The Principal Investigator. Contact information
Dr. Stefano Costanzi is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at American University, in Washington DC, with an educational background in both the chemical sciences and international affairs. Specifically, he holds a Laurea degree in Chemistry and a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Camerino as well as a Master of International Service degree from American University’s School of International Service.
Dr. Costanzi’s teaching interests focus on two areas: biochemistry and the countering of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), chiefly chemical weapons. The courses are offered to both science and non-science majors. Depending on the targeted audience, they combine to different degrees science, history, and arms control policy.
His scholarly work is based on two main research lines. The first one revolves around the application and development of computational chemistry strategies to study the interactions between chemicals and living of organisms. The second one revolves around the analysis of gaps in current policies and practices that allow the proliferation of chemical weapons and the conceptualization of solutions and tools to narrow them. Additionally, he is interested in raising awareness on CBRN issues.
He is also passionate about the sea, and he is a PADI certified Advanced Underwater Diver as well as a member of the Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC).