission College, Ashley was a graduate student and teaching assistant at the University of California, Santa Barbara where she discovered her passion for teaching and mentoring undergraduates.


Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of California, Santa Barbara;
B.S. in Chemistry, minor in Mathematics, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX.


Ashley’s primary area of expertise is the synthesis and characterization of small molecules, polymeric material and nanoparticles.  While in graduate school, Ashley focused on synthesizing nanoparticles with heat-sensitive linkers that could deliver a drug upon near-infrared light.  This research was funded by the National Institutes of Health to treat cardiovascular disease, but the same principles could be applied to cancer research.  Ashley enjoys sharing her passion for nanomedicine with her students who may become doctors or research scientists one day!

Courses Taught

Chem 012A: Organic Chemistry I
Chem 012B: Organic Chemistry II
Chem 001A/001AH: General Chemistry I
Chem 001B: General Chemistry II
Chem 030A: Fundamentals of Chemistry
Chem 081H: Chemistry Honors Seminar

Fast Facts

When not teaching, Ashley enjoys spending time with her husband, Justin, and her daughter, Lily Mae.  Ashley enjoys cooking and eating good food with her family.  Ashley’s hobbies include dancing, Pilates, and hiking to work off the good food! 

Favorite Quote

To be content is greater than riches, so love what you have.  ~ Epictetus


Ashley Faris

Ashley Faris, PhD
phone: 408-855-5269
office: SCI-132-1B