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SQI: Simpson Querry Institute

Staff

Samuel I. Stupp

Samuel I. Stupp

Director

(312) 503-0807
s-stupp@northwestern.edu

Samuel Stupp provides scientific leadership to promote the Simpson Querrey Institute's (SQI) mission. He facilitates interdisciplinary research and creates opportunities for collaboration within Northwestern and extending to the national and international arenas. He generates resources and guides development of the research environment and infrastructure necessary for the Institute's success.
Erin Hsu

Erin Hsu

Assistant Director

(312) 503-1881
e-hsu@northwestern.edu 

Erin Hsu works on strategic initiatives and new programs designed to foster collaborations between SQI members, Feinberg School of Medicine faculty based in Chicago, and other faculty within the McCormick School of Engineering and the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences based in Evanston.

Kathleen Burgess

Kathleen Burgess

Senior Director of Operations and Outreach

(312) 503-3246
k-burgess@northwestern.edu

Kathy Burgess directs administrative operations and implements strategic initiatives at SQI and its affiliated centers. She serves as liaison to Institute members, University units, oversees regulatory compliance and reporting requirements, and assists in grant seeking. She manages SQI's collaborative partnerships, the Catalyst Award program, and domestic and international research exchange programs. She also directs SQI's communications, marketing and outreach initiatives.
Liam Palmer

Liam Palmer

Director of Research

(312) 503-6703
liam-palmer@northwestern.edu 

Liam Palmer provides technical leadership and serves as the scientific liaison for the team. He directs the implementation of strategic actions to ensure alignment with the Institute's scientific objectives. He also coordinates scientific highlights and technical reporting requirements.
Mark Karver

Mark Karver

Director of the Peptide Synthesis Core

(312) 503-6738
mark.karver@northwestern.edu 

Mark Karver manages the SQI Peptide Synthesis Core Facility. He provides peptide synthesis, purification, and mass spectrometry-based services for researchers at Northwestern and external clients in the academic community, and provides training and consultation on related technical matters.
Daniel Allar

Daniel Allar

Communications Coordinator

(812) 989-2033
daniel.allar@northwestern.edu 

Daniel Allar coordinates a wide variety of writing, editing, and fact-checking assignments at SQI and produces original content for our websites and social media. He also coordinates special events and implements the Institute’s overall communications strategy.
Suvendu Biswas

Suvendu Biswas

Assistant Core Scientist

(312) 503-6722
suvendu.biswas@northwestern.edu

Suvendu Biswas provides custom peptide synthesis, HPLC purification, and mass spectrometry-based services for the Peptide Synthesis Core Facility. In addition, he provides user training, technical assistance, consultation, and project planning for peptide-related technical matters.
Marissa Bullock

Marissa Bullock

Program Assistant

(312) 503-6816
marissa.bullock@northwestern.edu

Marissa Bullock provides support in a variety of clerical, financial, and administrative functions for the faculty and research groups who work on the Bioengineering Floor of the Simpson Querrey Biomedical Research Center. Her key responsibilities include ordering supplies, preparing correspondence, managing calendars for room reservations, assisting with special events, and addressing routine space and facilities management issues on the floor.

Matt Irwin

Matt Irwin

Associate Institute Administrator

(312) 503-0218
m-irwin@northwestern.edu 

Matt Irwin manages SQI’s administrative operations, finance, reporting, and research administration functions. He is responsible for budgets, pre- and post-award activities, payroll, research personnel appointments, visa applications, and other vital administrative activities. He works with the directors to develop programs and implement strategic initiatives within the centers.
Melissa Koelling

Melissa Koelling

Program Coordinator

(847) 491-3002
mkoelling@northwestern.edu
Melissa Koelling oversees administrative and operational functions of the Stupp Laboratory on the Evanston campus. She supports academic activities and facilitates Professor Stupp’s communication with students, faculty, and staff. She manages manuscript submissions and group databases, prepares reports, and processes financial transactions. She also assists in coordinating SQI events and meetings that take place in Evanston.
Todd Linton

Todd Linton

Program Assistant

(312) 503-7090
todd.linton@northwestern.edu 

Todd Linton provides financial support for the Institute. He processes financial transactions, including recharge billing for the Institute's core facilities, assists with grant proposals, and processes visa applications.
Julia Petrescu

Julia Petrescu

Core Technician

(312) 503-6725
julia.petrescu@northwestern.edu

Julia Petrescu provides laboratory support functions in the SQI Peptide Synthesis Core, including automated peptide synthesis, preparative and analytical HPLC, and mass spectrometry-based services. She also trains users, provides technical assistance, and maintains laboratory instrumentation.
Nick Sather

Nick Sather

Translational Research and Technology Transfer Officer

(312) 503-0236
nicholas.sather@northwestern.edu

Nick Sather serves as liaison for starting new collaborative projects on campus and abroad. He provides technical and logistical guidance to the Institute's researchers aiming to translate their research projects into the clinic. He also assists in coordinating patents and intellectual property.
Mark Seniw

Mark Seniw

Scientific Illustrator

(312) 503-4662
m-seniw@northwestern.edu 

Mark Seniw provides 3D scientific illustration services through the Analytical bioNanoTechnology Equipment Core (ANTEC). He also assists the Institute with research-related design projects and IT support.
Maura Walsh

Maura Walsh

Executive Coordinator

(312) 503-0131
maura.walsh@northwestern.edu

Maura Walsh manages project plans and provides executive support for SQI’s Director and the entire leadership team. She facilitates communication with high-level internal and external contacts and coordinates meetings and itineraries for the directors and Institute guests. She also serves as the Artistic Director on special projects to enhance and promote the SQI brand.