Jude Tunyi chosen as 2017 Commencement Gonfaloniere

Congratulations to Jude Tunyi who has been chosen as a 2017 Commencement Gonfaloniere.

Each year the various schools and colleges select students to lead all the degree candidates during the Commencement procession. These students are called gonfalonieres because they carry the school’s gonfalon, a banner that hangs down from a crosspiece and bears that school’s name and symbol.

The gonfaloniere was a prestigious post in Italian medieval and Renaissance communities. Our gonfalonieres have a record of outstanding achievement at the university.

Jude Tunyi is receiving a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. His family immigrated to the U.S. from Cameroon, Africa when he was 10. He came to the University of Washington to gain the best education so that he can go back and improve the health care conditions of his home country. This led him to get involved in research, science and medicine at UW, which led him to his current major, at the intersection of all three areas. One of his highlights while at UW was doing computational research using molecular simulations which allowed him to travel to different conferences in various cities to present his research and engage with professional scientists. His research allowed him to be the recipient of prestigious awards including the Mary Gates Research Scholarship, the Levinson Emerging Scholar, a McNair Scholar, and Department of Chemistry and Biology Awards. Upon graduation, Jude will perform research at National Institutes of Health as part of a post-bac program before heading to medical school to obtain an MD/PhD in Neuroscience. In the future, he hopes to be able to work clinically with disadvantaged populations as well as to be able to do research to advance the field of neuroscience.

2017 Awards for Distinguished Research in Chemistry & Biochemistry

Nineteen graduating seniors have been selected for the 2017 Awards for Distinguished Research in Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Congratulations to:

Nasser Alrashdi (PI: Boydston)

Kyla Berry (PI: Fu)

Athena Bollozos (PI: Davis)

Quynh Do (PI: Luscombe)

Alice Dong (PI: Kimelman)

Ashlee Evans (PI: Brockerhoff)

Zachary Gottschalk (PI: Ruohola-Baker)

Aengela Kim (PI: Ailion)

Ulri Lee (PI: Theberge)

Tongyu Lin (PI: Gu)

Sarah Parkhurst (PI: Vaughn)

Anika Patel (PI: Zalatan)

Alexander Rachkov (PI: Gamelin)

Zachary Ramey (PI: Turecek)

Bobby Shih (PI: Klevit)

Zoha Syed (PI: Goldberg)

Kahtana Tran (PI: Ruohola-Baker)

Po Ki Tse (PI: Schlenker)

Phillip Zhu (PI: Kwon)




Four Chemistry/Biochemistry majors named to Husky 100!

Congratulations to Kyle Curtis, Michelle Ann Wasan, Tim Welsh, and Ernie Tao for being named to the Husky 100!  The Husky 100 honors 100 UW undergraduates and graduate students in all areas of study who actively connect what happens inside and outside of the classroom and apply what they learn to make a difference on campus, in their communities and for the future. Through their passion, leadership and commitment, these students inspire all of us to shape our own Husky Experience.

Four students receive Levinson & Washington Research Scholarships

Congratulations to Zoha Syed, Jude Tunyi, Quynh Do, and Hyeon-Jin Kim who have been selected as Levinson Scholars/Washington Research Scholars!

syed-zohaZoha Syed is part of the Goldberg research group in the Department of Chemistry. Zoha’s research focus is alkane functionalization using iridium catalysts. In her undergraduate career, Zoha has had the opportunity to conduct and present her research around the country. After she graduates, Zoha hopes to pursue a career in research.

  • Jude Tunyi is part of the Pfaendtner Research Group in the Chemical Engineering Department. One of his projects focuses on increasing the stability of insulin using ionic liquid solutions with the goal of creating injectable insulin that lasts longer and acts faster in humans. Another project is the study of nanoparticles with drug molecules crossing the blood-brain barrier as a revolutionary method of drug delivery. After he graduates, Jude hopes to take a gap year to do more research at the NIH before going on to an MD/PhD program specializing in Neuroscience.
  • Quynh Do is working in the Luscombe lab in the department of Materials Science and Engineering on new materials for organic solar cells.  Her project focuses on solving the financial and environmental costs associated with the syntheses of π−conjugated polymers used as materials for organic solar cells through developing new coupling techniques.Her goal after getting her bachelor’s degree is to attend graduate school in a Ph.D program, potentially in Organic Chemistry or Medicinal Chemistry.
  • Hyeon-Jin Kim is a junior majoring in chemistry and biochemistry. In the spring quarter of his freshman year, he joined the Vaughan Group to help enhance super resolution techniques for bioimaging. His previous work involved developing methods that enable Expansion Microscopy with conventional antibodies and fluorescent proteins. Currently, he is collaborating with the Parrish Group from the Department of Biology to help them study dendrite-epidermis interactions in Drosophila.After graduation he plans to attend graduate school to study biological chemistry and to eventually pursue a career in academic research.

Top Scholars in Chemistry announced


Each year the Department of Chemistry acknowledges our top students in the Honors General Chemistry series, the Honors Organic Chemistry series and the Physical Chemistry series.


The PC Cross Award for the top student in Physical Chemistry has been awarded to Kenji Nakamichi.

The Hyp Dauben Award for the top student in Honors Organic Chemistry has been awarded to Timothy Welsh.

The Freshman Achievement Award for the top student in Honors General Chemistry has been awarded to Ravishankar Madhu.

Congratulations Kenji, Timothy and Ravishankar!

Biochemistry major Mustufa Jafry wins President’s Medal!

Congratulations to Mustufa Jafry who has won the President’s Medal for 2016!  The President’s Medal is awarded to the student with the most distinguished UW record.  Mustufa is a talented research and scholar who has received multiple scholarships and has several papers in line for publication.  As a leader, he has served as co-chair of the UW Senior Gift Council, President and founder of UW Reach connecting pre-health students at the UW with medically underserved communities, and as president of UW Wellness Coalition, an organization working to reduce the stigma around mental illness and raise awareness  about mental health issues among veterans and people affected by homelessness in Seattle.

After graduation, Mustufa plans to pursue a medical degree at the UW School of Medicine and either a Master’s in Public Health or a Master’s in Public Policy.  His ambition is to become a physician in order to treat underserved populations.

2016 Awards for Distinguished Research in Chemistry & Biochemistry



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)