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.
Congratulations to Shiv Bhandari, Jeremy Housekeeper, and Alex Vaschillo who have won Washington Research Fellowships!
Shiv Bhandari works in the Murray lab at the UW Department of Pathology. His research is dedicated to developing stem-cell therapies for myocardial infarctions. Shiv is currently engineering a device to simulate the mechanical environment of the heart.
Jeremy Housekeeper works in the lab of Professor Christine Luscombe in Materials Science and Engineering. He is currently working on the development of next-generation materials and synthetic techniques for organic electronics applications.
His current project focuses on the synthesis of dithienothiophene (DTT) and other molecules through C-H activation.
Alex Vaschillo 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 Shiv, Jeremy and Alex!