This unique free lecture series showcases local and regional chemists from academia, industry and the private sector and invite them to share their unique journeys and detail how they arrived at where they are today.

The New Jersey Younger Chemists Committee held our first installment in the Evolution of a Scientist lecture series at Rutgers University on November 10, 2011.

Our inaugural speaker was Dr. Amber Charlebois, an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Amber shared her adventures to Professorhood thru both industry and academia and gave us glimpses into the challenges she experienced and rewarding moments. She offered advice on many topics including who and how to ask for recommendation letters and the importance of building a good professional network.

Her current areas of research include nucleic acid visualization, honey bee pheromone synthesis and quantitation, HPLC analysis of protein structure, synthesis of potential biomarker for childhood autism, and chemical education. In addition, Professor Charlebois is chair-elect of the North Jersey Section of the ACS.