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The School of Molecular Sciences would like to congratulate the Class of 2017 on all of its hard-earned academic accomplishments! This spring, the School of Molecular Sciences graduated 227 students overall, including 8 doctoral students, 3 with a Master’s degree in Chemistry, and 216 undergraduate students awarded either Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degrees in chemistry, biochemistry, medicinal chemistry, or environmental chemistry. Our students have worked hard to complete their rigorous and fulfilling studies and we are proud of their countless achievements. We look forward to their continued success in the future!
Monika Ciuba PhD, Mentor: Marcia Levitus
"Photophysics of Symmetric and Assymmetric Cyanines in Solution and Conjugated to Biomolecules"
“Monika's solid background, resilience and attention to detail allowed her to build a state-of-the-art single molecule instrument from scratch and with little help. She made important contributions to our understanding of the properties of fluorescent probes in biophysical research.” – Marcia Levitus
Dayna Peterson Forbrook PhD, Mentor: Rebekka Wachter
"Subunit Exchange in Spinach Short-Form Rubisco Activase"
“Dayna Forbrook’s diligence, hard work and intense focus on detail have been absolutely critical in establishing new methodologies to elucidate the role of protein dynamics in the regulation of higher plant carbon fixation.” – Rebekka Wachter
Chengchen Guo PhD, Mentor: Jeffery Yarger/Gregory Holland
"Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectroscopic Characterization of Nanomaterials and Biopolymers"
“Chengchen Guo is one of the best young scientist I have had the fortune of mentoring over the past 20 years …. [His] diverse interests … has led to seminal work in nanomaterial-biopolymer composites. …[He] will … be directing independent research projects and I am excited to see his scientific research ideas come to fruition.” – Jeff Yarger
Joseph Laureanti PhD, Mentor: Anne Jones
"Bioinspired Electrocatalytic Hydrogen Production: Synthetic and Biological Approaches"
“Joe’s curiosity and fearlessness has led him to successfully undertake a broad range of challenging projects … development of synthetic catalysts for hydrogen production, covalent immobilization of molecules on transparent, functionalized graphene films, and development of photoelectrochemical, biological, fuel production systems.” – Anne Jones
Yueqi Li PhD, Mentor: Nongjian Tao
"Charge Transport in Single Molecules"
“Yueqi completed the first thermoelectric measurement of single DNA molecules, which is an extremely hard experiment. She deserves two thumbs up!” – Nongjian Tao
Patrick Sims PhD, Mentor: John Kouvetakis
"Synthesis of Hybrid (III-V)y(IV)5-2y Semiconductors: A New Approach to Extending the Optoelectronic Capabilities of Si and Ge Technologies"
““Patrick developed first class experimental and theoretical expertise while at ASU leading to the design and synthesis of new semiconductors with applications in mid infrared technologies and photovoltaics. His work resulted in eleven papers during his four years at ASU.” – John Kouvetakis
Michael Wimmer PhD, Mentor: Vladimiro Mujica
"A Computational and Theoretical Study of Conductance in Hydrogen-bonded Molecular Junctions"
““Micah's work … at the boundary of physics and chemistry: how electron transport occurs across a molecule with weak hydrogen bonds. His discipline in learning a difficult theoretical subject and implementing complex computational calculations starting from scratch is admirable. … already having an important impact in the field.” – Vladimiro Mujica
Ran Zhao PhD, Mentor: Candace Chan
"Mixed Polyanion and Clathrate Materials as Novel Materials for Lithium-ion and Sodium-ion Batteries "
““… structural-electrochemical property relationships of several novel materials for applications in energy storage. … significant contributions … electrochemical properties of mixed polyanion materials and their potential as cathodes for Li and Na-ion batteries, as well as for novel Li anodes made from Si and Ge clathrates.” – Candace Chan
Molly Benkaim MS (Medicinal Chemistry), Mentor: Wade Van Horn
"Growth, Purification, and Characterization of the Pore Domain of the Human TRPM8 Ion Channel"
“Molly is an excellent student who … has made significant progress in characterizing TRPM8, a human membrane protein. … As a Barrett Honor’s student, she graduated with a 4.0 and received the Moeur Award. … she was recently awarded a Fulbright Scholarship which she’ll start in the fall.” – Wade Van Horn
Brandon Rinker MS (Medicinal Chemistry), Mentor: Xu Wang
"Conjugation, Purification, and Characterization of DNA and Glycosaminoglycan"
“... instrumental in developing the conjugation scheme for attaching the sulfated polysaccharide glycosaminoglycan to DNA, … a crucial step in making single molecule sequencing of these complex carbohydrates a reality. He also worked to optimize the reaction conditions for the DNA polymerase designed to work these adducts.” – Xu Wan
Feng Xiao MS (Medicinal Chemistry), Mentor: Nongjian Tao
"An Integrated Microarray Printing and Detection System to Study Protein-Protein Interactions"
“Feng is a trailblazer. He developed a new biosensing platform for low volume and multiplexed quantification of molecular binding kinetics.” – Nongjian Tao
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