SSRLUO 2010 Executive Committee Members

  Yuji Arai

Clemson University, Department of Entomology, Soils and Plant Science, Clemson, S. Carolina, 29634-0315

  Assistant Professor of Environmental Soil Chemistry at Clemson University in Clemson, SC. Since 1997, he has been conducting molecular environmental soil chemistry research using bulk- and microfocused(µ)-XAS, µ-XRF and µ-XRD techniques at ALS, APS, NSLS, and SSRL. His major research interest is to understand the molecular scale chemical reactions of nutrients, metal(loid)s, and radionuclides at the soil mineral-water interface that is responsible for the field-scale transport processes. He is interested in developing an interdisciplinary molecular environmental soil chemical research program through academia. He would like to represent the voice of users to further improve the BL capabilities and the accommodation of SSRL user facilities.
  email: ph: 864-656-2607

  Ben Gilbert

LBNL, Earth Sciences Division, Berkeley, CA 94720 USA

  Benjamin Gilbert is a scientist in Lawrence Berkeley National Lab's Earth Science Division with a research program studying the materials properties and reactivity of naturally occurring nanoparticles. Following pH work at the UW-Madison SRC on soft x-ray spectromicroscopy, his experimental program includes high energy x-ray scattering at the APS, soft x-ray emission and absorption spectroscopy at the ALS, and small-angle x-ray scattering and EXAFS spectroscopy at the SSRL. He is excited by the development of fast x-ray techniques to study chemical processes with time resolution.
  email: ph: 510-495-2748

  Leslie Jimison 

Stanford University, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, 476 Lomita Mall, Stanford, CA 94305


Leslie Jimison is a fifth year Ph.D. student working for Alberto Salleo in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Stanford University. Leslie is a regular user at SSRL. She uses X-ray diffraction at beam lines 11-3, 7-2 and 2-1 to investigate the microstructure of organic semiconducting thin films. She uses the diffraction data to correlate microstructural details with electronic performance of organic thin film transistors. She is originally from North Carolina, where she graduated with a B.S. in Materials Science at NC State University.  

  email: ph: 919-815-4851

  Katherine A. Kantardjieff (Chair)
CSU Pomona/Keck Center for Molecular Structure
  Professor and Chair, Department of Chemistry, Cal Poly Pomona (on leave from CSU Fullerton until May 2011). Director of the W.M. Keck Foundation Center for Molecular Structure. She completed Ph.D and postdoctoral work in physical chemistry and structural biology at UCLA with David Eisenberg. Kantardjieff's laboratory is the only member of the Tuberculosis Structural Genomics Consortium from a non-PhD granting institution. CMolS is comprised of comprehensive X-ray diffraction and computational laboratories supporting research and education as a core facility in the 23-campus CSU, as well as the STaRBURSTT-CyberDiffraction Consortium, a nationwide virtual organization of predominantly undergraduate institutions. CMolS pioneered the use of remote instrumentation access at PUIs and, since 2006, CMolS is a research partner with SSRL. Kantardjieff's own research investigates protein structure and function, employing combined experimental and in silico approaches of crystallography, biophysical methods, computation and informatics. The knowledge gained is applied to the engineering of molecules with specific properties, and to structure-guided drug design. Systems of current interest include bacterial cytochromes c', carbonyl reductases, cholinesterases and several tuberculosis proteins. Kantardjieff and collaborators at Fullerton have established a research computing cluster for computational biochemistry and crystallography, which is part of a larger CSU system-wide, distributed computing resource. Kantardjieff has developed and deployed crystallography and computational courses and workshops, including some delivered entirely online, at both the undergraduate and post-graduate levels. She has led national and international efforts in crystallography education and training. Kantardjieff's activities led to her election to the United States National Committee for Crystallography, of which she is currently Vice Chair.
  email: "> ph: 909-869-3651

  R. Joseph Kline 
NIST, 100 Bureau Dr., Gaitherburg, MD 20899

R. Joseph Kline is a staff scientist in the Polymers Division at NIST. He uses x-ray diffraction to study the morphology and crystallography of semiconducting polymers for organic electronics and photovoltaics. He has been a frequent user at SSRL since 2004 when he was a graduate student at Stanford working for Prof. Michael McGehee. Joe received SSRL's Spicer Young Investigator Award in 2008.

  email: ph: 301-975-4356

  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

  Aaron Lindenberg
Stanford University, SLAC Photon Science MS: 59, 2575 Sand Hill Rd., Menlo Park, CA 94025
  Aaron Lindenberg is Assistant Professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Stanford University, joint with Photon Science at SLAC since 2007. Member of the PULSE Institute for Ultrafast Energy Science. Staff scientist at SLAC from 2003-2007. B.A. and Ph.D. in physics from Columbia University and University of California Berkeley, respectively. Research focus is generally on the ultrafast properties of materials.
  email: ph: 650-926-4558

  Wayne Lukens (Ex-Officio)
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Chemical Sciences, 1 Cyclotron Rd., Berkeley, CA 94720
  Staff scientist in the Actinide Chemistry Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His research focuses mainly on the behavior of technetium in nuclear waste and nuclear wasteforms. In addition, his research examines electronic structure and bonding in actinide complexes. He has carried out EXAFS experiments at SSRL since 1992. Currently, he is using EXAFS and XANES to characterize the speciation of technetium in different nuclear wasteforms.
  email: ph: 510-486-4305
fax: 510-486-5596

  Matthew Sazinsky
Pomona College, Chemistry, 645 N. College Ave., Claremont, CA 91711
  Matthew Sazinsky is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Pomona College in Claremont CA. He has been a user at SSRL since 1999 and was trained as a protein crystallographer in Dr. Stephen Lippard's laboratory at MIT and Dr. Amy Rosenzweig's laboratory at Northwestern University. His research focuses on the structural and functional characterization of membrane proteins and metalloenzymes.
  email: ph: 909-607-1011

  David Singer
UC Berkeley, Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences
  David Singer is a post-doctoral scholar in the Berkeley Nanogeoscience Group, working with Jill Banfield (UC Berkeley) and Glenn Waychunas (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory). He conducted his graduated work with Gordon Brown at Stanford University in the Geological and Environmental Sciences Department. His main research interest is the fate and transport of heavy metals and radionuclides in the environment. He is currently working on determining the mechanisms of uranium sequestration by magnetite. He aims to elucidate the factors which control sorption, nucleation and (co)precipitation, using synchrotron-based X-ray spectroscopy and scattering techniques combined with microscopy and batch-flow sorption experiments. He has been an active user at SSRL, APS, ALS and NSLS, and looks forward to representing the interests of the Environmental and Geoscience community.
ph: 510-495-2359

  Robert Szilagyi (Past Chair)
Montana State University, Chemistry and Biochemistry, 223 Gaines Hall, Bozeman, MT 59715
  Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Montana State University-Bozeman. His research interest focuses on bioinorganic, organometallic, and computational application of synchrotron radiation. He has five years of experience in XAS at various beamlines of SSRL and ALS. He uses NEXAS and EXAFS techniques in close correlation with theoretical calculations to investigate the relationships between chemical reactivity and electronic and geometric structures of bioinorganic active sites and biomimetic compounds, such as iron-sulfur clusters, S-nitrosated thiolates, as well as, tungsten, molybdenum, and palladium containing homogeneous catalysts. His motivation to be part of the SSRLUOEC is to provide a representation for junior faculty, to increase graduate and undergraduate student training, and to develop a spectral database for the community of synchrotron radiation users.
  email: ph: 406-994-4263

  Beth Wurzburg
Stanford University, Structural Biology, Stanford, CA 94305 USA

Beth Wurzburg is a Research Associate in the laboratory of Prof. Ted Jardetzky. She trained as a protein biochemist (Don Wiley's laboratory) and as a crystallographer (Ted Jardetzky's laboratory), and she has been collecting data at synchrotrons since 1995. Her research interests include biophysical studies of proteins of the immune system and of human pathogens.

  email: ph: 650-723-4576

  Junko Yano
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Physical Biosciences, 1 Cyclotron Rd, MS: 66-3, Berkeley, CA 94720

Junko Yano, Ph.D. is a Scientist in the Physical Biosciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She has been using X-ray absorption/emission spectroscopy to study the structure of the catalytic Mn4Ca cluster and the mechanism of photosynthetic water oxidation. She is a frequent user of the spectroscopy beam lines at SSRL for last 8 years. Her current interests are in the application of polarized X-ray absorption spectroscopy to protein single crystals. She was also involved in XRD studies using the diffraction beam lines at the PF, and she has used beam lines at the ALS, APS, SPing8 and ESRF. She would like to reflect users' voice to the improvement of SSRL beamlines.  

  email: ph: 510-486-4366


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