SSRLUO 2005 Executive Committee Members

  Juana Acrivos
CSU San Jose, Chemistry, 1 Washington Square, SanJose, CA 95192-0101
  Juana Acrivos has done experiments at SSRL since 1978. She is a chemist at SJSU (Professor). Her students first work at SSRL (Alan Robertson, Kevin Hathaway) showed how metal (Rb and Ba) in ammonia solutions change valence from 0 (in metallic solutions) to ionic values as the dilution is increased. The dynamics of intercalation chemistry was investigated in the '80s for TaS2 exposed to N2H4 in the beam (John Reynolds, Stuart S P Parkin). Battery action was revealed by investigating the Se edge shifts in (C(graphite|Cx(H2SeO4)|Cx<N2H4) (Adrienne Fishgrund). The late '90s revealed the dynamics of phase transitions in superconducting cuprates near the BaL3- edge. Thaddeus Norman uncovered phase transition phenomena in the NiS2-xSex system by Se and Ni XAS. Now together with Maria Angeles Navacerrada (Complutense University in Madrid). She has uncovered novel periodic lattice distortions in nano-scale films of YBCO at room temperature by XRD.
  email: ph: 408-924-4972
fax: 408-924-4945

  Joy Andrews
California State University Hayward, Chemistry, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward, CA 94542

Associate Professor of Chemistry at California State University, Hayward, has had 10 years' experience at SSRL, first with University of California Berkeley from 1992-1996, and continuing with research in the remediation of heavy metals in the environment with plants and novel materials. Her work on safety and other committees at LBNL and CSUH will inspire her to help shape the professional and innovative environment at SSRL.  

  email: ph: 510-885-3492
fax: 510-885-4675

  Alex Bell
University of California, Berkeley, ChemicalEngineering, 107 Gilman Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720-1462
  Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley (1967-present). His research is on the relationships between the local composition and structures of catalytically active centers and the activity and selectivity of these centers. He uses the facilities as SSRL to obtain EXAFS and XANES data to identify the local structure of metal cations exchanged into zeolites and supported metal oxo units. Quantum chemical calculations of proposed structures are carried out and these are used to produce simulated radial structure functions for comparison with those obtained from experimental data.
  email: ph: 510-642-1536
fax: 510-642-4778

  Ben Bostick (Ex-Officio)

Dartmouth College, Earth Sciences, Hanover, NH 03755

  Faculty member in the Earth Sciences Department at Dartmouth College. Ben's research at SSRL involves the study of structural environments of ions sorbed on the surfaces of geologic materials. Reaction mechanisms and the redox transformations of these surface species and minerals in response to changing environmental conditions are of particular interest.
  em ail:
ph: 603-646-3624

  Linda Brinen

University of California San Francisco, Sandler Center, 513 Parnassus Ave., HSW517, San Francisco, CA 94143-0511

  Assistant Adj. Professor of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology at the University of California, San Francisco, has made active use of SSRL's macromolecular crystallography resources since 1994 including two years of employment at SSRL within the Joint Center for Structural Genomics. She is the director of X-ray Crystallography at the Sandler Center for Basic Parasitic Disease research at UCSF. The research in her laboratory centers around two main areas: the structure, function, and designed regulation of proteolytic enzymes involved in parasitic infection and in allergic response.
  email: ph: 415-514-3426
fax: 415-514-3165

  Michael Brzustowicz
Stanford University, School of Medicine, 318 E Campus Dr., Stanford,CA 94305-5432
  Physicist studying the structure and function of biological membranes. Currently a post doc at Stanford University, School of Medicine, Mike has traveled the continent in search of beamlines suited for biomembranes work. Sadly, few places offer the specialized setup needed for X-ray scattering/diffraction studies of lipid bilayers, vesicles and lipid/protein complexes. Mike is particularly interested in 1) sharing his knowledge on "tweaking" existing beamlines for membranes studies 2) soliciting membrane researchers, directly, to utilize the superior resources at SSRL and 3) establishing a nationwide beamline control system, for biomembranes experiments, based on that of SSRL's macromolecular crystallography beamlines.
  email: ph:650-736-1715
fax: 650-736-1961

  Lisa Downward
University of California Santa Cruz, Physics Department, 1156 High St., Santa Cruz, CA 95064
  Graduate student in the Physics Department of the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research involves condensed matter physics/EXAFS. She received a B.A. in Physics from Bard College in May 2001, and her research involves using EXAFS to investigate small changes in the local structure of La manganites as a function of temperature and applied magnetic field. She is also a representative for the Graduate Student Association at UC Santa Cruz.
  email: ph: 831-459-3646
fax: 831-459-3043

  Cathy Knotts (SSRL Liaison)

SSRL, User Research Administration, 2575 Sand Hill Rd., Menlo Park, CA 94025

  Manager of User Research Administration since November 2000. Prior to that time, Cathy managed administrative operations and corporate communications in the biotechnology industry. She was a management analyst for National Institute on Aging/National Institutes of Health before moving to North ern California in 1994. Cathy received a B.S. from the University of Maryland majoring in Health Science and Policy.
  email: ph: 650-926-3191
fax: 926-926-3600

  Richard Lee
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 7000 East Ave., Livermore, CA 94550
  Senior Scientist in the Physics and Advanced Technologies Directorate at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory responsible for developing scientific efforts in high and moderate energy density science. Dick has been a member of the LCLS Science Advisory Committee since its inception and was the team leader for the Plasma and Warm Dense Matter experiment that was one of the five 'First Experiments for LCLS'. He is currently actively involved in both experiment and theory related to ultra fast x-ray scattering studies of laser-excited solids.
  email: ph: 92-422-7209
fax: 925-423-2463

  Kate Newberry

Oregon Health Sciences University, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, 3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park, Portland, OR 97201-3098

  Postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Richard Brennan's laboratory at the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, OR. She was trained as a macromolecular crystallographer (MC) at the University of California, Santa Barbara and has frequently used the SSRL MC beam lines for her research during the last seven years. Currently, she is studying the structural basis for multidrug recognition and transcription regulation.
  email: ph: 503-494-2256

  Joseph Noel

The Salk Institute, Biological Studies, 10010 N TorreyPines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037-1099

  Professor in the structural biology laboratory at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and the director of a new initiative in Chemistry, Proteomics, and Metabolism. Joe and his group are utilizing a combination of traditional mechanistic enzymology, molecular biology, plant biology, and tools in structural biology including protein x-ray crystallography and NMR to decipher the structure, function, and evolutionary lineage of a large number of enzymes that act in plant cells and many microorganisms to produce biologically active natural products including terpenes, polyketides, and alkaloids. Armed with the three dimensional structure of the enzymes in plant cells responsible for the creation of this diverse array of bioactive compounds, his group is also working to engineer new specificities into these pathways to create novel products using a structurally-guided approach.
ph: 858-453-4100 1383

  William Schlotter
Stanford University, SSRL, MC: 69, 2575 Sand Hill Rd.,Menlo Park, CA 94025
  Third year graduate student in the Applied Physics Department at Stanford University. His current research employs novel Lensless Imaging techniques to study magnetic nanostructures and he is planning to explore nanoscale dynamics using X-ray Photon Correlation Spectroscopy. Since both techniques require coherent radiation he will use the newly developed beamline 5-2 at SSRL. He has participated in experiments at the APS and BESSY. Before coming to Stanford he completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan and held summer research positions at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Ford Motor Company.
  email: ph: 650-926-2218
fax: 650-926-3600

  Timothy Stemmler
Wayne State University, Biochemistry, 540 E. Canfield Ave., Detroit, MI 48201
  Assistant professor at Wayne State University. He has been a general user at SSRL since 1990. His research involves XAS to probe binding and redox properties of a series of metalloproteins involved in heme and iron sulfur cluster biosynthesis in yeast and humans.
  email: ph: 313-577-5712
fax: 313-577-2765

  Glenn Waychunas (Chair)
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Earth Sciences, 1 Cyclotron Rd., MS: 70-108B, Berkeley, CA 94720
  Staff scientist in the Earth Sciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where he is group leader for molecular geochemistry and nanogeoscience. He has been an SSRL user since 1978, with experience on a dozen beam lines performing both EXAFS/XANES and scattering experiments. His research includes determination of molecular structures at mineral-water interfaces including the nature of sorption complexes and water molecule orientation. He also conducts complementary synchrotron research programs at the ALS (soft x-ray spectroscopy) and APS (Crystal truncation rod surface diffraction), and has served on review panels for several CATs at the latter facility.
  email: ph: 510-495-2224
fax: 510-486-7152
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