Seth W. Snyder, Ph.D. received a B.A. from University of Pennsylvania in Chemistry and Environmental Studies (1980), a M.S. in Physical Chemistry (1985) and a Ph.D. in Biophysics (1989) from the University of Virginia in James Demas‘ laboratory. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Argonne National Laboratory in Photosynthesis. In 1989, he joined Abbott Laboratories, first in Alzheimer’s Disease Research and later in Pharmaceutical Discovery Research.


Dr. McWhorter earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry (with Brooks H. Pate) from the University of Virginia and a B.S. in Chemistry from Washington and Lee University. As a Principal of Catalyst Partners, work focuses on helping clients navigate US Department of Homeland Security’ (DHS; especially the SAFETY Act) and helping DHS navigate his clients. Dr.


Professor Garcia received his B.S. degree from the University of California, Davis and then went on to earn his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia under Donald Hunt in 2005.  Ben then was an NIH NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with Professor Neil Kelleher.


Dr. Frazier graduated from Harvey Mudd College with a B.S. in Applied Chemistry. In 2003, she  earned her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia Chemistry Department with Prof. David Cafiso. She works at Pro-Cure Therapeutics (a Prostate Cancer Stem Cell Company)  where she performs two roles. She is the Commercial Operations Manager and a research scientist. She manages business relationships with corporate partners and tests and develops assays for novel prostate cancer stem cells.


After earning his Ph.D. with Sidney Hecht at the University of Virginia in 2003, Dr. Christopher Claeboe joined the laboratory of David R. Williams at Indiana University for a post-doctoral fellowship that was focused upon the total synthesis of Peloruside A.  In 2005, Dr. Claeboe began his industrial career as a process chemist with Albemarle Corporation, working at their Baton Rouge, LA facility.


John M. Butler is NIST Fellow and Group Leader of Applied Genetics at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He is author of the internationally acclaimed textbook Forensic DNA Typing—now in its third edition—as well as more than 100 scientific articles and invited book chapters. His book was also been translated into Chinese (2007) and Japanese (2009). He earned his Ph.D in 1995 from the University of Virginia with Ralph Allen (Analytical Chemistry). His Ph.D.

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Henry Boyter Jr. is the Director of CESTAB (Center for Environmentally Sustainable Textile and Apparel Businesses). His research and industry service is directed at the application of green chemical techniques to textile processes. He is the past Chair of the AATCC RA100 Global Sustainability Technology Research Committee.


Erskine Williams was born and raised in Richmond, Va. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1996 with degrees in Biochemistry & Cognitive Science. After graduating, he moved to Hood River, OR for two years to windsurf. In 1998, he moved to Portland, OR and started software engineering for Intel. From 2000 -2001, he rode the dot.com bubble with a small consulting firm in San Francisco. When the bubble popped, Erskine worked for Barclays Global Investors as a software engineer in San Francisco from 2001 – 2003.


Professor Valentine earned her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Virginia. She conducted undergraduate research with Timothy Macdonald on aluminum inhibition of magnesium-dependent enzymes. After graduating in 1993, she went to MIT to earn a Ph.D. with Steve Lippard. She then conducted her postdoctoral research at Penn State University and, in 2001, joined the Yale Departmet of Chemistry faculty.


Professor Kian Tan graduated with a B.S. in chemistry with a specialization in biochemistry from the University of Virginia in 1999. At UVa, Kian performed research in the group of Professor Dean Harman working on the development of an osmium-mediated asymmetric Diels-Alder reactions and the synthesis of epibatidine derivatives as analgesics. Subsequently, Kian worked jointly with Professors Robert Bergman and Jonathan Ellman at the University of California Berkeley on novel metal-mediated C-H activation reactions. He obtained his Ph. D. from UC-Berkeley in 2004.


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