Recognizing excellence in molecular engineering

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MolES Director Pat Stayton and MolES Education Director Alshakim Nelson stand with 2022 Distinguished Dissertation awardees Will Chen and Ted Cohen.

The MolE alumni community continues to grow, with an additional nine students graduating in the 2021-2022 academic year. This year, in recognition of their exemplary scholarship, we presented graduates Will Chen and Ted Cohen with our inaugural Distinguished Dissertation Award in Molecular Engineering.

"Ted’s thesis spans a broad and interdisciplinary range of frontier topics," said chemistry professor Daniel Gamelin, one of Ted's three advisors. "His Ph.D. work has stimulated the formation of several strong new collaborations across departments and across colleges at UW, and it launched a new sub-field of materials research concerned with high-resolution nanocrystal printing that is unrivaled in this research community."

“[Will's] research contributions, from Lindel to Prime-Del to ENGRAM, are both individually and collectively phenomenal," said Will's advisor Jay Shendure, a professor of genomics at the UW. "Lindel is now broadly used for predicting CRISPR/Cas9 editing patterns. Prime-Del has transformational potential for how precision will be achieved in genome editing, including in the clinic. ENGRAM stands to revolutionize how we capture biological information from dynamic systems.”

Congratulations to this year's award winners and to all of our graduates! Read about their Ph.D. research by clicking on the graduate’s name below.