Department of Chemistry
PhD, Clinical Bio-analytical chemistry, Cleveland State University, OH
Dr. Tiso joined the Chemistry Department of American University in September 2015.
A native of Italy, he earned his M.S. in Chemistry at the University of Padova, Italy in 2001 and a Ph.D. in Clinical Bioanalytical Chemistry with specialization in Molecular Medicine at the Cleveland State University, Ohio while performing his thesis project on nitric-oxide synthase enzymes at the Cleveland Clinic Learner Research Center. At CSU he was a teaching assistant of general and organic chemistry for several years. As a post-doctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, MD, Dr. Tiso acquired a broad experience in biochemistry research and since 2012 he taught continuously “Biochemistry in Health and Diseases” and “Introduction to Molecular Medicine” at the Foundation for Advanced Education in Sciences (FAES) Graduate School in Bethesda, MD.
In addition to the classic lecturing method, Dr. Tiso has adopted the problem-based learning methodology; in his classes he strives to convey his passion and enthusiasm for the subject, he shares his curiosity for the unexplained or unknown and encourages students to work together and learn from each other. He values students’ individual backgrounds and experiences and stimulates them to teach back to the class using group exercises and frequent class discussions.
Dr. Tiso research interests are the molecular pathways governing the link between dietary nitrate metabolism, the microbiome and human health, including the reactions of nitrate and nitrite with globin hemoproteins (such as hemoglobin, myoglobin and neuroglobin) to generate nitric oxide.