Top Presenters Announced for the 2014-2015 Graduate Student Seminar Series

The 2015 graduate student seminar series top presenters, Reika Katsumata, Ben Wendel and Ellen Wagner hold the signs of their sponsors AkzoNobel, Bristol Myers-Squibb and DupontThe department is pleased to announce top presenters for this year’s Graduate Student Seminar Series, as voted by attending first-year and third-year Ph.D. students:

Top Presenter
Ben Wendel (Georgiou Group)
A System Immunology Approach to the Development of Natural Immunity to Malaria

Ben’s research explores the progression of the immune system with age with implications in malaria immunity and vaccine efficacy.

Ellen Wagner (Maynard Group)
Interface Engineering for Next-Generation Antibody Therapeutics

Ellen’s research aims to develop technologies to facilitate the generation of novel antibody therapeutics for the treatment of infectious diseases.

Reika Katsumata (Ellison Group)
Interfacial Effects on the Mobility of Nanoconfined Polymer Melt

Reika’s research advances the fundamental understanding of the interfacial effects on nanoconfined polymer dynamics in order to tailor the properties of nanostructured materials, such as thin films and nanocomposites.

A special thanks to corporate partner representatives Chris Quinn (AkzoNobel), Jean Tom (Bristol-Myers Squibb) and Bobby Laughlin (DuPont). We are very grateful for partner contributions and support of this seminar series.

Thanks to all the speakers for their thoughtfulness in presenting, to graduate students Joe Abatemarco and Bart Dear for organizing these weekly seminars and to Professor Hal Alper for overseeing the program.

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