Final Examination – Dissertation Defense

WhittakerCongratulations to Aaron Whittaker, who defended his Ph.D. work “New Copper Catalyzed Reactions of Organoboron and Organosilicon Compounds” on August 21. Aaron was a student in Professor Gojko Lalic’s laboratory. In October he will be joining the laboratory of Professor Vy Dong as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of California, Irvine. Aaron’s future research will involve the use of ruthenium as a hydroacylation catalyst, as well as applications of this methodology towards natural product synthesis.

Final Examination – Dissertation Defense

HariCongratulations to Sanjay Hari, who defended his Ph.D. work “Investigating Inactive Conformations of Protein Kinases” on August 16. Sanjay was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH. He received his B.S. from Ohio State University in 2008 and entered the Biomolecular Structure and Design (now Biophysics, Structure, and Design) program at UW the same year. Sanjay has been a student in Professor Dustin Maly’s lab since 2009, where he has been studying protein kinase conformations. Sanjay will continue working in Professor Maly’s lab for the next few months while searching for a postdoctoral position.

Final Examination – Dissertation Defense

RiedelCongratulations to Theran Riedel, who defended his Ph.D. work “Constraints on Reactivity and Components of Nocturnal Nitrogen Oxides” on August 14. Theran was a student in Professor Joel Thornton’s atmospheric chemistry lab for the past five years. In the next few months, he will be heading to North Carolina to work with Professor Jason Surratt at UNC – Chapel Hill where he will study secondary organic aerosol precursors. Theran is excited to begin research there and eat Carolina style barbeque but less excited about the heat and humidity.