Group Award

April 2009: Post Chemistry Awards Ceremony at Paccini's. From top left - Chris, Dirk, Kelly, Arjay and Vimbai. MORE GROUP PHOTOS

Principal Investigator

Dirk Iwata-Reuyl


Post-Doctoral and Research Scientists

Ben Turner


Graduate Students

Vimbai Chikwana

chrisChris Deutsch


Undergraduate Students

Arjay Ercolani is currently a senior pursuing a double major in biochemisty and (something). Arjay completed his first two years at Mount Hood Community College where he was also involved in organic research under the direction of Dr. Elisabeth Cohen. Arjay has been working in the lab since September of '08 and has implemented a 3D molecular modeling workstation, refurbished all the instrumental PC interfaces and contributes to the GCYH-1B project through site directed mutagenesis.


Other Lab Personnel

KatXander Taylor, High School teacher from Oregon City HS.

Former Group Members



February 2010  Congratulations to Vimbai Chikwana, who's paper on the discovery of ArcS was accepted for publication in JBC and selected to be highlighted as a "Paper of the Week." Publication date April 23rd.

June 2009: Congratulations are in order for Vimbai Chikwani, who was awarded an inaugural William Paudler graduate fellowship, Kelly Chaçon, who was named the outstanding graduating senior from the Department of Chemistry, and Arjay Ercolani, who was name Analytical Chemistry Student of the year from the Department of Chemistry.

April 2009: Welcome to Ben Turner, who is joining the lab as a senior scientist. Ben received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Dundee in Scotland, and worked for several years on the characterization of the RNA K-turn with David Lilley before crossing the pond to the states.

March 2009: Congratulations to Xander Taylor for his successful grant application to the MJ Murdock Charitable Trust. Xander is a high school teacher at West Linn High School, and will be supported for 2 summers in the lab through the Partners in Science program beginning summer '09.

March 2009: Congratulations to Kelly Chaçon for her award of a NASA Oregon Space Grant Scholarship.

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