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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminars

Fall 2021

Day: Wednesday
Time: 4:00-5:00 PM (MST)
Location: ESLC046 & Virtually via Zoom (see information to join the seminar below)

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


Hilary Renshaw

Hilary Renshaw, JD 

  September 1, 2021

Host: Cindy Weatbrook

Seminar Format: In Person Only

Affiliation: Utah State University, Title IX Coordinator 

Faculty Page: Title IX Coordinator 

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Bio: Hilary Renshaw has served as the Title IX Coordinator at USU since November 2018. In addition to her legal background, she also has experience in the fields of education and non-profit organizations. Hilary enjoys working at USU because she is able to work with incredible people that value education, diversity and inclusion, and innovation. She loves living in Logan because she can enjoy trail running in the summer and skiing in the winter.

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Artavazd Badalyan

Artavazd Badalyan

  Septmber 8, 2021

Host: Lance Seefeldt

Seminar Format: In Person & Virtual

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

Chong Fang

  September 15, 2021

Host: Yi Rao

Seminar Format: In Person & Virtual

Affiliation: Oregon State University

Faculty Page: https://chemistry.oregonstate.edu/Fang

Research Group: https://fanglab.oregonstate.edu/

Bio:  Dr. Chong Fang is currently Professor of Chemistry at Oregon State University. Dr. Fang earned his Ph.D. (2006) from the late Prof. Robin Hochstrasser at UPenn focusing on 2D-IR studies of biomolecules from helices to drug-enzyme complexes in aqueous solution (a PNAS Cover in 2007), and performed his postdoctoral research with Prof. Richard Mathies at UC Berkeley (2007–2010) on the wild-type GFP fluorescence mechanism (a Nature Cover in 2009). Earlier, Dr. Fang obtained dual B.S. in Chemical Physics and Applied Computer Science from USTC (1996–2001), where he received the Guo Moruo Scholarship in 2000. Since 2010, the Fang Group at Oregon State has developed state-of-the-art ultrafast spectroscopic toolsets including tunable femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy (FSRS) and broadband up-converted multicolor array (BUMA) to capture “molecular movies” and elucidated the structure-function relationships of molecular systems ranging from biosensors, photoacids to metal-organic complexes (a JPCL Cover in 2018). His research has been featured in Imaging & Microscopy (Germany), The Analytical Scientist and Research Features (UK), ScienceDaily, Phys.org, Medical News Today, Modern Metals, and KMTR TV (USA), to name a few. Notable accolades include the NSF CAREER Award (2015–2021), the inaugural 2015 Robin Hochstrasser International Young Investigator Award (Elsevier and Chemical Physics), the 2016 OSU Promising Scholar Award and Milton Harris Faculty Teaching Award, the 2019 OSU Impact Award for Outstanding Scholarship, and the 2021 College of Science Milton Harris Award in Basic Research.

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Tiddo Mooibroek

Tiddo Mooibroek 

  September 22, 2021

Host: Steve Scheiner

Seminar Format: Virtual

Affiliation: University of Amsterdam

Faculty Page: http://www.homkat.nl/People/Scientific%20Staff/Tiddo%20Mooibroek/Tiddo%20Mooibroek.html

Research Group: The group is HomKat (lead by Joost Reek and Bas de Bruin)

Bio: Tiddo Jonathan Mooibroek (March 12th, 1982) studied Chemistry in Leiden (NL), where he also did his PhD in industrial homogeneous catalysis working on the Pd-diphosphane catalyzed reductive carbonylation of nitroaromatics (promotor: Eite Drent). In 2011 he moved to Bristol (UK) as a postdoctoral researcher with Anthony Davis to work on pyrene-based synthetic lectins in aqueous solution. In 2014 Tiddo worked for NovoNordisk on a project to develop glucose-responsive insulin. He was awarded a 'Vidi-grant' in 2016 to developed new strategies to recognise carbohydrates. Over the years, Tiddo also studied how unorthodox intermolecular interactions -that are predicted to be energetically favourable- manifest themselves in solid state structures and how such interactions might be functionally relevant. Tiddo is (co-)author of one patent and more than 70 scientific publications (h-index = 32, i10-index = 52 on google scolar)

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Craig Mosman

Craig Mosman

  September 29, 2021

Host: Lance Seefeldt

Seminar Format: In Person & Virtual

Affiliation: Cibus Biotechnologies

Bio:  Craig Mosman is currently President of Kirkland Biosciences, and the Vice President of Business Development at Cibus Biotechnologies.  At Kirkland he has invested in and participated in the commercialization of bio medical products for over 15 years. He has been responsible for evaluating new technology, and has participated in deals to introduce new technology to the market on every continent except Antarctica.

Cibus Biotechnologies is a Salt Lake City based company that has developed rapid, portable detection technology based on novel electrochemistry. It has also acquired and is developing novel therapeutics that seeks to stop the growth of a virus.

He is a proud Aggie, having graduated with a BA in Education.

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Carolina Saouma

Carolina Saouma 

  October 6, 2021

Host: Gang Li

Seminar Format: In Person & Virtual

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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Gregory Hartland

Gregory Hartland

  October 13, 2021

Host: Yi Rao

Seminar Format: In Person & Virtual

Affiliation: University of Notre Dame, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Faculty Page: https://chemistry.nd.edu/people/gregory-v-hartland/

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Bio: Prof. Hartland obtained a Ph. D. from UCLA in 1991, and performed postdoctoral studies at the University of Pennsylvania from 1991 – 1994 before joining the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame.  His research interests are in the development and application of novel spectroscopic techniques to study energy relaxation processes in single nanostructures.  Prof. Hartland is a Fellow of the AAAS, the American Chemical Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry, and is the Deputy Editor of the Journal of Physical Chemistry C.

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Nathan Goldfarb

Nathan Goldfarb

  November 10, 2021

Host: Sean Johnson

Seminar Format: In Person & Virtual 

Affiliation: Utah Valley University (UVU)

Faculty Page: Profile | Directory | Utah Valley University (uvu.edu)

Research Group:Goldfarb Lab

Bio: Nate Goldfarb is currently an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Utah Valley University. He grew up in Richmond, VA and completed his B.S. in Biology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, VA. After completing a Master’s degree in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at East Carolina University, he continued on to the University of Florida (Gainesville, FL) where he received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry. At U.F., he investigated the pH-dependent conformational change of Cathepsin D in Professor Ben Dunn’s laboratory. As a post-doctoral fellow at the Schering-Plough Research Institute he studied the role of Presenilin 2 in Alzheimer’s Disease. After working in industry for several years, he returned to academics to pursue his love for structure-based drug design and working with students. At Utah Valley University, his lab focuses on the development of potent inhibitors for the serine protease drug target, Hip1 (Hydrolase Important for Pathogenesis). His lab relies heavily on enzyme kinetics, as well as X-Ray crystallography. Outside of the lab, he is an avid skier and loves spending as much time in the mountains as possible.

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Kyle Moor

Kyle Moor

  November 17, 2021

Host: Kim Hageman

Seminar Format: In Person & Virtual

Affiliation: : Utah State University, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Utah Water Research Laboratory

Faculty Page: https://uwrl.usu.edu/people/faculty/moor-kyle      https://engineering.usu.edu/cee/people/faculty/moor-kyle 

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Bio: Dr. Moor holds a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Virginia Tech and a M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Chemical and Environmental Engineering from Yale University. Prior to joining Utah State University, he studied the environmental fate of pollutants as an ETH Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Institute of Biogeochemistry and Pollutant Dynamics at ETH Zürich.

Dr. Moor’s research focuses on applying chemistry principles to tackle challenges related to water quality. His research efforts have spanned engineered and natural systems, from developing nanomaterial technologies for solar disinfection to investigating aquatic pollutant transformation processes with laser spectroscopy. In his lab, Moor uses materials science, laser spectroscopy, and an overall mechanistic viewpoint to catalyze new environmental technologies and to deepen our understanding of pollutant transformation in environmental systems.

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