Chemistry & Biochemistry Seminars
Fall 2022                                                                                                                 


Jordan Truex
Welcome Event for Majors

Host: Jordan Truex
          Utah State University

September 7, 2022 / Wednesday / 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. ESLC 046

Kick off to the beginning of the school year, come learn about how to get involved in our new Chemistry and Biochemistry undergraduate student  Association, our Career Builder Series, undergraduate Research, and get pumped up for the year ahead by mingling with fellow students, faculty, and staff.




Ryan Jackson
Determining the Structure and Function of CRISPR Systems

Speaker: Ryan Jackson
                Utah State University
Host: Lance Seefeldt

September 14, 2022 / Wednesday / 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. / ESLC 046

Bio:  Ryan Jackson uses structural biology, biophysics, and biochemistry to answer questions about nucleic acid biology. He has extensive experience determining structures of macromolecules and macromolecular complexes, including structures of multi-subunit CRISPR RNA-guided complexes.



Robert Wardle
Four Millenia of Energetic Materials

Speaker: Robert Wardle
                Wardle Enterprises
Host: Jordan Truex/Lance Seefeldt

September 21, 2022 / Wednesday / 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. / ESLC 046

Bio: Dr. Robert Wardle is the principal at Wardle Enterprises: Energetics, Services & Technologies and previous senior director of Advanced Programs at Northrop Grumman, will be discussing  the development of energetic materials and methods to use them. The discussion will include how discoveries, impact and ramifications come together and shape many aspects of our culture today, including how industrial chemical research is conducted and corporations are organized. he will also share perspective gained from a 35-year career industry.



Greg Beutner
Reassessing Amide Bond Formation through Process Chemistry

Speaker: Greg Beutner
                Bristol-Meyers Squibb
Host: Gang Li 

October 6, 2022 / Thursday / 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. / WIDT 007

Bio : Gregory Beutner earned a BS in Chemistry from Tufts University in Medford MA and a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign under the direction of Prof. Scott Denmark in the area of Lewis base catalysis. He completed an NIH post-doctoral fellowship with Prof. Robert Grubbs at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena CA, working in the area of rhenium catalysis. He started his industrial career in 2006 as a process chemist at Merck in Rahway NJ. In 2011, he moved to his current position at Bristol Myers Squibb in New Brunswick NJ. As part of the Reaction Sciences group in Chemical Process Development, he uses physical organic chemistry to develop safe and scalable chemistry in a data-driven fashion. His work was recognized with the Organic Letters Outstanding Publication Award for 2019 and he is currently a member of the Editorial Advisory Board at Organic Letters.


Yi Rao
Interface Chemistry for Solar Energy Conversion, Catalysis, and Environmental Issues

Speaker: Yi Rao
                Utah State University
Host: Lance Seefeldt 

October 12, 2022 / Wednesday / 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. / ESLC 046

Bio : Yi has obtained his PhD in 2003 under the supervision of Dr. Hong-fei Wang, in Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Science. In 2004, he joined Dr. Kenneth Eisentha’s group at Columbia University as a postdoctoral fellow, in the area of experimental nonlinear interfacial spectroscopy. After his postdoc, Yi continued his career as a research associate, in collaboration with Drs. Nicholas Turro and Kenneth Eisenthal at Columbia University. Before his independent career, Yi worked as a research associate professor in the Department of Chemistry at Temple University in 2014. Yi joined the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Utah State University as an assistant professor in 2017. His research interest is focused primarily on interfacial physical chemistry for environmental issues, solar energy conversion, and catalysis. Since 2017, Yi’s team has developed several state-of-the-arts interface-specific nonlinear optical spectroscopies for structures and dynamics at different interfaces. Yi is a recipient of National Science Foundation CAREER award.



David Ecker
How to be a Scientific Entrepreneur and Actually Cure Diseases

Speaker: David Ecker 
                Ionis
Host : Jordan Truex/Lance Seefeldt

October 19, 2022 / Wednesday / 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. /  ESLC 046

Bio : David Ecker, armed with a Ph.D in biochemistry from USU, founded 3 companies, one of which created a functional cure for spinal muscular atrophy. He will discuss the science of precision genetic medicine and his journey on how to be a scientific entrepreneur.


Nataranjan Kannan
Evolutionary Clues to Protein Structural Mechanisms

Speaker: Natarajan Kannan 
                University of Georgia
Host : Joanie Hevel

October 26, 2022 / Wednesday / 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. / ESLC 046

Bio : Natarajan Kannan, associate professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the Institute of Bioinformatics, employs a multi-disciplinary approach to understand fundamental functions of biomedically important protein families. His pioneering research addresses the evolutionary systems biology of protein kinases, which are enzymes that turn signals on and off in cells—a critical part of cell communication. Protein kinases are involved in a range of diseases from malaria to cancer. Kannan develops computational and experimental approaches to understand how natural sequence variation contributes to functional variation in protein kinases and how non-natural variation contributes to disease. With his interdisciplinary approach combining biochemistry and bioinformatics, he is advancing understanding of the mechanisms of protein kinase regulation and specificity, which are poised to advance ongoing drug development studies in this class of anti-cancer and infectious disease targets.



Annie Roy
Career Builder

Speaker : Annie Roy
                 Seek Labs
Host : Jordan Truex/Lance Seefeldt

November 9, 2022 / Wednesday / 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. / ESLC 046

Bio : Medicinal Chemistry doctorate and a Biotech Engineer who loves tackling challenges and figuring out innovative solutions. I would love to combine my life science background, investment diligence experience and analytical skills in helping bridge the gap between life sciences and business.



Sean Johnson
Chem 4890 / 4990 Poster Session

Host :  Sean Johnson
            Utah State University

November 16, 2022 / Wednesday / 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.



Sean Johnson
Chem 4890 / 4990 Seminar

Host : Sean Johnson
           Utah State University

November 30, 2022 / Wednesday / 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.



Sean Johnson
Chem 4890 / 4990 Seminar

Host : Sean Johnson
           Utah State University

December 7, 2022 / Wednesday / 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.