Rico stands in the lab at Dixie State University.

Rico Del Sesto | A Chemist With a Solution

To look at Rico Del Sesto, you probably wouldn’t think scientist, his jeans and sneakers apparel is more fitting of an outdoor adventurer, but he’s that too. When not in the lab, Rico can be found outdoors, mountain biking through a red rock trail, or hiking the nearby national park.

Rico grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, but says after attended graduate school at the University of Utah, he knew he wanted to make his home out west.  Rico worked in top secret government chemistry labs in New Mexico before finally settling in St. George.

During his three years of teaching at Dixie State University, Rico has embarked on a number of research paths. Most notably is one to change the way healthcare organizations use antibacterial solutions.

“The projects involve developing new antibacterial formulations to treat skin infections,” said Rico. “It’s a significant problem in every day life, but more significantly in hospital and clinical settings.”

Rico relishes in the opportunity to help students foster those passions for science, ones he says remind him of his young passion.

He said outdoor opportunities, and the community’s overwhelming support of higher education, are among the reasons he’s glad to call Southern Utah home.