Faculty Members, Alumni, and Students Receive Awards

We proudly recognize faculty, staff, students and alumni who recently garnered major honors, awards and promotions.


Osvaldo Guttierez, 2019 CMNS Board of Visitors Junior Faculty Award
Dolores Jackson, 2019 President’s Distinguished Service Award
Chris Jarzynski, 2019 Sommerfeld Lecturer (Ludwig Maximilians University, Germany)
Jason Kahn, Associate Editor, Biophysical Journal
Peter Nemes, Associate Editor, Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
Chunsheng Wang, 2019 Highly Cited Researcher, Web of Science
Lai-Xi Wang, 2019 American Chemical Society Fellow
Yuhuang Wang, 2019 Kirwan Faculty Research and Scholarship Prize


Stephanie Gnewuch, American Crystallography Association Pauling Poster Prize Winner
Courtney Grimes, NOBCChE Travel Award
Darnell Harris, NIST-UMD Milligan Graduate Fellowship
Jie Li, Washington Chromatography Discussion Group Guiochon Student Award and COSMOS Club Foundation 2019 Fellowship Award
Erika Potrero, Tomas Hirschfeld Scholar Award and American Society for Mass Spectrometry 2019 Travel Award


Lucas Barbieri, American Chemical Society Hach Award
Nipun Kottage, 2020 Rhodes Scholarship Finalist
Wilkins Michelle Njigna Njinguet, American Chemical Society Hach Award
William Ryba, American Chemical Society Hach Professional Development Award
Maya Silver-Isenstadt, CMNS December 2019 Commencement Student Speaker
Luz Maria Villanueva, American Chemical Society Scholar


Susan Gregurick (Ph.D. ’95, chemistry) was named Associate Director of Data Science at the National Institutes of Health
Maulik Majmudar, M.D. (B.S. ’99, biochemistry) was named Amazon’s Chief Medical Officer
Tobin Marks (B.S. ’66, chemistry) was elected to the European Academy of Sciences
John Dirk Nies (Ph.D. ’78, chemistry) authored a new book titled “Floriescence: Foundations for Human Flourishing on a Thriving Planet”
Merdad Parsey, M.D. (B.S. ’85, biochemistry) was named Gilead Chief Medical Officer
Emily Weinert (Ph.D. ’06, chemistry) joined the faculty of Penn State’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


We’d love to hear from you! If you recently received an award or landed a new job, please send a brief description to chem-news@umd.edu so that we can share the great things you’re doing with our community. 

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