Victor Ma Selected to Participate in the 2018 CAS SciFinder® Future Leaders Program

Victor Pui-Yan Ma, a rising 5th year graduate student in the lab of Dr. Salaita, has been chosen to participate in the 2018 CAS SciFinder® Future Leaders Program.

According to their website, “The CAS SciFinder Future Leaders program aims to expand professional networks among emerging researchers, increase knowledge and exchange ideas about the role of information within the research process, and share lessons from industry and academic leaders about the role of science in the global economy, academia and the media.”

Selected from hundreds of applicants, Victor will join 30 other outstanding Ph.D. students and postdocs from around the world during a visit to the CAS headquarters in Columbus, Ohio in August. During their visit, the researchers will collaborate on new initiatives to shape the future of scientific information and innovation.

Congratulations, Victor!

To read the full announcement, click [here]!

Victor Ma Receives Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award

Victor Ma, a fourth-year graduate student in the lab of Dr. Khalid Salaita, was recently selected as one of twenty-six Predoctoroal to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award Fellows from the National Institute of Health. This award will provide Victor with two years of funding to complete his doctoral thesis and an additional four years of funding for future postdoc training. In the Salaita lab, with co-mentorship by Dr. Brian Evavold, Victor’s research focuses on developing technologies to study mechanobiology at the molecular scale. With an ultimate goal of establishing an alternative mechanism for regulating T cell activity, he studies the roles of mechanical forces in T cell activation, whether these forces are coordinately controlled by mechano-sensitive proteins, and the importance of these forces for T cell biological function. The findings from these studies can provide insight into a potential strategy for developing effective immunotherapies.

In his postdoc, Victor plans on transitioning into the field of tumor immunology, where he hopes to capitalize on his skillset to elucidate the physical mechanisms responsible for preventing T cells from interacting with tumor cells. “My ultimate career goal is to become an independent investigator at a research-intensive university, where I can assume teaching duties and direct a research lab that combines knowledge from various disciplines to innovate career research,” says Victor. “This award will surely serve as a stepping stone to help achieve my goal!”

Congratulations, Victor!

Congratulations, Graduate Student Award Winners!

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On Friday, August 26th, the Department of Chemistry celebrated our new and returning graduate students with the Welcome Back Fourth Friday and Graduate Awards Ceremony. Students, staff, and faculty enjoyed Fox Bros. BBQ and cupcakes from Atlanta Cupcake Factory while cheering on award winners. In a new tradition this year, our 2016 graduate class was officially introduced to the community by their graduate student mentors at the end of the awards ceremony.

Here are the awardees:

Recognition of Service Instructors

  • Mass Spec: Samantha Summer (Liotta)
  • X-ray Crystallography: Daniel Collins-Wildman (Hill); Tom Pickel (Scarborough)
  • NMR: Bruce Liao (Davies); Benjamin Fontaine (Weinert); Noel Li (Lynn); Amaan Kazerouni (Blakey)
  • Bioanalytical Instruments: Jenny Coffman (Lutz)

Student Awards

  • Quayle Outstanding Student Award: Yang Liu (Salaita); Luyao Zou (Widicus Weaver)
  • Quayle Advanced/Senior Student Award: Liangbing Fu (Davies); Christian Wallen (Scarborough)
  • Quayle Student Achievement Award:Benjamin Fontaine (Weinert); Kornelia Galior (Salaita);Robert Kubiak (Davies); Bruce Liao (Davies); Victor Ma (Salaita)

Outstanding TA Awards

  • General Chemistry: Brooke Andrews
  • Analytical: Paula Tyler
  • Physical Chemistry: Sean Bresler
  • Organic: Ally Boyington

Recognition of ARCS Nominees

  • Austin Baker (Jui)
  • Jacob Burman (Blakey)
  • Daniel Collins-Wildman (Hill)
  • Paula Tyler (DyerSelected as 2016 ARCS Scholar

Congratulations to all!