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The National Organizing Board is composed of graduate students and postdocs who are committed to ADSE’s mission. Members usually began their service in leadership roles at local to ADSE chapters, and then choose to continue working towards our organization's goals at a broader scale. The main responsibility of the National Organizing Board is to address ADSE’s objectives through efforts that impact all local chapters and members. Such efforts include organizing conferences that members throughout the country can attend, maintaining relations with local chapters, providing assistance to local chapters, and updating ADSE’s website and social media accounts. The National Organizing Board acts as an intermediary between the local chapters and members and the Board of Directors, putting their ideas into action.


    Arman Garcia

    Chairman of the Board

    Arman received his B.S. in Biochemistry in 2017. Shortly after he attended California State Los Angeles (Cal State LA) where performed research under the guidance of Dr. Matthias Selke. In 2019 Arman earned his M.S. in Chemistry for his work on cadmium-sulfur cluster and singlet oxygen. Arman is currently a Ph.D. candidate at University of Oregon in the Pluth group with a focus on host-guest complexes and reactive sulfur species. Arman attended the first Young Researchers Conference (2016) as an undergraduate research and co-found the UO ADSE chapter in 2020. In his free time he enjoys taking pictures of his cat.

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    The executive board is comprised of STEM professionals who share a vision of connecting scientists of all backgrounds and interests. ADSE executive board positions will be open to previous leaders of local chapters. 


      Steven Lopez, Ph.D.

      Chairman of the Board

      Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology

      Northeastern University

      Steven is an ADSE co-founder and the current Chair of the Board of Directors of ADSE. He received his B.S. in Chemistry in 2010 from New York University and his PhD in organic chemistry in 2015 from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is currently an assistant professor of chemistry at Northeastern University and the faculty advisor for the ADSE@NU chapter.


      The Lopez lab focuses on computational organic photochemistry and materials chemistry. His group is funded by the Office of Naval Research on a $500,000 Multi University Research Initiative (MURI) grant, National Science Foundation ($600,000) to use computational chemistry and machine learning techniques to design catalysts for organic photoredox reactions, and the Massachusetts Life Science Foundation ($750,000) to identify non-invasive alternatives to chemotherapy for site-specific cancer treatments.

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