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Tuesday, February 1st, 2022
9:00am 10:00am
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PhD Thesis Defense

Online Event
Isomer separation of multifunctional atmospheric compounds using gas chromatography and chemical ionization mass spectrometry
Krystal T. Vasquez, Graduate Student, Chemistry, Caltech,
2:30pm 3:30pm
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Caltech/UCLA/USC Joint Analysis Seminar

Online Event
Tidal energy in Newtonian two-body motion
Sohrab Shahshahani, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Massachusetts Amherst,
3:30pm 4:30pm
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Caltech/UCLA/USC Joint Analysis Seminar

Online and In-Person Event
Iterated Cauchy--Schwarz arguments and true complexity
Frederick Manners, Department of Mathematics, UC San Diego,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Chemical Physics Seminar

Online and In-Person Event
Probing Dynamics at Individual Defects with Ultrafast Electron Microscopy
David Flannigan, Associate Professor and L.E. Scriven Chair, DIRECTOR OF UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES FOR MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Minnesota,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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DIX Planetary Science Seminar

Chris Mankovich, Postdoctoral Scholar Research Associate, Geological and Planetary Sciences, California Institute of Technology,
Wednesday, February 2nd, 2022
11:00am 12:00pm
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IQIM Postdoctoral and Graduate Student Seminar

Online Event
A circuit-level protocol and analysis for twist-based lattice surgery
Christopher Chamberland, AWS Center for Quantum Computing,
12:00pm 1:00pm
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Logic Seminar

Online Event
Uniform amenability and uniform hyperfiniteness
Gábor Elek, Mathematics and Statistics, Lancaster University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Astronomy Colloquium

Online Event
Approaching the solar dynamo from unusual angles: M-dwarf stars, polar views, and different dynamo mechanisms
Benjamin Brown, Assistant Professor, Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Caltech Young Investigators Lecture

Online Event
Decarbonizing Ammonia Using Plasma Catalysis and Electrochemical Reduction of Nitrate in Wastewaters
Lea Winter, NEWT Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Materials Science Research Lecture

Controlling interfacial electron and atom transfer reactions for chemical synthesis
Karthish Manthiram, Professor, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Caltech,
Thursday, February 3rd, 2022
11:00am 12:00pm
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Mechanical and Civil Engineering Seminar

Multifunctional Bioinspired Composites
Tommaso Magrini, Postdoctoral Scholar, Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Caltech,
1:00pm 2:00pm
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LIGO Seminar

Search for continuous gravitational waves from 20 accreting millisecond X-ray pulsars in O3 LIGO data
2:00pm 3:30pm
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Quantum Optimal Transport Learning Seminar

Quantum Optimal Transport Learning Seminar
Juan Pablo Vigneaux, Department of Mathematics, Caltech,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Number Theory Seminar

The Ratios Conjecture over function fields
Alexandra Florea, Department of Mathematics, UC Irvine,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Physics Colloquium

Online and In-Person Event
Unveiling the Higgs's secrets to unlock new physics
Caterina Vernieri, SLAC,
Friday, February 4th, 2022
11:00am 12:00pm
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High Energy Theory Seminar

Online and In-Person Event
The O(n) and S_Q Conformal Field Theories in 2 dimensions
Hubert Saleur, University of Southern California,
1:00pm 2:00pm
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CMX Student/Postdoc Seminar

Online Event
Machine Learning for Numerical PDEs: Fast Rate, Scaling Law and Minimax Optimalit
Haoxuan (Steve) Chen, Senior Undergraduate, Computing and Mathematical Sciences, Caltech,
2:00pm 3:00pm
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TAPIR Seminar

Online Event
Models and Observations of High-Redshift Gravitationally Lensed Quasars
Minghao Yue, Graduate Student, Steward Observatory, University of Arizona,
3:00pm 4:00pm
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Are mesoscale effects needed to predict condensed-phase explosive performance?

Online Event
Scott Jackson, Associate Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University,
7:00pm 9:00pm
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Stargazing Lecture

Online Event
Mapping the Universe with Atoms and Molecules that Shine
Guochao Sun, PhD Candidate, Department of Astronomy, Caltech,
  • Public Event
Monday, February 7th, 2022
12:30pm 1:30pm
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Berkeley-Caltech-Stanford Joint Number Theory Seminar

Online Event
Eichler-Shimura relations
Si Ying Lee, Department of Mathematics, Harvard University,
3:00pm 4:00pm
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Special Chemical Physics Seminar

Machine learning at the atomic scale: from structural representations to chemical insight
Michele Ceriotti, Associate Professor, Institute of Materials, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne,
3:30pm 4:30pm
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MedE Ph.D. Defense: Haeri Park Hanania

Online Event
Nanophotonic application to biomedical devices
Haeri Park Hanania, Medical Engineering PhD Student, Medical Engineering, California Institute of Technology,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Algebra and Geometry Seminar

Online Event
Abelian Varieties not Isogenous to Jacobians over global fields
Ananth Shankar, Department of Mathematics, University of Wisconsin, Madison,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Astronomy Tea Talk

Online Event
Evaporative Transmission Spectroscopy at Close-in Exoplanet and Exomoon Systems
Apurva Oza, Jet Propulsion Laboratory/Caltech,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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High Energy Physics Seminar

Online Event
Unlocking the CMS Experiment to Catch Long-lived Particles
Cristian Peña, Fermilab,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Inorganic-Organometallics Seminar

Online Event
Photoinduced Copper-Catalyzed Enantioconvergent Alkylations of Anilines by Racemic TertiaryElectrophiles: Synthesis and Mechanism
Hyungdo Cho, Graduate Student (Fu Research Group), Department of Chemistry, Caltech,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Quantum Matter Seminar

A Post-pandemic Tool for Quantum Materials
Ken Burch, Professor, Boston College,
Tuesday, February 8th, 2022
2:00pm 3:00pm
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Caltech/UCLA/USC Joint Analysis Seminar

Online Event
The time-like minimal surface equation in Minkowski space: low regularity solutions
Mihaela Ifrim, Department of Mathematics, University of Wisconsin, Madison,
3:00pm 4:00pm
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Caltech/UCLA/USC Joint Analysis Seminar

Online and In-Person Event
On projections and circles
Malabika Pramanik, Department of Mathematics, University of British Columbia,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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DIX Planetary Science Seminar

Martin Cordiner, Research Associate, Astrochemistry and Planetary Science, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center,
6:45pm 8:15pm
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Wednesday, February 9th, 2022
11:00am 12:00pm
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IQIM Postdoctoral and Graduate Student Seminar

Online Event
Our experience with tensor network methods in magnetic resonance
Ilya Kuprov, University of Southampton,
12:00pm 1:00pm
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Logic Seminar

Online Event
Measurable combinatorics in hyperfinite graphs
Matthew Bowen, McGill University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Astronomy Colloquium

Online Event
Galaxy Evolution with Space-Based Spectroscopy: From Hubble to JWST and Beyond
Casey Papovich, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, George P. and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics & Astronomy, Texas A&M University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Environmental Science and Engineering Seminar

Supercooling super-droplets: on particle-based modelling of immersion freezing
Sylwester Arabas, UIUC/Jagiellonian University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Materials Science Research Lecture

Reading Between the Reflections: Order, disorder, transport and functionality
Jessica Krogstad, Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Special Chemistry Seminar

Molecular Design of Solids and Surfaces
Dr. Megan Jackson, Department of Chemistry, UC Berkeley,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Ulric B. and Evelyn L. Bray Social Sciences Seminar

Information, Mobile Communication, and Referral Effects
Eleonora Patacchini, Visiting Associate in Economics, Caltech; Stephen and Barbara Friedman Professor of International Political Economy, Cornell University,
5:00pm 6:00pm
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CANCELED: Watson Lecture - Artificial Intelligence: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Online Event
Yaser Abu-Mostafa (PhD '83), Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Division of Engineering and Applied Science, Caltech,
  • Public Event
5:00pm 6:00pm
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Special SIAM Student/Postdoc Seminar

Online and In-Person Event
Novel design and analysis of generalized FEMs based on locally optimal spectral approximations
Chupeng Ma, Postdoctoral Scholar Research Associate, Numerical Analysis and UQ, Heidelberg University,
Thursday, February 10th, 2022
11:00am 12:00pm
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Mechanical and Civil Engineering Seminar

Scaling of Triggered Seismicity and Permeability Evolution in the Subsurface – A Key Need in the Energy Transition
Derek Elsworth, Professor, Departments of Energy and Mineral Engineering and of Geosciences and the Center for Geomechanics, Geofluids, and Geohazards., Penn State,
1:00pm 2:00pm
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LIGO Seminar

Modeling the engines of multi-messenger gravitational wave events
2:30pm 3:30pm
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Special Chemical Engineering Seminar

From Trash to Treasure: Advancing the Heterogeneous Catalytic Deconstruction and Upcycling of Waste Polyolefins
Julie Rorrer, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
3:00pm 4:00pm
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Center for Molecular and Cellular Medicine Seminar

Online Event
"Mechanism of G-Protein Activation by G-Protein-Coupled Receptors and Therapeutics"
Dr. Amirhossein Mafi, Goddard Group, Caltech,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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LA Probability Forum

Characterising the Gaussian free field
Ellen Powell, Durham University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Physics Colloquium

Online and In-Person Event
Neutrino and Dark Radiation Properties from Cosmic Datasets
Marilena Loverde, University of Washington,
5:00pm 6:00pm
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LA Probability Forum

Combinatorial atlas for log-concave inequalities
Swee Hong Chan, Department of Mathematics, UCLA,
6:00pm 7:00pm
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LA Probability Forum

Entropic Repulsion of 3D Ising Interfaces
Reza Gheissari, Department of Statistics, UC Berkeley,
Friday, February 11th, 2022
11:00am 12:00pm
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High Energy Theory Seminar

Online and In-Person Event
Josephine Suh, KITP, UC Santa Barbara,
11:00am 12:00pm
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IQIM Postdoctoral and Graduate Student Seminar

Online Event
Quantum Approximate Optimization Algorithm: MaxCut, Spin Glass, and Beyond
Leo Zhou, Dubridge Postdoctoral Scholar, Preskill Group,
12:00pm 1:00pm
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Special Chemical Biology Seminar

Substrate-Selective Control of Insulin-Degrading Enzyme Reveals the Untapped Enzymology of Exosite Inhibition
Dr. Juan Pablo Maianti, Co-founder, Exo Therapeutics, Harvard University,
2:00pm 3:00pm
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TAPIR Seminar

Online Event
Binary Evolution: a Multi-messenger, Multi-band Puzzle
Katelyn Breivik, Flatiron Research Fellow, Gravitational Wave Astronomy, CCA, Flatiron Institute,
3:00pm 4:00pm
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Geometry and Topology Seminar

Waists, widths and symplectic embeddings
Jonathan Zhu, Mathematics Department, Princeton University,
3:00pm 4:00pm
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Shallow cumulus convection large-eddy simulations and Galilean invariance

Online Event
Georgios Matheou, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Connecticut,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Inorganic-Electrochemistry Seminar

Electrochemical CO2 Capture, Concentration, and Conversion
Jenny Y. Yang, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Irvine,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Inorganic-Organometallics Seminar

Online and In-Person Event
Anna Scott, Graduate Student (Agapie Research Group), Chemistry, Caltech,
Monday, February 14th, 2022
9:00am 10:00am
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Environmental Science and Engineering Seminar

Beyond the Omics Crystal ball: Integrating Omics approaches to study ecosystem functions
Smruthi Karthikeyan, UC San Diego,
12:30pm 1:30pm
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Berkeley-Caltech-Stanford Joint Number Theory Seminar

Online Event
Crystalline local systems
Yong Suk Moon, Department of Mathematics, University of Arizona,
12:30pm 1:30pm
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INQNET Seminar

Online Event
Efficient, problem-tailored variational quantum algorithms
Sophia Economou, Professor, Department of Physics, Virginia Tech,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Algebra and Geometry Seminar

Online Event
Varieties of general type with doubly exponential asymptotics
Chengxi Wang, Mathematics Department, UCLA,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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High Energy Physics Seminar

Online and In-Person Event
Conformal Colliders Meet the LHC
Ian Moult, Conformal Colliders Meet the LHC, Yale University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Inorganic-Organometallics Seminar

Online Event
"Phthalocyanine Oligomers as Slurry-State Electrolytes for Non-Aqueous Redox Flow Batteries and Ligand Field Spectroscopy of Chiral Nickel Halide Complexes"
Brandon McNicholas, Postdoctoral Scholar (Hadt Research Group), Department of Chemistry, Caltech,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Quantum Matter Seminar

Quasi-Periodic Topological Bulk-Bulk Correspondence and the Dry Ten Martini Problem
Dan Borgnia, Physics: Quantum Condensed Matter, Harvard University,
Tuesday, February 15th, 2022
12:00pm 1:00pm
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Machine Learning & Scientific Computing Series

Online Event
Optimal Langevin Samplers
Greg Pavliotis, Professor of Applied Mathematics, Department of Mathematics, Imperial College London,
12:00pm 1:00pm
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Special Chemical Biology Seminar

Environment-Sensitive Probes for Point-of-Care Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases
Dr. Mireille Kamariza, Junior Research Fellow, Division of Chemistry, Harvard University,
3:00pm 4:00pm
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Discrete Analysis Seminar

Structural Szemerédi-Trotter Results
Olivine Silier, Caltech,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Chemical Physics Seminar

Online and In-Person Event
Precision Synthesis of Quantum Material Building Blocks
Thomas J. Kempa, Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science and Engineering, Chemistry and Materials Science and Engineering, Johns Hopkins University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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DIX Planetary Science Seminar

Jason Williams, Postdoctoral Fellow, Earth and Planets Laboratory, Carnegie Institution for Science,
Wednesday, February 16th, 2022
9:00am 10:00am
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Environmental Science and Engineering Seminar

Dynamics and Impacts of Changing Climate Hazards: From quantitative approaches to process understanding
Frances Davenport, Stanford University,
12:00pm 1:00pm
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CMX Lunch Seminar

Online and In-Person Event
Different Differences
Ron Buckmire, Associate Dean for Curricular Affairs; Professor, Mathematics, Department of Mathematics, Occidental College,
12:00pm 1:00pm
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Logic Seminar

Online Event
Orbit equivalences of multidimensional Borel flows
Konstantin Slutsky, Department of Mathematics, Iowa State University,
3:30pm 4:30pm
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CDS Special Seminar

Online Event
From Robust Control to Robust Machine and Reinforcement Learning: A Unifying Theory via Performance and Risk Tradeoff
Dr. John S. Baras, Distinguished University Professor and Endowed Lockheed Martin Chair in Systems Engineering, Institute for Systems Research, University of Maryland,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Astronomy Colloquium

Online Event
Stress-Testing the Cold Dark Matter Paradigm
Priyamvada (Priya) Natarajan, Professor of Astronomy, Department of Astronomy and Physics, Yale University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Environmental Science and Engineering Seminar

Studying climate through a spectral lens
Xianglei Huang, University of Michigan,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Materials Science Research Lecture

Online Event
Novel Indexing Approaches for Electron Back-Scattered Diffraction: Using the Complete Pattern
Marc de Graef, Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Organic Chemistry Seminar

Catalyst Development & Kinetic Investigation of ATRA Reactions: Integrating Undergraduate Research and Chemical Education
Kayode Oshin, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Director, CAS Haddix STEM Corridor Program, Creighton University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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PhD Thesis Defense

Non-Native Chemistry of Metalloenzymes
Nathaniel Goldberg, Graduate Student, Chemistry, Caltech,