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April 18, 2018

In Memoriam – Anthony Ruggiero, Class of ’86

Photo: Anthony Ruggiero

UO Chemistry and Biochemistry alumnus Anthony “Tony” Ruggiero passed away on March 1, 2018, in Livermore, California.

Tony earned his PhD in Physical Chemistry at the University of Oregon in 1986, working with Professor Bruce Hudson.

Read his obituary at


April 16, 2018

Alum Brian Gu appointed VC and President of XPENG Motors

Photo: Dr. Brian Gu

Dr. Brian Gu, XPENG Motors vice chairman and president (PRNewsfoto/XPENG Motors)

XPENG Motors, a leading Chinese electric vehicle company, recently announced that Dr. Brian Gu has been appointed as Vice Chairman and President.

Dr. Gu graduated from the University of Oregon in 1993 with a degree in Chemistry.

Read moreabout Dr. Gu’s career in the 4-Traders article.


March 21, 2018

Nice Write-up About Alum Morgan Pilkenton, Class of ’08

Morgan Pilkenton earned his MS degree in 2008 through the UO Master’s Industrial Internship Program. He is a co-author on ground-breaking “elastic second skin” research, with potential applicaitons for both medical and personal care.


March 1, 2018

Michael J. Comb, Class of ’84, Receives CiteAb Lifetime Achievement Award

Photo: Michael Comb Michael J. Comb has been chosen to receive a CiteAb Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr. Comb earned his PhD in Chemistry from the UO in 1984, and is the Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Cell Signaling Technology (CST). (more…)

February 28, 2018

Alumna Dana Garves pops up in the news again!

Dana Garves - Photo Credit: Michelle Leis Foley

Read the article in Chemical & Engineering News!

February 16, 2018

Alumni Spotted Online!

We ran into some of our alumni online ~


Photo: Pilar Bradshaw

Pilar A. Bradshaw, M.D., F.A.A.P. (photo, Eugene Pediatrics)

Pilar Bradshaw, B.S. Chemistry, Class of ’91 –  read a nice profile of this doctor and musician alumna on Eugene Pediatrics website

Photo: Dana Garves working in her laboratory

Dana Garves in her laboratory at BrewLab (photo credit: Stevi Sayler Photography for C&EN)

Dana Garves, B.S Chemistry, Class of ’10 –  Chemical & Engineering News magazine talks with this alumna entrepreneur about her innovative business, BrewLab


Have some alumni news, pics, or links you’d like to share?

Send them our way and we’ll include them in the Alumni Spotlight section of our blog and on our social media. We love to hear what our alums are up to!

February 7, 2018

Alumna Caitlyn Wong, Class of ’17, Raises $37K to Fight Childhood Cancer

Photo: Caitlyn WongUO Chemsitry and Biochemistry alum Caitlyn Wong recently raised $37,000 to benefit assist St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a nonprofit that raises money for childhood cancer research and awareness.

Caitlyn graduated with a B.S. in Biochemistry in 2017, and plans to pursue a medical career.

Watch a video and read more at FoxNews12



December 19, 2017

Dennis and Janet Beetham Establish Grad Fellowship in Honor of Prof. John Keana

photo: Dennis and Janet Beetham

Dennis and Janet Beetham

To honor his former mentor, Chemistry alum Dennis Beetham and his wife, Janet, have donated $1 million to the University of Oregon to launch the John Keana Graduate Student Fellowship Fund.

Mr. Beetham, one of the first students to do research in the Keana lab, received his Masters in Chemistry from the UO in 1967

Read about this remarkable gift in AroundtheO

December 12, 2017

Boaz P. Levi, Class of ’99

Photo: Boaz P.Levi

Dr. Boaz P. Levi
– photo: Allen Institute

UO Chemistry and Biochemistry alum Boaz P. Levi popped up in our news feed recently!

Dr. Levi received his B.S. in biochemistry from the UO, and did his undergraduate research in Tom Steven’s lab. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Stanford University.

He is currently an assistant investigator in Applied Genomics at the Allen Institute for Brain Science.

Catch up with Dr. Levi and learn about his research at

May 22, 2017

Alum David Kuninger in the News!

David Kuninger, class of  ’92, was the featured speaker for the first in a series of neurobiology webinars hosted in partnership between Thermo Fisher Scientific and LabRoots.

Read more at: Thermo Fisher Scientific Demonstrates Improved differentiation of Stem Cell-derived Neurons and Downstream Applications



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