Final Examination – Dissertation Defense

Congratulations to Eilaf Ahmed, who defended her Ph.D. work “New Organic Semiconductors for Electronics and Optoelectronics” on May 20. She has been working in Professor Samson A. Jenekhe’s laboratory since 2005. She will be the Martin Luther King Visiting Scholar and the UNCF/Merck Postdoctoral fellow at MIT. Eilaf is excited to start her research on biosensors and enjoy life in Boston.

Aurelia Honerkamp-Smith awarded 2010-2011 College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Medal

Congratulations to Dr. Aurelia Honerkamp-Smith, who has been awarded the 2010-2011 College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Medal for the Natural Sciences Division. Aurelia earned her Ph.D. in 2010 in Professor Sarah Keller’s physical chemistry group. Her research centered on miscibility transitions within lipid membranes. Her work is broadly applicable because she performed the first systematic measurement of a dynamic critical exponent in any 2D system with conserved order parameter. Aurelia is now a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Cambridge.

Final Examination – Dissertation Defense

Congratulations to Perry Schiro, who defended his Ph.D. work “Sensitive Optical and Microfluidic Systems for Cellular Analyses” on May 17. He has worked in Professor Daniel Chiu’s laboratory since 2004. Perry plans to commercialize his research on the isolation of rare cells with the goal of facilitating cancer research.

Final Examination – Dissertation Defense

Congratulations to Christopher Moss, who defended his Ph.D. work “Application of Novel Computational Methods to the Study of Electron Based Peptide Dissociations” on May 13. Originally from Elko, NV, Christopher attended the University of Nevada, Reno, where he earned degrees in Mathematics and Chemistry. At the University of Washington, he studied with Prof. Xiaosong Li and Prof. Frank Turecek. His immediate plans are to wander the country with his ferret, Thunder, having adventures and solving mysteries. Christopher is currently seeking employment.