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Guest speakers

Dr. Andrei K. Yudin

Professor, Department of Chemistry
University of Toronto
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Bio

Andrei K. Yudin received his undergraduate degree at the Moscow State University in 1992. He subsequently worked in the laboratories of G. K. S. Prakash and George A. Olah at USC, where he received his PhD in 1996. Following postdoctoral training in the laboratory of K. Barry Sharpless at the Scripps Research Institute, Professor Yudin started his independent career at the University of Toronto in 1998. He became an associate professor in 2002, which was followed by promotion to the rank of a full professor in 2007. Since January 2015, Professor Yudin has served as the Chair of the Board for Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry (a publication of the Royal Society of Chemistry, U.K.). He is an internationally renowned scholar who has created new molecules that serve as powerful tools used for chemical synthesis. Professor Yudin’s concept of “forced orthogonality” has enabled the development of entirely new classes of compounds, previously thought to be too unstable to be used as practical reagents. Professor Yudin has also been active in translating these fundamental discoveries into applications that impact the fields of chemistry, biology and medicine. Professor Yudin has been recognized with a number of awards. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.


Dr. Ka Yee C. Lee

Professor, Department of Chemistry
University of Chicago
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Bio

Ka Yee C. Lee, Professor of the University of Chicago Chemistry Department, the James Franck Institute, Institute for Biophysical Dynamics and the College, also serves as the Senior Associate Vice President for Research. She leads efforts in the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research, Innovation and National Laboratories to support research program development across campus, incorporating the combined research strengths of Argonne, Fermilab and the Marine Biological Laboratory.  She currently serves as the Chair of the Faculty Advisory Committee of the UChicago Center in Hong Kong. Her research interests are in the area of biophysics, and her laboratory is engaged in several projects, examining the differential recognition of phosphatidylserine by immnoreceptors, the membrane sealing capabilities of poloxamers, the targeting selectivity of antimicrobial peptides, the role of cholesterol in lipid ordering in membrane (lipid rafts), the interactions of lung surfactant peptides and lipids, and biomimetic materials. She was a Searle Scholar, a Packard Fellow and a Sloan Research Fellow. Ka Yee obtained her Sc.B. in Electrical Engineering from Brown University, her M.S. and Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Harvard University. 


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