After finishing my B.S. at University of Wisconsin-Stout in Applied Science in 2013, I moved to Boston and was looking for more ways to build a network, which is how I became involved with the NSYCC. I am currently a graduate student in Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Northeastern University in the Agar Lab. My research focuses on the analysis of single cells in mouse brains via MALDI imaging mass spectrometry as a method to better understand amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The thing I value the most about working with this organization is the ability to interact with scientists from a variety of universities and companies which gives me a broader view of what it means to be a chemist. I have previously served as Social Chair, Career Chair, and Webmaster and am thrilled to continue contributing to the NSYCC and NESACS.
I received my B.S. in Chemistry and my B.S. in Forensic Science from the University of New Haven in 2012. After completing my undergraduate career, I moved to Boston where I am currently a graduate student in the Chemistry and Chemical Biology Ph.D. program at Northeastern University. My research in the Ondrechen (ORG) and Beuning (DNA) Labs focuses on using and developing computational chemistry methods (ORG) that can predict the function of Structural Genomics proteins and validating these predictions via biochemical experiments (DNA). As social chair of NSYCC, I will be helping plan events for younger chemists in the greater Boston area. I am eager to connect with other chemists and facilitate networking/outreach events to help the chemistry community grow in our area.
KYLE COLE - TREASURER - BOSTON COLLEGE
Kyle graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2011 with a BS in Chemistry and Molecular and Cell Biology. Kyle continued on at UConn where he worked with Professor Vijay Kumar, studying ultra-stable protein-polymer conjugates as they relate to thermal stability and their use in high-temperature biocatalysis. In 2012 he obtained his MS from UConn and then moved to Boston College to pursue a PhD in Chemical Biology with Professor Eranthie Weerapana. In the Weerapana lab, Kyle is designing and synthesizing small molecule covalent inhibitors for Protein Disulfide Isomerase A1, and he also studies the effects of lysine acetylation on global cysteine reactivity in the proteome using mass spectrometry.
Casey Grenier - Social Chair - University of New Hampshire
After graduating from Pembroke Academy, I decided that I wanted to attend the University of New Haven to major in Forensic Science. There I fell in love with the idea of research and solving scientific questions. I added a chemistry double major in my sophomore year at New Haven. I was heavily involved in extracurricular activities and acted as a voice for my class as a leader in many areas, as a student, an on campus resident, an athlete and as a social event leader. I graduated excited to start my new area of study, analytical chemistry, with new challenges and different environment than that was presented to me in New Haven, CT. Glad to be closer to home, family, and friends I started at the University of New Hampshire to obtain a Ph.D. degree in the fall of 2011. I joined Dr. Seitz research group in the spring of 2012 working with molecular imprinted polymer as an analytical tool for measuring and separating small molecules. I have recently defended my Ph.D. thesis and currently working on a chemistry small business plan.
Robert is currently a graduate student at Tufts University. After graduating from Southeast Missouri State University with a B.A. in Chemistry in 2015 he moved to Boston and joined Dr. Samuel Kounaves’ Planetary Chemical Analysis Group at Tufts University. Robert’s research is focused on the production of perchlorates on the Martian surface and determining what role they play in the search for life on Mars as well as developing non-destructive sterilization techniques for sensitive instrumentation. Both of these fields of research are part of the wider effort to piece together the history of Mars surface, the history of life on Mars, and humanities position in the universe. His involvement with the Younger Chemist Committee is a continuation of his desire to bring scientific literacy to the general public and enable young chemists to partner with scientists from all backgrounds to advocate for sound scientific based decision making in society. He previously has worked with Alpha Chi Sigma, a professional chemistry fraternity, to develop chemistry outreach programs for young children with the organization Big Brothers Big Sisters, local Farmers Markets, and in schools. Now serving as secretary for the NSYCC, he hopes to continue his development as a chemist and professional in the greater Boston area.
Sofia Santos received her Ph.D in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Lisbon, Faculty of Pharmacy. During this time she was a visiting graduate student in the Mazitschek lab at the Center for Systems Biology from Massachusetts General Hospital, where she is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Sofia is also a visiting scientist in the Wirth lab at the Harvard School T.H Chan of Public Health. She conducts research on target identification/validation and drug development in Plasmodium falciparum. She has extensive research experience in Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry applied to Infectious Diseases and is proficient in chemistry, molecular and cellular biology. As career chair of the Northeastern Section Younger Chemist Committee Sofia aims to provide a wide range of opportunities to help young chemists advance their professional.