Gustaf H. Carlson School of Chemistry

Student and professor in lab

Chemistry Department Seminar Schedule

Seminars are held on Fridays at 12:15 p.m. in room S122, Sackler Sciences Center.
A luncheon is served at 11:45 p.m. in room S325, Sackler Sciences Center.

Seminar Archives

Summer 2018

Date Speaker Title
August 8, 2018 Anamika Datta, Graduate Student, Clark University
Masters Defense
"Polyethylenimine based copolymer blends as lithium-ion conductors for rechargable batteries"
July 20, 2018 Spyros P. Perlepes, Ph.D.
Deparment of Chemistry, University of Patras, Greece
Institute of Chemical Engineering Sciences, Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH/ITE-HT)

"Towards Mixed 3d/4f-Metal Molecular Complexes with Interesting Magnetic and Optical Properties"


Spring 2018

January 26, 2018 Celia Schiffer, Ph.D., Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Director Institute for Drug Resistance; UMass Medical School "Constraining Evolution -> Avoiding Drug Resistance: Lessons from Viruses"
February 2, 2018 James R. Buntaine, Ph.D., EMD Performance Materials
Country Lead, Advanced Technologies; Clark Alumnus
"Industrial Research in a Science and Technology Company"
February 9, 2018 Valerie Ivancic, Graduate Student, Clark University
Research Proposal
"Structural Basis of Gaucher Disease"
February 16, 2018 Qingzhe (Mark) Tan, Graduate Student, Clark University
Research Proposal
"Mechanisms of Ligand-binding Induced Activation and Mutant Malfunction in Transient Receptor Potential Mucolipin Type 1 Chanels"
February 23, 2018
Karen Allen Ph.D., Boston University "Form Follows Function: Evolution of Protein Scaffolds for Phosphyorl Group Transfer"
March 2, 2018 Matthew Evans Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry and Geology, Wheaton College
"From Hot to Cold, aqueous geochemistry in the extremes"
March 16, 2018 Wendy Nason & Anamika Datta, Graduate Students, Clark University
Research Updates
Pramod Mishra, Graduate Student, Clark University
2nd Year Seminar

Wendy Nason, Research Updates, "Intercalation and Exfoliation of RbBiKNb3O10"
Anamika Datta
, Research Updates, "Synthesis of graft copolymers by a combination of ATRP and nucleophilic substitution"
Pramod Mishra, Second Year Seminar, "A review on graphene-based polymer composites and their applications"

March 23, 2018 Dale Mierke Ph.D., Dartmouth "New Adventures in NMR in Biochemistry"
March 30, 2018 Tianyi (Teddy) Yang & Steven Beasley, Graduate Students, Clark University
2nd Year Seminar
Tianyi (Teddy) Yang "Molecular dynamics flexible fitting"
Steven Beasley "Cryogenic Electron Microscopy: A New Era in Structural Biology"
April 13, 2018 Jeff Monroe, Graduate Student, Clark University
Research Proposal
"Towards Optically Controllable Molecular Spin Qubits"
April 19, 2018 (Thursday) Senegal Carty '17, 5th Year BCMB Student, Clark University
Masters Defense
"Connections Between Protein Misfolding and Monobenzone - Induced Vitiligo"
April 20, 2018 Jonathan Chellali '18 (Chem), Diana Argiles Castillo '18 (BCMB)
& Jordan Majka '18 (BCMB)

Honors Defense
Jonathan Chellali "Mechanochemical Synthesis of LnCuX2•mH2O (L = 3-cyanopyridine, 2-amino-3-cyanopyridine, 2-amino-5-cyanopyridine; n = 1, 2; X = Cl, Br; m = 0, 1) via Drop-solvent Grinding: Structures and Magnetic Properties"
Diana Argiles "Biochemical Characterization of the HECT E3 Ubiquitin Ligase HACE1 (HECT domain and Ankyrin repeat-Containing E3 ubiquitin protein ligase 1) and its Implications in Cancer and Huntington’s Disease"
Jordan Majka "The Effects of Atrial Fibrillation on Relative Epicardial Fat Area and MicroRNA Expression:
Investigating Robust Biomarkers and Their Implications in an Arrhythmia Disorder"


Fall 2017

September 8, 2017
Graduate Research Updates
Muyun (Tony) Xu, Graduate Student, "Hydrazine-Functionalized Peptide Inhibitor for Lysyl Oxidase"
Qingzhe (Mark) Tan, Graduate Student, "Computational Study on the effect of cholesterol to the interaction between hIAPP and membranes"
Jeff Monroe, Graduate Student, "Single crystal EPR g-tensor analysis of four related copper(II) halide compounds"
September 15, 2017
Graduate Research Updates
Wendy Nason, Graduate Student, "Band gap and intercalation for new Dion-Jacobson perovskite, RbBiKNb3O10"
Valerie Ivancic
, Graduate Student, "Biophysical studies of the proteolysis of insulin by insulin degrading enzyme"
Quichen (Amy) Zheng
, Graduate Student, "NMR and Computational Students of the Inhibition of Amyloid Fibril Formation By Small Molecules"
September 22, 2017
Dr. Richard Herrick Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Professor of Chemistry, College of The Holy Cross
"Oh, The Places You'll Go!", a talk covering the work of Dr. Herrick as an inorganic chemist at Holy Cross.
September 30, 2017

Celebrating the Careers of Professor Frederick Greenaway and Professor David Thurlow
Yue Zou Ph.D.,"Genomic Instability, Cancer and Premature Aging"
Fred LaRiviere Ph.D., "Revenge of the NRD: Quality Control of Eukaryotic Ribosomes"
Jamie Towle Ph.D., "DNA Polymerase: Guardians of Genomes and Instigators of Instability"
Phil Castellano Ph.D., "Supramolecular Photochemistry 2.0: New Frontiers in Triplet Sensitization"

October 6, 2017
No Seminar
October 13, 2017 Hailiang Wang Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Yale University "Electrocatalyst Materials Design Crossing Multiple Length Scales for Energy Applications"
October 20, 2017 No seminar  
October 27, 2017 Scott Shaffer Ph.D., Research Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, University of Massachusetts Medical School "Molecular Histology via Mass Spectrometry Imaging:
Insights for Gene Therapy and Neurodegeneration in a Murine Model of GM1 Gangliosidosis"
November 3, 2017 Thanaphorn Suk-in, Masters Student, Department of Biochemistry, Clark University BCMB Masters Defense Seminar
"Functionalization of liner poly(ethylenimine) (PEI) as DNA-binding polymer for Gene therapy applications"
November 10, 2017 Graduate Research Updates Anamika Datta, Graduate Student, "Synthesis of Ion conducting copolymer via ATRP and Click chemistry"
Pramod Mishra,
Graduate Student, “Synthesis of closed cell SS-PCM foam”
Tianyi (Teddy) Yang,
Graduate Student, "Computational study of mechanism of insulin receptor activation by insulin binding”
Steven Beasley,
Graduate Student, “A Structural Study of the HECT E3 Ligase G2E3”
November 17, 2017 Rafael Bruschweiler Ph.D., Ohio State University "New NMR methods and applications from protein dynamics to metabolomics"
November 24, 2017 No Seminar Thanksgiving Break
December 1, 2017 Tom Vogt Ph.D., Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of South Carolina "Aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy imaging and its use in materials science"
December 8, 2017 Susan Odom Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Kentucky  



Spring 2017

Date Speaker Title
February 4, 2017 Dr. James Hougland Ph.D, Department of Chemistry, Syracuse University "Greasing the Wheels of Protein Function: The Chemistry and Biology of Protein Lipidation"
February 10, 2017 Dr. Yoan Simon Ph.D, Assistant Professor, School of Polymers and High Performance Materials,
University of Southern Mississippi)
"Making the most of light and mechanical force in polymers"
February 17, 2017 Dr. Mark Turnbull Ph.D, Professor of Chemistry, Clark University "Synthesis of Cu(II)-based magnetic materials – solutions and mechanochemistry"
March 3, 2017 Dr. Megan Healey Ph.D, Boston University "Molecular markers of breast cancer in the Nurses' Health Study: Implications for public health"
March 17, 2017 Dr. Glenn Micalizio Ph.D, Darthmouth "Metallacycle-Mediated Cross-Coupling: Reaction Development and Application"
March 24, 2017 Graduate Research Updates Seminar Jeff Monroe, Valerie Ivancic, Amy Zheng
March 31, 2017 Graduate Student 20 Minute Talk Wendy Nason, Anamika Datta
April 8, 2017 27th Annual Harry C. Allen, Jr Symposium Protein Structure & Disease
Danny T. Huang
Donald E. Spratt
Christopher D. Lima
April 21, 2017 Graduate Student Presntations Qingzhe Mark Tan (Research Updates), Muyun Tony Xu (20 Minute Talk)
April 28, 2017 Chemistry Honors Seminar Devon Fontaine
May 10, 2017 Ph.D. Defense Seminar Michael Reardon



Fall 2016

September 16, 2016 Michael Reardon, Graduate Student, Department of Chemistry, Clark University

Research Proposal
"Screening for cancer biomarkers using molecular imprinted membranes"

September 23, 2016 Dr. Mindy Levine Ph.D, Chemistry Department, University of Rhode Island

"Macrocycle-promoted, Non-covalent Energy Transfer Materials"

September 30, 2016 Dr. Christopher Kotyk Ph.D, Chemistry Department, Boston University "Photochemical, Redox, and Mechanochemical Chemistry of Rare Earth Complexes"
October 7, 2016 Dr. Brian Kelch Ph.D, Chemistry Department, UMass Medical Worcester "Molecular machines on DNA: motors, rings, springs and things."
October 14, 2016 Yaya Wang, Graduate Student, Chemistry Department, Clark University Research Proposal
"CRISPR-Cas9 system wide based genome inactivation of reverse transcriptase from HIV"
October 21, 2016 Dr. Ben Gorske Ph.D, Chemistry Department, Bowdoin " Form and Function: Folding Peptoids for Catalysis and Biochemical Inquiry"
October 28, 2016 Graduate Research Updates Seminar Jeffery Monroe, Mark Tan, Tony Xu
November 4, 2016 Graduate Research Updates Seminar Valerie Ivancic, Amy Zheng, Wendy Nason, Anamika Datta


Spring 2016

February 5, 2016 Prof. Hailing Wang, Ph.D, Department of Chemistry, Yale University "Structural Design and Synthesis of Multi-Component Hybrid Materials for Electrocatalysis and Batteries"
February 12, 2016 Graduate Research Updates Seminar

Michael Reardon, Graduate Student, "Kinetics of Geranyl Chloride Electrophiles"
Muyun (Tony) Xu, Graduate Student, "Computational Study towards Mechanisms of SN2 Reaction Between Pyridine and Allylic Chloride"

February 19, 2016 Graduate Research Updates Seminar Qiuchen (Amy) Zheng, Graduate Student, "Biophysical Studies of Insulin and IAPP in the Absence and Presence of Membranes"
Jeff Monroe, Graduate Student, "Triethylbenzylammonium Tribromocuprate(II): The First Reported Ferromagnetically coupled Rung, Strong Rail Ladder"
Valerie Ivancic, Graduate Student, "Biophysical studies of small molecules in the self-assembly of proteins to form amyloid fibrils"
March 4, 2016 Kai Peng, Graduate Student, Department of Chemistry, Clark University Ph.D Defense Seminar
"Lysyl Oxidase: Expression, Purification, Characterization and Studies of Inhibition by βAPN"
March 18, 2016 Prof. Zhen-Qiang Pan, Ph.D, Mount Sinai School of Medicine "Understand and target cullin-RING E3 ubiquitin ligases"
March 25, 2016 Prof. Erika Taylor, Ph.D, Department of Chemistry, Wesleyan University "Gaining insight into GT-B glycosyltransferases through studies of Heptosyltransferase I from E. coli"
April 1, 2016 Graduate Research Updates Seminar Yaya Wang, Graduate Student, “HERC5& HERC6-Disease relevant E3 ligase”
Qingzhe (Mark) Tan, Graduate Student, “Diffusion maps Applied to Trp-cage as a Dimensionality reduction Method in Energy Space”
Linshu Wang, Graduate Student, “Towards Hydrazine-Functionalized Peptides as Potential Lysyl Oxidase Inhibitors”
April 8, 2016 Prof. Jessica Rouge, Ph.D, Department of Chemistry, University of Connecticut "Enzymes, RNA and Nanomaterials: Using biochemical approaches to control the targeting, release and biological activity of nanoparticle drug delivery systems"
April 15, 2016 Prof. Ksenia Bravaya, Ph.D, Department of Chemistry, Boston University "Temporary yet fatal: metastable electronic states as a gateway for electron-attachment induced chemistry."
April 22, 2016 Chemistry Honors Thesis Nicholas MacArthur, Chemistry Honors Student, "Developing Methodology for Transforming Primary Amines into Alcohols via N-Nitrosamides with Applications to Synthesizing Hydrazine-Containing Amine Oxidase Inhibitors"
Ashley Burke, Biochemistry Honors Student, "Inhibition Studies of Lysyl Oxidase and Other Amine Oxidases with Hydrazine Containing Small Molecules and a Molecular Probe"
April 29, 2016 Chemistry Honors Thesis
David Powers, Chemistry Honors Student, "Synthesis and characterization of LPEI based anionic exchange membranes for use in flow batteries"
Arjuna Shenoy, Chemistry Honors Student, "Single Ion Poly(ethylenimine)-Based Solid Polymer Electrolyte Diffusion Studies using 7Li Pulsed Field Gradient Stimulated Echo NMR"
May 17, 2016 Outside Guest Speakers

Dr. Nicolae-Viorel Buchete
Univ. of College Dublin, School of Physics, Dublin, Ireland
"Mapping the kinetic conformational networks of amyloid-forming peptides using coarse master equations"
Dr. Edina Rosta
Department of Chemistry, King's College London, London
"Molecular mechanisms of asymmetric RAF dimer transactivation"

Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Dr. Spyros P. Perlepes
Department of Chemistry, University of Patras, Greece
"Interesting Metal Ion-Assisted Transformations of Carbonyl- and Oxime-Containing Ligands"



Previous Seminars

Fall 2015

September 4, 2015 Jeffrey C. Monroe, Graduate Student, Department of Chemistry, Clark University Second Year Seminar
"ICP in Elemental Analysis: Principles and Applications Relative to Standard Compositional Analysis and for the Evaluation of Homogeneity in Doped Systems."
September 18, 2015 Prof. Justin K. Sello, Ph.D, Brown University "Novel Small Molecules, Targets, and Strategies in Anti-Infective Development"
September 25, 2015 Jia (Will) Wei, Graduate Student, Department of Chemistry, Clark University

Ph.D. Defense Seminar
"Controlled ROMP of cyclobutenes by tuning the steric bulk of the monomer pendant chains: An efficient route towards well-defined cyclobutene-based diblock copolymers"

October 2, 2015 Joshua Boykin, Graduate Student, Department of Chemistry, Clark University Research Proposal
"Heterogenization of Homogeneous Catalysts Using a Metal-Organic Framework with Photoreversable Crosslinking"
October 9, 2015 Graduate Research Updates Seminar Qiuchen (Amy) Zheng, Graduate Student, "Elucidation of the Mechanism for the Inhibition of Insulin Fibril Formation by Rosmarinic Acid"
Qingzhe (Mark) Tan, Graduate Student, "MaxFlux-Probabilistic Roadmap algorithm for Optimal Reaction Pathway of Trp-cage"
Linshu Wang, Gradaute Student, "Towards Hydrazine-Functionaliszed Peptides as Potential Lysyl Oxidase Inhibitors"
Thursday, October 15, 2015 Swarna Basu, Ph.D., Susquehanna University "Substituted Fluorenones: Solvatochromism and Photochemistry"
October 23, 2015 Lynmarie Thompson, Ph.D., Umass Amherst "Mechanisms of Transmembrane Signaling by Chemotaxis Receptors: Structure and Dynamics by NMR and HDX-MS"
October 30, 2015 Graduate Reseach Updates Seminar

Michael Rierdon, Graduate Student, "Syntheses of Anti-MRSA Dolabellane Alcohol and Molecular Probe for SEVI"
Valerie Invancic, Graduate Student, "Biophysical studies of small molecules in the self-assembly of amyloid fibrils"

Saturday, October 31, 2015
26th Annual Harry C. Allen, Jr. Symposium
"Materials for Energy Storage"

Steve Greenbaum, Ph.D., Department of Physics & Astronomy, Hunter College of CUNY, "Battery Materials Science through Nuclear Magnetic Resonance"
Louis Madsen, Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, Virginia Tech, "Understanding Transport from Molecular to Micron Scales in Polymeric Ion Conductors"
Ju Li, Ph.D., Department of Nuclear Science & Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, "In situ electrochemistry in Transmission Electron Microscope"

November 6, 2015 Kevin Kittilstved, Ph.D., Umass Amherst "Revealing the mechanism of substitutional doping in molecular clusters and nanocrystals"

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Rhady Sorm, Biochemistry Graduate Student, Clark University Master's Defense
"Biophysical Effects of Polyphenols on Model-Membrane-Mediated Aβ42 Self-Assembly"
November 13, 2015 Ron Grimm, Ph.D., Worcester Polytechnic Institute "Methyl-terminated silicon microwire arrays for solar fuels applications: Surface structure, stability, and performance"
November 20, 2015 Graduate Reseach Updates Seminar

Joshua Boykin, Graduate Student, "Synthesis and Exfoliation of Layered Niobates using Microwave Assisted Grafting Reactions.”
Yaya Wang, Graduate Student, "HERC5 & HERC6 - Disease relevant E3 ubiquitin ligases”

November 25-27th Thanksgiving Break No seminar

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Hanzhong (Fido) Liu, Chemistry Graduate Student, Clark University "Solvent effect on protein folding and network representation of folding kinetics"

Spring 2015

Date Speaker Title
February 6, 2015 Graduate Research Updates Seminar Kai Peng, Graduate Student, "Mass Spectrometry Study of Lysyl Oxidase"
Hanzhong (Fido) Liu, Graduate Student, “Comparing of two Clustering Methods Based on Inherent Structure and RMSD”
Jia (Will) Wei, Graduate Student, “Synthesis via ROMP of Polycyclobutene diblock Copolymers and their Applications as Water-Free Proton Conducting Membranes for Fuel Cells”
February 20, 2015

Sarita Nellutla, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Department of Chemical Sciences, Conant Science and Mathematics Building, Bridgewater State University

"Application of EMR spectroscopy in Magnetic Materials"
February 27, 2015 Graduate Research Updates Seminar

Josh Boykin, Graduate Student, “Exfoliation of Layered Niobates using an Alkoxylated Intermediate”
Michael Reardon, Graduate Student, “Syntheses of Anit-MRSA Dolabellane Alcohol and 4-Cyanobenzo-1,3,2-Dithiazolyl Radical
Yaya Wang, Graduate Student, “Explore the Function of Truncated Hemoglobin from Marine Bacterium Roseobacter.denitrificans”

March 13, 2015 Graduate Research Updates Seminar Valerie Ivancic, Graduate Student, “NMR Studies of Amyloid-Small-Molecule Complexes”
Qingzhe (Mark) Tan, Graduate Student,“Application of Diffusion Maps as a Dimensionality Reduction Tool on Trp-Cage”
Linshu Wang, Graduate Student, “Towards Hydrazine-Functionalized Peptides as Potential Lysyl Oxidase Inhibitors”
March 20, 2015 Leslie Matthews-Griner, Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research ‒ Oncology, Cambridge, MA "Epigenetic Characterization of Prostate Cancer Stem Cells"

March 27, 2015

Graduate Research Updates Seminar Jeff Monroe, Graduate Student, “Investigation of a Well Isolated 2D-Quantum Heisenberg Antiferromagnet”
Qiuchen (Amy) Zheng, Graduate Student, “Elucidating the effects of small molecules and disulfide bonds on amyloid
formation by insulin”
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 Second Year Research Seminar

Valerie Ivancic, Graduate Student, "Detection and biological significance of Hoogsteen base pairs in DNA"
YaYa Wang, Graduate Student, "The application of photodynamic therapy (PDT) in medical field"

Thursday, April 9, 2015 Qingzhen (Mark) Tan “Replica Exchange and its Applications in the Study
of Phase Transition”

April 10, 2015

Linshu Wang, Graduate Student, Department of Chemistry, Clark University

Second Year Seminar
"Chiral BINOL-Phosphoric Acids as Versatile Organocatalysts for Enantioselective Reactions"

April 17, 2015 Ryan Murelli, Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY "New Synthetic Methods and Strategies for Drug Discovery and Development"
April 24, 2015 Biochemistry Honors Seminar Elizabeth Severson, Biochemistry Honors Student,
"Studies of the Structure and Inhibition of Lysyl Oxidase"
Yadana Khin, Biochemistry Honors Student, "Effects of Light-Emitting Diodes on the Light Harvesting System of Green Photosynthetic Bacteria"

Fall 2014

Date Speaker Title
August 29, 2014 Dr. Erik Berda, Department of Chemistry, University of New Hampshire "Single-Chain Nanoparticles: Synthesis of Nano-Scale Architectures by Manipulating Discrete Macromolecules"
September 12, 2014 Dr. Robert Kane, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Baylor University "Improving Vaccines and Islet Transplants Using Synthetic Chemistry"
September 19, 2014 Jia (Will) Wei, Graduate Student, Department of Chemistry, Clark University

Research Proposal
"Molecular Imprinting based Drug Delivery of siRNA for Anticancer Therapy: Efficient Loading and Controlled Release"

September 26, 2014 Graduate Research Updates Seminar Kai Peng, Graduate Student, Clark University
"Update of Lysyl Oxidase Research"
Xiaorui (Sean) Chen, Graduate Student, Clark University
"Study of Ion Conducting Materials using Multifunctioal Phase-Separated Block Copolymers"
Hanzhong (Fido) Liu, Graduate Student, Clark University
"Comparing Two Clustering Methods Based on Inherent Structure and RMSD"
October 17, 2014 Li-Qiong Wang, Department of Chemistry, Brown University "Probing Structures and Porosity of Electrode Materials in Li Ion Battery"
October 24, 2014 Graduate Research Updates Seminar Jia (Will) Wei, Graduate Student, Clark University
"Block Copolymer Synthesis of Triazole-Bearing Cyclobutenes via Ring Opening Metathesis Polymerization"
Joshua Boykin, Graduate Student, Clark University
"Microwave Assisted Alkoxylation of Layered Niobates as a Route Towards Exfoliation"
Michael Reardon, Graduate Student, Clark University
"Synthesis of Anti-MRSA Dolabellane Alcohol"