Molecular Analysis Facility Staff
Liam Bradshaw received his BA in Chemistry from the University of Chicago in 2008, and his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Washington in 2014. His PhD research focused on the magneto-optical spectroscopy of Manganese doped quantum dots, including ultrafast transient absorption and photoluminescence measurements. He additionally draws on a broad range of research experiences including synchrotron based x-ray spectroscopy of metalloproteins, surface confined chemistry monitored by XPS, and inorganic synthesis with transition metals and actinides.
Primary Instruments:XRD, Ellipsometer, GDOES, UPS
Scott Braswell received his BS in Biochemistry from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. His first career was in clinical lab medicine using bright field and fluorescence microscopy to characterize chromosome lesions. In 2007 he received a Masters in Teaching from the University of Washington. Since that time he has worked primarily with electron beam tools performing characterization and fabrication.
User training for Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Focused Ion Beam (FIB) Microscopy and Fabrication, Energy-Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy (EDS), EM sample preparation, and support on TECNAI TEM
Micah Glaz graduated from UC Davis in 2006 with a BS in chemistry. He spent a year at Air Toxics Ltd in Folsom, CA as an analytical chemist. He then moved to Austin, TX where he received his PhD in physical chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin in 2012. His dissertation work focused on spectroscopic and morphological effects of organic and inorganic semiconducting materials by confocal and near-field microscopy. He then moved to Seattle as a postdoctoral research associate where he focused on developing non-contact AFM techniques for studying organic solar materials. During this time he also managed the Photonics Research Center, a shared user facility.
Materials characterization using Raman, confocal microscopy, ellipsometry, profilometry
Dan Graham received his B.S in Chemical Engineering from Brigham Young University, and his Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of Washington. Dan's current research is focused on development of analysis methods for characterization of biologically relevant surfaces. This includes creating software tools for MVA processing of ToF-SIMS data, surface characterization of cells and tissues, and 3D depth profiling.
Surface analysis, materials characterization, ToF-SIMS, XPS, multivariate analysis
Gerry Hammer received his B.S. in Physics from Xavier University in 1974 and his M.S. in experimental solid state Physics from West Virginia University in 1976. From 1977-1979 he applied surface analysis techniques to materials for composites, adhesive bonding, and solid lubricant films in the Air Force Materials Laboratory. From 1979-2008 he was the lead scientist for surface analysis at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, supporting product development, performance, manufacturing and forensics by surface and interface analysis including steel cord, fibers, polymers, fillers, and composites. In MAF he operates, maintains, and trains users on ESCA/XPS/UPS instruments.
Surface analysis, ESCA/XPS, UPS; also experience with SIMS, SEM, EDS.
Ellen Lavoie received her BS in biology at the University of New Hampshire in 2003 and led directly into an MS program for plant biology concentrating in cell biology. Her thesis work centered on quantitating the ultrastructure of Caulerpa, a tropical marine alga, followed later by various projects of the same genus utilizing TEM, SEM, FIB, and LM. From 2006-2010 Ellen worked at Harvard University's Center for Nanoscale Systems as an electron microscopist followed by a 3½ year stint at Monash University in Australia's Centre for Electron Microscopy concentrating on TEM of materials and polymers before coming to the UW in May 2014.
Demonstration, training, and sample evaluation using Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), dual-beam Focused Ion Beam (FIB), and EM sample preparation.
Sharon Li graduated from Chinese University in Beijing, majoring in International Economics. She started at the University of Washington in the Genome Center during 2000 and joined the Center for Nanotechnology in 2004. She manages administrative functions of Washington Nanofabrication Facility (WNF) and the Molecular Analysis Facility (MAF).
Financial management, billing, purchasing
Molecular Analysis Facility Directors
Our research is directed at obtaining detailed information about the surface composition and structure of biomaterials and the interaction of biomolecules with those biomaterials. Recent advances have made it possible to control chemistry on a local scale undreamed of only a few years ago. The dimensions of the lateral chemical variations are diminishing, the complexity of the molecules being introduced at the surface is increasing, and the manipulations of the surface moieties become ever more sophisticated. These advances offer great challenges and opportunities for biomedical surface analysis.
Dr. Gamble’s research focuses on surface modification and characterization of model biomedical systems including fundamental research towards the preparation and characterization of DNA and protein microarrays. She is also involved in the development of new techniques that will enable improved analysis of the biomolecule-surface interface and improved chemical imaging of biologically relevant samples.