Tay, Gidget

Gidget Tay Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Phone: 815-394-5095


Chemical & Biological Sciences


Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, University of California, Irvine
B.S., Chemistry, University of California, San Diego


Dr. Gidget Tay is originally from California, born and raised. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry with a minor in Dance from the University of California, San Diego. She obtained a Ph.D. in organic chemistry, specializing in total synthetic chemistry from the University of California, Irvine. While in graduate school, she helped develop the general chemistry laboratory course and taught a variety of chemistry laboratory and lecture courses.

Dr. Tay joined Rockford University’s CBS Department in Fall 2015 and teaches primarily organic chemistry (Chem 205 and 206). Her research mainly focuses on methodology development to synthesize chiral 1,3-amino alcohols. She also dabbles in an interdisciplinary project, creating educational videos that explain chemistry concepts using dancers.

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