Fourteen graduating seniors have been selected for the 2016 Awards for Distinguished Research in Chemistry and Biochemistry. Congratulations to:
Jiayi Chen (PI: Zhang)
Sasha Dickinson (PI: Maly)
Martin Kinisu (PI: Varani)
Malte Lange (PI: Li)
Luming Yang (PI: Gamelin)
Yifan Lu (PI: Rathod)
Alexander Shcherbakov (PI: Andersen)
Moshe Gordon (PI: Keller)
Wenbi Wu (PI: Ginger)
Julia Carlstad (PI: Khalil)
Samuel Wilson (PI: Ailion)
Yanting Zhao (PI: Ruohola-Baker)
Lavinia Turian (PI: Ruohola-Baker)
Mengtong Duan (PI: Merz)
Congratulations to Dylan Moore and Allison Rollins who have each been awarded a Bonderman Travel Fellowship! The fellowship allows them to embark on solo journeys that are at least eight months long and take them to at least two regions and six countries of the world.
Dylan will travel through the Caribbean Sea from Haiti to Trinidad as well as Venezuela, Brazil, Algeria, and Morocco!
Allison will travel to Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Israel, Chile, Peru, and Argentina!
Congratulations to Haley Amemiya, Dylan Moore, and Zoha Syed for being selected for the Husky 100! The Husky 100 honors 100 UW undergraduates and graduate students in all areas of study who are making the most of their time at the UW.
Congratulations to Kelli Stoneburner who has won a $1000 Libraries Student Employee scholarship! As many as 12 scholarships per year are given to deserving student employees of the Libraries. The scholarships are funded through a variety of sources including individual donors, the Friends of the UW Libraries and the Allen Endowment.
Congratulations to Malte Lange who has won a Washington Research Fellowship. Malte works in Professor Xiaosong Li’s group where his research focuses on improving battery technology.
Congratulations to Amisha Parikh who has won a Washington Research Fellowship. Amisha works in Dr. Poolos Cellular Neurophysiology Lab at Harborview where she is studying epilepsy.
Congratulations to Amanda Qu who has won a Levinson Emerging Scholar Fellowship. Amanda works in the Catterall Lab doing structural studies of Calcium channels
Each year the UW Department of Chemistry acknowledges our top scholars. Our award for Distinguished Achievement in Chemistry Research is given to graduating seniors who have performed exceptional research in Chemistry. This year’s recipients are:
- Jeremy Tran
- Christine Buffalow
- Alec Heckert
- Matthew Ellis
- Branden Vandermoon
- Torin Stetina
The Award for the Outstanding student in Inorganic Chemistry has been awarded to
The Award for the Outstanding student in Analytical Chemistry has been awarded to
The PC Cross Award for the top student in Physical Chemistry has been awarded to
The Hyp Dauben Award for the top student in Honors Organic Chemistry has been awarded to
The Honors General Chemistry Achievement Award for the top students in Honors General Chemistry has been awarded to
Congratulations on your achievements!
The University Honors Program has spotlighted the Department of Chemistry on their website. Interviews with two of our honors students, Chinonso Opara and Ben Horst, are included along with an interview with Prof. Gary Drobny, the Associate Chair for Undergraduate Chemistry.
The article can be found at http://depts.washington.edu/uwhonors/features/dept_honors_chem/
Congratulations to Alex Vaschillo who was won the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation award!
Alex works in the Masiello Group in the UW Department of Chemistry. His research studies the collective oscillations of conduction electrons in metal nanoparticles known as localized surface plasmon resonances (LSPRs). The LSPRs have been the source of much scientific study over the last decade due to their immediate and significant applications in chemical catalysis, drug delivery, and cancer reduction therapy.
Congratulations to Chrissy Stachl who has won a Pfizer Air Diversity Fellowship! The fellowship will support her research in Chemistry Professor Matt Bush’s group where she is using ion mobility spectrometry and mass spectrometry to investigate the effects of divalent metal ion binding on the structures of monomers and dimers of the core domain of the protein B-crystalline.
Congratulations to Margaux Pinney, Denis Smirnov, Christoffer Amdahl, and Derek Britain who have been named Levinson Emerging Scholars.
Margaux Pinney works in the lab of Chemistry Professor Jim Mayer. She originally investigated the potential for proton-coupled electron transfer at synthetic iron-sulfer clusters before moving on to her current independent project which investigates the reversibility of Compound I formation in horseradish peroxidase.
Denis Smirnov works with Prof. John Neumaier in Psychiatry to investigate the role of the Lateral Habenula and the Rostromedial Tegmental Nucleus in Cocaine Addiction. An important problem in the treatment of cocaine addiction is the vulnerability of previously addicted individuals to relapse to cocaine use months or even years after abstinence. The lateral habenula and the rostromedial tegmental nucleus are important regulators of the midbrain dopaminergic systems that are known to be involved in cocaine taking and relapse behaviors.
Derek Britain works in Dr. Roger Brent’s lab at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Using budding yeast as a model organism, Derek researches how cells gather information from their environment, how this information is processed by the cell, and how a cell makes a decision based on the results. Currently, he is investigating the role microtubule end binding proteins play in signal transmission and fidelity. Derek is also investigating mutant forms of these proteins found in the human population, and if these mutations result in poor signal handling that could result in poor cell decisions.
Christoffer Amdahl began work in the de la Iglesia lab sophomore year of college studying the Neurobiology of Circadian Rhythms. Currently, his project consists the examination of the phosphorylation state of Phosephodiesterase-5 and its role in the cGMP-mediated light induced phase advance that occurs in the Suprachiasmatic Nucleus. This will hopefully develop a better understanding of the neurochemical mechanisms underlying circadian rhythms, as well as the means to provide pharmacological treatment.