SSRLUO 2012 Executive Committee Members

Eva Rose Balog
University of California Santa Cruz, MCD Biology, Santa Cruz, CA 95064
Eva Rose Balog is a fifth year Ph.D. student studying molecular mechanisms of cell cycle regulation and cancer using x-ray crystallography in the laboratory of Dr. Seth Rubin at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Eva Rose is originally from Maine and graduated from the California Institute of Technology in 2006 with a B.S. in Biology. At Caltech she learned protein crystallography in the laboratory of Dr. Doug Rees. She has been an SSRL user since 2007.
email: ph: 831-459-1730

Serena DeBeer (Chair)
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853 / Max Planck Society, Germany
Serena DeBeer is an Assistant Professor in the Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department at Cornell University. She holds a B.S. from Southwestern University and a Ph.D. from Stanford University, and spent several years as a staff scientist at SSRL. Her research focuses on the development and application of synchrotron spectroscopies to understand fundamental questions in biological and chemical catalysis.
email: ph: 607-255-2352

Lisa Dunn (SSRL Liason)
SSRL, User Research Administration, 2575 Sand Hill Rd., Menlo Park, CA 94025
Lisa has been continuously employed at SSRL since 1986, and has managed the administration of protein crystallography experiments since 2000. Lisa earned her Bachelor of Science degree from San Jose State University.
email: ph: 650-926-2087

Sarah Hayes (Vice Chair)
US Geological Survey, Soil, Water and Environmental Science, 345 Middlefield Rd., Menlo Park, 94025
Sarah Hayes is currently a Mendenhall postdoctoral fellow at the US Geological Survey in Menlo Park. She performed her Ph.D. research at the University of Arizona with Dr. Jon Chorover on the speciation of toxic metals in arid mine tailings. She gave a talk on the applications of microprobe spectroscopy to environmental scienceAt the 2009 SSRL user meeting. Her current work at the USGS with Andrea Foster and Laurie Balistrieri involves studying the sorption mechanism of tellurium (used in solar panel manufacture) to iron oxides and tellurium speciation in various geomedia. Her current research interests are focused on understanding the link between toxic metal speciation in geomedia and their associated risks to human and ecosystem health.
email: ph: 650-329-5449

Katherine A. Kantardjieff (Past Chair)
CSU San Marcos, College of Science and Math, San Marcos, CA 92096
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

Chris Kim (Ex officio SNUG)
Chapman University, Physical Sciences, One University Ave., Orange, CA 92866
Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Sciences at Chapman University in Southern California. He conducted his graduate work at Stanford University under Gordon Brown and continued his research as a post-doc at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory with Glenn Waychunas. He has been a user at SSRL since 1996 and has also conducted research at the ALS and APS. Currently, he is studying trends in the speciation, concentration, and distribution of heavy metals in mine wastes as well as the mechanisms and extent of metal uptake and (co-)precipitation with iron oxyhydroxide nanoparticles. Chris is also involved in increasing opportunities for undergraduate students to conduct research at national synchrotron facilities.
email: "> ph: 714-628-7363

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

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

Martin Meedom Nielsen (Ex officio LCLSUEC)
Technical University of Denmark,Department of Physics, DTU Riso Campus, Roskilde, Denmark
Martin Meedom Nielsen, LCLS UEC Chair, also serves in an ex-officio capacity on the SSRL UEC. Martin is the Head of Section in the DTU Department of Physics. His research interests are related to neutrons and x-rays for materials physics
email: ph

Rodrigo Noriega
Stanford University, Applied Physics, Stanford, CA 94305
Rodrigo Noriega earned his BS in Engineering Physics from Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico (2006). He is currently a fifth year graduate student in the Applied Physics program at Stanford University working under the direction of Prof. Alberto Salleo. His research focuses on the characterization of dopants and defect states in zinc oxide nanostructures, as well as on the measurement and modeling of disorder in organic semiconductors.
email: ph: 650-353-8813

Juana Rudati
Xradia, Concord, CA 94520
Dr. Rudati is R&D Project Manager at Xradia where she concentrates on advancing the capabilities of high-resolution x-ray microscopes (30nm and beyond). She has also developed and used XRF/XRD instruments. As a postdoc, Dr. Rudati was stationed at SLAC. She frequents both SSRL and APS to perform experiments with and test improvements on x-ray microscopes. She joined this company in 2006.
email: ph: 925-701-3618

Alberto Salleo
Stanford University, Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford, CA 94305
After obtaining a PhD in Materials Science from UC Berkeley in 2001, Alberto Salleo joined Xerox PARC as a post-doctoral fellow and was appointed Assistant Professor in Materials Science at Stanford University in 2005. He is the recipient of a Fulbright fellowship, two Xerox Performance Awards, the NSF Career Award, the 3M Untenured Faculty Award and the SPIE Early Career Award. His main area of research is the investigation of structure-property relationships in organic semiconductors with emphasis on the role of defects. In collaboration with M. Toney at SSRL his group has developed synchrotron-based x-ray diffraction techniques to measure quantitatively paracrystalline disorder and degree of texture and crystallinity in semiconducting polymers. These microstructure parameters are used to understand how disorder at different length-scales affects charge transport. His group has also used anomalous X-ray diffraction to study Al and GA doping of ZnO nanostructures.
email: ph: 650-725-1025

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

Beth Wurzburg (Ex Officio)
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.


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, SPring8 and ESRF. She would like to reflect users' voice to the improvement of SSRL beamlines.  



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