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Remembering Sarah Tooth, 1988-2014

Sarah Tooth a Queen's Chemistry Graduate (B.Sc. Honours 2009) was a wonderful class mate, a bright student and a curious researcher. Despite falling very ill in her last year of studies she completed her Honours degree at Queen's and, after a short while, pursed graduate studies at Rice University, Houston, TX. At Rice she completed a M.A. and M. Stat. and was enrolled in their Ph.D. program. On Oct. 30th Sarah left us after a long and courageous battle with cancer.



Dr. Guojun Liu's research is highlighted in the ACS Chemical & Engineering News

Drs Guojun Liu and Heng Hu have made nanosized polymer capsules with built-in channels that release the particles' payload when triggered by a high pH. The nanocapsules could be useful for the controlled delivery of drug molecules and proteins of specific sizes inside the body. Their research was recently published on Macromolecules and highlighted in the ACS Chemical & Engineering News.


Avena Ross, Queen's National Scholar in Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry

Dr. Ross was born in Manitoba, however, she grew up in New Zealand where she attended the University of Auckland. After Dr. Ross completed her BSc (Hons.) in Chemistry in 2005 she returned to Canada to undertake Doctoral research at the University of Alberta under the supervision of Prof. John C. Vederas FRS. During her degree Dr. Ross investigated antibacterial peptides called lantibiotics, exquisitely potent molecules that are produced by bacteria as a chemical defense. She received her PhD in Chemistry in 2012 and then joined the lab of Prof. Bradley S. Moore at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography/University of California at San Diego. At Scripps Dr. Ross has continued to study peptides from bacteria and her work currently focuses on how these complex molecules are biosynthesized in nature. Dr. Ross was supported by NSERC during her PhD studies and is currently an NSERC postdoctoral fellow. In addition to federal fellowships Dr. Ross has received multiple University-based awards including a Doctoral Dissertation award from the University of Alberta. Dr. Ross joins the Department of Chemistry in January 2015 as a Queen’s National Scholar in Chemical Biology.


Zachary Hudson, former PhD student in Wang group, appointed Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia

Zachary Hudson, a former Ph.D. student in Suning Wang's group, has been appointed Assistant Professor and Tier II Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry at the University of British Columbia.  He will begin his appointment in 2015 after a postdoctoral stay in the Materials Research Laboratories at the University of California, Santa Barbara.