Visiting Seminar Series 2009-2010

  • Professor Anthony Berdis, Case Western Reserve University
    "Translesion DNA Synthesis: Understanding how Polymerases Make Mistakes to Develop New Chemotherapeutic Agents"
  • Professor Mahdi Abu-Omar, Purdue University
    "Catalyst Design Based on Mechanistic Understanding"
  • Dr. Jay Grate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
    "Sensors and Monitors for Environmental and Security Applications"
  • Professor Muhammad Ashraf, UC/Dept. of Pathology
    "Can Stem Cells Fix the Infarcted Heart"
  • Professor Susan Lindquist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    "Insights on the Elusive Nature of Prion Proteins"
  • Professor Elaine Fuchs, The Rockefeller University
    "Stem Cells: Biology and Promise for Regenerative Medicine" (Oesper Banquet Speaker)
  • Professor Susan Lindquist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    "Prion Proteins: Surprising Conformations and Surprising Functions" (Oesper Award Lecture)
  • Professor Thomas J. McGarry, Northwestern University
    "Balancing the Proliferation and Differentiation of Stem Cells" (Oesper Speaker)
  • Professor Elaine Fuchs, The Rockefeller University
    "Our Body Surface: From Keratins to Stem Cells" (Oesper Speaker)
  • Professor Kent Golic, University of Utah
    "Our Modeling a Reductive Stress Protein Aggregation Disease in Drosophila" (Oesper Speaker)
  • Professor Peter M. Tessier, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    "Molecular Insights into Interactions, Structures and Small Molecule Regulators of Prions and Amyloids" (Oesper Speaker)
  • Professor Tricia R. Serio, Brown University
    "Prion Dynamics and Protein-Only Inheritance" (Oesper Speaker)
  • Professor Luke Whitesell, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research
    "Unfolding Progress in Cancer Chemotherapy" (Oesper Speaker)
  • Professor Claudia Schmidt-Dannert, University of Minnesota
    "Engineering Microbes for Biosynthesis and Bioenergy Applications"
  • Professor Jose Onuchic, University of California at San Diego
    "The Energy Landscape for Folding and Function of Biomolecules"
  • Professor Carlos Garcia, University of Texas, San Antonio
    "Microchips, Robots, and Nanomaterials: Novel Strategies for the Analysis of Biologically Active Compounds"
  • Dr. Jiun-Chan Yang, Northwestern University
    "Chemical and Biochemical Sensing: From Solid-State Electrochemistry to Nanoplasmonics"
  • Dr. Martha Sibrian-Vazquez, Portland State University
    "The Chemical Detection of Biological Thiols and Their Post-translational Modification of Proteins"
  • Professor Peng Zhang, New Mexico Tech
    "Bio-related Applications for Photon Upconverting Nanoparticles" 
  • Professor Mark Foster, The Ohio State University
    "Structure and Dynamics in Ligand-Mediated Regulation"
  • Professor Steven Sucheck, University of Toledo
    "The Sticky World of Glycoconjugates: Design, Synthesis and Function"
  • Dr. John C. Warner, Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry
    "Entropic Control in Materials Design"
  • Professor Terry Kirley, UC, Dept. of Pharmacology and Cell Biophysics
    "Ecto-Nucleotidases: What they are, what they do, and how they do it"
  • Professor Robert B. Grubbs, Stony Brook University
    "Controlled Radical Polymerization as a Tool for the Preparation of Nanomaterials"
  • Professor Melanie T. Cushion, UC, Dept. of Internal Medicine
    "The Biology and Chemistry of Preclinical Drug Development"
  • Professor Xiaodong Michael Shi, West Virginia University
    "Cascade Reaction from Lewis Base Catalyzed Nitroalkene Activation and Beyond"
  • Professor Jan-Uwe Rohde, University of Iowa
    "Metal- and Ligand-centered Redox Chemistry and Dioxygen Activation with Iridium and Nickel"
  • Prof. Dr. Gunther Wittstock, Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Germany (return visiting Zimmer Int'l Scholar)
    "Moving Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy from Model Samples to Real World Problems"
  • Professor Christian Reber, University of Montreal, Canada (2010 Zimmer Int'l Scholar)
    "Optical Spectroscopy of Transition Metal Compounds: From Coordination Geometries and Excited-state Properties to Tunable Intermolecular Effects"
  • Dr. Robert T. Hembre, Eastman Chemical Co.
    "Resources -> Products: Evolving Challenges in Catalysis"
  • Professor Zucai Suo, Ohio State University
    "Kinetic, Dynamic, and Sequencing Studies of A Model Lesion Bypass DNA Polymerase"
  • Dr. Gerhard Hummer, NIH
    "Hydrophobic Effect: From Icebergs to Molecular Fluctuations"
  • Professor Malcolm Chisholm, Ohio State University
    "New Generation Polymers from Renewable Resources: New Opportunities for Single-Site Metal Alkoxide Catalysts"
    Professor Eugene Mueller, University of Louisville
    "Pseudouridine Synthases: Revisiting a Reaction Mechanism that Seemed Settled"
  • Professor Peter Hesketh, Georgia Institute of Technology
    "The Promise of Nanoporous Metal Organic Framework Films for Cantilever Based Chemical Sensing"
  • Professor Kyungsoo Oh, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
    "Orthogonal Enantioselectivity Approaches in Catalysis"
  • Professor Kevin Weeks, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
    "The Chemical Biology of Whole Transcript RNA Structure Analysis"
  • Dr. Lev A. Sviridov, The City College of New York
    "Synthesis and Characterization of New Transition-Metal Nitrides"
  • Professor Martin Pomerantz, University of Texas at Arlington
    "Studies of Polythiophenes and Model Compounds"