YSIG Spotlight Series

The YSIG will be hosting a series of virtual sessions spotlighting a young scientist in the community. Each speaker will share their research and take questions from the audience. The goal of these events is to provide an opportunity for YSIG members to share knowledge, experiences, and ideas. 

The YSIG invites young members with careers in structural science, to participate and share their work with the broader structural science community.  The YSIG will be accepting suggestions for speakers and topics soon.  Speaker nominations can be made by a person or organization acquainted with the nominees work but self nominations are also accepted.  Please forward suggestions and nominations to the YSIG leadership:    

CHAIR 2022: Kenneth Childers
CHAIR-ELECT 2022/CHAIR 2023: Alexander Erickson
SECRETARY-TREASURER 2021-2022: Kristofer Gonzalez-DeWhitt


YSIG Spotlight Series No.: 1 
Wednesday, September 28, 1:00 pm ET
Nathaniel Barker
Northwestern University

Nathaniel (Nate) Barker attended Wheeling Jesuit University where he obtained a B.S. in Chemistry. His studies then took him to the University of Cincinnati working under Dr. William Connick and Dr. Peng Zhang. He focused on developing and characterizing Platinum-based vapochromic sensors and investigating polymorphic platinum salts via X-ray Crystallography.

After completing his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry (2021), he started his current position at Northwestern University as a postdoctoral fellow at the Integrated Molecular Structure Education and Research Center (IMSERC). At IMSERC he assists in daily operations, specialty experiments, and training of users for X-ray diffraction experiments, as well as thermal analysis, X-ray fluorescence, polarimetry, and FT-IR experiments.


Jadon Blount 
Western Washington University 

Jadon Blount is a recent graduate of Western Washington University who is pursuing a career in computational biochemistry and is currently spending a post-bachelor year in Dr. Jeanine Amacher's lab studying sortase enzymes using computational molecular modeling tools. By utilizing computational structural modeling, Jadon is able to discover and characterize unique mechanisms and interactions that often remain elusive in conventional chemistry and structural biology.