Dr. Corbin Zea

Title: Professor of Chemistry
Dept.: Chemistry
Office: Elings Hall 110

I am a native Iowan, live in Ankeny with my wife and three sons.

Academic History

  • Ph.D., Organic Chemistry (August, 2005) Iowa State University, Ames, IA
  • M.S., Physical Chemistry (August, 1995) University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
  • B.S., Chemistry (May, 1993) Sioux Falls College, Sioux Falls, SD 

Start Date at Grand View

  • August 2005

Areas of Expertise

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry

Research / Accomplishments

  • Research monitoring the binding changes between metal ions and nucleotide phosphates utilizing NMR and ITC
  • Partnering with Notre Dame Univeristy to identify components in parmacuticals from Africa
  • Exploring the Impact of Urban Areas on the Des Moines River
  • Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award (2008)


  • Carver Foundation Grant (2017) - Advancing Undergraduate Research and Scientific Exploration at Grand View University. $200,000.
  • R.W. and Mary Nelson Foundation Grant (2015) - Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer. $354,000.
  • Grow Iowa Value Fund Grant (2011) - Probing Substrate Level Binding of Phosphorylase b: Implications Towards Diabetes Regulation. Funded $50,000. 

Questions & Answers

What makes Grand View unique among other universities?
The science department at Grand View is fully committed to equipping you to be successful after leaving GV. To accomplish this we provide the students opportunities to engage in science with more meaningful ways.
What is your favorite part about working at Grand View?
My favorite part of working at Grand View is getting to know the students. I am able to accomplish that when the class size is smaller.

Student Testimonials

  • “Dr. Zea is always willing to help with more than just classes and is very easy to get along with and talk to. He gets to know students on a personal level rather than just as another student.” - Tyler Henze
  • “Dr. Zea is my advisor but has also been my professor for multiple classes. He always makes time for me even outside of his office hours. He is also one of the most enthusiastic professors I know.” - Sunnie Baumgartner
  • “Dr. Zea brings a whole other level of enthusiasm to his classes that you don't see from other professors. This makes classes more enjoyable and easier to learn.” - Elma Omanovic
Dr. Corbin Zea