2013 Career Mentors (G-L)
National Institutes of Health
National Institute of General Medical Sciences
“I asked someone to help me with a tweet and this is the best they came up with.”
Dr. Gerratana is a program director in the Division of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biological Chemistry. She manages research grants on enzyme catalysis and regulation. Before coming to NIGMS, Gerratana served as an associate professor with tenure in the department of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Maryland, College Park. She earned a B.S. in chemistry from the Università degli Studi di Pavia in Pavia, Italy, and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Gerratana conducted postdoctoral research at Johns Hopkins University.
University of Kansas
Chancellors Club Teaching Professor
“Many times you learn more when things don’t go as expected…
these valleys later define the mountains you climb…”
Paul R. Hanson graduated with a B.A. in chemistry from Luther College in 1985 and carried out undergraduate research for the late Adrian M. Docken. He went on to receive his Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Minnesota, under the mentorship of Professor Thomas R. Hoye, where he worked on the total synthesis and structural elucidation of members and analogs of the Annonaceous Acetogenin class of natural products. As an NIH postdoctoral fellow at Stanford, he worked on cycloisomerization methods en route to vitamin D3 and analogs under the direction of Professor Barry M. Trost. His independent career started in 1996 as an Assistant Professor at the University of Kansas in the Department of Chemistry with a Courtesy appointment in Medicinal Chemistry. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2001 and became a full professor 2006. He is currently a project leader in the Center for Chemical Methodologies and Library Development (KU-CMLD) at the University of Kansas and is the Principal Investigator on an NIH-funded training grant in Chemical Biology (2007–present).
The long-term goals of his program center on the development of synthetic methods in the areas of organophosphorus and sulfur chemistry, heterocyclic chemistry, natural products, immobilized reagents, flow-through chemistry in collaboration with Professor Mike Organ at York University, as well as high throughput chemistry for molecular library synthesis at the KU-CMLD. Taken collectively, these efforts are aimed at advancing early phase drug discovery.
Director of Operations and Outreach
Chemistry of Life Processes Institute
To quote Thoreau: “Do what you love. Know your own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw it still.”
Dr. Judge is director of operations and outreach for the Chemistry of Life Processes Institute at Northwestern University. She is responsible for developing and managing the administrative infrastructure that supports the Institute and its three specialized research centers and seven shared resource facilities. She also serves as program manager for Northwestern’s Physical Science-Oncology Center. One special facet of her work lies in helping faculty develop and write large scale grant proposals.
Her professional life has included a stint as director of academic planning at the University of Chicago, a couple of years leading administrative support for a major basic science department, and five years leading uro-oncology research at the University of Chicago. Her time between jobs at Northwestern and University of Chicago was bracketed by extensive time as a stay-at-home mom coping with three kids, two dogs and old house (terrific preparation for an administrative career). She received a PhD in biochemistry from University of Illinois – Chicago and was a postdoctoral researcher in the Ben May Labs at the University of Chicago.
University of Wisconsin
Professor and MacArthur Foundation Fellow
Director of the Keck Center for Chemical Genomics
At a family meal, my grandpa asked me about my work. I described my science simply (in my mind). My grandma said to him “Are you happy now?”
Laura received her undergraduate training in Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. There she conducted undergraduate research in organic synthesis with Professor Bill Roush. She received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Yale University where she worked with Stuart L. Schreiber on the synthesis of anti-tumor natural products. Her postdoctoral training at the California Institute of Technology in the research group of Peter B. Dervan led her to explore the recognition of duplex DNA through triple helix formation. She began her independent career in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1991.
Laura’s research group develops and implements synthetic methods to access biologically-active compounds for hypothesis-driven and discovery-driven research. This important foundation of our program offers chemically-oriented researchers new opportunities to develop and apply their synthetic skills. Biochemically- and biologically-oriented researchers benefit from access to unique biologically active ligands. Some representative questions that drive our interdisciplinary research program follow.
University of Illinois
“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” –Dr. Seuss
Dr. Llewellyn received his BS and MS degrees in Chemistry in 2004 at Emory University. He then studied as a Marshall Scholar and NSF Graduate Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge, where he earned his PhD in 2008. Dr. Llewellyn worked at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Associate in the laboratory of Prof. Wilfred Van der Donk before accepting his current position as lecturer of organic chemistry in 2009. Dr. Llewellyn is a member of the American Chemical Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry, and the Zeta Chapter of the Alpha Chi Sigma professional chemistry fraternity.