Chemistry Alumni in the Medical and Healthcare Fields

One area of chemistry that welcomes many of our alumni is the Medical and Healthcare fields.  Chemists play a vial role in developing new technology in these fields.  Chemistry is an excellent background for continued medical education, but it also plays a vital role in diagnosing, treating, and recovering from illness. A chemist may be your physician, nurse, lab director, or pharmacist.  Below you can find profiles of alumni that have taken positions in this industry and how they came to be in their current career.


Minnesota is home to the Mayo Clinic System, Fairview University System, and many other healthcare oriented organizations.

Charles Watts, M.D., Ph.D.

Neurosurgeon with the University of Minnesota Physicians

1991 Graduate: B.A. in Chemistry

Alumni Charles Watts

Following graduation, Charles pursued is medical degree at the Creighton University school of Medicine.  He worked through his residency in the University of Minnesota hospital system, followed by a fellowship in Surgery and Critical care in the same system. He now is a neurosurgeon at Fairview Southdale Hospital and the University of Minnesota Medical Center.

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http://www.stthomas.edu/chemistry/alumni/alumniprofiles/

Chemistry Alumni in the Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Industry

One area of chemistry that welcomes many of our alumni is the Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Industry.  Chemists play a vial role in developing new technology in these fields.  A chemist in this industry may synthesize new drugs, identify molecular targets for therapy, design new materials for medical devices, and analyze the results of clinical trials.  Below you can find profiles of alumni that have taken positions in this industry and how they came to be in their current career.


Minnesota is home to Medtronic, Boston Scientific, St. Jude Medical, 3M, Mayo Clinic, and other major employers of chemists in biotechnology and pharmaceutical sciences.

Sally Anzelc

Senior Quality Engineer at St. Jude Medical

2001 Graduate: B.S. in Chemistry

Following graduation, Sally worked for Medtronic. In 2008 Sally received a M.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. In 2010 she took a position at St. Jude Medical working on their medical device manufacturing process.

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http://www.stthomas.edu/chemistry/alumni/alumniprofiles/

Chemistry Alumni in the Food Chemistry and Agriculture Industry

One area of chemistry that welcomes many of our alumni is the Food Chemistry and Agriculture Industry.  Chemists play a vial role in developing new products and chemicals in these fields.  A chemist in the food industry may develop new flavors, fragrances, food dyes, or preservatives. Chemists develop techniques to avoid food spoilage, prevent bacterial growth on produce, or protect crops from disease. Below you can find profiles of alumni that have taken positions in this industry and how they came to be in their current career.


Minnesota is home to companies such as Cargill, General Mills, Target, Mosaic, and other major employers of chemists in the food and agriculture industry.

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http://www.stthomas.edu/chemistry/alumni/alumniprofiles/

See more alumni and their careers by visiting our alumni profile page.

http://www.stthomas.edu/chemistry/alumni/alumniprofiles/

Chemistry Alumni in the Energy and Materials Science

One area of chemistry that welcomes many of our alumni is the Energy Industry and Materials Science Sector.  Chemists play a vial role in developing new technology in these fields.  A chemist in these industry may make molecules for solar panels and light emitting diodes (LEDs) as well as new composites for wind turbine blades.  They might develop the next protective coating for vehicles, new paints and alloys or a new type of plastic.  Below you can find two profiles of alumni that have taken positions in this industry and how they came to be in their current career.

Minnesota is home to 3M, Honeywell, IBM, and other major employers of chemists in the energy and materials industry.

Adam‌ Garske

Scientist at DuPont

2003 Graduate: B.S. in Chemistry

Alumni Adam Garske

Following graduation, Adam obtained his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.  He then worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California in San Francisco before taking a job at DuPont in their Industrial Biosciences Division.  In this role, Adam works to improve production of industrial enzymes (proteases, amylases, etc.), biomaterials and biofuels.

Josh Speros

Research Chemist at BASF

2008 Graduate: B.S. in Chemistry

Alumni Josh Speros
Following graduation, Josh pursued a Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota in organic and polymer chemistry.  He graduated in 2013 and now works for BASF in their corporate research group, working on materials for solar applications.

 

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http://www.stthomas.edu/chemistry/alumni/alumniprofiles/

Chemistry Alumni in the Commercial Product and Formulations Industry

One area of chemistry that welcomes many of our alumni is Commercial Products and Formulations.  Chemists play a major role in developing new technology in these fields.  A chemist in this industry may design new adhesives, better soaps, plastics for containers and the products that go in the bottles.  Below you can find profiles of alumni that have taken positions in this industry and how they came to be in their current career.


Minnesota is home to Ecolab, 3M, Aveda, Cargill, and other major employers that hire chemists for this type of work.

Carrie Peterson

Technical Manager at 3M Corporation

1998 Graduate in Chemistry

Following graduation, Carrie worked as a research chemist on adhesives for sporting goods and electronics at 3M Company in St. Paul.  She moved within the company several times as a technical support specialist and sales in 3M and pursued her MBA from St. Thomas along the way.  She currently serves as a technical manager in the 3M Materials Resource Division.

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http://www.stthomas.edu/chemistry/alumni/alumniprofiles/

Chemistry Alumni in the Instrumentation and Chemical Measurement Fields

One area of chemistry that welcomes many of our alumni is Instrumentation and Chemical Measurement Field.  Chemists play a major role in designing new instruments for chemical detection and using instruments to analyze molecules.  A chemist in this industry may design an instrument to detect contaminants in water or be measuring heavy metals in paint.  Below you can find profiles of alumni that have taken positions in this industry and how they came to be in their current career.


Minnesota is home to 3M, MPCA, Pace Analytical, and other major employers that hire chemists for this type of work.

Philip Remes, Ph.D.

‌Senior Research Scientist at Thermo Scientific

Alumni Spotlight Remes

2003 Graduate: B.S. in Chemistry

Following graduation, Philip attended graduate school at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.  He acquired a background in developing new techniques and instruments for Mass Spectrometry.  Following his graduate work, he was hired by Thermo Scientific to design the next generation of Mass Spectrometers.  He currently resides in San Jose, California.

Jonathan Smieja, Ph.D.

Environmental Chemist at Steelcase

Alumni Spotlight Smieja

2005 Graduate: B.S. in Chemistry

After graduation from St. Thomas, Jonathan pursued a doctorate degree at the University of California - San Diego.  His research involved producing catalysts carbon dioxide reduction and synthesis of liquid fuels.  Upon receiving his degree he took a job at Steelcase working to identify and remove any chemicals of concern from their products as well as minimize the company's environmental footprint.

William Hafner, Ph.D.

Environmental Chemist with NewFields Consulting

Alumni William Hafner

2000 Graduate: B.A. in Chemistry

Following graduation, William went to graduate school at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University to complete his Ph.D. From there, he moved to Seattle for a post-doc at the University of Washington. In 2007, he switched over to environmental consulting with NewFields.  He specializes in marine sediment management.

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http://www.stthomas.edu/chemistry/alumni/alumniprofiles/