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Deborah Illman seated at a desk with a joyful expression, with her hands out, palms up and elbows bent
February 1, 2023
Deborah Illman '76 was recently elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Illman was elected along with three other scientists from the University of Washington and are among 505 new fellows from around the world, who are recognized for “their scientifically and socially distinguished achievements” in science and engineering. Illman is the founding editor of Northwest Science & Technology, former associate editor of Chemical &... Read more
Heinz Floss photographed outdoors in 1988
January 17, 2023
Heinz G. Floss, a world-renowned biosynthetic chemist and emeritus professor of chemistry at the University of Washington, passed away at his home in Bellevue, Washington, on December 19, 2022. He was a highly recognized and esteemed scientist, an eminent personality and an outstanding educator. Floss’s work ingeniously illuminated how plants and microbes construct natural chemicals--many of which are important for human health. Eventually this work helped pave the way to the genetic... Read more
Two portraits side by side: Sarah Pristash and Chetan Poudel
January 13, 2023
The 2023 cohort of Washington Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship recipients was announced on December 15, 2022. Two postdoctoral scholars in the Department of Chemistry, Dr. Chetan Poudel and Dr. Sarah Pristash ‘22, were selected to join this prestigious cohort. Poudel, a postdoctoral scholar in Associate Professor Joshua Vaughan’s group, was selected to apply lightsheet microscopy of novel... Read more
Photo of Yue Liu
December 16, 2022
Congratulations to Yue Liu, who defended her Ph.D. work "Generation and Action Spectroscopy of Gaseous DNA Cation Radicals" on November 17, 2022. Yue was a student in Professor František Tureček's research group and studied DNA radicals that are responsible for DNA damage with tandem mass spectrometry and theoretical calculations. She has accepted a software engineer position with Google.
Munira Khalil
December 1, 2022
Season’s greetings! I hope this message finds you well and enjoying some time for quiet reflection as the year draws to a close. In the Department of Chemistry at the University of Washington, we have savored our time together – in person. On a rainy day in June, our community gathered with many friends and relatives at the Hec Edmundson Pavilion to celebrate the graduation of the Classes of 2022, 2021, and 2020. Our alumni community grew by 358 baccalaureates in June and 19 graduates of the... Read more
Ricardo Rivera-Maldonado
November 30, 2022
Chemistry graduate student Ricardo Rivera-Maldonado and co-worker Miguel González Montijo developed a bilingual English/Spanish climate science fact sheet, for which the Clean Energy Institute awarded them the Clean Energy Outreach & Service Award on May 26, 2022. The fact sheet "aims to empower K-12 students to discuss climate change and clean energy with their families and communities" and... Read more
Bronze W on campus
November 30, 2022
Welcome to the new staff in the Department of Chemistry!  Melanie Cash, Scientific Instructional Technician 2 Started June 2022 Melanie earned a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Washington in June 2022. As a student, Melanie conducted undergraduate research in the group of Professor Brandi Cossairt and worked in our department as a teaching associate and student assistant in the Undergraduate Stockroom. As a permanent member of our staff, Melanie will be supporting upper division lab... Read more
A father holds his young daughter who is touching his face while the mother watches their interaction
November 28, 2022
An article in Science tells the story of the work published on November 9 in the New England Journal of Medicine in which a toddler who, before birth, received successful in utero treatment for Pompe’s disease, a rare genetic disorder. Babies with infantile-onset Pompe’s disease... Read more
Pink lilies
November 16, 2022
How did Sarah Keller's group make a brief detour from investigating micron-scale phase separation in lipid membranes to analyzing time-lapse movies of blooming lilies? In a blog post for the Biophysical Society, Professor Sarah Keller provides the context behind the work that was published in the June 21, 2022 issue of Biophysical Journal titled "... Read more
Jenn Wong sits at a booth with green plants hanging behind her.
October 24, 2022
Congratulations to Jitkanya (Jenn) Wong, who defended her Ph.D. work “The Design of Functional Ion Gels and Hydrogels for Additive Manufacturing of Devices and Composites” on October 7, 2022. Jenn was a student in Al Nelson’s research group and studied soft materials for 3D printing of sensors and actuators. She has accepted a senior process engineer position at NoiseFigure Research, where she will be doing VR technology materials development for Meta Reality Labs.