Degrees Awarded Summer 2022-Spring 2023

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PhD graduates at the departmental commencement celebration in June 2023

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Summer 2022, Autumn 2022, Winter 2023, and Spring 2023

Mark Boyer, PhD Chemistry
Methodologies for Solving the Vibrational Schroedinger Equation
(Professor Anne McCoy)

Emily Cliff, PhD Chemistry
CRISPR-Cas Tools for Engineering Genome Structure and Gene Expression
(Associate Professor Jesse Zalatan)

Zachary R. Cohen, PhD Chemistry and Astrobiology
Protocell development within evaporating lakes on the early Earth
(Professor Sarah Keller)

Ashley Dostie, PhD Chemistry
Enabling Techniques for Biomedical Research
(Assistant Professor Ashleigh Theberge)

Robert Felsted, PhD Chemistry
Synthesis, Applications, and Optical Properties of Rare Earth Fluorides for Laser Refrigeration
(Professor Peter Pauzauskie, Materials Science & Engineering)

Maire Gavagan, PhD Chemistry
Mechanistic Analysis of Scaffold Contributions to Specificity and Insulation in Wnt Signaling
(Associate Professor Jesse Zalatan)

Maria Greiner, PhD Chemistry
Kinetic Insights into Dioxygen Activation by Biomimetic Thiolate-Ligated Iron Complexes
(Professor Julia Kovacs)

Amanda Haack, PhD Chemistry
Leveraging Open Microfluidic Patterning and Home Blood Sampling and Stabilization to Advance Tissue Engineering and Translational Research
(Assistant Professor Ashleigh Theberge)

S. Elizabeth Harman, PhD Chemistry
Energetics of Small Molecules and Molecular Fragments on Model Catalyst Surfaces: Calorimetric Adsorption and Adhesion Energies on Pt, Ni and Cu(111)
(Professor Emeritus Charles Campbell)

Rachel Huchmala, PhD Chemistry
Using Reduced Dimensional Models to Interpret Spectral Signatures of Large Amplitude Motions of OH Bonds
(Professor Anne McCoy)

Jonathan Kephart, PhD Chemistry
Dancing at the Interface: Surface-Mediated Active Site Dynamics within Molecular Nanoclusters
(Assistant Professor Alexandra Velian)

Kyle Kluherz, PhD Chemistry
Structural investigations of ytterbium dopant sites and elpasolitenanocrystal structure
(Profs. Daniel Gamelin & James De Yoreo)

Jessica Kong, PhD Chemistry
Development and Expansion of Tools for Data-Driven Materials Research
(Professor W. James Pfaendtner)

Yue Liu, PhD Chemistry
Generation and Action Spectroscopy of Gaseous DNA Cation Radicals
(Professor František Tureček)

Lixin Lu, PhD Chemistry
Approaching Accurate Description of Molecular Spectroscopies with Multi-reference Electronic Structure Methods
(Professor Xiaosong Li)

William Miller, PhD Chemistry
Experimental Implementation of Third-Order Nonlinear Infrared Spectroelectrochemistry
(Professor Munira Khalil)

Alexis Mills, PhD Chemistry: Data Science
Modeling the Energetic Landscape of Transition Metal Complexes via Electronic Structure Theory and Chemically-Informed Artificial Intelligence Methodologies
(Professor Xiaosong Li)

Benjamin Mitchell, PhD Chemistry
Leveraging Molecular Nanoclusters for Atomistic Insights Into Reactive Interfaces
(Assistant Professor Alexandra Velian)

Grant Ochoa, PhD Chemistry
Development of chemometric methodologies for supervised class-based discovery experiments using GCxGC-TOFMS: application to aerospace fuel analysis
(Professor Robert Synovec)

Nayon Park, PhD Chemistry
Tuning photoluminescence properties of indium phosphide quantum dots through atomistic surface chemistry
(Professor Brandi Cossairt)

Zachary Potter, PhD Chemistry
Global Methods for Discovering and Characterizing Regulatory Mechanisms of Multi-Domain Protein Kinases
(Professor Dustin Maly)

Dylan Rogers, PhD Chemistry
Structural Effects on the Kinetics and Thermodynamics of Making and Breaking O-O Bonds
(Professor Julia Kovacs)

Joo Yeon Roh, PhD Chemistry
Photophysical Properties of Quantum-Cutting Ytterbium(III)-Doped Perovskite Nanocrystals
(Professor Daniel Gamelin)

Sonia Schoneich, PhD Chemistry
Advances in instrumentation and chemometric analysis for multidimensional chromatography with mass spectrometry detection
(Professor Robert Synovec)

Tina Sun, PhD Chemistry
Structural Studies of Viral RNAs and Peptide Targeting
(Professor Gabriele Varani)

Sarah Sweger, PhD Chemistry
Theoretical advances in signal generation and signal analysis of pulsed dipolar EPR spectroscopy
(Professor Stefan Stoll)

Timothy Trinklein, PhD Chemistry
Development of theory, instrumentation, and chemometric tools for comprehensive two- and three-dimensional gas chromatography
(Professor Robert Synovec)

Kendahl Walz Mitra, PhD Chemistry
Into the unknown: Exploring the surface chemistry of black phosphorus
(Assistant Professor Alexandra Velian)

Rob Weakly, PhD Chemistry
Advances in Multicolor Ultrafast Spectroscopies: Utilizing Theory and Experiment to Explore Vibronic Coupling in Molecular Systems from the Infrared to the X-ray
(Professor Munira Khalil)

Jitkanya Wong, PhD Chemistry
The Design of Functional Ion Gels and Hydrogels for Additive Manufacturing of Devices and Composites
(Professor Alshakim Nelson)

Marcus Woodworth, PhD Chemistry
Multiplexed, Single-Cell Profiling of Chromatin States with Expansion Microscopy
(Associate Professor Joshua Vaughan)

Ben Zercher, PhD Chemistry
Enabling Multidimensional Ion Mobility Separations Using Structures for Lossless Ion Manipulations
(Associate Professor Matthew Bush)


Summer 2022, Autumn 2022, Winter 2023, and Spring 2023

Adilijiang Ali, MS
Towards a Glomerulus Nanoscale Spatial Atlas
(Associate Professor Joshua Vaughan)

Morgan Brittney Anderson, MS

Minyang Chai, MS

Bruce Feng, MS

Ziyu Guo, MS

Olivia Hakan, MS
Working Towards a Long-term, Real-time Measurement Network for Atmospheric Aerosol Composition
(Professor Joel Thornton, Atmospheric Sciences)

Tanner James Hill, MS

Ian Ho, MS

Camille Jackson, MS
Investigating the Surface Reactivity of Black Phosphorus
(Assistant Professor Alexandra Velian)

Mark Jackson, MS

Yimin Lang, MS
Cross-Nucleophile coupling: synthesis of a new C-C bond between alkylboranes and boronates
(Professor Gojko Lalic)

Lan Le, MS

Zhihao Lei, MS

Yujing Lin, MS

Joseph Charles Mohammed, MS

Mickey Moonkaen, MS

Vlada Olkhovych, MS
Application of HS-SPME-GC for sample classification
(Professor Robert Synovec)

Miko Ouano, MS

Ziwen Ren, MS

Dalton James Reynolds, MS

Thomas Hanpyo Ro, MS
Quantitative Analysis of Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors Uptake In Cancer Cells Using Stimulated Raman Scattering Microscopy
(Associate Professor Dan Fu)

Alex Rojas, MS

Sam Sarratt, MS

Nels Schimek, MS
Development of a machine learning pipeline to analyze biological multiple particle tracking datasets
(Associate Professor Elizabeth Nance, Chemical Engineering)

Christopher James Seaman, MS

Tianheng Shen, MS

Reza Taheri, MS
Assessing Uremic Toxin Binding Dynamics in Human Serum Albumin, Sudlow Site I
(Professor W. James Pfaendtner)

Reed Worland, MS

Victoria Zottarelli, MS


Summer 2022, Autumn 2022, Winter 2023, and Spring 2023

Anna Freund, MS

Dakota Kennedy, MS

Christopher McAllister, MS