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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminars

Spring 2022

Day: Wednesday
Time: 4:00-5:00 PM (MST)
Location: ESLC 130 & Virtually via Zoom (see information to join the seminar below)

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

 

 

Chengjun Sun

Chengjun Sun

  January 19, 2022

Host: Tianbiao Liu

Seminar Format: Virtual/Zoom

Affiliation: Argonne National Laboratory

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Research Group:  https://s20.xray.aps.anl.gov/

Bio: Chengjun Sun is a beamline scientist/Physicist at Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory. He is interested in applying advanced X-ray spectroscopic techniques on materials research

 

 

Kevin Moeller

Kevin Moeller,   The Richard Olsen Lecture Series

  January 26, 2022

Host: Tianbiao Liu & Gang Li

Seminar Format:  In Person/Virtual

Affiliation: Washington University in St. Louis

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Bio:  KEVIN D. MOELLER joined the chemistry faculty at Washington University in St. Louis in 1987 where he is now Professor of Chemistry. He was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania on November 25, 1958, earned a BA degree in Chemistry from the University of California – Santa Barbara in 1980, and then his Ph.D. degree in Organic Chemistry (Professor R. Daniel Little) from the same institution in 1985. He was a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Wisconsin – Madison (Professor Barry M. Trost) from 1985 to 1987. Professor Moeller’s independent research primarily focuses on how the interplay between electrochemistry, physical organic chemistry, and synthesis can be used to address a variety of topics. His group has explored the chemistry of highly reactive radical cation intermediates in the context of exploiting electrochemistry as a method for triggering unique synthetic transformations, they have examined the use of modern synthetic chemistry as a method for building complex molecular surfaces on microelectrode arrays, and they have engaged in the design and synthesis of chemical probes for examining and mitigating the reactivity of G-protein signaling pathways. His work continues to play a significant role in defining for the synthetic chemistry community how they can think about and take full advantage of electrochemical methods. The Moeller group’s research is primarily funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health and has led to the publication of over 160 papers and the presentation of over 300 talks and invited lectures. Professor Moeller has guided 45 students to their Ph.D. degrees and taught over 6,300 students in his courses. He has received Washington University’s Student Union Professor of the Year Award, the Washington University Arts and Sciences Excellence in Research Award, Washington University’s “Unsung Hero” award for his contributions to undergraduate education, the American Chemical Society’s St. Louis Award, the Manuel M. Baizer Award for Organic and Biological Electrochemistry from the Electrochemical Society, the ACS Midwest Award, the ACS Arthur C. Cope Scholar – Late Stage Career Award, and the Jaroslav Heyrovsky Prize for Molecular Electrochemistry from the International Society for Electrochemistry. Professor Moeller served at the National Science Foundation as a Program Director for the Chemical Synthesis and Chemical Structure, Dynamics, and Mechanism B Programs from 2016-2017 and as the Program Lead for the Chemical Synthesis Program from 2017-2018.

 

 

 

Nigel F. Reuel

  February 2, 2022

Host: Lance Seefeldt

Seminar Format: Virtual/Zoom

Affiliation: Iowa State University

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Bio: Nigel F. Reuel is an Associate Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Iowa State University and is a Jack R. and Carol A. Johnson Faculty Fellow and College of Engineering Entrepreneurial Fellow.  He received his PhD in Chemical Engineering at MIT in 2014 under the guidance of Prof. Michael Strano.  After graduating he attempted to commercialize his PhD work in a startup, Volvox Biologic Inc. (Boston), and then consulted at a larger life science tool company that obtained the startup IP (Maryland).  He then worked as a Research Investigator (PI) at DuPont’s historic Central Research and Development campus (Wilmington, DE) for two years on projects ranging from wireless power transfer, sensors, and precision agriculture.  He was then promoted as the corporate technology scout, where, for 8 months, he traveled to universities and incubators to find technology for the CTO office at DuPont. Although this was an interesting role at a large company, he quickly realized that making technology is more exciting than finding it and was pleased with the opportunity to come to ISU and become an entrepreneurial-minded professor. Currently his group has 15 active technology disclosures at ISURF, two granted ISU patents, and three startup company offshoots (Skroot Laboratory Inc., Frugi Biotech Inc., and Zymosense Inc. which have earned >$2M in SBIR funds). Dr. Reuel’s work has been recognized by the NSF Career Award (2021), NIH Outstanding Early Investigator Award R35 (2020), 3M Nontennured Faculty Award and BMES Advanced Biomanufacturing Junior Investigator Award (2020).

 

 

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  February 9, 2022

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Tai-Yen Chen

Tai-Yen Chen

  February 16, 2022

Host: Tianbiao Liu

Seminar Format: ESLC RM 130/Virtual

Affiliation:  University of Houston

Faculty Page: http://chen.chem.uh.edu/

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Bio: Tai-Yen earned his B.S. (2002) and M.S. (2004) in Chemistry from National Tsing Hua University and a Ph.D. (2010) from Texas A&M University before pursuing a postdoctoral associate (2011-2016) at Cornell University.  Tai-Yen started his independent career as an assistant professor of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Houston in 2016. His research focuses on the metal homeostasis in healthy and diseased neurons using single-molecule techniques. In particular, his group is interested in the dynamics and mechanisms of protein machinery involved in Cu trafficking within/between neurons. His research goal is to understand how metals affect neuronal signaling and cause neurodegenerative diseases. His work has been recognized with the Maximizing Investigators' Research Award for Early Stage Investigators and a Robert A. Welch Foundation grant. Besides research, Tai-Yen enjoys and enthusiastically participates in multiple educational activities. In recognition of his classroom teaching and laboratory mentorship, Tai-Yen received the College's highly competitive John C. Butler Excellence in Teaching Award in 2021.

 

 

Jared Bauer

  February 23, 2022

Host: Lance Seefeldt
Seminar Format: In Person/Virtual

Affiliation: Cibus Technologies, Career Builder Event

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Chang Yan

  March 2, 2022

Host: Yi Rao
Seminar Format: In Person/Virtual

Affiliation: University of California at San Diego and Shanghai Jiaotong University

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Tom Runcevski

  March 16, 2022

Host:Gang Li
Seminar Format: In Person/Virtual

Affiliation: Southern Methodist University

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Brenda Bass

Brenda Bass, The R. Gaurth Hansen Seminar Series

  March 23, 2022

Host: Nick Dickenson

Seminar Format: In Person/Virtual

Affiliation: University of Utah

Faculty Page: http://www.biochem.utah.edu/bass/

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Bio: Dr. Brenda L. Bass is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Utah. She is known for her contributions in defining double-stranded RNA-mediated pathways, including the discovery of ADAR RNA editing enzymes, and models and experiments that established Dicer's role in RNA silencing. Dr. Bass obtained a B.A. in chemistry from Colorado College, and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center prior to joining the faculty of the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Bass is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2007 she was elected and served as President of the RNA Society. She has received research support from the Pew Scholars Program, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and her National Institutes of Health support includes a Director’s Pioneer Award (2011) and Transformative Research Award (2020).

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Vaidhyanathan Ramamurthy

Vaidhyanathan Ramamurthy

  March 30, 2022

Host: Yi Rao

Seminar Format: In Person/Virtual

Affiliation: University of Miami

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Research Group: https://chemistry.as.miami.edu/research-groups/ramamurthy-group/index.html

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Dale Christensen, Alumni Achievement Award 2021-2022

  April 6, 2022

Host: Lance Seefeldt

Seminar Format: In Person/Virtual

Affiliation: Dale Christensen Consulting

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Bio: Dr. Christensen is a biotech executive and consultant with over 25 years of R&D experience at the therapeutic interface of chemistry and biology experience managing research and early development across respiratory, inflammation, CNS, anti-infective, and oncology indications. He also holds an appointment as Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at Duke University Medical Center.  Dr. Christensen has held with senior positions at Spyryx Biosciences, Oncotide, Cognosci, Affinergy Inc., Aryzun Pharmaceuticals, and KaroBio USA (formerly Novalon Pharmaceuticals).

In addition to running research programs for each company, he has also provided oversight of clinical trial design and execution; biomarker development; toxicology study design and execution; and CMC activities for multiple compounds, filing IND/CTA/CTNs, and early phase trials. Over his career, he has successfully manage the translation of five programs from concept to Phase 1 clinical trials leads the non-clinical and clinical development activities for multiple companies. Of the drugs he has progressed to clinical trials they range from improving the delivery of well-known drugs to drugs that he invented.  He currently has multiple additional drugs that he has invented that are being prepared for clinical testing.

As an entrepreneur, Dr. Christensen has been involved in companies that have raised more than $100 M in funding from venture capital groups and more than $50 M in public markets. In addition, he has negotiated strategic partnerships with large pharma and managed external alliances with both large pharma and academic labs.  Dr. Christensen received his B.S. in Chemistry from Utah State University, and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Utah. He was an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow at Texas A&M University. He has published many papers and is an inventor on numerous patents and patent applications in drug discovery.

 

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Wei Xiong

  April 13, 2022

Host: Yi Rao

Seminar Format: In Person/Virtual

Affiliation: University of California, San Diego

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Anastassia Alexandrova

Anastassia Alexandrova, Alumni Achievement Award 2021-2022

  April 20, 2022

Host: Alexander Boldyrev
Seminar Format: In Person/Virtual

Affiliation: University of California, Los Angeles

Faculty Page: https://www.chemistry.ucla.edu/directory/alexandrova-anastassia-n

Research Group: http://www.chem.ucla.edu/~ana/research.html

Bio: Anastassia Alexandrova is a Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, UCLA. She obtained a B.S./M.S. Diploma with highest honors, from Saratov University, Russia, her Ph.D. in theoretical physical chemistry from Utah State University, and was then a Postdoctoral Associate and an American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University. Anastassia joined the faculty of UCLA and CNSI in 2010. The focus of her laboratory is theory and computation for design and multi-scale modeling of functional materials: dynamic catalytic interfaces, artificial metalloenzymes, molecular qubits and their assemblies, and quantum materials. She is a recipient of numerous awards, such as NSF CAREER Award, Sloan Fellowship 2013, DARPA Young Faculty Award 2011, Fulbright Fellowship 2016, and ACS WCC Rising Star Award 2016, 2020 ACS Phys Early Career Award in Theoretical Chemistry, 2021 Max Planck-Humboldt medal, as well as UCLA’s Hanson-Dow award for excellence in teaching 2016, Herbert Newby McCoy award for excellence in faculty research 2016, undergraduate research mentorship award 2018, and 2019 distinguished teaching award (the highest honor for teaching given in UCLA) in 2019. 

 

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Long Luo

  April 26, 2022

Host: Tianbiano Liu

Seminar Format: In Person/Virtual

Affiliation: Wayne State University

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