Eric Andreansky successfully defended his dissertation, “Synthetic Studies Toward Methanoquinolizidine-Containing Akuammiline Alkaloids” on Wednesday, April 26th, 2017. Eric’s committee was led by Simon Blakey with Frank McDonald and Lanny Liebeskind as additional members.
Chemistry major Michelle Stofberg (EC ’17) is featured in a new book from the American Chemical Society, The Power and Promise of Early Research from the ACS Symposium Series. Michelle’s story about her first experiences in the lab appears in the chapter “Lab Tales: Personal Stories of Early Researchers.” Michelle describes her first encounters with laboratory research at Emory in her own words, including Introductory Chemistry II with Dr. Nichole Powell at Emory’s Oxford College and laboratory work with Brenda Harmon. Currently, Michelle is an undergraduate researcher in the Liebeskind Lab. Michelle was also a summer SURE researcher at Emory.
An excerpt from “Lab Tales”:
Sharing my research experiences with others helped me appreciate just how extraordinary these research opportunities were and reflect on how much I have learnt. As I explained before, a researcher studies unknowns. This task seemed rather daunting to me at first; however, I soon realized that there was something spectacular about delving into the unfamiliar. I saw the beauty of challenging the unknown and the joy of discovery. Of course, I do not mean discovery as a stagnant, completed act, but as a fluid, ongoing process. In other words, research is wonderful for it is a challenging process of understanding and learning. It challenges you to face your weaknesses and bolster your strengths; it forces you to consider the world through a different, inquisitive lens; it helps you realize your passions; and it lets you grow as a student and as an individual.
Liangbing Fu successfully defended his thesis, “Expanding the Scope of Reactions and Applications of Donor/Acceptor Rhodium(II)-carbenes” on Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016. Liangbing’s thesis committed was led by Huw Davies with Simon Blakey and Lanny Liebeskind as additional members.
Earlier this year, Liangbing received the Quayle Advanced/Senior Student Award. During his time at Emory, he published four first-author papers, among others. His first author paper in JACS expanded the scope pf Donor/Acceptor carbene C-H insertion reactions to include relatively electron-deficient substrates.
Liangbing is currently a postdoctoral scholar at Georgia Tech.
Xin Jia successfully defended her thesis, “Understanding Signal Transduction Systems in Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes” on Tuesday, November 24th, 2015. Xin’s thesis committee was led by Emily Weinert with Lanny Liebeskind and Stefan Lutz as additional members. After graduation, Xia will be a scientist at MAS testing.
Emory Chemistry alum Dr. Benjamin E. Blass has authored a textbook,Basic Principles of Drug Discovery and Development, published this April by Elsevier. Blass graduated from the college in 1990 with a degree in chemistry and went on to earn his PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Rochester. He designed the text “to provide graduate students, college seniors/juniors, and early career professional with an understanding of the drug discovery industry.”
“Benjamin Blass was an excellent undergraduate chemistry major at Emory. He discovered his passion for chemistry in the Atwood laboratories at Emory and pursued it with a strong PhD at the University of Rochester and then beyond to his current position on the faculty at Temple (he is now an expert in medicinal chemistry, drug discovery and development, and intellectual property pertaining to drug discovery). I remember well his great enthusiasm for our science and his easy (and big) smile.“
Blass is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the Moulder Center for Drug Discovery Research in the Temple University School of Pharmacy.