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Chemistry Faculty & Staff


Michelle (Cheli) Fossum

Chem 1A, Chem 1B, Chem 30A, Chem 30B


I started teaching at Laney College in 1992 and I’ve been here ever since! I grew up in Washington state and moved to the Bay Area when I was in high school. I went to a community college right after high school, and I am so glad I did. I feel that I learned the material more thoroughly in a community college, since classes were smaller and there was more attention from the teachers. My goal is for my students to really learn the material. My classes are challenging yet friendly and supportive. When I’m not teaching, I love hiking, yoga, dance, reading, and playing board games with my friends.



Bill Trego

Chem 12A, Chem 12B


I was raised in a small factory/farming town in Central Ohio and was the first member of family to attend college.  I graduated from a high school that was literally surrounded by corn and soybean fields.  I received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 1995, where I also happened to meet my wife.  I went on to study synthetic organic chemistry at the Ohio State University.  My first formal experience in teaching was at Columbus State Community College.  After spending a number of years working in the nonprofit world, my family moved to the Bay Area in 2006, at which time I began teaching chemistry part-time at Laney College.  After a few years of teaching introductory level chemistry, I was given the opportunity to take over the evening organic chemistry sections.  In 2015, I was hired to fill the chemistry department’s new full-time faculty position.  During my years as a part-time instructor, I also taught at Mills College in Oakland.  I have taught the majority of the courses we offer at Laney.  While these days, I mostly teach CHEM 12A and 12B, I enjoy working with students at all levels.   What I have learned through teaching is that there is no better way to learn chemistry (or perhaps anything for that matter) than to try to teach it to someone else.



Abraham Reyes

Chem 1A, Chem 1B

Hello! I am a theoretical chemist, which sounds counterintuitive since chemistry is an applied science, but this only means I lean towards the modeling of chemical processes and analysis of experimental data; however, being a professor has been the most relevant part of my career as a chemist. It will be a pleasure to be in a class with you and learn from one another!  =)




Seth Silberman

Lab coordinator

Seth grew up in a small town in rural Vermont before moving to a small town in rural N. California in high school. He has called the great city of Oakland home for the last 14 years. 

He enjoys working at Laney supporting students and faculty for all their lab equipment and material needs. Don’t hesitate to let him know if you need any help with any of your lab materials. 

When not working in the lab, Seth likes exploring the great outdoors, cycling around town, trying new restaurants in Oakland, and watching the Golden State Warriors. He also is an aspiring home chef who specializes in baking sourdough bread and bagels.


FacultyCourses TaughtCatalog numbers (CHEM)OfficePhone
Abraham ReyesGeneral Chemistry1A/1BA 237A (inside A 236)
Bill TregoOrganic Chemistry
Introductory General, Organic and Biochemistry
12A/12BA 276 (inside A 277)
Cheli Fossum
General Chemistry,
Introductory General, Organic, and Biochemistry
30A/30B, 1A/1B A 236A (inside A 236)
Anjana ParkerIntroductory General Chemistry30AA 236A (inside A 236)
Phillip TouIntroductory General Chemistry30AA 236A (inside A 236)
Staff MemberTitlePhoneOfficeE-mail
Seth SilbermanScience Laboratory Coordinator510-464-3270
(ext. 3270)
A235A (inside A236)
Mohammed HossainLaboratory Technician510-464-3270
(ext. 3270)
A235A (inside A236)