Celebrating distinguished graduates in Molecular Engineering & Sciences

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Sept. 5 2023

Cholpisit "Ice" Kiattisewee headshot
Cholpisit “Ice” Kiattisewee

The Molecular Engineering Ph.D. program saw its largest graduating class in the 2022-2023 academic year, with 20 students successfully defending their theses. These graduates represent four cohorts and interdisciplinary research across 13 different departments and organizations. The newest alums were recognized in a graduation celebration on June 1.

During the ceremony, Cholpisit “Ice” Kiattisewee was awarded the Distinguished Dissertation Award for his publication, “Expanding the scope of bacterial CRSIPR activation with PAM-Flexible dCas9 variants.” His work was chosen by a review committee of faculty and staff in the Molecular Engineering and Sciences Institute.

“Ice’s Ph.D. work discovered new molecular design rules for engineering CRISPR gene regulation tools,” said James Carothers, the Dan Evans Career Development Associate Professor and interim chair for the Department of Chemical Engineering and one of Ice’s Ph.D. advisors. “The approaches that Ice pioneered drove deep collaborations with groups at UW and multiple national laboratories. His work provides a foundation for developing entirely new capabilities for using biology to make valuable chemicals and materials.”

Kiattisewee previously worked as a researcher at Vidyasirimedhi Institute of Science and Technology (VISTEC) in Thailand developing biocatalytic systems for chemical synthesis from food/agricultural wastes. Ice holds a B.S. and M.S. in Chemistry from Mahidol University, Thailand.

To learn more about each 2022-23 graduate’s Ph.D. research, click the names below: