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October 2, 2018

Spotted Online: Alum Jesse Keicher, Class of ’99 & ’00

Photo: Jesse Keicher, MS, President and Founder, Symmune Therapeutics

Alum Jesse Keicher‘s company, Symmune Therapeutics, popped up in the news recently! The biotechnology startup focuses on the treatment and prevention of pulmonary infections and pulmonary diseases.

Keicher received his bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry at the University of Oregon in 1999, and went on to earn a UO master’s degree in chemistry in 2000.

Read more here:
Durham-based Symmune Therapeutics Raises $125,000



September 14, 2018

Spotted Online – Alum Phil Kovac, Class of ’17

photo: Phil KovacElmira College Welcomes New Faculty

Philip Kovac earned his PhD in Chemistry in 2017, (more…)

July 3, 2018

Alumna Lisa Wilson, Class of ’81, in the News

From The World News, June 26, 2018:

Another Batch Of U.S. Scholars Arrived In Liberia To Conduct Training For Teachers And Students

The I-HELP Liberia delegation from the United States arrived in Liberia to series of teachers and students training workshops aimed at improving the skills Liberian teachers and students learning skills.

According to a dispatch from the US, while in the country they will conduct two teacher training workshops, a junior high school workshop, and will also oversee STEM competitions in two locations. The first teacher training workshop is in Sacelepea from June 26th – June 30th. The second is at Paynesville High School from July 2nd through July 6th.

One of the visiting scholars, Lisa Wilson is a practicing patent attorney and works with inventors of biotech and pharmaceutical products to help them obtain patents on an enormous variety of scientific innovations benefitting health, medicine and agriculture.

Lisa began her scientific career with a BA in Chemistry and German from the University of Oregon, gained extensive laboratory experience while studying abroad at the Universitat Konstanz, Germany, and earned a Ph.D. from Yale University in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, focusing on the proteins involved in driving the bacterial flagellar motor.

Read the full article at

May 31, 2018

Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminar – Maire Osborn, June 5th

UO Chemistry and Biochemistry alumna Dr. Maire Osborn, class of 2014,  will be presenting a seminar on her work at the RNA Therapeutics Institute, University of Massachusetts Medical School, on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at 2pm in 331 Klamath Hall.

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


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