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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminars

Fall 2021

Day: Wednesday
Time: 4:00-5:00 PM (MST)
Location: Virtually via Zoom (see information to join the seminar below)

Contact heather.bird@usu.edu to schedule a speaker or with questions.


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  September 1, 2021

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Artavazd Badalyan

  Septmber 9, 2021

Host: Lance Seefeldt

Affiliation: Utah State University

Faculty Page:  www.artavazdbadalyan.weebly.com

Research Group: Seefeldt Group

Bio:   Dr. Badalyan received his Diploma in Chemistry from the Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia, and his Ph.D. in Analytical Biochemistry from the University of Potsdam, Germany, where he focused on biological electrochemistry and the development of electrochemical biosensors. In 2014, Dr. Badalyan joined Professor Shannon Stahl's group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a postdoctoral research associate, and he primarily worked on molecular electrochemistry during this period.

Subsequently, Dr. Badalyan led a project team in electrochemical gas sensors at the Draeger AG in Germany before coming to the Utah State University. He joined Professor Lance Seefeldt's lab as a postdoctoral researcher and performed electrochemical studies of an enzyme nitrogenase. He also secured NSF funding as the Principal Investigator for developing a viral RNA biosensor. Currently, he is working on nitrogenase photocatalysis and the NSF-funded project.

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Chong Fang

  September 15, 2021

Host: Yi Rao

Affiliation: Oregon State University

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Tiddo Mooibroek 

  September 22, 2021

Host: Steve Scheiner

Affiliation: University of Amsterdam

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  September 29, 2021

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Carolina Saouma 

  October 6, 2021

Host: Gang Li

Affiliation:  The University of Utah

Faculty Page: https://chem.utah.edu/directory/saouma.php

Research Group: https://www2.chem.utah.edu/saouma

Bio:  Caroline Saouma was born in Pittsburgh, PA and grew up between Boulder, Colorado and Lausanne, Switzerland. After visiting NIST as a second grader, she was hooked on science. She went to MIT to complete her bachelor’s degree (chemistry, 2005), where she did research with Steve Lippard on developing cisplatin analogues that target specific malignancies. She then went to Caltech to complete her PhD under the supervision of Jonas Peters, where she investigated iron-mediated reductions of CO2 and N2. Her postdoctoral work with Jim Mayer focused on PCET reactions of synthetic FeS clusters and MOFs. She joined the faculty at the University of Utah as an assistant professor in 2014, where her research is focused on mechanistic studies and catalyst design for CO2 reduction. She is the recipient of the NSF CAREER (2020) and is a Chemical Communications Emerging Investigator (2020). Outside of chemistry, she is an avid athlete; as a graduate student she was training to row with the US national team, and she now enjoys cross country skiing and road biking.

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  November 17, 2021

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