2019 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE – BIOGRAPHIES
Susan VanderKam is a Lecturer and the Manager of Diversity Initiatives in the Chemistry Department at Princeton University. Since 2008 she has taught a variety of courses ranging from a Freshman Seminar on the History of Chemistry to advanced inorganic courses. Dr. VanderKam graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) in 1994 with a B.S. in Applied Science (Polymer Chemistry) and with a Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1999 from Princeton University. During her career, she has served as a chemical information specialist as well as a volunteer STEM workshop host at local schools and scouting events. Her special interests include the history of chemical pedagogy, particularly at Princeton University.
Mukund Chorghade is a serial entrepreneur, President and Chief Scientific Officer, THINQ Pharma / THINQ Discovery, and of MVRC research. He is the Chief Scientific Officer of Chicago Discovery Solutions, and has had Adjunct Research Professor / Visiting Fellow / Scientists appointments at Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Cambridge, Caltech, Univ. of Chicago, Northwestern, Strathclyde and several other universities. He provides synthetic chemistry and pharmaceutical drug development expertise to academic laboratories, pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical companies. His current research interests are in Traditional Medicine derived New Chemical Entities and the discovery of the new “chemosynthetic livers” that find utility in drug metabolism, valorization of biomass and environmental remediation.
Dr. Chorghade earned his B. Sc. and M. Sc. degrees from the University of Poona, and a Ph. D. in organic chemistry at Georgetown University. He completed postdoctoral appointments at the University of Virginia and Harvard University, visiting scientist appointments at University of British Columbia, College de France / Universite’ Louis Pasteur, Cambridge and Caltech and directed research groups at Dow Chemicals, Abbott Laboratories, CytoMed and Genzyme. A recipient of three “Scientist of the Year Awards”, he is an elected Fellow of the ACS, AAAS, AIC and RSC and has been a featured speaker in several national and international symposia. He was privileged to become an American Chemical Society member in 1982, was section chair for Brazoria (1990) and of Northeastern Section in 2007. He is an active participant in the ACS Career Services / Professional Development programs at the national level. He has been honored by election as a Fellow to the Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Telengana Academy of Sciences, Royal Society of Chemistry (Elected Fellow); New York Academy of Sciences; American Chemical Society (Elected Fellow), American Institute of Chemists (Elected Fellow); AAAS (Elected Fellow); Sigma Xi; Indian Society of Chemists and Biologists (Elected Fellow).
Professor Spencer Knapp was born in Baytown, TX, and raised in Tallmadge, OH. As a Fellow of the Ford Foundation Six-Year PhD Program, he received degrees in 1972 and 1975 from Cornell. Following an NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship with E. J. Corey at Harvard, he joined the Rutgers chemistry department. His research interests over 41 years have included the synthesis of natural products and enzyme inhibitors, as well as bio-inorganic metal coordination chemistry and electron transfer, and the development of new synthetic methods. He developed GlcNAc-thiazoline inhibitors, which serve as powerful tools for understanding the human enzymes O-GlcNAcase and N-acetylhexosaminidases (the latter associated with Tay-Sachs and Sandoff’s diseases). He developed iodolactamization, and the carbonimidothioate and N-benzoylcarbamate cyclizations. Natural products synthesized include mycothiol, griseolic acid, siastatin B, and capuramycin. Most recently, he has contributed to the identification, characterization, and scaled synthesis of “SJ733”, an antimalarial now in human clinical trials. He has mentored more than 40 Rutgers graduate students, 30 postdoctorals, and 75 undergraduates, many of whom now hold positions in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries. Courses taught at Rutgers include Modern Synthetic Organic Chemistry and the Honors Seminar “Science in the News.” He has served as chair of the Princeton ACS Fall Organic Chemistry Symposium in 2003, 2009, and 2014
Randy Weintraub is currently a chemistry teacher at Lawrence high School and adjunct college instructor in the STEM Department at Rowan College at Burlington County. Previous to the career change, he was a research scientist and group leader at area R&D and contract research organizations including American Cyanamid, FMC Corp., JRF America, XenoBiotic Labs, PharmaNet and Symbiotic Research. His areas of expertise are analytical methods development, study of environmental fate and metabolism of pesticides and drugs, and residue analysis in food and environmental samples. Randy attended SUNY at Stony Brook and University of Florida (UF) for his undergraduate degree, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at UF in Food Science and Human Nutrition/Environmental Chemistry.
An ACS member for three decades, Randy presents research at National meetings and has been involved in governance at both technical division and local section levels, including 3 terms on the Executive Committee of the Agrochemicals Division. Randy was the 2011 Chair of the Princeton Local Section and the Section’s Secretary since 2014. He coordinates judging in the Princeton-Trenton Section’s Chemagination competition and initiated and coordinates Princeton Section’s Science Cafés.
David Carrick has a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemist with over forty years experience in the area of Human and Veterinary Pharmaceuticals, Consumer Products, Agricultural Chemicals, Catalysis, BioFuels and consulting. He received his B.S in Chemistry from Lafayette College and his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Lehigh University. Over his career he has held positions of increasing responsibility at American Cyanamid, J&J, Pharmaceutical Formulations Inc, Sun Pharmaceuticals and Lloyd Pharmaceuticals, among others. In conjunction with Libra Labs, Dr. Carrick has provided consulting services in the areas of Analytical and Process Development, Instrument Validation, Quality Systems and Laboratory Training. He is currently a member of ACCORD Import/Export Solutions, providing laboratory services and regulator support for trade and importation of agricultural products from western Africa as part of the US AGOA initiative. He has been a section member since 2000 serving as 2009 Section Chair, Treasurer since 2012 and an active volunteer in our outreach programs including Chemagination contest judge.
MEMBER-AT-LARGE (2019-2020) – Jonathan Darmon
Jonathan M. Darmonreceived his B.S. in Chemistry from Ursinus College in Collegeville, PA and his Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. His graduate research in the laboratory of Professor Paul J. Chirik focused on understanding catalyst-design strategies to enable the preparation of Earth-abundant, first-row transition metal catalysts for a number of industrially relevant reactions. After completing his graduate work, Jonathan undertook a postdoctoral research appointment in the Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis, an Energy Frontier Research Center at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, WA. In collaboration with Morris Bullock and Monte Helm, Jonathan developed iron electrocatalysts for the oxidation of hydrogen, an important half-cell reaction towards the realization of a hydrogen economy.
Jonathan has been at Princeton University since 2017 as the Laboratory Manager for Professor Paul Chirik. Additionally, he is the Coordinating Editor for the ACS journal Organometallics
Allen N. Jones received his B.S. in chemistry from Elizabethtown College and his Ph.D. from the State University of New York in Buffalo, NY. In his first post-graduate position, he worked for the Veterans Administration in Nuclear Medicine Research. After a brief stint at the University of Connecticut Medical School, he joined Merck and Company in Animal and Exploratory Drug Metabolism (later Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics), where he worked in and managed the Analytical Laboratory for the Isotope Labeling Group. In this position he contributed to the development of experimental drug candidates, a number of which became marketed pharmaceuticals. After leaving Merck in 2008 as an Associate Director, he worked with YourEncore as a Network Expert, was an Adjunct Professor at Rowan University, at Roche as a Pharmacokinetics Study Manager, at Alliance Technologies as a Senior Chemist, and with Liquid Light as an Analytical Group Leader. After volunteering for a number of years at Students 2 Science, he is currently employed as the ISAAC Program Director for the Newark Students 2 Science Technology Center.
Allen has been a member of the ACS for over 35 years. He has served as Chair for the North Jersey Drug Metabolism Discussion Group, Secretary, Treasurer, and Chair of the North Jersey Mass Spec Discussion Group, Awards Chair for the Delaware Valley Mass Spectrometry Discussion Group, and a Judge for the Chemistry Olympics at NJIT. For his contribution to the North Jersey ACS, he was awarded a Salutes to Excellence. He is a volunteer Career Consultant and workshop presenter with the ACS. He is also involved with the Princeton section of the ACS where he is a Councilor and a member of CEPA (Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs), helps with the National Chemistry Week activities, and the MARM Chemagination.
ALTERNATE COUNCILOR (2018-2020)
Barbara Ameer is a drug development and pharmacology consultant and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Prior to that appointment, she was a Research Associate Professor at Rutgers in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. She earned her undergraduate and professional doctorate degrees in pharmacy at the University of Connecticut and Virginia Commonwealth University, respectively, followed by an MBA at Rutgers. She is an honorary regent and past treasurer of the American College of Clinical Pharmacology and recipient of its distinguished service award.
A 16-year member of ACS, she served in the Princeton section’s governance as secretary, section chair and associate councilor. She inspired and led the writing and implementation of two ACS Innovative Project Grants to the Section. Barbara supports educational outreach activity for local middle and high schools and chairs the Princeton and Trenton sections’ Chemagination competition. The Section recognized her leadership with a Salute to Excellence local section award.
Twice in recent years, her organizational efforts helped garner recognition for Princeton when the Section was named a finalist for National ACS ChemLuminary awards. They were for the Chemagination high school program and for overall local section performance in 2015, the year she served as Chair.
Louise Lawter received a B.S. in Chemistry from University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and did graduate work in organic chemistry at Boston College. She has held technical and managerial positions in the flavor and fragrance industry and is currently retired. A member of the Princeton Section since 2003, she served as Chair in 2005. She has represented the section as Councilor since 2008, serving on the ACS Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs (CEPA) 2008-2014, Chair of the CEPA Public Policy Subcommittee 2010-2013 and served as CEPA Chair in 2014. She currently is a member of the Committee on Local Section Activities (LSAC).
She has chaired or co-chaired several outreach activities of the Princeton Section including Chemagination (2006-2011) and the Trenton & Princeton Sections’ Outstanding High School Chemistry Teacher Awards (2007-present). She has served as editor of the AliQuotes since 2006. She also chaired or co-chaired the ACS Mid-Atlantic Regional Chemagination (MARM) Competition in 2007 and 2010-present.
ALTERNATE COUNCILOR (2017-2019)
Kathryn “Kitty” Wagner received her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and her Ph.D. in Inorganic and General Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She worked as a research chemist in the Textile Fibers Department at DuPont, and she has worked for over 25 years in the Chemistry Department at Princeton University, where she is currently a senior technical staff member who serves as lecture demonstrator and director of outreach. Kathryn has been a member of ACS for 43 years. She has served the PACS as alternate councilor and chair, and she served on the organizing committee for MARM 2003. She is a member of the Division of Chemical Education, and she is active in outreach. She has assisted with PACS National Chemistry Week programs for 20 years. In the past 16 years she has served PACS 14 times as National Chemistry Week coordinator or co-coordinator, including two years when PACS won NCW ChemLuminary awards.