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Congratulations to COBRE-PSF Faculty Researchers Promoted in Spring 2011

Friday, April 1, 2011

Four current and graduated COBRE faculty researchers were among those for whom the Kansas Board of Regents approved promotions and appointments of tenure at Kansas universities in April 2011.

Desaire photoHeather Desaire has been promoted to full professor in The University of Kansas Department of Chemistry. Desaire received her bachelor of arts in 1997 from Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA, and her Ph.D. in 2001 from the University of California-Berkeley, Berkeley, CA. She was an associate scientist with Quintiles Inc., in Kansas City, MO before accepting the post of assistant professor of chemistry at The University of Kansas in 2002. Desaire became a research investigator with the COBRE in Protein Structure and Function (COBRE-PSF) at KU that same year. She became a member of the COBRE-PSF Internal Advisory Committee in 2005. Desaire won the American Society for Mass Spectrometry's research award for new faculty for her work on how HIV hides from the human immune system in 2006. She was promoted to associate professor at KU in 2007. She received a Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence in 2009.

De Guzman photoRoberto De Guzman has been promoted to associate professor in molecular biosciences at The University of Kansas. De Guzman received his bachelor of science in chemistry at University of the Philippines, Quezon City, Philippines in 1987; an M.S. in chemistry at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT in 1994 and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) in 1998. In 2005 he completed a postdoctoral position focusing on NMR structural biology at the Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA. He then joined The University of Kansas as an assistant professor in molecular biosciences and became a research investigator with the COBRE in Protein Structure and Function. De Guzman also was a pilot project director with the COBRE-PSF from 2008-2010.

Holyoak photoTodd Holyoak has been promoted to associate professor in biochemistry and molecular biology at The University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, KS. Holyoak received his bachelor of science in biochemistry at the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada in 1994 and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, in 2000. In 2004 he completed a postdoctoral position in biochemistry at Brandeis University, Waltham, MA. He then joined The University of Kansas Medical Center as an assistant professor in 2004. He has been a research investigator with the COBRE in Protein Structure and Function since 2008.

Im photoWonpil Im has been promoted to associate professor in molecular biosciences at The University of Kansas. Im received his doctorate in biochemistry from Cornell University in 2002 and his master's and bachelor's degrees in chemistry from Hanyang University in Seoul, Korea. In 2005 he completed a postdoctoral position focusing on biophysics at the Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA. Im then joined The University of Kansas as an assistant professor in molecular biosciences and became a pilot project director with the COBRE in Protein Structure and Function from 2008-2010. He was a recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan fellowship in 2007. Im was selected in 2011 as a recipient of the Hewlett-Packard Outstanding Junior Faculty Award at the American Chemical Society national annual meeting.