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Event Speakers 2016


Isiah M. Warner, Ph.D.

Boyd Professor
Philip W. West Professor of Analytical and Environmental Chemistry
Louisiana State University System
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor

Dr. Isiah M. Warner is Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, Philip W. West Professor of Chemistry, and a Boyd Professor of the Louisiana State University system. He has more than 340 refereed publications in a variety of journals relevant to the general areas of analytical and materials chemistry. He has particular expertise in the area of fluorescence spectroscopy, where his research has focused for more than 35 years. More recently, his research has focused in the area of ionic liquid chemistry applied to solid phase materials for applications in materials chemistry and nanomaterials. Research interests include development and application of improved methodologies (chemical, mathematical, and instrumental) for studies of complex chemical systems, using tools such as fluorescence spectroscopy, chemometrics, separation science, nanomaterials, automated methods of analysis, and chemistry in organized media. Professor Warner has also conducted educational research that focuses on mechanisms for maintaining and enhancing student education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), with a particular focus on encouraging these students to pursue terminal degrees. He is involved in many projects that focus on diversity in STEM education. Dr. Warner has recently been honored with the 2015 Iddles Lectureship at the University of New Hampshire, 2014 NOBCChE Lifetime Achievement Award, 2014 Oesper Award from the Cincinnati Local ACS section and the Department of Chemistry University of Cincinnati, 2014 ACS Henry Hill Award for Outstanding Contributions to Professionalism, and the 2013 American Chemical Society (ACS) Award in Analytical Chemistry. He has given more than 500 invited talks since 1979. Dr. Warner currently has six patents with six more pending. He has chaired fifty-nine (59) doctoral theses since 1982 and is currently supervising ten other Ph.D. theses.


Paula Grabowski,  Ph.D.

Department of Biological Sciences
University of Pittsburgh

Paula Grabowski is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh.  Her research focuses on understanding fundamental mechanisms of alternative pre-messenger RNA splicing and how defects in these pathways impact human disease. Her laboratory uses biochemistry, genomics, and bioinformatics approaches. She received her B.A. degree in chemistry from UMBC. She performed PhD training with Thomas R. Cech at the University of Colorado at Boulder where she was involved inpioneering studies of the self-splicing Group I intron of Tetrahymena thermophila – the first RNA enzyme. She completed postdoctoral training with Phillip A. Sharp at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she was involved in the biochemical purification of the human spliceosome, and contributed insights into its assembly and chemical mechanism. Dr. Grabowski was an independent investigator at Brown University prior to joining the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh.