Final Examination – Dissertation Defense

MarneyCongratulations 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.

Final Examination – Dissertation Defense

Congratulations to Ryan Wilson, who defended his Ph.D. work “Novel Injection Techniques to Enable Fast, High Peak Capacity Gas Chromatography Separations” on August 7. He has worked for the past five years as a graduate student in Professor Rob Synovec’s lab to develop fast, multi-dimensional GC separations. Ryan will remain in Seattle to work in Boeing Research and Technology’s North West Analytical Labs.

Final Examination – Dissertation Defense

Congratulations to Jeremy S. Nadeau who defended his Ph.D. work  “The Impact Improvements in Retention Time Precision and Data Reduction Have on Analysis Time and Precision” on April 26. Originally from Tacoma, Washington near Seattle, he finished undergraduate work at the University of Minnesota at Morris with a degree in chemistry.  After moving back to Washington he started working at a small environmental lab and then started a graduate degree in chemistry at the University of Washington.  He is currently seeking employment.