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Eva Harth

Principal Investigator

Eva studied chemistry at the University of Bonn, Germany and the University of Zurich, Switzerland. She obtained her PhD in 1998 from the MPI for Polymer Research in Mainz. A postdoctoral fellowship with CPIMA (NSF-Center for Polymer Interfaces and Macromolecular Assemblies) brought her to the IBM Almaden Research Center, California USA, focusing on the development of new living free polymerization techniques and approaches to nanoscopic materials. In 2001, she joined XenoPort, Inc. as a Staff Scientist and started 2004 at Vanderbilt University as Assistant Professor with a primary appointment in the Department of Chemistry and a secondary appointment in the Department of Pharmacology, VUMC. In 2007, she was awarded with the NSF CAREER Award. In 2011, she was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure and served three years as the Director and DGS of the Interdisciplinary Materials Science Graduate Program (IMS). Starting in the Fall 2017, she moved to the University of Houston where she is appointed as Full Professor with tenure in the Department of Chemistry and serves as the Director of the Center of Excellence in Polymer Chemistry, funded by the Welch Foundation and the University of Houston. Since 2009 she serves as an Associate Editor for Polymer Chemistry, a journal of the RSC.

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Inquiries about the vision of the Center of Excellence in Polymer Chemistry, please address directly to Eva Harth: harth@uh.edu

The center intents to develop strong collaborations with local industry and academia and please feel welcome to contact me.

Team – We are seeking to expand our team with postdoctoral associates and graduate students – please contact us

Dain Beezer

Dain Beezer

Postdoctoral Scolar

Dain received a B.S. degree from Fisk University, Nashville, TN in 2012 and after transferring to Vanderbilt, he graduated with a M.S. degree in organic chemistry (Johnston group) in 2013. His research is focused on polyglycidol polymerization, modifications of macromolecular structures and hydrogels. He defended his PhD. thesis in August 2017 and will continue to work in the Harth group as postdoctoral researcher and prepare himself towards an academic career in his native Jamaica.

Michael Marin

Michael Marin

Graduate Student

Michael Marin transferred from the Virginia Commonwealth University, Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering to the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department at Vanderbilt and started his work on Nanofabrication in 2015 in the Harth group. At UH he is finishing his practical work towards his degree in Chemical Engineering.

Anthony Keyes

Anthony Keyes

Graduate Student

Anthony received his Bachelors of Science at Jackson State University, and went on to obtain his Master in Materials Science (June 2017) at the University of Bordeaux, LCPO working with Olivier Sandre. Anthony has received the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to fund his PhD in Polymer Chemistry. He is working in the Harth group to develop new “natural” polymers that have yet to be explored.

Laken Williams

Laken Williams

Graduate Student

Laken graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2015 and started in the Fall of 2015 in the Harth group. Her research explores the synthesis of dual drug delivery systems and hydrogels. She is the recipient of the NSF Graduate Fellowship and will continue her practical work on nanomaterials at UH.

Jacob "Jake" Lockhart

Jacob "Jake" Lockhart

Graduate Student

Jake graduated in 2010 from Vanderbilt, and after working for Eli Lilly and Company, he came back to Vanderbilt to pursue a graduate career and joined the Harth group in February of 2014. His research interests are the development of novel drug delivery systems and biosensors. He conducted a seven month internship at Exxon (June -December 2015). He remains at the Vanderbilt campus, scheduled to complete his graduate degree at the end of Fall 2017.

Michael Lampley

Michael Lampley

Graduate Student

Before starting at Vanderbilt, Michael graduated with a B.S. degree "summa cum laude", from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) in 2014. His work is focused on light initiated polymerization techniques and macromolecular structure design. He is continuing his practical work at UH.

Breyinn Loftin

Breyinn Loftin

Graduate Student

Breyinn is a native of Winston-Salem, NC. She graduated from Hampton University (Virginia) in 2016 earning a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry with a minor in nanoscience. She joined the Harth group in Spring 2017 with research interests in the synthesis of novel polymer networks and hydrogels. She is now continuing her graduate career at UH.

Postdoctoral Associate

Postdoctoral Associate

Two postdoctoral positions are now available at the University of Houston’s Center of Excellence in Polymer Chemistry in the lab of Eva Harth. The ideal time-frame for this position is a minimum of two years (three years max). The newly established center is seeking competitive applicants with a strong background in synthetic polymer chemistry in areas that include either fundamental polymer synthesis, polymer network chemistry, sustainable materials or nano-biomaterials. Applicants must have excellent communication and writing skills for this position and be fully committed to the field of Polymer Chemistry. Applicants are also expected to work collaboratively with a team, possess high levels of social and emotional maturity, and act as mentors in the field of Polymer Chemistry. Applicants must have already finished and corrected thesis/papers with previous advisor. In order to apply please submit three letters of recommendation, an up-to-date CV, and a one-page statement of interest. Please send all materials or any questions to harth@uh.edu. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Enkhjargal "Enja" Tsogtgerel

Enkhjargal "Enja" Tsogtgerel

Graduate Student

I’m originally from Mongolia and I’ve graduated from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 2016 with B.S in chemistry with Magna Cum Laude and worked on natural product synthesis projects. Started at UH August 2017 to pursue my PhD degree in Physical Chemistry and joined the Harth Lab in September. In my free time I like to cook or explore restaurants in Houston

Undergraduate Students and REU Summer Students

Past Undergraduate Students

  • Fiona Denham (Honors Thesis)
  • Evan Kravitz
  • Ariel Kravitz
  • Vasanth Sathiakumar (Honors Thesis and Pearson Award Recipient 2013
  • Julian Greenbaum
  • Tyler Terrill
  • Brian McGrath
  • Joanne Chou
  • Harry Watson
  • Ray Wang
  • Julian Waksal
  • Sicheng Ma
  • Chris Gross
  • Mark Philipson
  • Philip Goldberg
  • Jesse Fenton
  • Anisse Chaker

Alumni

Artez Sims, PhD.

Artez Sims, PhD.

Defended in May 2013. Current position: Instructor at Southwest Georgia Technical College and Educator at Thomasville City Schools

Teresa Croce, PhD.

Teresa Croce, PhD.

Defended in July 2009: current position: CSO (Chief Food Safety Officer) at the FDA.

Sharon K. Hamilton, PhD.

Sharon K. Hamilton, PhD.

Defended in July 2009: Current position: Assistant Professor at Delta State University, MS

Chinessa T. Adkins, PhD.

Chinessa T. Adkins, PhD.

Defended in August 2009: Current position: Patent Examiner at USPO

Alice van der Ende , PhD.

Alice van der Ende , PhD.

Defended in 2010. Current Position: Manager at DuPont

Julia Meyer, M.S.

Julia Meyer, M.S.

M.S. 2009 and RA in Harth group from 2009-2011. Education Coordinator/Consultant, Vanderbilt University and worked as Middle school teacher in Nashville.

Kelly Gilmore, PhD.

Kelly Gilmore, PhD.

Kelly graduated from Vanderbilt in July 2017 and is a Principal Scientist at Eco Labs, St. Paul, MN.

David Stevens, PhD.

David Stevens, PhD.

David graduated in 2014 and is currently a Senior Scientist at the NCI Nanotechnology Characterization Laboratory (NIH/NCI) in Fredrick, Washington DC working on Nano-formulation technologies.

Benjamin Spears, PhD.

Benjamin Spears, PhD.

Ben graduated in 2015 and is now a Senior Research Scientist at SeLux Diagnostics, Inc. in Boston, MA working in Nano Particle Development.

Guangzhao Li, PhD.

Postdoctoral Scholar

Dr. Guangzhao Li was a postdoctoral scholar in the Harth group from 2012-2015 and went back to China where he is now an Associate Professor.

Fanny Joubert, PhD.

Postdoctoral Scholar

Dr. Fanny Joubert was a postdoctoral scholar from January 2015 - January 2016 and went back to France.