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February 24, 2015

In Memoriam – Gregory Harlow, Class of 2013

There will be memorial service on Saturday, February 28th, in Medford, OR, for Gregory Harlow.

Gregory graduated in June 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. While an undergrad in the UO Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, he did research in the Liu lab as a Beckman Scholar. Gregory was a graduate student at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA.  He passed away January 22, 2015.


December 1, 2014

2014 Department Newsletter


Our annual newsletter is now available!

Catch up with alumni, faculty and department highlights from the past year at

November 5, 2014

UO Chemistry Alum, Jeff Bland, Receives NPA Award

Dr. Jeffrey Bland, who earned his PhD in Chemistry at University of Oregon in 1971, has been named the recipient of the Burton Kallman Scientific Award by the Natural Products Association.


October 17, 2014

UO Alum and Faculty Jim Hutchison featured in UO Alumni News

Nice article about UO Chemistry and Biochemistry’s Jim Hutchison, class of ’86, and his nanotechnology research.

Prof. Hutchison will be the featured speaker at the Portland Science Night on November 5, discussing just how nanotechnology can shape the future.


September 16, 2014

UO Chemistry and Biochemistry Alum Patrick Martino in the News!

Patrick Martino, a 2014 MS degree graduate of the UO Masters Industrial Internship Program, gets some coverage in the Times News:

September 10, 2014

UO Chemistry and Biochemistry Alum Emily Truong in the News!

Nice article about UO Chemistry and Biochemistry alumna Emily Troung!

Taiyo America Adds Truong to R&D Team

Emily earned her MS degree in Chemistry in spring 2014 with the Masters Industrial Internship Program, Polymers & Coatings track.

September 8, 2014

UO Chemistry Alum, Roger Voelker, featured in Oregon Quarterly

As lab director of Oregon Growers Analytical, Roger Voelker, PhD 1996, tests medical marijuana for harmful substances, and advocates for more rigorous oversight to ensure patient safety.


September 2, 2014

Dr. Ellen J. Robertson in the News!


Co-authors, from left: Caroline Proulx, Ronald Zuckermann, Geri Richmond and Ellen Robertson

Ellen Robertson is in the news for her research contribution as UO-Berkeley Labs unveiled a new nano-sized synthetic scaffolding technique on September 2nd.

Dr. Robertson earned her PhD in Chemistry in 2014 with Geri Richmond, and is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.


August 28, 2014

UO Chemistry alum Robert M. Wah named president-elect of American Medical Association

Dr. Robert Wah, who graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor’s in chemistry, has been selected to serve as president-elect of the American Medical Association – the nation’s largest organization of physicians.


UO Chemistry and Biochemistry Alumni Josh Razink in the News!

UO Chemistry and Biochemistry graduate Josh Razink‘s work with the high-resolution transmission electron microscope in CAMCOR  has helped provide strong evidence for the theory that a cosmic explosion triggered the ice age 12,800 years ago that  resulted in the extinction of numerous species of plants and mammals.

Dr. Razink did his graduate studies at the UO under Jim Hutchison, earning  his MS degree in Chemistry in 2010.


April 21, 2014

Dr. Eddie Chang

Dr. Eddie Chang earned his PhD with Profs. Mazo and Peticolas in 1977.  He has sent us the following career update:

“After my stint as Acting Program Director for Biosensing, I decided to stay on a little longer at NSF and am now the PD for Interfacial Processes and Thermodynamics in the Engineering Directorate at NSF.”

April 3, 2014

UO Chemistry Alum Gregory Harlow Awarded 2014 NSF Fellowship

Gregory Harlow

OU alumn Gregory Harlow has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship for his work in the field of Chemical Synthesis.

Gregory is currently a graduate student at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA.  While an undergrad in the UO Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Gregory did research in the Liu lab as a Beckman Scholar.  He graduated in June 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry with departmental honors.

January 15, 2014

Dr. Bevin Parks

Dr. Bevin Parks, who earned her UO PhD in Chemsitry 2006 with Prof. Jim Hutchison, is currently working as an R&D Group Lead at Afton Chemical Corp.

She reports, “I’ve been with Afton Chemical now 4 years and was just promoted to lead a component group in Engine Oils.

Also, I regularly attend the national ACS meetings and would love to catch up with anyone attending!”

July 1, 2009

Dr. Edward J. Sambriski

Dr. Edward J. Sambriski - Completed a Ph.D. in the Department of Chemistry with Prof. Marina G. Guenza in 2001 at UO.

edward_sambriskiDissertation project dealt with the development of coarse-graining methods for macromolecular systems, including polymer melts, blends, and diblock copolymers. Supported by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Program. Edward worked with Prof. Juan J. de Pablo (Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering), in collaboration with Prof. David C. Schwartz (Laboratory for Molecular and Computational Genomics, Department of Chemistry, and Laboratory for Genetics), as a postdoctoral associate in the Genomic Sciences Training Program at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

His project entailed the development of a computational model for DNA as well as computer simulations on nucleic acid hybridization (thermodynamic and kinetic phenomena) and packaging in confined geometries (encapsidation). Edward will begin an assistant professorship in the Department of Chemistry at Delaware Valley College, Pennsylvania, in Fall 2009. Research interests continue to be in the areas of computational and theoretical chemistry, with an emphasis on nanoscale and macromolecular phenomena. Research endeavors will also include chemical education. Hobbies include sight-seeing, hiking, biking, cooking, reading, and learning new computer tricks!

July 1, 2008

Iris Hood

iris_hoodIris Hood earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon in 2008. She completed a successful undergraduate research project in Ken Prehoda’s lab studying protein—protein interactions. Iris was also the 2008 recipient of the Biochem Achievement Award. Iris is starting her PhD program at Berkeley in the Fall.