Final Examination – Dissertation Defense

???????????????????????????????Congratulations to Yitong (Jenny) Zhang, who defended her Ph.D. work “Taking Artemisinin to Clinical Anticancer Applications: Design, Synthesis and Characterization of pH-responsive Dimer Derivatives in Lipid Nanoparticles” on March 5, 2015. She was a student in Professor Tomikazu Sasaki’s laboratory for the past five years. In the next few weeks, she will be wrapping up in the Sasaki lab while preparing to start her career in the pharmaceutical industry. Jenny is looking forward to spending more time with her family and traveling to see the world in the meantime.

Final Examination – Dissertation Defense

HauptCongratulations to Chelsea Hess Haupt, who defended her Ph.D. work “New Methods for Investigating the Interplay of Photoluminescence Intermittency and Local Dielectric Constant” on February 24, 2015. Chelsea was a student in Professor Philip Reid’s laboratory. In March, Chelsea will be starting a position as the Associate Director of Digital Content with McGraw Hill Education in Dubuque, Iowa. Chelsea is excited to start a career in the Education Technology Industry and explore the Midwest.

Michael Enright Selected as 2015 PNNL Graduate Fellow

Enright 1Michael Enright, a first-year graduate student in the research group of Assistant Professor Brandi Cossairt, has been selected as one of three inaugural PNNL Graduate Fellows. Michael is working on synthesizing new nanomaterials that use sunlight to generate clean and renewable fuels. Currently, Michael’s research goals are to develop type II semiconductors that absorb ultraviolet and visible light from the sun to excite electrons. In type II semiconductors, the excited electrons are used to catalyze the production of hydrogen gas. Michael earned a B.A. in Chemistry at Ripon College in Wisconsin. Outside of the lab, Michael enjoys playing intramural water tube basketball and cheering on the Washington Huskies athletic teams.

Rachel Eaton Selected as 2015 PNNL Graduate Fellow

Eaton 1Rachel (Rae) Eaton, a first-year graduate student in the research group of Assistant Professor Matthew Bush, has been selected as one of three inaugural PNNL Graduate Fellows. Rae’s research focuses on using native mass spectrometry to characterize the assembly, stoichiometry, and stability of proteins and protein complexes. Rae works with the emerging structures for lossless ion manipulation (SLIM), which she uses to expand the portfolio and information content of these gas-phase experiments. These experiments reveal biologically relevant data previously inaccessible using more traditional structural biology techniques. Rae earned B.A. degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry at Oberlin College in Ohio, focusing on bioanalytical chemistry. Though her family has lived in many places, she considers herself to be from Portland, Oregon, and accordingly likes hiking, DIY foodstuffs, and fiber arts.

Jose Araujo Selected as 2015 PNNL Graduate Fellow

AraujoJose Araujo, a first-year graduate student working in the research group of Professor Daniel Gamelin, has been selected as one of three inaugural PNNL Graduate Fellows. Jose’s academic interests are focused on nanoscience, specifically, nanocrystals and the intriguing properties they exhibit compared to their bulk analogues. The diverse set of tunable properties nanocrystals exhibit make them ideal candidates for many useful applications. Jose is interested in developing semiconductor nanocrystals which he will reversibly photodope with either holes or electrons. The envisaged photodoping studies should provide insight into nanocrystal technology. Jose earned a B.S. at the University of Southern California. Outside of the lab, Jose enjoys fishing, music, watching sports, and exploring the Seattle area.