Congratulations to Peter Hsu, who defended his doctoral thesis, “Structural and biochemical studies of the transcription termination machinery,” on November 22, 2013.
As a student in research group of Professor Gabriele Varani, Peter characterized a number of proteins governing messenger RNA transcription termination in eukaryotic cells, using a combination of biochemistry, X-ray crystallography, and spectroscopic methods. In January, Peter will be moving to the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Washington to conduct postdoctoral research with Associate Professor Ning Zheng.
Congratulations to Richard P. Rucker, who defended his Ph.D. work “New Reactions of Organoboron Compounds” on November 15. As a student with Professor Gojko Lalic, Richard studied the development and mechanisms of reactions utilizing catalytic organoboron–copper transmetallation to create well-defined nucleophilic organocopper intermediates. In January, Richard will start a postdoctoral fellowship with Professor Michael Organ at York University in Toronto, Ontario, where he will study the fundamental reactivity of organopalladium complexes using a variety of experimental and computational techniques in an effort to develop more efficient catalysts for cross-coupling reactions.
Congratulations to Kristina Knesting, who defended her Ph.D. work “Polymer / Transparent Electrode Interface Studies with Applications for Organic Solar Cells” on September 23. Kristina was a student in Professor David Ginger’s group where she was a U.S. Department of Energy graduate fellow and studied how the interfaces in organic solar cells effect their performance. In the next few months she will be taking a short vacation before starting a career in industry.
Congratulations 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.
Congratulations 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.
Congratulations to Mengxia Zhao, who defended his Ph.D. work “Sensitive and High-Throughput Detection, Separation and Analysis of Circulating Tumor Cells” on June 6. Mengxia was a student in Professor Daniel Chiu’s group for the last 5 years, working on single-cell related methods. He will work as a postdoctoral researcher in the Chiu laboratory after graduation.
Congratulations to Luke Marney, who defended his Ph.D. work “Metabolomics and the Development of Nontarget Discovery Analysis Methods for Two-dimensional Gas Chromatography Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry” on May 30. The aim of Luke’s graduate work was to develop new computational methods for GC x GC – TOFMS metabolomics investigations. Using novel signal processing, statistical, and machine learning principles, the developed software now reduces large complex GC x GC – TOFMS data sets down to only the most important chemical changes for a class comparison experiment. Luke is teaching Chemistry 321 this summer at the University of Washington and will be moving to London, UK, at the end of the summer and will continue work on new data analysis techniques as well as working on many different publication projects.
Congratulations to Joshua Guerrette, who defended his Ph.D. research “Fluorescence Enabled Electrochemical Microscopy and Nanoscale Electrochemical Analysis.” on May 17. He has been working for Professor Bo Zhang for the past 4 years studying electroanalytical chemistry. Josh will spend a short time travelling this summer before starting a postdoctoral position at UNC-Chapel Hill in September.
Congratulations to Noel Fitzgerald, who defended his Ph.D. work “Measurement of Dissolved Oxygen in Highly Restricted (Picoliter) Volumes Utilizing Thin Film Luminescent Sensors,” on May 22, 2013. He worked with Professor Lloyd Burgess and was a key analytical team member with the Microscale Life Sciences Center, a Center of Excellence in Genomic Sciences funded by NIH. He will spend some time traveling and seeking employment related to instrument and method research and development.