Lucas Cantin
Chemistry Instructor
603 - Behind 601 in the 600 building.

I look forward to guide you as your lecture instructor.

I got both my graduate and undergraduate degrees at the University of California at Santa Cruz. I really like to teach physical chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology and environmental issues as they apply to chemistry. In industry, I worked in several fields before I settled on teaching. I worked at Applied Biosystems developing gene chip technology. For a while, I was a field chemist at Romic Environmental making sure chemical waste was properly managed. I developed plastics for aerospace applications at Dexter Aerospace. I have been teaching chemistry at community colleges for the last ten years. I like to help students foment deductive and inductive reasoning skills which they will have for the rest of their lives.

My 'leisure' activities include bicycling, running, surfing, skiing, scuba diving, ballroom dancing, yoga, violin, hiking and camping. Much of my free time currently is involved with my daughter right now, however. I hope she can join me in some my leisure and professional pursuits in the future.

Please feel free to contact me. My 'virtual' door is open anytime.


Professor Cantin

** Instructor: Lucas Cantin




MS, Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Santa Cruz 2008

BS, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz 2000



* “An Experimental Primer on High-Performance Liquid Chromatography” by Lucas Cantin,© Copyright 2010. Written for college students under a Title V grant at Hartnell College.

* Williams, T. M.; Zavanelli, M.; Miller, M. A.; Goldbeck, R. A.; Cantin, L. P.; Kliger D. S. “Running, swimming and diving modifies neuroprotecting globins in the mammalian brain (Links to an external site.) .” Proc. Royal Soc. Biol. Sci. 2008, 275, 1636, 751-758.



Over 10 years of teaching at Cabrillo College, San Jose City College, and Cañada College among other community colleges in the bay area.

** Other Work Experience


* Applied Biosystems - Developed a gene chip micro-array platform

* Romic Environmental - Worked as a Field Chemist segregating chemical waste for treatment from high tech

* Dexter Aerospace - Developed plastics for aerospace applications

* Cytoculture - Performed bio-remediation assays to determine activity of hydrocarbon degrader microbes and dissolved oxygen at active sites

** How You Can Contact Me


* Send me a message anytime, using the Canvas Inbox (preferred) or my Cabrillo email:

* Online Office Hours: Using Zoom, we can meet face-to-face! If you'd like, please join me online by appointment

* Response time: I will respond to all student questions within 24 hours Monday through Thursday

** How I Will Contact You


I will be an active participant in this course. You can expect that I will contact you a few times each week, via the following methods:

* Announcements: I typically post an announcement at the beginning of the week, and towards the middle of the week. Keep an eye out for this important information!

* Canvas Inbox messages: I will occasionally reach out via the Inbox to check in with you, and remind you if you have missed an assignment.

Office Hours

Spring 2023 Office Hours:

Thursday 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. in 601 (behind 603) in the 600 building.