Congratulations to Mengxia Zhao, who defended his Ph.D. work “Sensitive and High-Throughput Detection, Separation and Analysis of Circulating Tumor Cells” on June 6. Mengxia was a student in Professor Daniel Chiu’s group for the last 5 years, working on single-cell related methods. He will work as a postdoctoral researcher in the Chiu laboratory after graduation.
Congratulations to Luke Marney, who defended his Ph.D. work “Metabolomics and the Development of Nontarget Discovery Analysis Methods for Two-dimensional Gas Chromatography Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry” on May 30. The aim of Luke’s graduate work was to develop new computational methods for GC x GC – TOFMS metabolomics investigations. Using novel signal processing, statistical, and machine learning principles, the developed software now reduces large complex GC x GC – TOFMS data sets down to only the most important chemical changes for a class comparison experiment. Luke is teaching Chemistry 321 this summer at the University of Washington and will be moving to London, UK, at the end of the summer and will continue work on new data analysis techniques as well as working on many different publication projects.
Congratulations to Joshua Guerrette, who defended his Ph.D. research “Fluorescence Enabled Electrochemical Microscopy and Nanoscale Electrochemical Analysis.” on May 17. He has been working for Professor Bo Zhang for the past 4 years studying electroanalytical chemistry. Josh will spend a short time travelling this summer before starting a postdoctoral position at UNC-Chapel Hill in September.
Congratulations to Noel Fitzgerald, who defended his Ph.D. work “Measurement of Dissolved Oxygen in Highly Restricted (Picoliter) Volumes Utilizing Thin Film Luminescent Sensors,” on May 22, 2013. He worked with Professor Lloyd Burgess and was a key analytical team member with the Microscale Life Sciences Center, a Center of Excellence in Genomic Sciences funded by NIH. He will spend some time traveling and seeking employment related to instrument and method research and development.
Congratulations to Maxwell Zeigler, who defended his Ph.D. work “Highly Sensitive Quantitative Microscopy for Cellular and Subcellular Analysis” on March 7. Maxwell’s dissertation was primarily about fundamental biophysical measurements. His current plan is to work in intellectual property and help chemists patent their work.
Congratulations to Michael Lynch, who defended his Ph.D. work “Correlating Electronic and Nuclear Motions in Ultrafast Photoinduced Charge Transfer Reactions with Femtosecond Multidimensional Spectroscopies” on February 18. He was a student in Professor Munira Khalil’s laboratory for the past five years. In the next few months, he will be heading back to British Columbia to pursue a career in the chemical industry. Michael is excited to be moving back to Canada and cannot wait for his wedding in September.
Erin Riley defended her Ph.D. work “Single Molecule Photoluminescence Intermittency: The Role of the Host” on December 13. She was a student working under Professors Philip Reid and Bart Kahr for the past 5 years. In the next few months she will be a BEBTEH fellow in the departments of Biostatistics, Public Health, and Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences here at the UW working under Professor Chris Simpson. Erin is excited to hone her analytic skills while analyzing air pollutant data with the aim of minimizing human disease from exposure to toxic combustion particulates and gasses.
Congratulations to Jennifer Gadd, who defended her Ph.D. work “Single-Molecule Studies for the Characterization of Synaptic Vesicles” on September 5. She had the pleasure of conducting her research under the guidance of Professor Daniel T. Chiu. Jennifer will head to San Diego where she will be doing scientific editing while exploring her options in post-doctoral research or academia and indulging in her many non-science related hobbies.
Congratulations to Dmitry Liskin, who defended his Ph.D. work “Oxidative Difunctionalizations of Alkenes” on August 10. Dmitry was a student in Professor Forrest Michael’s laboratory for the past five years. He now has a chemistry lecturer position at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia.
Congratulations to Gayani Perera, who defended her Ph.D. work “Chemical Proteomic Tools for Studying Protein Kinase Active Sites” on August 2. Gayani was a graduate student in Professor Dustin Maly’s laboratory since 2006 and was involved in designing and synthesizing small molecule inhibitors that can be utilized in a variety of applications to study protein kinases. She is excited to return to the pearl of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka, and resume duties at the Department of Chemistry, University of Colombo.