MolES Institute Staff

Computer Support Analyst

Kevin Benzing

Computer Support Analyst
website | kbenzing@uw.edu |

Communications Manager

Renske Dyedov

Communications Manager
website | rdyedov@uw.edu | 206-221-0560

Communications, public information, social media community manager, media requests and events

Administrator

Amanda McCracken

Administrator
website | alm1029@uw.edu | 206-221-5095

Research and program administration, budget management, and financial commitment tracking processes for MolES and the other Collaboration Core Institutes.

Counseling Services Coordinator

Paul Neubert

Counseling Services Coordinator
website | pneubert@uw.edu | 206-221-6542

Advising for MolES graduate and undergraduate programs, including the standalone MolE PhD degree, the Dual Title PhD Degree in Nanotechnology (NT) / Nanotechnology & Molecular Engineering (NTME), and the NME Undergraduate Option Program.

Events and Communications Coordinator

Corin Shelley-Reuss

Events and Communications Coordinator
website | corinsr@uw.edu | 206-221-7145

Graduate seminar coordination, institute event planning, graphic design and communications

Fiscal Specialist

Rachel Talney

Fiscal Specialist
website | rtalney@uw.edu | 206-685-4619

Purchasing, reconciliation, gift processing, travel reimbursement, and reporting

Administrative Assistant Supervisor

Madison Weaver

Administrative Assistant Supervisor
website | mweav@uw.edu | 206-221-5074

 

Molecular Analysis Facility Staff

Research Scientist

Scott Braswell

Research Scientist
website | sbras@uw.edu | 206-685-6774

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

Research Scientist

Micah Glaz

Research Scientist
website | mglaz@uw.edu | 206-685-1592

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

Senior Research Scientist

Dan Graham

Senior Research Scientist
website | djgraham@uw.edu | 206-616-2822

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

Program Manager

Ariah Kidder

Program Manager
website | ariah@uw.edu | 206-685-1229

Research and program administrative management for the Molecular Analysis Facility and the NESAC/BIO P41 center.

Research Scientist

Ellen Lavoie

Research Scientist
website | lavoie@uw.edu | 206-685-6775

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.

Operations Manager

Sharon Li

Operations Manager
website | sharonli@uw.edu | 206-685-1701

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 user agreements and invoices for the Molecular Analysis Facility (MAF).

Financial management, billing, purchasing

Senior Research Scientist

John Sumida

Senior Research Scientist
website | jpsumida@uw.edu | 206-616-3971

John Sumida received his Ph.D. from Arizona State University and completed his post-doctoral work at Boston Biomedical Research Institute.  John has expertise in fluorescence, calorimetry, spr, and analytical ultracentrifugation.  His research interest is in the application of biophysical methods to characterize molecular size, affinity and stability in complex and dilute solutions.

Research Scientist

Samantha Young

Research Scientist
website | samyoung@uw.edu |

Samantha Young received her B.S. in Chemistry from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO in 2012. She then moved to Eugene, OR where she graduated with her PhD in Materials Chemistry from the University of Oregon in 2018. Her dissertation work was focused on controlling the interface between nanoparticles and electrode surfaces in order to create precise electrocatalyst materials. She has a broad range of experience in the synthesis and purification of inorganic nanoparticles and characterization techniques to analyze nanoparticle size, morphology, surface chemistry, and phase. During her time at the University of Oregon, she was also the manager of a small angle x-ray scattering instrument where she worked with academic and industrial users to analyze a variety of nanomaterials. She joined the Molecular Analysis Facility staff in 2019 where she primarily operates and trains users on XRD and XPS instruments.

Primary instruments: XRD and XPS