Final Examination – Dissertation Defense

Congratulations to Alison Thompson, who defended her Ph.D. work “Single-Cell Molecular Profiling of Nucleic Acids in the Microfluidic Self-Digitization Chip” on March 15, 2017.  She was a student in Professor Daniel Chiu’s laboratory.  She is currently working as a postdoctoral research fellow in the laboratory of Jerry Radich at Fred Hutch in Seattle, where she is continuing to develop methods for single-cell characterization and investigating the utility of these methods for advancing treatment of acute myeloid leukemia.

Final Examination – Dissertation Defense

Congratulations to Sam Allen, who defended his Ph.D. work “Development of Ion Mobility Mass Spectrometry Instrumentation to Investigate the Gas-Phase Structures of Protein and Protein Complex Ions” on February 22, 2017. He was a student in Matt Bush’s lab for the past five years. He has traded in his Seattle raincoat for his California sandals and will be starting work as an Engineer at BioElectron in Mountain View, CA.

Final Examination – Dissertation Defense

Congratulations to Nathanial Watson, who defended his Ph.D. work “Development of Instrumental and Computational Methods for Accessing Information in Multi-Dimensional Gas Chromatography with Mass Spectrometry ” on March 16, 2017. He was a student in Professor Rob Synovec’s laboratory. He also recently retired from the US Army. He is currently on an extended bike tour with his family.

Final Examination – Dissertation Defense

Congratulations to Charlie Barrows, who defended his Ph.D. work “Helping Observe and Tune Diffusing Using Mn2+ Photophysics in Inorganic Nanocrystals after Growth” on March 16, 2017. He was a student in Professor Daniel Gamelin’s laboratory for the past five years. In the fall, he will begin teaching physical chemistry at Whitman College as a Visiting Assistant Professor. Until then, he is catching up on some overdue napping, camping, and playing music.

Graduate Student Award

index4 Dane deQuilettes was recently awarded the MRS Gold Graduate Student Award for a presentation on Photoluminescence Lifetimes Exceeding 8 µs and Quantum Yields Exceeding 30% in Hybrid Perovskite Thin Films by Ligand Passivation at the 2016 MRS Fall Meeting in Boston.

Final Examination – Dissertation Defense

julian_dryboxCongratulations to Julian Rees, who defended his Ph.D. work “Insight into Biological Small-Molecule Activation from Enzymes, Model Complexes, and X-ray Spectroscopy” on June 1st, 2016.  Julian was a graduate student with Professor Julie Kovacs for the past five years, and he spent the 2014-2015 academic year at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion as a DAAD graduate scholar with Prof. Dr. Serena DeBeer.  Julian is starting a postdoctoral fellowship with Rebecca Abergel, in the BioActinide chemistry group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He will be developing new antibody-actinide conjugates for radioimmunotherapy and imaging applications.

Final Examination – Dissertation Defense

steven-oja-final-defense Steve Oja defended his Ph.D. work “Development of Fluorescence-Enabled Electrochemical Microscopy for Electrochemical Imaging and Detection” on September 15, 2016. He was a student in Professor Bo Zhang’s lab for the past four years. He lives in Alameda, CA now where he works as a postdoc for Ibis Biosciences and Abbott Labs developing continuously monitoring biosensors.

Final Examination – Dissertation Defense

20160609_182549Congratulations to Rob Pepin, who defended his PhD work “Gaseous Studies of Ionic Chromophores and Peptide Cation Radicals Generated from Electron Transfer” on March 4th, 2016.  He was a student in Professor Frank Turecek’s lab for the past 4 and a half years.  Following a short stint post graduation in Professor Turecek’s laboratory, Rob and his wife welcomed a son in July.  He is now looking for work as a postdoctoral scientist in the Seattle area.  He is excited to put his training to use in new applications.

Final Examination – Dissertation Defense

sdtc-headshotSophia D. T. Cherry successfully defended her Ph. D. work “Toward Catalytic Hydrogenolysis of Chlorofluorocarbons with Group 8 and 9 Complexes” on February 23, 2016. She worked in the laboratory of Professor and Chair D. Michael Heinekey while at the University of Washington. Currently, Sophia is working as a faculty member at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She is excited for this new opportunity and to continue exploring Colorado.