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November 13, 2018

Dissertation Defense – James McDermott, November 20th

Photo - James McDermottGood luck to James McDermott as he defends his thesis for his PhD in Chemistry!

Tuesday, November 20, 2018
3:00 PM in 331 Klamath

The title of his thesis is “Investigations of the Mechanisms and Applications of Pentatricopeptide Repeat Proteins”


November 9, 2018

Dissertation Defense – Andrea Loes, November 16th

Photo: Andrea Loes

Good luck to Andrea Loes as she defends her thesis for her PhD in Chemistry!

Friday, November 16, 2018
11 AM in KLA 331

The title of her thesis is “Historical and functional insights into Toll-like receptor 4 activation by lipopolysaccharide and calgranulins”

November 6, 2018

Dissertation Defense – Andrea Steiger, November 13th

Photo: Andrea SteigerGood luck to Andrea Steiger as she defends her thesis for her PhD in Chemistry!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
1:30 PM in 220 Deschutes

The title of her thesis is “Self-Immolative Thiocarbamates for Studying COS and H2S Chemical Biology“.

Andrea will be starting as a post doc at Pacific Northwest National Lab in a couple of months.
October 24, 2018

Teamwork leads UO chemists to a new kind of fluorescent dye

Video:Doctoral student Brittany White talks about the collaborative research project she worked on with postdoctoral researcher Yu Zhao and chemistry professors Ramesh Jasti and Mike Pluth.

Teamwork by chemists in two University of Oregon labs has led to a new class of fluorescent dyes that could expand the real-time view of cell activity in medical diagnostics.

In a paper in ACS Central Science, with White as lead author, the group detailed how they fitted organic molecules called nanohoops with a chemical sidechain of sulfonate to make them water soluble and able to penetrate cell membranes. Nanohoops are made with short, circular slices of carbon atoms. Making them in different sizes, the group discovered, produces distinctive colors that can be illuminated in living cells by a single laser burst.

Read the full article in AroundtheO


October 11, 2018

Dissertation Defense – Brittany White, October 18th

Photo: Brittany White

Good luck to Brittany White as she defends her thesis for her PhD in Chemistry!

Thursday, October 18, 2018
4:00 PM in 331 Klamath

The title of her thesis is “The Synthesis of Functionalized Cycloparaphenylenes as Novel Biocompatible Fluorescent Probes and Organic Materials

After her defense, Brittany will be heading to New York, where she will be doing postdoctoral research with Professor Jeremy Baskin, who holds a joint appointment in the Chemistry department and the Weill Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology at Cornell University. Brittany’s postdoc appointment begins in January.


September 20, 2018

Dissertation Defense – Erik Hadland, September 27th

Good luck toPhoto - Erik Hadland Erik Hadland as he defends his thesis for his PhD in Chemistry!

Thursday, September 27, 2018
1:00 PM in 110 Willamette

The title of his dissertation is “Thin Film van der Waals Heterostructures Containing MoSe2 made from Modulated Elemental Precursors”.

After graduating, Erik has accepted a position with Intel Corporation in Hillsboro, Oregon.

August 10, 2018

Dissertation Defense – Daniel Seidenkranz, August 17th

photo Daniel SeidenkranzGood luck to Daniel Seidenkranz as he defends his thesis for his PhD in Chemistry!

Friday, August 17, 2018
2:30 PM in 331 Klamath Hall

The title of his thesis is Barbiturates and Modified Hamilton Receptors for Supramolecular Catalysis, Sensing, and Materials Applications

July 31, 2018

SAIL Chemistry Camp Solves their Case with Science!

SAIL Chemistry Camp Photo Collage

This year’s Summer Academy to Inspire Learning (SAIL) Chemistry Camp was the fifth annual hands-on chemistry lab hosted by the UO Chemistry and Biochemistry Department. Organized and lead by grad students Lisa Eytel (Chemistry) and Dana Reuter (Geological Sciences), the camp offered hands-on chemistry lab experience for students from local high schools. Eytel and Reuter are outreach co-chairs for the UO chapter of Women in Graduate Sciences, which has provided leadership for the SAIL Chemistry camp since it got its start in 2014.

From July 23-27, student participants in this year’s forensics-themed camp got to use laboratory skills to tackle a “crime” and identify the culprit in a murder-mystery scenario.

A special appearance by UO President Michael Schill started the week off with a bang (literally!) and then SAIL campers got down to work. From Tuesday through Thursday they collected evidence from the crime scene and analyzed fingerprints, blood drops, fiber and an unidentified powder. On Friday, they presented their evidence and brought the culprits to justice. Check out the photos and videos on our SAIL Chemistry website!

Thank you! to all the additional volunteers who helped make 2018’s SAIL Chemistry Camp a huge success: Brylee Collins, Alicia DeLouize, Allison Dona, Tai Donor, Annie Gilbert, Shweta Gupta, Mason Leo, Checkers Marshall, John Morehouse, Holly Rittenberry, and Lucy Walsh – as well as SAIL staffers Katie Brooks and Robin Nagy, and faculty advisor Darren Johnson!





July 18, 2018

Four CH and BIC Majors Receive Summer Research Fellowships

Photo: student working in labFour Chemistry and Biochemistry majors are among the 2018 recipients of the UO’s Vice President for Research and Innovation summer research fellowships. The awards are designed to support the university’s undergraduate scholars as they pursue their research interests during the summer. Read more in AroundtheO

Casey Bisted

Major: Chemistry
Faculty Mentor: James Hutchison
Project Title: The Study of sub 10nm indium oxide nanocrystals as carbon dioxide reduction catalysts

Anson Dang

Major: Biochemistry
Faculty Mentor: Andy Marcus
Project Title: Investigating the single-stranded (ss)DNA binding protein (gp32) dimer formation on a 15-nucleotide ssDNA lattice using microsecond resolution single-molecule florescence resonance energy transfer (smFRET)r

Patrick Connor

Major: Biochemistry
Faculty Mentor: Michael Harms
Project Title: Evolution in the Protein Calprotectin

Nikki Szczepanski

Major: Biochemistry
Faculty Mentor: Diana Libuda
Project Title: Determining the Early DNA Break Repair Dynamics Specific to Crossovers

July 16, 2018

Dissertation Defense – Michael Nellist, July 23rd

Photo: Michael NellistGood luck to Michael Nellist as he defends his thesis for his PhD in Chemistry!

Monday, July 23, 2018
3:30 PM in 110 Willamette

The title of his thesis is “Nanoelectrode AFM probes enable the in-operando measurement of surface potentials during oxygen evolution catalysis”

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