Anne Jones, Arizona State
Tom Meade, Northwestern University
Thomas J. Meade, PhD is the Eileen M. Foell Professor of Cancer Research and Professor of Chemistry, Molecular Biosciences, Neurobiology, Biomedical Engineering and Radiology at Northwestern University. He received his masters in Biochemistry and PhD in inorganic chemistry and after completing a NIH fellowship and fellow in Radiology at Harvard Medical School he joined the laboratory of Professor Harry B. Gray as a postdoctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology. In 1991 he joined the Division of Biology and the Beckman Institute at Caltech. In 2002 he moved to Northwestern University, where he is the Director of the Center for Advanced Molecular Imaging (CAMI). Professor Meade’s research focuses on coordination chemistry and its application in bioinorganic problems that include biological molecular imaging, transcription factor inhibitors and the development of electronic biosensors for the detection of DNA and proteins. Professor Meade holds more then 100 patents and has founded three companies, Clinical Micro Sensors, PreDx and Ohmx that are developing hand-held detection devices for protein and DNA detection and bioactivated MR contrast agents for clinical imaging.
Janet Morrow, State University of NY, Buffalo
Tom O'Halloran, Northwestern University
Thomas V. O’Halloran is widely known for his interdisciplinary research program, which involves chemical synthesis, analytical chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology and cell biology. In his role of the Director of the Chemistry of Life Processes Institute, Professor O’Halloran administers and leads teams of interdisciplinary biomedical researchers. This Institute brings together researchers from the fields of chemistry, biology, physics, engineering, medicine, proteomics, nanobiotechnology, molecular therapeutics and biological molecular imaging. He also serves as the Associate Director for the Basic Sciences Research Division of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. Professor O’Halloran received his BS and MA degrees in Chemistry from the University of Missouri, and a PhD in 1985 from Columbia University in Bioinorganic Chemistry. Dr. O'Halloran joined the faculty of Northwestern University in 1986 after postdoctoral training at MIT. Dr. O'Halloran is the Morrison Professor in the Department of Chemistry and in the Department of Molecular Biosciences at Northwestern. In his tenure at Northwestern University he has supervised over 40 Ph.D. theses and more than 25 postdoctoral fellows. Professor O'Halloran's scientific recognitions include a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, a National Searle Scholars Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Teacher-Scholar Award, the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Schering-Plough Scientific Achievement Award, the David Denks Award for Research of copper Homeostasis Award and the Royal Society for Chemistry Bioinorganic Award. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Royal Society of Chemistry, and the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science as well as a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow. Professor O'Halloran received a MERIT award from the National Institutes of Health. His research centers on the regulatory biology and chemistry of transition metal receptors involved in homeostasis, oxidative stress and developmental pathways. His laboratory focuses on molecular mechanisms regulating the uptake, trafficking, utilization and intracellular fluxes of metals essential for growth and proliferation (i.e., zinc, copper and iron), nanoscale drug delivery mechanisms and on the mechanisms of clinically important anticancer agents that are based on arsenic, molybdenum and platinum chemistry. His discoveries have established the functions and structures of two classes of soluble receptors: metalloregulatory proteins that govern metal responsive gene expression and metallochaperone proteins that control intracellular trafficking pathways. Most recently, he has discovered nanoscale processes for targeted delivery of multifunctional therapeutic agents for treatment of hematological cancer and solid tumors: these agents are moving rapidly towards clinical trials. Other recent discoveries involve new roles for zinc fluxes in control of the earliest stages of mammalian development.
Hilary Eppley, DePauw University
Hilary is an Associate professor at DePauw University and a founding member of IONiC VIPEr. She recently finished up a stint directing DePauw’s Science Research Fellows honors program and is finishing her year-long sabbatical. She teaches first year and advanced level inorganic courses at DePauw University and directs undergraduate research on inorganic reactions in ionic liquids and metal-containing ionogels. She got her Ph.D. under George Christou at Indiana University in 1996 making single molecule magnets, and then did a stint as a DNA-cleaving bioinorganic chemist with Jeff Zaleski, and so knows just enough bioinorganic chemistry to be dangerous. This fall she'll be teaching a First Year writing intensive seminar entitled "Materials of Art: the Science of Making Things Beautiful." When she is not working or practicing cello with her 5-year old, she enjoys art collecting, long distance trail running (including her first ultramarathon), yoga, and local foods.
Sheila Smith, University of Michigan, Dearborn
Sheila joined the Leadership Council of IONiC in 2010. Her educational journey has taken her from NC State (BS) to UNC (PhD) to Amherst College (post-doc) and Michigan State (post-doc) before landing at the University of Michigan- Dearborn where she is currently an associate professor. Her research focuses on the characterization of metal interactions (specifically iron and copper) with proteins and has included over 30 undergraduate researchers/ co-authors. In addition to rotations through all of the 300- and 400- level required inorganic courses in the ACS approved curriculum at UM- Dearborn, Sheila is also a lead instructor in second semester General Chemistry and teaches Biochemistry including a cross-listed (BCHM/CHEM) course in the chemistry of metals in biological systems. In her spare time (whatever that is), she camps, hikes, bikes, skis, skates and kayaks with her 9 y.o. American Foxhound, Bean.
Elizabeth Jamieson, Smith College
Betsy is an associate professor at Smith College in Northampton, MA. Her research efforts focus on examining the thermodynamic and structural consequences of forming the spiroiminodihydantoin lesion in DNA duplexes. Betsy did her graduate work at M.I.T. under the direction of Steve Lippard and a postdoc at Boston University with Tom Tullius before joining the Smith faculty in 2001. She has been a member of the IONiC leadership council since 2008. She teaches courses in general chemistry, inorganic chemistry and biochemistry and is currently the Director of Smith’s Biochemistry Program. When not at work, Betsy spends much of her time shuttling her 13- and 10-year old children around to their various activities and in the last few years, has started learning how to play the guitar.
Adam Johnson, Harvey Mudd College
Adam Johnson conducts research in the field of asymmetric catalysis and organometallic coordination chemistry. His research group studies the conversion of straight chain organic molecules (aminoallenes) into nitrogen containing rings (pyrrolidines). These products and their synthesis are of potential interest for medical applications, as many pharmaceuticals have these nitrogen containing rings. Johnson has been at HMC since 1999 and has worked with more than 42 undergraduate students. In addition to his chemical research program, he has also published on pedagogy in inorganic chemistry and is co-founder and member of the Leadership Council for the Interactive Online Network of Inorganic Chemists and its website, VIPEr. In addition to teaching inorganic chemistry, Adam also teaches freshman writing and a new course on the chemistry of cooking.
Nancy Williams, the Keck Science Department of the Claremont Colleges