Dr. Pablo Sacasa

Chairperson, Chemistry/Physics/Earth Science Department, Miami Dade College

Pablo Sacasa received a B.A. in Chemistry in 1997 from Florida International University and later completed his Masters in Chemistry in 2003. His research was focused on synthetic medicinal chemistry. He designed and synthesized analogs of S-adenosyl-L-homocysteine with 5', 6’-double bond (or halovinyl) moieties incorporated in place of the sulfur atom employing different cross-coupling approaches. 

Pablo Sacasa later became an adjunct faculty at Miami Dade College and after much thought and tribulation, he placed his career on hold and went on to receive a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry at Florida International University in 2010. He developed radical-mediated germyldesulfonylation reaction utilizing less toxic germane hydrides to produce germyldesulfonylation reactions to remove toxicity of tin reagents.

Dr. Sacasa published one book chapter and eight peer-reviewed publications from his graduate work at FIU in such respectful journals as J. Med. Chem., Tetrahedron Lett., and Bioorg. Med. Chem.

In 2011, Dr. Sacasa became the Chairperson of the Chemistry/Physics/Earth Sciences department at Miami Dade College-North Campus.  As Chairperson, he oversees 10 full time faculty and over 20 adjunct faculty. In addition, he oversees major STEM grants for the School of Science. Recently, Dr. Sacasa transitioned to Interim Dean of the School of Science at Miami Dade College. He aspires to continue to grow within Miami Dade College to better serve his students and his community.