Congratulations to Zachary Hill, who defended his Ph.D. work “A Chemical Genetic Method for Studying the Location-Specific Function of Protein Kinases” on July 22. Zachary was raised in the small village of Sleetmute, AK. He attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks where in 2006 he received his B.S. in Chemistry. Zachary has been a student in Professor Dustin Maly’s lab since 2008, where he has used chemical tools to study protein kinases and cellular signaling pathways. Zachary is currently interviewing for several academic postdoctoral positions where he hopes to continue his study of cellular signaling pathways.
Chemistry alumna Dr. Susan Rempe (’98), currently at Sandia National Laboratory, has received the prestigious R&D 100 Award presented by R&D Magazine. The award recognizes the 100 most technologically significant products introduced into the marketplace over the past year. Dr. Rempe was honored for her project “Biomimetic Membranes for Water Purification”, in collaboration with researchers from the University of New Mexico. The project has developed new biomimetic membranes that purify water with a ten-fold improvement in efficiency over traditional reverse-osmosis filters. Dr. Rempe received her PhD from the University of Washington, Department of Chemistry, working with former Department Chair Robert Watts.
Congratulations to Dr. Aurelia Honerkamp-Smith, who has been awarded the 2011 UW Graduate School Distinguished Dissertation Award. 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.