Final Examination – Dissertation Defense

Congratulations to Samuel Berweger, who defended his Ph.D. work “Plasmonic Antennas for Optical Nanocrystallography and Femtosecond Spatio-Temporal Control” on August 18. Originally from Switzerland, Samuel grew up in Santa Cruz, CA, where he attended University of California Santa Cruz for his undergraduate studies. Samuel worked in Professor Markus Raschke’s laboratory during his time at UW, and recently moved to the University of Colorado in order to continue working in his group. After defending Samuel will continue working as a postdoctoral researcher in Professor Raschke’s group.

Final Examination – Dissertation Defense

Congratulations to Stephanie Benight, who defended her Ph.D. work “Nanoengineering of Soft Matter Interactions in Organic Electro-Optic Materials” on August 12th. Stephanie J. Benight was born in Seattle, Washington and raised near Chicago, Illinois. She attended Stanford University where she received her B.S. in Chemistry in 2006. Stephanie has been a student in Professor Larry Dalton’s lab since 2007, where she has investigated the use of incorporating additional soft matter interactions in organic electro-optic (OEO) materials. Her work has included development, synthesis, characterization, and theoretical investigation of novel OEO materials. Stephanie is currently pursuing several postdoctoral positions where she hopes to study additional applications of organic electronics and photonics.

Final Examination – Dissertation Defense

Congratulations to Inna Goreshnik, who defended her Ph.D. work “Engineering of a Small Molecule-Regulated Switch for Studying Signaling Enzymes” on August 11.  She was born in Kishinev, Moldova, and moved to Seattle at the age of nine.  She attended the University of Washington where she received her B.S. in Biochemistry in 2004.  Inna has been a student in Professor Dustin Maly’s lab since 2006, where she has developed chemical genetic tools to study signaling enzymes and cellular signaling pathways.  Inna is currently looking for a position in the pharmaceutical industry where she hopes to continue research in cellular biology.