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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.”
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.
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!”
Dr. Edward J. Sambriski - Completed a Ph.D. in the Department of Chemistry with Prof. Marina G. Guenza in 2001 at UO.
Dissertation 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!
Iris 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.
Dr. Eddie Chang earned his PhD in Chemistry with Profs. Peticolas and Mazo in 1977 at UO.
Dr. Chang is Acting Biosensors Program Director at the NSF. He let us know, “I had retired, after 31 years as a research scientist at the Naval Research Laboratory. But, my retirement was short, when after a few months, I was asked if I were interested in becoming the Acting Biosensors PD for CBET at NSF. So, I am now taking a temporary break from my “summer vacation” and enjoying science from a different perspective.”
After working in Prof. John Keana’s lab, Dr. Amir Tamiz graduated with his PhD from the University of Oregon in the fall of 1998. His dissertation was on designed and synthesized series of orally active NR1A/2B subtype selective NMDA receptor antagonists. After leaving UO, Amir moved to Georgetown University where he worked with Prof. Alan Kozikowski on synthesis of cocaine based small molecules as therapeutic. Amir Tamiz currently works for Alba Therapeutics in Baltimore, MD where he is the head of the chemistry program with a lead molecule in Phase II clinical trials for celiac disease.
Dr. John Conboy completed his Ph.D. at the University of Oregon with Dr. Geri Richmond in 1996.
He is now an Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of Utah. The Conboy Group is currently pursuing research into the dynamics and structure of lipid membranes, the development of label-free methods for detecting protein and small-molecule adsorption to interfaces, and the application of water-immiscible room temperature ionic liquids for separations using a combination of nonlinear optical spectroscopies in conjunction with biological and electrochemical methods to achieve these objectives.