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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.
Mark Kleinschmit

Mark Kleinschmit

Director of Research Strategy & Development

(312) 503-6124
mark.kleinschmit@northwestern.edu

Mark Kleinschmit focuses on fundraising and developing strategic internal and external partnerships. He also plays a leading role in developing and executing SQI’s strategy for research and programming activities.
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) 503-6725 
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.
Alexandra Kolot

Alexandra Kolot

Assistant Director of Research Facilities

(312) 503-6708
a-kolot@northwestern.edu 

Alexandra Kolot manages the Analytical bioNanoTechnology Equipment Core (ANTEC)  and maintains all laboratory facilities at SQI. She works with investigators, research personnel, staff, and vendors to solve operating problems and improve technical facilities. She also oversees installation and maintenance of laboratory equipment and provides training for new users of ANTEC and the SQI laboratories.
Daniel Allar

Daniel Allar

Communications Coordinator

(312) 503-5507
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.
Emily Ayello

Emily Ayello

Senior Core Technician

(312) 503-6725
emily-testa@northwestern.edu

Emily Ayello 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, maintains instrumentation, and plans, troubleshoots, and executes general and custom peptide projects involving non-standard modifications.
Suvendu Biswas

Suvendu Biswas

Assistant Core Scientist

(312) 503-6738
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.
Charles Bressan

Charles Bressan

Core Technician

(312) 503-6725
charles.bressan@northwestern.edu

Charles Bressan provides automated peptide synthesis, HPLC purification, and mass spectrometry-based services for the Peptide Synthesis Core and maintains and trains users on instrumentation in ANTEC. He also maintains stocks of reagents and lab gases and is in charge of waste management for the Cores.
Daniel Carstensen

Daniel Carstensen

Program Assistant

(847) 467-4711
daniel.carstensen@northwestern.edu

Dan Carstensen provides general administrative and financial support for the Center for Bio-inspired Energy Science, a Department of Energy sponsored center under SQI. He manages the procurement and reimbursement processes for the Center and coordinates the Center's daily administrative activities.

Laura Fields

Laura Fields

Program Coordinator

(847) 491-3002
l-fields@northwestern.edu
Laura Fields 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.
Catie Hor

Catie Hor

Associate Center Administrator

(312) 503-6124
c-hor@northwestern.edu 

Catie Hor oversees administrative operations, finance, reporting, and research administration functions for two centers within SQI: the Center for Bio-inspired Energy Science, sponsored by the Department of Energy, and the Center for Bio-Integrated Electronics. She manages both Centers' budgets, pre- and post-award activities, payroll, research personnel appointments, visa applications and other vital administrative activities. She works with the directors to develop programs and implement strategic initiatives within the Centers.
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.
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.
Mark McClendon

Mark McClendon

Translational Research Officer

(312) 503-0236
mark.mcclendon@northwestern.edu 

Mark McClendon 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

IT Technician

(312) 503-6707 / (847) 491-7780
m-seniw@northwestern.edu 

Mark Seniw assists the Institute with research-related design projects and IT support.
Bradley Tallon

Bradley Tallon

Program Assistant

(312) 503-6707
bradley.tallon@northwestern.edu

Bradley Tallon provides support in a variety of clerical, financial, and administrative functions for both the Institute and the Center for Bio-Integrated Electronics (CBIE). He provides support for the SQI and CBIE leadership teams, orders supplies, prepares correspondence, and assists with arrangements for travel, meetings, and special events.
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.
Anastasiia Wedding

Anastasiia Wedding

Program Coordinator

(312) 503-4583
anastasiia.wedding@northwestern.edu

Anastasiia Wedding supports the Center for Bio-Integrated Electronics and its Director. She assists CBIE’s international scholars with visa applications and manages the Center’s internship program. She also provides the full range of administrative support for managing CBIE’s finances, sponsored research, human resources events, and new program development.