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Sunil Saxena received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Cornell University, where he developed two dimensional and double quantum electron spin resonance methodology. After his PhD, he was a Postdoctoral Scholar at Caltech where he used solid state NMR to measure dynamics in polymer blends. In 1999, he joined UC Berkeley as a postdoctoral Fellow. At Berkeley he gained expertise in optical pumping and SQUID detected ultra-low field MRI methodology. He started his independent career at University of Pittsburgh, where he rose through the ranks and is currently a Professor of Chemistry. At Pitt, his research interests focus on the development of Electron Spin Resonance spectroscopy and its applications to biophysics, including protein-DNA interactions and metals in biology. He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award and the Bellet Teaching Excellence Award.
Theodore “Ted” Corcovilos received his B.A. in College Scholars (Physics and Math) from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and his Ph.D. in Physics from the California Institute of Technology. He joined Duquesne University as an Assistant Professor of Physics in 2013. Ted is a long-time member of several societies such as the American Physical Society, the Optical Society of America, and the Society of Physics Students—although now as a faculty member. He is also a member of the American Association of Physics Teachers and has worked and published with numerous undergraduate students throughout his career.
Michael Van Stipdonk received his B.A. in Chemistry from the University of Detroit Mercy and his Ph.D. also in Chemistry from Texas A&M University. He conducted his post-doctoral research also at Texas A&M and began his academic career at Wichita State University and Lawrence University before joining the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry of Duquesne University in 2013. He has won an NSF CAREER grant and the Kansas Biomedical Infrastructure Faculty-Scholar Award. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS) and of the American Chemical Society.
Peng Liu received his B.S. from Peking University in China, his M.S. from the University of Guelph in Canada, and finally his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in the United States! All three degrees are in Chemistry, with a specialization in Theoretical Organic Chemistry. He won several awards at UCLA, both during his studies as a Ph.D. student and after during his appointment as a post-doc; specifically he won the Chancellor's Award for Postdoctoral Research. He finally joined the Department of Chemistry of the University of Pittsburgh in 2014.