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Haverford College
Department of Chemistry

Alumni Biographies

1950s | 1960s | 1970s | 1980s | 1990s | 2000s

This page contains brief career autobiographies submitted by alumni of Haverford College's Chemistry Department. We hope this gives our students some ideas about the kinds of careers for which a Chemistry major will prepare them. Biographies are sorted according to year of graduation. Some alumni have provided a link to their personal or company web sites.

  • (If you were a Haverford College Chemistry major, and would be willing to participate in this project, please click here to send an email with the biography you wish to have posted. Please also indicate your class year and a professional web-site link if you are willing to include it in the listing).


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Cheston M. Berlin, Jr., M.D. '58

Born in Pittsburgh, Pa. Received undergraduate degree (BA) in chemistry at Haverford College in 1958. Received the M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School in 1962. Internship and residency at the Boston Children's Hospital. Research work was done as a commissioned officer of the US Public Health Service at the Laboratory of Biochemical Pharmacology, National Institute of Arthritis and Metabolic Disease, National Institutes of Health. After academic positions at the University of Alabama School of Medicine and George Washington University School of Medicine, he came to the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine at Hershey in 1971. His current positions are: University Professor Pediatrics and Professor of Pharmacology. His interests (and publications) are in pediatric pharmacology, nutrition, lactation, neuromuscular disorders, phenylketonuria, Tourette syndrome and general pediatrics. He is a member of the American Society for Experimental Pharmacology and Therapeutics, American Society For Nutritional Sciences, American Society for Clinical Nutrition, American Pediatric Society, American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Academy for Breastfeeding Medicine. He served on the Board of the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners. He was a member of the Medical Advisory Board for the Tourette Syndrome Association. He served for 8 years as the Chair of the Network Steering Committee for the NIH (NICHD) Pediatric Pharmacology Research Units. He lives in Elizabethown, Pa. with his wife, Anne; they are the parents of 4 children (two are Haverford graduates, Jean í84 and Douglas í90) and grandparents of 2 (one, Emily Berlin, class of Ď16). (1/2014).


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Lawrence Clark Davis '66

Right out of college I took a summer to work in a research lab in England and then spent four years doing a PhD at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University, in The Bronx, NY. I went there because B.L. Horecker, head of that department, was sponsored as a Phillips visitor early in the Fall of 1965. I never did apply to any other grad school. My graduate work was protein chemistry, stimulated by my undergraduate research experience with Harmon Dunathan. That also yielded my first published research articles, and a write-up in C & E News. We had only three chemistry majors in my class, the smallest in some years of that decade. From Einstein I moved to UW-Madison (Bacteriology) for a year of post-doctoral study on nitrogen fixing enzymes, then moved back to Connecticut to do alternative service. The order to send me there was invalid and voided but I stayed two years anyway studying neurobiology. I returned to Wisconsin for two more years in Biochemistry, working on iron sulfur proteins, then took a job at Kansas State University. I have remained here ever since, with a couple of sabbatical semesters visiting other places. I am chair of the Graduate Biochemistry Group. My main area of research now is in environmental studies with plants. You can find more details under the biochemistry program at I am also a class chair for my Haverford '66 class. (8/2006)


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Stephen G. Emerson '74

After graduating as a Chemistry/Philosophy major, I started graduate school at Yale in the Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry (MB&B) department as part of an M.D.-Ph.D. program. I started out in spectrospcopy and irreversible thermodynamics but then (d)evolved to membrane protein chemistry; my Ph.D. thesis described the turnover and shedding of histocompatibility proteins from lymphoid cells ("antigen processing" and "dendritic exosomes" in the current parlance). After school I trained clinically and became a stem cell biologist. I now research / teach +/- do clinical work in the Abramson Cancer Center at Penn. Basically, physical chemistry and biophysics at Haverford was wonderful training for the sort of things I've done and do now, and I've really enjoyed my career. Cheers. (3/2005)


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Anne McCoy '87

After graduating from Haverford in 1987 I spent a year teaching high school chemistry at The Hotchkiss School. I quickly realized that while I enjoyed the teaching aspect of the job, I missed the research. In 1988, I started my graduate work in Physical chemistry at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. While I was not sure what I wanted to study when I was applying to graduate school, as I visited various programs I realized that I was intrigued by the experimental and theoretical work that was trying to understand reaction dynamics in the gas phase. I received my PhD under Ned Sibert in 1992, studying the vibrational dynamics of a variety of molecules. I took a two year postdoctoral position with Benny Gerber who had appointments at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and University of California, Irvine where I learned about time-dependent quantum mechanics and began my studies of reaction dynamics in van der Waals and hydrogen bonded clusters. In 1994 I joined the faculty in the chemistry department at The Ohio State University, where I have been ever since. At present, I am teaching both graduate and undergraduate classes in physical chemistry, and particularly enjoy teaching in our honors general chemistry sequence which reminds very much of the class that I took my first semester at Haverford. My research focuses on classical and quantum mechanical studies of reaction dynamics in the gas phase and in weakly bound complexes. We are also interested in characterizing highly fluctional molecules - trying to understand the relationship between structure and measurable properties of such species. (2/2005)

Mimi Blaurock '88

After graduating in 1988 as a Chemistry/Philosophy major I went to Yale for medical school, and stayed there to do my residency in Internal Medicine. I have gradually been moving west since then. I worked in outpatient medicine at the Atlanta VA and the University of Michigan, and I am now working as a hospitalist for Kaiser in the Bay Area. I love hospital medicine. I co-direct our journal club and I spend a little time teaching the Stanford medical students. My experience in the chemistry department of Haverford was great training for my field. (2/2007)

Mark Thomas Gabuzda '88

After Haverford, I went the med school route, at Penn. And thereafter I went up to Boston and did an Internal Medicine Residency. I was all set and matched into a Cardiology Fellowship and then realized, "What the heck am I doing?!" So I redirected my life in a way that I hadn't done so before. (It was NOT fun having to tell the Chief of Cardiology that I was pulling out after the match!) So....I ended up pursuing Internal Medicine practice at Brigham and Womens' for a few years. In 1998 I moved to San Diego where I continue to live. I now work in Internal Medicine for the VA Hospital here, and I am Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at UCSD. I live in a great part of town with my precious dog, a big floppy Weimaraner named Grace. And I can't mention San Diego without saying what everyone does -- you sure can't beat the weather here, and the waves are AWESSSSSOME DudE! (7/2006)

Chris Mix '89

I graduated from Haverford in 1989 with a BA in chemistry and took a year off to work in a lab while I applied to medical school. I attended the University of Massachusetts Medical School and decided I wanted to become a surgeon. During a research year, funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, I changed my mind and in 1995 went to Tufts New England Medical Center for an internal medicine residency. I stayed for a chief residency year, then went to the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for nephrology fellowship. After completing my clinical nephrology fellowship in 2001, I returned to T-NEMC for a clinial research fellowship in nephrology during which I received a Master's in Clinical Care Research. My goal was to pursue an academic career in clinical research. Again my plans changed when a consulting project with Amgen revealed the development side of the pharmaceutical industry, which I was surprised to find populated with clinicians with backgrounds in clinical research from some of the best academic programs in the country. I joined in 2003 and currently lead the development team for cinacalcet hydrochloride (Sensipar), a calcimimetic agent used primarily in the treatment of secondary hyperparathyroidism in patients with chronic kidney disease. It's been a rewarding and challenging career choice and the analytical thinking fostered in Haverford's chemistry program has served me well. (9/2006)


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Jess Adkins '90

I graduated from Haverford with a Chemsitry degree in 1990. The next two years were blissfully spent in Santa Barbara, California working as a lab technician for David Lea (also a Haverford grad) and playing ultimate frisbee. Working with David introduced me to the facinating world of Oceanography and Paleoclimates. In 1992 I moved back east to be a graduate student with Ed Boyle in the MIT/Woods Hole Joint Program in Oceanography. I loved the research and had a terrific time making measurements on corals and learning plasma mass spectrometry. Somehow I managed to turn this experience into a two-year Post-Doc jointly between the University of Minnesota and Columbia's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. In 2000 I started at Caltech as an Assistant Professor of Geochemistry and Global Environmental Science. The title is a mouthful to be sure, but it just goes to show how a little chemistry knowledge can go a long way...(2/2005)

Elizabeth Rogers '90

I majored in Chemistry and also in Biology (but Chemistry was my real home) and graduated in 1990. After graduation, I moved north and worked as a lab tech in a Cambridge, MA biotech company for two years, having fun and contemplating graduate school. I took the plunge and in 1997 received a PhD in Genetics from Harvard Medical School. I'd started that program thinking I'd study enzyme kinetics but ended up falling in love with the model plant Arabidopsis and studying interactions between Arabidopsis and a bacterial pathogen - another story showing how what you think you want to do in grad school can change! In 1997, I moved even further north, to Dartmouth College, to do a postdoc in iron nutrition in Arabidopsis. I was there for four years and then started my own lab as a tenure-track assistant professor in the Departments of Biochemistry and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Missouri in Columbia. As of Summer 2006, I'm in the last stages before tenure and trying to publish before I perish! (7/2006)

Carmen Perez-Masuelli '90

I graduated from Haverford in 1990 with a major in chemistry. Stokes was my home for four years!! Superlab was an unforgetable and invaluable experience. I went on to obtain my MD degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in NYC in1994. From 1994 to 2000 I worked on completing my residency in internal medicine with fellowships in geriatrics and rheumatology. After 10 years in the Big Apple, my husband and I relocated with our young children to Houston, where I started private practice in rheumatology. As a physician I have participated in community outreach programs to raise awareness of arhtritis and autoimmune disease, fund raising efforts for the Arthritis Foundation, and assisted in the care of uninsured and indigent patients. I am enjoying my roll as Haverford admissions alumni representative. The highlight of my Haverford experience was the ability to enjoy the studies in other disciplines of philosophy, religion, and literature, while focusing on a science major. I would love to visit with old friends and classmates. Please let me know if you're coming to Houston! (10/2008)

Deborah S.Gross '91

After graduating from Haverford in 1991 with a Chemistry degree, I attended graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley. I worked with Evan Williams, investigating the gas-phase structure of biomolecules, and the mass spectrometric techniques to study them. After my Ph. D., I changed fields slightly and worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow for two years with Kimberly Prather at University of California, Riverside. In her group, I transformed myself into an atmospheric aerosol scientist, and used the tools of mass spectrometry to study these particles. After my postdoc, I took a tenure-track position in the Chemistry Department at Carleton College, where I am also a member of the Environmental and Technology Studies (ENTS) group. I received tenure in 2005. My research continues to be in the field of mass spectrometry of individual atmospheric aerosol particles, and involves a great deal of collaboration with aerosol and computer scientists from a number of universities. I have had a tremendous amount of fun introducing students to the world of research through our many projects and field studies. I teach primarily general, analytical, and environmental chemistry, and enjoy exploring the synergies of teaching and research. (2/2005)

Bryan C. Hathorn '91

I graduated with majors in Mathematics and Chemistry. After graduation, I attended graduate school at the California Institute of Technology, where I obtained my Ph.D. studying novel isotope effects in chemical kinetics with R.A. Marcus. I then joined the research staff at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. After working at the lab for a number of years, I had a career shift that few of my Haverford classmates would have expected: I attended the University of Tennessee College of Law. After graduation, I clerked for the Tennessee Supreme Court for two years and I now practice complex commercial litigation for a major international law firm in Los Angeles. It is worth mentioning that my transition from science to law would not have been possible without the sage advice of Prof. Claude Wintner, who advised me to take classes outside the sciences: "Bryan, this is Haverford, not M.I.T." (10/2013)

Jessica Weiss Goldberg '92

I graduated Haverford with a chemistry major in 1992 - my senior research was with Peter Beckmann (BMC physics). I did my graduate work at the University of Chicago, with David Grier (Experimental Physics, now at NYU) and David Oxtoby (Theoretical Chemistry, now at Pomona). I did experiments and some modeling studying the thermodynamics of charge-stabilized colloidal crystals and got my PhD in 1997. I also worked as a chef-apprentice at Kiki's Bistro and Charlie Trotter's and decided to combine my experiences and did a year post-doc in the Food Science Department at UC Davis with Stephanie Dungan on the circular dichroism of reversed micelles of alpha-lactalbumin. From UCD I was recruited to Nestle R&D in New Milford,Connecticut, (now closed) to support food colloids research and development. I worked at Nestle for 2 years and then left for Unilever in Trumbull, CT, in 2000 to join the Dove personal wash development team. I love it - I have been involved with clinical and consumer claims development, advertising, process development, filing patents, as well as product launches - it's a fantastic company. (3/2005)

Brian A. Roe '92

I graduated Haverford with a chemistry major in 1992 - my senior research was with Peter Beckmann (BMC physics). I went on from Haverford to study environmental toxicology at Cornell University under Ann Lemley. For my Masters thesis, I did research in the area of pesticide waste cleanup technologies in cooperation with a local environmental engineering company. I was also involved with New York State Cooperative Extension testing of residentsí well water. Following graduate school, I joined the Peace Corps. I was stationed for two years at a secondary school in Kenya, where I kept busy teaching chemistry and physics as well as coaching volleyball and running an environmental science club. As the unofficial US ambassador to my village, I did my best to convince people that professional wrestling in America is not mere stage play. After a brief stint in at Nabisco, I settled down in 2000 to work for a small consulting laboratory as an analytical chemist. Essentially, we solve problems that manufacturing companies have either with their own processes or with staying in compliance with EPA (etc.) regulations. (7/2006)

Brian A. Jackson '94

I graduated from Haverford in 1994 as a Chemistry Major with a Biochemistry Concentration. I went directly from Haverford to the California Institute of Technology where I received a Ph.D in Bioinorganic Chemistry working in Jacqueline Barton's lab – where I designed transition metal complexes that recognized base mismatches in DNA. After my time at Caltech, I decided that I wanted to pursue a career outside of the laboratory. Since I had always been interested in the public policy components of scientific research, I decided to move into science and technology policy. I received a policy studies fellowship at George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs that resulted in a Masters Degree (in Science, Technology and Public Policy) in summer 2001. While I was a student at GWU, I did several internships across Washington, DC including short periods at the Office of Management and Budget (Science and Space Programs Branch), the Congressional Research Service, and a summer position at the RAND Corporation. My internship at RAND turned into a permanent position and I have been working there for nearly 5 years now. RAND is a non-profit consulting firm – but one with many of the characteristics of academic, university-style research thrown into the mix. During my time there, I have worked on a wide variety of projects ranging from assessments of federal research and development funding in specific fields to public health preparedness for bioterrorism. Since September 11th, 2001, much of my work has focused on two areas – emergency response (specifically protecting emergency responders during response operations) and the technological components of terrorism and counterterrorism. Though my work has covered a wide variety of topics and diverged significantly from my education in chemistry, my technical background and approach to problems has been an asset across my professional activities.(3/2005)

James Kindt '94

After graduating from Haverford in 1994, I started graduate school in physical chemistry at Yale. Originally I was in an experimental group, but I realized that my interests and talents were better suited to theoretical and computational chemistry. I did my Ph.D. research with John Tully, working on simulations of molecular dynamics at metal surfaces. I then did postdoctoral research with Bill Gelbart at UCLA, where we developed mathematical and computational models for the loading of DNA into a bacteriophage virus. As an assistant professor at Emory University, my research group studies lipid bilayers and other self-assembled structures through computer simulation and statistical theory. From my time at Haverford, I constantly draw on both the excellent chemical education I received and the great examples of outstanding, dedicated teachers. (3/2005)

Liza Ayuso '95

I graduated from Haverford in 1995, and majored in Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry. I went on to Medical School at Harvard, and graduated in 1999. I then moved to Florida for my Pediatrics Residency at University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. I worked for 3 years in Private Practice Pediatrics, working in Key Biscayne and Homestead, Florida. I am currently taking a short break from work to have my first baby! (3/2005)

Brendan Patrick Orner '95

I graduated from Haverford in 1995 where I was mentored by Terry Newirth. I then entered grad school at the University of Pittsburgh working with Andy Hamilton where we developed receptors for and mimics of alpha helical peptides with the purpose of manipulating protein-protein interactions. In 1997 I received my masters and moved with the Hamilton lab to Yale from where I was granted a PHD in 2001. I did a brief postdoctoral stint with Laura Kiessling at UW-Madison where we made combinatorial arrays for the purpose of studying human embryonic stem cell self-renewal and differentiation and where we used phage display to afford compounds that manipulated beta-amyloid aggregation. Since 2005 I have been an assistant professor in the Division of Chemistry and Biological Chemistry in the School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore where we are developing new combinatorial techniques and using them to study things like cellular apoptosis and protein-carbohydrate interactions. We are also using these techniques to develop drugs against HIV and Alzheimer's Disease, new ways to mineralize inorganic nanoparticles using designed protein capsules, and new sensors with "homeland security" applications. (6/2006)

Seth B. Darling '97

I graduated from Haverford in 1997 with a double major in chemistry and astronomy. My senior research, working with Julio de Paula, involved molecular modeling of chlorophyll aggregation. After graduation, I went to the University of Chicago intending to pursue a Ph.D. in theoretical physical chemistry but ended up studying experimental surface science in Steven Sibener's group--a change that, in hindsight, was clearly for the best given my personal strengths and interests. I received my Ph.D. in 2002 and, wanting to stay in the Chicago area, began a postdoctoral fellowship at Argonne National Laboratory working with the Consortium for Nanoscience Research. A few months into this position, I had the opportunity to obtain a second postdoctoral position in the Materials Science Division at Argonne that includes its own research budget, which I still hold today. My current research involves the hierarchical self-assembly of hybrid nanostructures, with a focus on magnetic systems. I have thoroughly enjoyed my experiences both in graduate school and in the national lab system. I find the latter to be a sort of meshing of academia and industry, drawing on many of the favorable characteristics of both. (5/2005)

John P. Morgan '97

After a thoroughly enjoyable stint with Professor Fran Blase at Haverford, I went on to the California Institute of Technology to pursue a doctoral degree in synthetic organic chemistry with Prof. Andrew G. Myers. During my first year Prof. Myers received an offer to move to Harvard, but I had already "put down some roots" in California. I then migrated to Professor Robert H. Grubbs' laboratory, where I was fortunate to be involved in the development of the "next generation" of olefin metathesis catalysts. I received my Ph.D. degree from Prof. Grubbs in 2002, and I then went to work for a term at British Petroleum in London (under the guidance of Prof. Vernon Gibson of Imperial College, London). Upon returning to the States, I found a terrific opportunity at the University of Maryland working for Professor Michael P. Doyle, of undergraduate school fame (2003-2005). In 2004 I was married and moved back to my hometown of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. I took up my current position as Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in August 2005. My target has always been undergraduate chemistry education, a love I first developed and cultivated at Haverford. (9/2005)


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Kevin T. Barton '00

I graduated from Haverford in 2000 with a chemistry major. I did my thesis with Karin Akerfeldt on the synthesis of gamma-hydroxy-norvaline for use in novel protein synthesis towards studying ion channels. My first year after Haverford I did research at AstraZeneca pharmaceuticals doing drug development and design and at DuPont Agricultural products. Then I worked in Harvey Rubin's lab at the University of Pennsylvania studying the tuberculosis protein Rel doing protein synthesis and purification. I was accepted to medical school at Tulane University in New Orleans and graduated in May 2002. I am currently in my first year of residency at St Louis Children's Hospital (affiliated with Washington University School of Medicine). (7/2006)

Timothy V. Duncan '00

I graduated from Haverford in 2000 as a chemistry major. I did my work with Prof. Charles Miller in theoretical atmospheric chemistry. After graduation, I became a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania in the lab of Professor Michael J. Therien. I am still here but am wrapping things up (essentially just writing papers) and should be finished by late summer / early fall 2005. My current research lies somewhere in the realm of molecular photophysics. Specifically, I do ultrafast transient electronic absorption spectroscopy to study a variety of solution phase systems, most of which have large optical responses in the near-infrared. Though the work-load is large, the experience as a whole has been very rewarding.(5/2005)

Joshua Dunetz '00

I graduated from Haverford College in 2000, with a major in chemistry and a biochemistry concentration. I had the pleasure of conducting senior research under Prof. Karin Akerfeldt on the design and synthesis of porphyrin-peptide systems that might serve as photonic nanodevices which mimic the photosynthetic light-harvesting complexes found in plants and bacteria. After graduation from Haverford College, I went to MIT as a graduate student in organic chemistry and have spent the past five years training under Prof. Rick Danheiser. My dissertation research largely focuses on the synthesis of ynamides and their intramolecular cycloadditions with conjugated enynes as a route to highly-substituted indolines and indoles. Another focus of my dissertation research involves the synthesis of nitrogen-containing heterocycles in environmentally friendly media such as supercritical carbon dioxide containing water emulsions. I am looking forward to receiving my PhD this spring or summer, and then excited to begin postdoctoral studies under the direction of Prof. Bill Roush at the new Scripps Research Institute in Palm Beach, Florida, where I plan to pursue total synthesis of macrolide natural products. (2/2005)

Martha E. Ellison '00

I graduated Haverford College as a chemistry major in 2000. I immediately began a PhD. program at UCLA and decided after a few years that I preferred a masters degree. I am currently a chemist at Merck in Rahway, NJ and working towards my MBA degree. I hope to enter the marketing field here at Merck in the future! (3/2005)

Michael Ranen '00

I graduated from Haverford in 2000 working on biophysical chemistry with Julio de Paula. After that I spent two years across the street at The Baldwin School teaching 8th grade chemistry and six grade physics. After two years I missed doing research and also realized my interests in space science. I ended up in a PhD program in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University where I have become a cosmochemist. I study the differentiation of terrestrial planets such as the Moon and Mars as well as time scales of solar system formation through the chemical analyses of radiogenic isotopes in Moon rocks and meteorites. (3/2005)

Dee Jacobs '01

After graduating in 2002 (working with my favorite chemist Fran Blase on a natural products synthesis), I worked at a small pharma company called Enzon Pharmaceuticals in Piscataway, NJ, and my mom cooked me dinner every night. I started at UNC Chapel Hill the next fall, and am starting my third year doing natural product synthesis with Dr. Mike Crimmins. Graduate school has been a long, trying, difficult experience...but I'm sure it will all be worth it when I finally get out. (6/2005)

Nicolle Ginsberg Block '02

I was a proud member of the Haverford Chemistry Department class of 2002. At Haverford I majored in chemistry with a concentration in biochemistry and a minor in psychology. I worked with Robert Scarrow on studying the metal binding properties of a human enzyme, porphobilinogen synthase. After graduation, I went on to UNC medical school (Go tar heels!). My reserach focus shifted in medical school to a more clinical based research. I worked on a project studying the long term effects on prenatal care on both the mother and child. I graduated medical school in May 2006. I am currently a first year resident in UNC's family medicine department. (7/2006)

Alexandra Rodriguez-Negron '02

I graduated from Haverford in 2002 with a Chemistry major and a certification in education. I did my thesis with Julie Ealy on the use of calculator based laboratories (CBL) in Chemical and educational research. After Haverford I did my masters in Secondary School Science Education specializing in Chemistry education at Teachers College in Columbia University. I then returned to Puerto Rico where I got a job as a chemistry teacher at Caribbean Preparatory School. I am currently going into my fourth year of teaching and second year as head of the science department there. Although teaching is a very demanding and challenging endeavor I love every second of it. I am proud to say that two of my top Chemistry students have won scholarships to attend Haverford and will be joining the department there this fall. (7/2006)

Claire Sandstrom '02

I graduated from Haverford College in 2002 as a proud member of the Department of Chemistry, where I worked with Dr. Karin Akerfeldt on characterizing porphyrin-peptide complexes. I received my MD from Duke University School of Medicine in May, 2006. Under the mentorship of Dr. Jeffrey Petrella, I spent my third year of medical school investigating a prodromal form of Alzheimer's disease, known as Mild Cognitive Impairment, using structural and functional MRI. I then matched for my internship at Scripps-Mercy Hospital in San Deigo, CA, before heading to Seattle for residency in Radiology at the University of Washington. By 2012, I hope to be a neuroradiologist! (7/2006)

MeeJean Kim '06

I graduated from Haverford in 2006 with a Chemistry major, concentrating in biochemistry. I did my thesis with Mark Schofield, synthesizing and characterizing novel platinum(II) complexes for potential therapeutic applications. After Haverford, I went to the NIH to do a year-long fellowship in the National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, studying metabolic disorders of the lysosome, under Dr. Roscoe Brady & Dr. Gary Murray. I am currently at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), pursuing a doctoral degree in the Pharmaceutical Sciences & Pharmacogenomics (PSPG) graduate program. Under the mentorship of Dr. Nadav Ahituv, I will be doing my thesis research primarily on understanding the contribution of non-coding genetic variation to obesity. (10/2008)

Joshua Leighton Mertz '06

I graduated with my B.S. in 2006 after working in the Scarrow Lab on oxygen activating compounds. The following fall I joined the Kanatzidis Group in the Chemistry Department at Northwestern University where I have recently earned my PhD in Inorganic (Solid-State) Chemistry (2011). My dissertation was on the "Syntheses and Ion Exchange of Framework and Layered Sulfide Compounds for Environmental Remediation." The work specifically focused on remediation of heavy metals and radioactive ions from aqueous environments. I have recently (July 2011) joined Kurion, Inc., a start-up company which was established in 2008 by venture capitalist firm Lux Capital. Kurion is the only U.S. firm directly remediating the high level waste caused by the nuclear incident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in March. While our home office is in Irvine, California, I work directly with our CTO at an office in Oak Ridge, Tennessee in the Technology Development Division. (11/2011)