Simonich HeadshotStaci L. Simonich, Ph.D. – Principal Investigator

Dr. Staci L. Simonich is a Professor in the Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology and Department of Chemistry.  She currently also serves as the Associate Vice President for Research Operations and Integrity at OSU.  Dr. Simonich obtained her Ph.D. in chemistry from Indiana University in 1995 and worked at Procter & Gamble until 2001.  She is the recipient of numerous awards, including  received the Roy F. Weston Environmental Chemistry Award, the NSF Career Award, OSU’s Impact Award for Scholarship, and OSU’s Excellence in Graduate Mentoring Award.  She has published in multiple journals including in Science, Nature, Environmental Science & Technology, Environmental Health Perspectives, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

 

Jason Schindler, M.A. – Faculty Research Assistant

I am the new Faculty Research Assistant and Lab Manager for the Staci Simonich Lab. I received my HBS in chemistry at OSU and spent many years as an analytical chemist at Sarepta Therapeutics as well as in OSU’s Wood Science and Engineering wood preservative and environmental research lab. I recently completed an MA in Environmental Arts & Humanities at OSU studying the philosophy of science and the environment and a Graduate Teaching Certificate in College and University Teaching. I lived abroad for several years in Japan and also regularly practice Aikido, play a variety of tabletop games, organize community social dance, and enjoy Oregon’s wonderful ecologies.

 

Justin Rewerts – Ph.D. candidate
I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, WA.  Throughout my undergraduate career, I focused primarily on synthetic organic chemistry. This led to his participation in the National Science Foundation funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) program where I worked on developing a viable synthetic route towards hepatotoxic alkaloids found in poison dart frogs under the direction of Dr. Jeff Aubé at the University in Kansas.  I then shifted focus in my first year at OSU and joined the Simonich lab in the summer of 2015, where I enjoy a shared mentor-ship between both Dr. Staci Simonich and Dr. Jennifer Field.  I am studying the presence of volatile polyfluorinated alkyl substances in consumer products. Outside of the lab, I enjoy dance fitness, cooking, music, traveling, swimming, and learning foreign languages.

 

Bethany Parker – Ph.D. candidate

 

Jackson Wiley – Senior

 

Lauren Lewis – Junior

 

Emma Weeks – Junior

 

Ivan A. Titaley, Ph.D. – Postdoctoral Scholar

 My project concerns the analysis of polar and non-polar volatile PFASs in the gas phase at landfill sites.  I graduated with B.A. in chemistry with minor in sustainability and environmental studies from Berea College in Berea, Ky in 2013 after previously finishing high school in Central Java, Indonesia.  I obtained my Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry in 2017 from OSU where I was a member of the Simonich Lab.  My dissertation concerns the prediction and measurement of PAHs and their transformation products in the environment.  Outside the lab I enjoy watching basketball and soccer, listening to classical music, and cooking.

 


Previous graduate student members of the Simonich Lab


Previous undergraduate student members of the Simonich Lab

  • Amy Kutnerian – Department of Chemistry
  • Yunyun Yan – visiting student from Peking University
  • Jing Liu – visiting student from Peking University
  • Elizabeth Thorley – Department of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering
  • Taylor Norman – Undergraduate student
  • Dan Wang – visiting student from Peking University
  • Shelby Paulson – Department of Chemistry
  • Kevin Kovalchik – Department of Chemistry, received his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia
  • Brittany Breshears – Department of Chemistry
  • Julie Denham – Department of Chemistry, now a Research Scientist at Treehouse Hemp
  • Jessica Murray – Department of Chemistry
  • Rachel Huber – Department of Chemistry, now a Scientist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Dan Koch – Department of Biochemistry
  • Rebecca McElroy – Department of Chemistry
  • Lisa Deskin – Department of Bioresources
  • Eli Moore – Department of Chemistry, now a Professor at Rowan University
  • Brooke Hoisington – Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology
  • Susie Genualdi – Department of Chemistry, now a Chemist at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration


Previous postdoc and visiting scientist members of the Simonich Lab

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