Congratulations to SMS 2017 Graduates!

2017 Graduation

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!

Recognition of Graduates in Doctoral Programs

 

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

Recognition of Graduates in Masters Programs

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

Recognition of Graduates in BS and BA Programs

MelissaAguilar
PhilippBaeuml
ZacharyElwell
YagmurEmirali
DanielFlores
SamanthaHaas
AnnaSchwab
MercedesSeschillie
TamaraStojilkovic
QuinnUrbaniak-Dornstauder
ScottVolker
JesseAbah
AndreiAchitei
AdrienneAdams
AyannaAkinyemi
RahatAlam
MaribellAlcazar
JordanAndrade
GabrielArmijo
JenetteAvila
Ann-MarieAziz
AmberBengson
AliciaBentle
TirinderBharaj
SierraBichler
SamanthaBodan
LandonBone
NatidaBounsone
AlexanderBrimley
OliviaBrunacini
JuliannaBrunner
MollyBrzezinski
ZainBukhari
ZakaryCall
MeganCantwell
LuciaCarbajal
EmmanuelCasildo
CarleyCeglio
PascalChaker-Soultani
Yan YanChan
ElijahChin
JuanChong
TynanClark
MichaelCooke
KrystalCorrette
StevenCosgrove
LukasCronin
MichelleCulbertson
KaylaCummins
ZhenDa
KendallDaly
Rachel MarieDela Cruz
DanielaDiaz
Kim-AnhDo
LoiDuong
KareemEid
ColtonErickson
AniseFarooqi
ReemGerais
BrittanyGerald
AmberGomez
MatthewGoode
SamuelGowland
NicholasGrant
Bernard FelixGuiang
StoneHanlon
JosephHerndon
QuintonHill
HuiyuHu
KhoaHuynh
JordanJackson
SaiswathiJavangula
DerekKern
AmbarKhare
SunnaKhokhar
DaltonKiefer
RebeccaKnudsen
EricaKraetz
LoganKurgan
KeithLambert
MichelleLarson
AmyLe
BrittanyLe
Hoai HuongLe
AndyLee
YuexinLi
Yi JiaLoo
GingerLucero
AndreMach
NicholasMaclean
LakshmeeramyaMalladi
RubyMartinez Rubio
ZvikomboreroMatavire
RichardMauser
JakeMcelearney
RyanMckiernan
EricMiller
LorenzaMitchell
AmirahMohd Ariff
PedroMorales
JosephMoure
TalaMujahed
MatthewNam
AlexisNelson
DuyanhNguyen
StephanyNguyen
AndrewNiemann
Maira EdithNieto
NikolinaNikolic
BriannaNunez
AlexandraOlson
JorgeOrnelas
StevenPark
RonaldParkinson
RebeccaPaxton
JohnPecquex
JesusPena
RobertPereira
SarahPfitzner
AntonioPinales
MalloriPoisson
RyanPorter
CarterPote
KyleRaber
ElizabethRausch
RaudRazzaghi
KaylynRiggs
MadisonRizzo
AbelSandoval
JoshuaSarabia
MatthewSchiumo
RaymondSeibel
MujtabaShah
StevenSher
KhurshidSiddiky
PaulSion
KarenSlotter
MirandaSmith
ParkerSmith
AmandaSotelo
MadeleineSt Peter
CaitlinStaab
BenjaminSteele
LydiaStojilkovic
ConradSullivan
AlexisSwaine
CaralynSzostkiewicz
FonchamTaminag
KenvinThoi
JoeTorres
ThomasUli
PaulVallejos
KellyVander Haar
AnnalisaVargas
Gianne KarlaVeloria
Brian AndrewVergara
DanielWahlin
OkellaWalters
ColeyWhite
KristinWilliams
LauraWoodland
ShaunWootten
AnnaWorkman
FrederickYassine
ArianneZaiyani
DavidZatoune
FabihaAlam
PatrickAlmhjell
CarlosAlvarado
EmilyAyoub
GerardoCalderon
TrishaChaudhury
ValerieDe Luca
DavidDean
CuongDoan
BeniaminDrotar
PhilipGaetano
SashaGrabovac
RachelHenderson
KathrynHerrera-Theut
DillonHunt
ImranHussain
FarazKhairi
JonathanKiermayr
VincentLoo
ErnestoLuna Melendez
KyleMacaro
JennaMyers
StevenPetersen
JamesPhan
IbtidaRafi
SindhuRajan
EjonaRapaj
ReeceRiddle
CapriaRinaldi
JohnRuff
KarenSerrano
CarissaWyke
ShaneYancy
Jae HyeokYang
ZacharyYellowman
ZihanTang
ZheYuan
DavidFoltin
AndrianaHilaneh
MorganJanda
ChrisLaurel
NathanMueller
StevenPassamani
JoshuaRabinowitz
VictoriaWoner
JackYoung
ChelseaCodd
ThuangiaoHoang
MichaelSaban-Hutchinson
KanikaSimmons