Recipients of the Irving S. Sigal Postdoctoral Fellowship

(1996 - 2012)

Dr. Paul S. Cremer (1996-1998 Sigal Fellow) – Sigal Fellow at Stanford University (with Professor Steven G. Boxer). Fellowship Topic: Investigation and Manipulation of Supported Lipid Bilayers and Model Membranes by Integrated Microelectronic Components Created with Nanolithography.

Currently, Dr. Cremer is Professor and the Arthur E. Martell Chair of Chemistry at Texas A&M University, and Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS). Dr. Cremer’s laboratory does interdisciplinary research on the physical, analytical, and biological chemistry of interfaces.

Dr. Danith H. Ly (1998-2000 Sigal Fellow) – Sigal Fellow at University of California, Berkeley and The Scripps Research Institute (with Professor Peter G. Schultz). Fellowship Topic: A New Strategy for the Design and Synthesis of Artificial Proteins and Enzymes Based on Peptide Nucleic Acid (PNA) Recognition: Development of Artificial Restriction Enzymes.

Currently, Dr. Ly is Associate Professor of Chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Ly is working on the development of molecular tools and reagents to regulate gene expression and probe protein localization and dynamics in cells and intact organisms.

Dr. Sarah E. O’Connor (2000-2002 Sigal Fellow) – Sigal Fellow at Harvard Medical School (with Professor Christopher Walsh). Fellowship Topic: Characterization of the EpoA Subunit of the Epothilone Synthetase Complex: Biosynthesis of a Potent Anti-Cancer Agent.

Currently, Dr. O’Connor is a Project Leader at the John Innes Centre and a Professor of Chemistry at the University of East Anglia. Dr. O’Connor is working on plant natural product biosynthesis.

Dr. Hendrik Luesch (2002-2004 Sigal Fellow) – Sigal Fellow at The Scripps Research Institute (with Professor Peter G. Schultz). Fellowship Topic: Elucidation of the Mechanism of Action of Aoratoxin A, a Cytotoxic Marine Natural Product.

Currently, Dr. Luesch is Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Florida. Dr. Luesch’s research combines natural products chemistry with high-throughput screening and chemical genomics, to characterize potential drugs and molecular drug targets for disease processes, especially cancer and neurological disorders.

Dr. Matthew G. Woll (2004-2006 Sigal Fellow) – Sigal Fellow at Harvard University (with Professor Eric N. Jacobsen). Fellowship Topic: A New Strategy to Asymmetrically Open Aziridines with a Heterobimetallic Catalyst.

Currently, Dr. Woll is a Senior Scientist at a small pharmaceutical company, PTC Therapeutics, in South Plainfield, NJ. Dr. Woll is working on a treatment for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA).

Dr. Shanlin Pan (2006-2008 Sigal Fellow) – Sigal Fellow at The University of Texas at Austin (with Professor Allen J. Bard). Fellowship Topic: Photoluminescence Enhancement by Surface Plasmon Resonance of Metallic Nanostructures and Its Applications.

Currently, Dr. Pan is Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of Alabama. Dr. Pan’s present research areas include single molecule spectroelectrochemistry, organic photovoltaic and electrochemistry of nano-materials.

Dr. John Hoerter (2008-2010 Sigal Fellow) – Sigal Fellow at The Scripps Research Institute (with Professor Nicholas Gascoigne). Fellowship Topic: Dynamics, Degredation, and Chemical Modification of Non-Coding RNA.

Currently, Dr. Hoerter is a Research Fellow in the Laboratory of Professor Nicholas Gascoigne, Department of Immunology and Microbial Science at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA. Dr. Hoerter is continuing the research that was supported by the Sigal Fellowship, the study of intermolecular interactions at the immunologic synapse.

Dr. Samuel J. Lord (2010-2012 Sigal Fellow) – Sigal Fellow at University of California, San Francisco, CA. Fellowship Topic: Using supported lipid bilayers to investigate the physical underpinning of signaling in cells.

Currently, Dr. Lord is a postdoctoral fellow in the Dyche Mullins' Laboratory at the University of California in San Francisco, CA. Dr. Lord is continuing the research that was supported by the Sigal Fellowship, using fluorescence microscopy and supported lipid bilayers as tools to study how the spatial organization of biomolecules and mechanical forces within and between cells influence cell-cell signaling.