Program Speakers

We bring Leaders in the Field to your doorstep.

"This was my first interactive session with ACS and it was great."

Anupam Biswas
National Chemical Laboratory, India

Program Overview

A. Douglas Kinghorn, Ph.D.

Professor and Jack L. Beal Chair; Editor, Journal of Natural Products

Dr. A. Douglas Kinghorn has been Professor and Jack L. Beal Chair in Natural Products Chemistry and Pharmacognosy, College of Pharmacy, The Ohio State University since 2004. He received doctoral degrees from the University of London [Ph.D. in Pharmacognosy, 1975; D.Sc. in Pharmacy, 1990]. Dr. Kinghorn performed postdoctoral work at the University of Mississippi and the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research interests are on the isolation, characterization, and biological evaluation of natural products from higher plants, particularly with potential anticancer, anti-infective, and taste-modifying activities.

Dr. Kinghorn is a Fellow of five scientific and professional societies and of The School of Pharmacy, University College London (UCL). Dr. Kinghorn was designated as the 1993 B. Kenneth West University Scholar (Senior University Scholar) by the University of Illinois Foundation and was awarded the 2002-2003 University of Illinois at Chicago Award for Excellence in Teaching. He received the 2010 Norman R. Farnsworth Research Achievement Award of the American Society of Pharmacognosy for lifetime contributions to natural products research. In December 2011, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom. He has authored or co-authored about 475 peer-reviewed research articles, review articles, and book chapters. Dr. Kinghorn has been Major and/or Thesis Advisor/Committee Member Chair to ca. 45 graduate students and has supervised over 60 postdoctorals and visiting scholars.

Adam Steel, Ph.D.

R&D Director, System Integration, Becton Dickinson and Company, Diagnostic Systems

Adam earned a B.S. in Mathematics and Chemistry from Gettysburg College and holds a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Maryland, College Park. Adam was a National Science Foundation post-doctoral fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, MD for two years. He then moved to industry as a Scientist with Gene Logic working in the field of DNA microarrays. Adam moved into technical management with MetriGenix, as a spin-out of Gene Logic, as the Director of Product Development and eventually the Vice President for Research and Development. In 2005, Adam joined Becton Dickinson and Company in the Diabetes Care business unit developing continuous glucose monitoring products. He transitioned to the Diagnostics Systems business unit in 2007 as the leader for System Engineering department which is his current role. Adam has been a member of the ACS since his undergraduate studies at Gettysburg College.

Adrian Bradley

Partner, Cleveland Patent Attorneys

Adrian’s background in the pharmaceutical and agrochemical industries gives him an in-depth understanding of his clients’ business goals. This enables him to provide them with focused, commercially minded advice in the areas of patents, designs and supplementary protection certificates.

Adrian works closely with Fraser Brown, Nick Bennett and  Hazel Stewart to advise clients, particularly in the life sciences. Adrian develops close and long standing relationships with domestic clients, multinational corporations and overseas attorneys, who like his direct and collaborative approach.
Adrian has a particular expertise in post-grant issues in the pharmaceutical industry, which has been used to the particular advantage of clients based outside Europe, who rely on Adrian to help develop and implement their European strategies. Adrian also enjoys representing clients in oral proceedings at the EPO. Adrian Bradley – energising ideas for Cleveland clients since 2007

Amos B. Smith, III

Editor-in-Chief, Organic Letters

Amos B. Smith, III, is the Rhodes-Thompson Professor of Chemistry as well as Member of the Monell Chemical Senses Center and Associate Director of the Penn Center for Molecular Discovery at the University of Pennsylvania.  In addition, he is both an Honorary Member and Visiting Director of the Kitasato Institute in Tokyo.  Dr. Smith's research is dedicated to natural product synthesis, bioorganic chemistry, and materials science. More than 75 architecturally complex natural products have been prepared in his laboratory. Moreover, Dr. Smith, in collaboration with Ralph Hirschmann, pioneered the design and synthesis of non-peptide peptidomimetics of neuropeptideic hormone/transmitters and protease enzyme inhibitors. In collaboration with Peter Jurs, Dr. Smith developed groundbreaking computerized pattern recognition techniques that make it possible to analyze primate chemical communication.

Dr. Smith received his PhD from Rockefeller University.  To date, he has co-authored over 575 publications and delivered over 600 invited lectures, including plenary lectures at the National Organic Chemistry Symposium and numerous Gordon Research Conferences. His recent honors and awards include Honorary Membership in the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Royal Society of Chemistry Centenary Medal, Yamada Prize, Fellow of the American Academy of the Arts and Sciences, and Inaugural Fellow of the American Chemical Society.

NCL - Pune, India

Kolkata, India

Andrew Tait, Ph.D

President, Director and Founder of Tait Laboratories Inc.

Dr. Tait is President, Director and Founder of Tait Laboratories Inc., a company that is devoted to modernizing traditional herbal medicines through science and technology. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. from Concordia University (Montreal) with a research focus on environmental enzymology. Afterwards, he moved to Vancouver to complete a Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of British Columbia. During his thesis work on viral triggers of multiple sclerosis, he came across some Traditional Chinese Medicines that have potential to treat a wide range of chronic diseases; he then founded the company while finishing his graduate studies.

In 2012, he was invited to Ottawa to be awarded the NSERC Innovation Challenge Award, for successfully translating his research to an entrepreneurial venture. That same year, he also gave the keynote presentation on multiple sclerosis at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine’s annual symposium.

Supported by the Canadian Youth Business Foundation, the Bank of Development of Canada, the University of British Columbia’s Entrepreneurship@UBC program, and the National Research Council Industry Research Assistance Program, he works closely with industrial and academic researchers to develop safe, affordable, natural and effective therapies for chronic diseases like MS. His current research interests focus on the intimate connection between neuroimmunology and the gastrointestinal tract.

Andrew Wee

Prof. Andrew Wee joined the Department of Physics at the National University of Singapore in 1990 after earning his D. Phil (Oxford) in Surface Science.  He has a long and illustrious career not only in doing science, but also in setting up institutional science policies and in serving the wider community through stewardship of scientific journals. His present research interests lie in the fields of surface and interface studies of materials, including: (i) STM and synchrotron radiation studies of molecule-metal interface; graphene and other nanomaterials for nanodevice applications; (ii) molecular and organic electronics and spintronics; (iii) surface nanostructure formation and atomic scale templates for nanodevices; (iv) depth resolution studies in SIMS and ultrashallow junctions; and (iv) scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and synchrotron radiation studies of the molecule-substrate interface; and (vi) graphene and related nanomaterials. Andrew publishes extensively in highly prestigious internationally refereed journals with > 450 articles so far and has earned a high h-index > 45.  He has collaborative projects with Imperial College, University of Cambridge, Chiba University, Wuerzburg University, Humbolt University and Nagoya University. For his contributions to the physics landscape in Singapore and to surface science, he has been honoured with the Institute of Physics President’s Medal (Singapore, 2008).  He has also been named to the Editorial Board of several prestigious international journals, including ACS Nano, Current Nanoscience, Surface Review & Letters, Surface & Interface Analysis, and Applied Physics Letters ; and Managing Editor of the International Journal of Nanoscience. From 2011, he is a member of  the ACS Nano Editorial Advisory Board. He is regularly invited to give talks at large international conferences. Andrew was the Dean of the Faculty of Science (April 2007-March 2014), and is presently Vice President (University and Global Relations, Director of the Surface Science Laboratory, and Adjunct Scientist at the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (A*STAR, Singapore).  Despite the hectic schedule, he still finds time to reach out to young minds to excite them to pursue science as a hobby and/or career.

Angel E. Kaifer, PhD

Senior Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education, Professor of Chemistry and Cooper Fellow in the College of Arts and Sciences, University of Miami

Angel E. Kaifer received his undergraduate education in Chemistry at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain. In 1979 he moved to Puerto Rico, where he taught for three years at Humacao University College and later pursued his graduate education at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras. After completing his PhD degree in 1984 he did postdoctoral work at the University of Texas, Austin. He joined the chemistry faculty of the University of Miami as an Assistant Professor in 1985.

His research work, continuously supported by the National Science Foundation since 1990, focuses on the redox modulation of molecular recognition events. More recently, his research interests have centered on the design, preparation and characterization of nanometer-sized systems, such as dendrimers, functionalized for electron transfer and molecular recognition reactions. A substantial fraction of his research activities deals with the binding properties of cucurbit[n]uril hosts. He has published more than 200 papers and book chapters on these research topics. In 1999 he authored the book Supramolecular Electrochemistry, which was the first published monograph on this research field. He has also served in the Editorial Board of Langmuir, Supramolecular Chemistry and the Journal of Supramolecular Chemistry, as well as in many NSF and NIH review panels. He was one of the Associate Editors for the Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry.

His research group has served as a training ground for numerous minority and female students. Out of 26 PhD graduates, eight are from Hispanic origin and ten are women, with three Hispanic women as the overlap between the two groups. In addition, four female students, two of them Hispanic, have obtained a MS degree. Many other underrepresented undergraduate and high school students have received research training in the Kaifer group.

Anne Coghill

ACS Publications Division, Manager, Peer Review Operations

Anne Coghill is employed by the American Chemical Society Publications Division. As Manager, Peer Review Operations, Anne and her colleagues work with over 375 editorial offices worldwide responsible for managing the peer review process for ACS’s journals. In her tenure with ACS, Anne has worked in both the journal and book publishing programs. She has a bachelor of science in chemistry from Illinois State University and a master’s in management from Northwestern University. Anne is also the co-editor of The ACS Style Guide, third edition. She lives in central Illinois with her family, and when not working, Anne is an enthusiastic golfer.

Antonio Martinez Collazo, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Physics, University of Puerto Rico

Antonio was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and attended the Rio Piedras Campus of the University of Puerto Rico, earning a B.S. in Physics in 1976. Upon graduation, he worked for the Naval Surface Warfare Center as a physicist while pursuing graduate studies at American University in Washington, D.C. as a part time student. He earned his Ph.D. in Physics in 1990; his thesis focused on the magnetotransport and photovoltaic properties of PbS/PbSe heterostructures and multiple quantum wells.

He returned to Puerto Rico to join the faculty of his alma mater in 1991 where he has been ever since. His research interests continue to focus in the area of experimental Solid State Physics where he setup a laboratory to study the early stages of growth of wide gap semiconductor and ferroelectric epitaxial thin films. In recent years, he has concentrated his efforts in the area of Conservation Science, working on the chemical and physical characterization of cultural heritage. His work has supported various restoration efforts of important Puerto Rican works of art and has contributed to the elucidation of the nature of pigments in ancient pre-Columbian pottery of the Caribbean.

Askar Fahr, Ph.D.

Program Manager for the Chemical Physics/Physical Chemistry and Physical Organic Chemistry Committees of American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund (ACS PRF)

Prior to joining ACS in May 2010, Dr. Fahr was the Principal Scientist for a joint Department of Energy-Parsons Engineering project on designing, pre-testing and building the nuclear Salt Waste Processing Facility (SWPF) at Savannah River Site, South Carolina.  He led a group of scientists and engineers with objectives of solving complex chemical processing and facility design issues. He implemented innovative and cost-effective thermochemical modeling simulations and targeted laboratory investigations to better understand complex physicochemical processes in SWPF.  Results of his studies were utilized for enhanced process designs, process optimizations, and as a predictive and safety tools.  Dr. Fahr was also a Project Scientist for joint National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)-Parsons Engineering projects for evaluations and optimizations of advanced energy conversion systems, clean coal and alternative fuels technologies. Askar obtained his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Physical Chemistry from Georgetown University. His graduate research focused on laser induced photochemistry, reaction kinetics, reaction dynamics and molecular spectroscopy.  Following a postdoctoral appointment in Physical Chemistry Laboratories at Oxford University, he became a Research Scientist at National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).  He studied chemical and spectral properties of a large number of highly reactive radical species that play important roles in combustion, atmospheric, environmental, and industrial processes. His research projects were funded by NASA- Planetary Atmospheres, -Upper Atmosphere and -Outer Planets Research Programs and by the U.S. Department of Energy-Basic Energy Sciences Program.  Askar has also served as an adjunct professor of Physical Chemistry at Howard University and American University, both in Washington D.C.