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Speaker Biographies



Dr. Andrew C. Kummel
Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, UCSD

Professor Andrew C. Kummel received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Yale University in 1981, an M.S. in Chemical Engineering in 1984 and a Ph. D in Chemistry from Stanford University in 1988. He became a postdoctoral fellow at Cornell University in 1988 and was appointed to the UCSD faculty that same year. He was an assistant professor from 1988-1994, and has been a full professor since 1996.

Professor Kummel has received numerous awards for his research and teaching, including the Yale University Science and Engineering Alumni Award for The Advancement of Basic and Applied Science in 1992, a Faculty Award from the UCSD Office for Students with Disabilities in 1997, and the Faculty Senate Teaching Award in the Sciences in 2003. He is also on the Editorial Advisory Board for Langmuir, a publication of the American Chemical Society.

His research has focused on the development and characterization of novel semiconductors that can be used in transistors, amplifiers and other electronic devices. His group is currently exploiting these novel materials to develop nano scale devices that can be used to identify and purify tumor cells and study their properties and genetic differences.

Dr. Bradley T. Messmer
Assistant Project Scientist, Moores Cancer Center, UCSD

Professor Bradley T. Messmer received his B.S. from Colorado School of Mines in 1993 and a Ph.D from Rockefeller University in 2000. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow at North Shore-LIJ from 2000-2002, continued there as junior faculty from 2002-2004, and is currently an assistant project scientist at the UCSD Moores Cancer Center.

Professor Messmer is the primary author, or has shared first authorship of 11 out of his 17 published articles. His work has focused on the molecular events that underlie a specific type of cancer, chronic lymphocytic leukemia. More recently, he has become involved in the multi-disciplinary nanotechnology center, collaborating with chemists, physicists, and engineers to develop novel methods of detecting, monitoring, and treating cancer, with a focus on leukemia and breast cancer.

Dr. Michael J. Sailor
Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, UCSD



Professor Michael J. Sailor received a B.S. in chemistry from Harvey Mudd College in 1983 and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Northwestern University in 1988. His Ph.D. thesis work involved the synthesis of organometallic metal clusters, in the laboratory of professor Duward Shriver. He then did postdoctoral research studying semiconductor photoelectrochemistry with professor Nathan S. Lewis at Stanford and at Caltech. He began his faculty appointment in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCSD in 1990, becoming associate professor in 1994 and full professor in 1996.

Professor Sailor is a member of the Executive Steering Committee of the UCSD Materials Science division, and he is on the editorial advisory boards of Advanced Materials, J.C.S. Chemical Communications, and Nanotechnology Newsletter. He is the author of over 100 research publications, in subjects related to nanotechnology, materials chemistry, sensors, and electrochemistry. He has 28 patents or patents pending, 21 of which have been licensed to established or startup-stage companies. He has supervised over 100 undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral research students.

Dr. Ivan K. Schuller
Professor of Physics, UCSD

Professor Ivan K. Schuller, of the Physics Department and the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) at UCSD, is a solid state physicist. A Fellow of the American Physical Society and a member of the Chilean, Spanish and Belgian Academy of Sciences, he has won many awards such as the American Physical Society's Wheatley (1999) and Adler Awards (2003) and the German von Humbold prize (2002). Recently he received the Materials Research Society Medal (2004), the Lawrence Award from the US Department of Energy (2005) and a Honoris Causa Doctorate (2005) from Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain. He has published more than 450 technical papers, has 20 patents, has given more than 250 invited lectures at international conferences and is one of the 100 most cited physicists in the last 15 years. His scientific interests include the preparation, characterization and study of metallic superlattices, heterostructures and nanostructures.

His studies are dedicated to understanding the connection between structure and physical properties; principally electrical transport, magnetism, superconductivity, and mechanical properties. Recently he started a major project to develop integrated nanosensors for physical, chemical and biological detection. His artistic activities are centered on TV and theater.

Recently he produced a movie titled "When Things Get Small" on nanoscience. In addition, he established a TV production enterprise "Not too serious labs" in collaboration with UCSD-TV producer Rich Wargo dedicated to popularizing science. He produced Michael Frayn’s play Copenhaguen in Chile and appeared as a guest lecturer in the Magic Theater production “Quantum Leaps.” Based on his earlier theatre studies in Chile, the "hilarious Prof. Schuller" believes that being a physicist is “as much fun, but way easier than being an actor.”




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