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Program Overview

Christopher J. Chang, PhD

Senior Editor, ACS Central Science Christopher J. Chang is the Class of 1942 Chair Professor of Chemistry and Molecular and Cell Biology and HHMI Investigator at UC Berkeley, as well as a Faculty Scientist in the Chemical Sciences Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He was born in Ames, IA and received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Caltech in 1997, working with Prof. Harry Gray on spectroscopy of high-valent metal-nitrido and metal-oxo complexes. After spending a year as a Fulbright scholar in Strasbourg, France with Nobel Laureate Dr. Jean-Pierre Sauvage on chemical topology and molecular machines, Chris received his Ph.D. from MIT in 2002 under the supervision of Prof. Dan Nocera, where his graduate work focused on proton-electron transfer and oxygen catalysis. He stayed at MIT as a postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Steve Lippard, working on zinc biology and then began his independent career at UC Berkeley in 2004. Research in the Chang lab is focused on chemical biology and inorganic chemistry, with particular interests in molecular imaging and catalysis applied to neuroscience, metabolic and infectious diseases, and sustainable energy.

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.

Albena Ivanisevic, PhD

Associate Editor, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces; Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, North Carolina State University Albena Ivanisevic earned her B.S. in Chemistry from Drake University in 1996 and her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 2000. She was an NIH postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University from 200-2002 and began her independent faculty career at the Purdue University in 2002 where she earned tenure.  Ivanisevic moved to North Carolina State University in the summer of 2011 where she is currently a professor in the Materials Science Department.  Ivanisevic is a University Faculty Scholar.  Since 2013 Ivanisevic is an Associate Editor of ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, the ACS journal focused on chemistry and engineering of applications-focused research in materials and interfaces. Since 1999 she has authored or co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles on surface functionalization, patterning and characterization with a focus on biomedical applications.

Alfred Stern, PhD

Executive Vice President Polyolefins and Innovation & Technology, Borealis

Alfred Stern was appointed Borealis Executive Vice President Polyolefins and joined the Executive Board of Borealis AG in July 2012. He joined Borealis as Senior Vice President Innovation & Technology in 2008, where he lead the creation of a Borealis Group R&D headquarter and the implementation of several proprietary Borealis technologies. Prior to Borealis, Alfred worked for E.I. Du Pont de Nemours where he held several leadership positions in the areas of research and development, sales and marketing, and quality and business management in Switzerland, Germany and the United States. In his last assignment, he was Global Business Manager of a business unit in Engineering Polymers in the United States. He holds a PhD in material science and a Master's Degree in polymer engineering and science, both from the University of Leoben in Austria. Alfred is also a certified Six Sigma Blackbelt for Marketing. He has been awarded, among others, DuPont Awards for new product patents and outstanding customer relationship management and a Prize of Honour from the Austrian Ministry of Science and Research. Alfred is a member of the board of directors (supervisory board) of Borough PTE in Singapore and Engel Injection Moulding Machines in Schwertberg, Austria. He is also a member of the steering board auf Plastics Europe and President of the Society for the Advancement of Polymer Technologies in Austria.

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

Andrea Raninger, PhD

Deputy Director of the Criminal Intelligence Service, Austria Dr. Andrea Raninger earned her Doctorate in Inorganic Chemistry from the Institute for Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Vienna. She also holds a Master of Natural Science from the Faculty of Natural Sciences for Chemistry at the University of Vienna.

Anirban Mahapatra, PhD

Assistant Director, Editorial Development, Biological Chemistry, ACS Publications Dr. Anirban Mahapatra joined the American Chemical Society (ACS) in 2007. His key accomplishments include the successful launch of ACS Chemical NeuroscienceACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters, ACS Synthetic Biology, and ACS Infectious Diseases.  Under his direction, his team launched ACS Sensors and ACS Energy Letters. He was also involved in the editorial launch of ACS Omega. He is currently responsible for the strategic development and management of ACS journals spanning physical, materials, and biological chemistry. Dr. Mahapatra and his team oversee half of the peer-reviewed journals published by the ACS. Dr. Mahapatra is also the leader of the Global Operations Team tasked with implementing a cohesive ACS-wide strategy in India. He is particularly fascinated by the changing landscape of how scientific information is disseminated globally. Dr. Mahapatra holds BSc (Honours) and MSc degrees from Midnapore College and Vidyasagar University, respectively. He earned his PhD at The Ohio State University where his scientific contribution on the genetic encoding of the unnatural amino acid, pyrrolysine, resulted in authorships in research articles in Nature, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci USA., Mol. Microbiol., and J. Mol. Biol.  

Anne Andrews, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences and Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of California, Los Angeles At UCLA, Andrews leads efforts in basic and translational research on anxiety and depression, and at the nexus of nanoscience and neuroscience. Andrews’ interdisciplinary research team focuses on understanding how the serotonin system and particularly, the serotonin transporter, modulate neurotransmission to influence complex behaviors including anxiety, mood, stress responsiveness, and learning and memory. Dr. Andrews earned her B.S. in chemistry from the Pennsylvania State University and received her Ph.D. in chemistry as a U.S. Department of Education Fellow working at the National Institute of Mental Health. There, she was also a postdoctoral fellow and senior staff fellow. Andrews has been the recipient of an NIH Fellows Award for Research Excellence, an Eli Lily Outstanding Young Analytical Chemist Award, an American Parkinson’s Disease Association Research Award, and a Brain and Behavior Research Foundation Independent Investigator Award. She is a member of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, International Society for Serotonin Research vice president, an advisory board member for the International Society for Monitoring Molecules in Neuroscience, and serves as Associate Editor for ACS Chemical Neuroscience.

Ariel Grostern, PhD

 Managing Editor, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Environmental Science & Technology, and Environmental Science & Technology Letters

Ariel Grostern is responsible for the day-to-day management of his publications, and ensures that the publications are produced on time, on budget, and with appropriate levels of quality. He also develops and advances the strategic goals of the journals, working with the Editors to promote each journal’s continued growth and success.

Dr. Grostern received his BSc. in Microbiology from the University of Guelph (Canada), and his PhD in Cell & Systems Biology from the University of Toronto (Canada). There, his research focused on the anaerobic bioremediation of chlorinated groundwater contaminants. Prior to joining the American Chemical Society, Dr. Grostern did a post-doc at UC Berkeley and was a Senior Program Associate focusing on grant peer review in the Research Competitiveness Program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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.