2017 UCLA Research Showcase at ACS National Meeting

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Many scientists from around the world attended the April 4th UCLA Research Showcase at the American Chemistry Society (ACS) National Meeting in San Francisco.                                   

Professor Ken Houk welcomed the guests who represented alumni, friends, current faculty and students. He spoke about the department’s many accomplishments in the past year and how much the department has contributed to the University’s standing both in education and research. 

The Research Showcase included a poster session presenting the work of 45 UCLA Chemistry and Biochemistry graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, all of whom also either gave a talk or presented a poster at the ACS conference.

The event was sponsored by: Professor Kendall Houk, Saul Winstein Chair in Organic Chemistry; Professor Patrick Harran, D.J. & J.M. Cram Chair in Organic Chemistry; Professor Shimon Weiss, Dean Willard Chair in Chemistry; Professor David Eisenberg, Paul D. Boyer Chair in Biochemistry; The Howard Reiss Career Development Chair, The Irving & Jean Stone Chair; and the UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry.  

Most of the poster session participants received travel scholarships to attend the conference provided by the Chairs supporting the event.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the next UCLA Research Showcase at the 2019 ACS National Meeting in San Diego!

To receive information about upcoming UCLA Chemistry and Biochemistry events such as this and/or news, please contact Penny Jennings, Communications Manager, penny@chem.ucla.edu, 310-825-9809.  

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Graduate student Zhongyue Yang (Houk group), Professor Ken Houk, Cram Teacher-Scholar Dr. Shuming Chen (Houk group), and Dr. Qiaolin Deng, Principal Scientist at Merck.  Dr. Deng is a former postdoctoral fellow of the Houk group.

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Left: graduate students Jordan Dotson (Garcia-Garibay group) and Emily Cosco (Sletten group). Right: Dr. Mengning Ding (Duan group) discusses his research.

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Maynard group graduate students Marco Messina, Emma Pelegri-O’Day, Samantha Paluck, and Kathryn Mansfield.

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From left: Professors Henry Storms La Pierre (Georgia Tech), Franc Meyer  and Sven Schneider (University of Goettingen), Paula Diaconescu and Anastassia Alexandrova (UCLA), Thibault Cantat (Saclay Paris) and, in front, graduate student Mark Abubekerov (Diaconescu group).

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Tolbert group members graduate students Yan Yan and Ben Lesel.

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Tolbert group members graduate students Yan Yan, Ben Lisel, Tori Basile, Patrick Yee, Terri Lin and Jon Axtell (Spokoyny group).

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Dr. Peiyuan Yu (Ph.D.’17), former Houk group member, now a postdoc at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory with graduate student Zhongyue Yang (Houk group).

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Graduate students Tori Basile and Patrick Yee (Tobert group), Robert Boutelle (Shimon Weiss group), Chenchen Zhou (Schwartz group)

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Graduate student Ruxi Dai (Diaconenscu group) and postdoc Dr. Mengning Ding (Duan group)

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Left: Dr. Sarah Bronner (Ph.D. ’12), former Garg group member now a Discovery Scientist at Genentech, poster presenter graduate student Junyong Kim (Garg group) and Dr. Alex Schammel (Ph.D. ’12), Senior Scientist II, AbbVie Stemcentrx LLC.  Right: graduate student Mai-anh Ha (Alexandrova group). 

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Graduate student poster presenters having fun – Dimitri Bikos (Mason group) and Renato Aguilera (Gimzewski group).

Many thanks to the photo contributors: Dimitri Bikos, Rafal Dziedzic, Prof. Neil Garg, Song Yang, and Zhongyue Yang.