Michelle Capes earned her . in Physiology in 2010 and was an AHA-funded postdoctoral fellow until 2013, when she transitioned into a private sector role as a scientific recruiter. As such, she has a unique perspective on the challenges facing academicians looking to transition into industry–both from the side of the job hunter, and as a recruiter trying to match candidates’ skill sets with available industry positions. Michelle has now ventured out on her own to found Adeptify , the brain-child of her dual passions for career advice and freelance writing
“Computational Investigations of Oxygen-Containing Donor-Acceptor Complexes Involving Sulfur Dioxide or Sulfur Trioxide” George Van Den Driessche received his Bachelors of Science degree from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, MI, where he majored in Chemistry and Mathematics. While at Aquinas, George gained valuable experience with experimental lab techniques through internships with NeurOp Inc. and Amway while also conducting a senior research project with Dr. Jonathan Fritz. When he began to pursue his Master’s in Chemistry at Illinois State University (ISU), George transitioned from experimental chemistry into the field of Theoretical Chemistry by joining Dr. Jean M. Standard’s lab. Working in the Standard Lab, George studied the formation of donor-acceptor complexes between Oxygen-containing donors and Sulfur-containing acceptors using density functional theory to aid the development of new sulfur dioxide removing technologies from flue gas. While at Illinois State, George received an Outstanding Poster Award from the Journal of Physical Chemistry at the 46 th annual Midwestern Theoretical Chemistry Conference (MWTCC) in 2014. He was also a very active member in the Illinois State American Chemical Society (ACS) chapter serving as secretary and treasurer. After completing his Master’s degree, George moved to Raleigh, NC, to pursue his Ph. D. in Chemistry at North Carolina State University (NCSU). At North Carolina State, George once again experienced a transition in fields as he moved from the field of quantum chemistry into the field of cheminformatics under the mentorship of Prof. Denis Fourches. As a member of the Fourches Lab, he is working on the development of computer models to forecast a drug’s likelihood of inducing adverse drug reactions (ADR). Those models compute a drug’s ability to bind the human leukocyte antigen (HLA) immune-receptor protein family. Currently at NCSU, George already has one publication in the Journal of Cheminformatics and was also a recipient of the ACS CINF Scholarship in Excellence at the Fall ACS meeting in 2016. Upon completion of his Ph. D. George plans on pursuing a career in industry with a pharmaceutical company. When George manages to get out of the lab he enjoys mountain biking, hiking, and camping with his wife, Michelle, and dog, Athena.