FACSS Student Award and Tomas A. Hirschfeld Scholar Award

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The FACSS Student and Tomas A. Hirschfeld Scholar student awards are presented to outstanding graduate students who wish to attend SciX and present their work at the SciX conference. These awards require submission of an application at the SciX conference website. The FACSS Student award was formalized as a permanent standing award at the FACSS meeting in the fall of 1987. The award had existed prior to this meeting but until 1987 was funded based on yearly approval from the Governing Board.

The Hirschfeld Scholar Student award was found in 1987 based on a written proposal submitted by Professor Alex Scheerline. The minutes of the March 1987 meeting record that "FACSS shall support an annual award program, as the result of which, up to four graduate students will be designated as Hirschfeld Scholars, with preference for diverse research specialties among the students."

2017 RECIPIENTS
FACSS Student Awardee: Nicholas Riley
Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Awardees: Aboualizadeh Ebrahim and Paidi Santosh

FACSS STUDENT AWARDEE: Nicholas Riley

Nick Riley is originally from Louisville, KY and earned his B.S. degree in Chemistry and Psychology from the University of South Carolina with Honors from the South Carolina Honors College, where he was a Robert C. McNair Scholar. He conducted undergrad research in forensic analytical chemistry with Dr. Stephen L. Morgan and developed a fascination for the instrumentation he used while in the Morgan lab. Following graduation, he moved to Madison, WI to join the lab of Joshua J. Coon as an analytical chemistry graduate student at the University of Wisconsin. In his tenure there, Nick has conducted research in the field of bioanalytical mass spectrometry with a focus on developing instrumentation and methodologies to improve characterization of protein post-translational modifications in complex systems. The majority of his work has centered on improving the efficacy of electron transfer dissociation (ETD) and related tandem MS techniques. Through the use of infrared photo-activation concurrent with ion-ion reactions, Nick has significantly enhanced the capabilities of ETD to sequence peptide and protein ions in high-throughput proteomic experiments, and the scope of this exciting technology is just beginning to be explored. Throughout his graduate career Nick has worked on globally characterizing protein acetylation and phosphorylation, but his most recent efforts have focused on protein glycosylation, a chemically complex and analytical challenging modification involved in a wide array of intra- and inter-cellular functions. Nick’s work with ETD and hybrid tandem MS methods is among the first to characterize thousands of glycosites via intact glycopeptides, providing crucial site-specific biological context at an unprecedented scale. He is now continuing to develop this technology to investigate glycosylation profiles in models of cancer aggressiveness to understand cancer cell metastasis.  In all, Nick has published 17 peer-reviewed papers (10 first author) and has presented 26 oral/poster presentations at scientific conferences up to this point. He has also been honored with several distinctions, including a National Science Foundation Graduate Student Fellowship, the American Society for Mass Spectrometry Student Award, the Marg Northcott Student Award, the Roger J. Carlson Memorial Award for Research Excellence, and a National Cancer Institute Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award (F99/K00) via the National Institutes of Health.

 

TOMAS HIRSCHFELD SCHOLAR AWARDEES:  Aboualizadeh Ebrahim and Paidi Santosh

Aboualizadeh Ebrahim: While studying Quantum Gauge Theory and cosmology during Master studies in 2009, I learned of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee through the work of the Professor Leonard Parker. But exposure to a broad array of disciplines at UWM led me into a biomedical vibrational spectroscopic field with potential impact in the health sciences. As a Physics Ph.D. student under the supervision of Prof. Carol Hirschmugl, the central premise of my research was to determine the novel mechanistic insight into the pathogenesis of diabetes in the mouse retina at different duration of diabetes. I started my doctoral research at the most advanced infrared beamline, IRENI, at the Synchrotron Radiation Center in Wisconsin, which enabled me to develop a better understanding of the relationship between structure and function of individual retinal cells. I pioneered the development of infrared spectrochemical imaging of diabetic retinal tissue engaged with chemometric tools to determine highly localized diabetes-induced alterations and oxidative stress damage in distinctive layers of retina, which has never been achieved. I have further worked on several side projects including the novel use of spectroscopic techniques and computational analysis for quantifying the activity of adipose tissues, revealing the interaction between blue-light and MRSA, and three-dimensional imaging of live cells. In recognition of my efforts, I received spectroscopy research award from the Society for Applied Spectroscopy, best poster award and travel award from Midwest Microscopy and Microanalysis Society, Distinguished Dissertator Fellowship, Distinguished Graduate Student Fellowship, and David Lichtman Scholarship for outstanding performance in experimental physics. Up to now, I have published 8 peer-reviewed journal papers and 1 book chapter, and presented 12 poster/oral presentations in national and international conferences. In addition, my paper that addresses the retinal oxidative stress at the onset of diabetes determined by synchrotron FT-IR imaging has made the cover of Analyst. My innovative paradigm for detecting the temporal-dependent biomarkers of diabetes in individual retinal layers, shed light on the mechanisms leading to vision loss at cellular level. I am currently working as a postdoctoral associate in Dr. David Williams team, at the Advanced Retinal Imaging Alliance, at the University of Rochester, exploring three different approaches to vision restoration: preserving photoreceptors with gene therapy, replacing lost photoreceptors using stem cells, and genetically re-engineering cells other than photoreceptors to respond to light.

Paidi Santosh Bio and photo coming soon.

 

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Year

Award

Awardees

 2017  FACSS Student Award Nicholas Riley, University of Wisconsin-Madison
   Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Awards Aboualizadeh Ebrahim, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
Paidi Santosh, Johns Hopkins University
2016 FACSS Student Award

Mustafa Unal, Case Western Reserve University

  Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Awards Kyle Doty, SUNY Albany
Mario Saucedo-Espinosa,Rochester Institute of Technology
2015 FACSS Student Awards

Marie Richard-Lacroix, University of Montreal
Lynn X. Zhang, Clemson University

  Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Awards

Stephanie DeJong, University of South Carolina
Patrik K. Johansson, University of Washington

2014 FACSS Student Award James R. Hands, University of Central Lancashire
 

Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Awards

Menglian Zhang, Ohio University
Andrew Schwartz, Indiana University

2013

FACSS Student Award

Larry Gibson, University of Notre Dame

 

Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Awards

Gloria Sheynkman, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Bai Nie, Michigan State University

2012

FACSS Student Award

Ali Khumaeni, University of Fukui, Japan

 

Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Awards

Nathaniel Gomer, University of South Carolina
Rohith Reddy, University of Illinois

2011

FACSS Student Award

Yun Zhang, Ohio University

 

Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Award

Olivier R. Bolduc, University of Montreal

2010

FACSS Student Award

Jacob Shelley, Indiana University

 

Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Awards

Ishan Barman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Anil Kumaar Kodali, University of Illinois

2009

FACSS Student Award

Yuze Sun, University of Missouri

 

Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Award

Matthew Lockett, University of Wisconsin

2008

FACSS Student Award

David Strasfeld, University of Wisconsin, Madison

 

Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Awards

Christopher R. Field, University of Illinois
Matthew Keller, Vanderbilt University

2007

FACSS Student Award

Sen Li, Purdue University

 

Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Awards

Matthew Schulmerich, University of Michigan
Junrong Zheng, Stanford University

2006

FACSS Student Award

Daniel B. Bassil, University of Missouri, Columbia

 

Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Awards

Andrea Tao, University of California, Berkeley
Tim M. Brewer, Clemson University

2005

FACSS Student Award

Allen E. Haddrell, Simon Fraser University

 

Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Award

Jean-Francois Masson, Arizona State University

2004

FACSS Student Award

Lawrence W. Dick, Jr., Duke University

 

Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Award

Ryan J. Priore, University of South Carolina

2003

FACSS Student Award

Yongfen Chen, University of New Orleans

 

Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Award

Brandon T. Ruotolo, Texas A&M University

2002

FACSS Student Award

James H. Barnes IV, Indiana University

 

Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Award

Christian Pellerin, University Laval

2001

FACSS Student Award

Heather Peters, Wake Forest University

 

Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Award

Michael Doescher, University of South Carolina

2000

FACSS Student Award

Christopher D. Zangmeister, University of Arizona

 

Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Award

Dimitri Pappas, University of Florida

1999

FACSS Student Award

Renee JiJi, Arizona State University

 

Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Award

Sara L. McIntosh, Duke University

1998

FACSS Student Award

John A. McLean, George Washington University 

 

Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Award

Susan L. R. Barker, University of Michigan 

1997

FACSS Student Award

Bryan C. Castle, University of Florida

 

Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Awards

Darren Dunphy, University of Arizona
Radislav Potyrailo, Indiana University

1996

FACSS Student Award

Christine M. Ingersoll, State University of New York at Buffalo

 

Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Awards

Paul Edmiston, University of Arizona
Steven R. Emory, Indiana University
Dana M. Spence, Michigan State University

1995

FACSS Student Award

David E. Cliffel, University of Texas at Austin

 

Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Awards

Curtis D. Cleven, Purdue University
Robert J. Willicut, Louisiana State University
Jeremy M. Shaver, Duke University

1994

FACSS Student Award

Diana S. West, Wright State University

 

Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Awards

Jeanette K. Rice, State University of New York at Buffalo
W. Russell Everett, University of Arkansas

1993

FACSS Student Award

Michael Ruberto, Seton Hall University

 

Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Awards

Ray Bakhtiar, North Dakota State University
Sheryl Ann Tucker, University of North Texas

1992

FACSS Student Award

Evelyn Guizhen Su, University of Connecticut

 

Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Awards

Vasilis Gregoriou, Duke University
Patrick A. Limbach, Ohio State University
Jeff Mazzeo, Northeastern University

1991

FACSS Student Award

Rebecca M. Dittmar, Duke University

 

Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Awards

Scott E. Van Bramer, University of Colorado
Marilyn O’Grady, Virginia Polytechnic Institute
Chris G. Gill, University of British Columbia

1990

FACSS Student Award

Richard L. Irwin, University of Connecticut

 

Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Awards

Paul Shiundu, University of British Columbia

1989

FACSS Student Award

Patrick J. Treado, University of Michigan

 

Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Awards

Renato Zenobi, Stanford University
Mingda Wang, Ohio State University

1988

FACSS Student Award

George Yefchak, Michigan State University

 

Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Awards

James T. Cronin, University of Delaware
Sue E. Zhu, Villanova University

1987

Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Awards

Jonathan V. Sweedler, University of Arizona
Brad Tenge, University of Washington
Peter Wentzell, Michigan State University