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Master of Science in Applied Chemical Science & Technology

Faculty and Staff

Below are the faculty and staff for the University of Washington Master of Science in Applied Chemical Science & Technology. 

Dan Fu — Co-Director and Admissions

Dan Fu is an assistant professor in the UW Department of Chemistry. His main research interests are the development and applications of quantitative chemical imaging tools to study various pathophysiological processes of living biological specimens at single-cell resolution. These tools involve state-of-the-art laser engineering, innovation in ultrasensitive signal detection, and novel machine learning/deep learning-based data analysis. Leveraging these powerful tools, the Fu lab aims to drive biomedical applications in three areas: new early detection and intraoperative methods for cancer diagnosis, understanding brain metabolism and brain dysfunction in neurodegenerative diseases, and understanding drug resistance mechanism in tissue. Fu earned his doctorate in physical chemistry from Princeton University. He is a recipient of the Beckman Young Investigator Award, the NSF Career Award, the NIH MIRA Award and the Eli Lilly Young Investigator Award.

Profile | danfu@uw.edu

Robert E. Synovec — Co-Director and Academic Adviser

Robert E. Synovec is a professor in the UW Department of Chemistry and is the co-director of the Master of Science in Applied Chemical Science & Technology program. He leads a research group that pioneers the development of analytical instrumentation, chemometric data analysis software and methodology based upon fundamental separation science implemented at a problem-solving level. Synovec earned his Ph.D. in 1986 from Iowa State University and joined the UW faculty later that year. He served as an associate chair of the Chemistry Graduate Education Program from 2007 to 2020, and as the faculty director for the Center for Process Analytical Chemistry (CPAC) from 2007 to 2011. Synovec received the Marcel Golay Award at the 40th International Symposium on Capillary Chromatography Conference (ISCC) in recognition of a lifetime of achievement in capillary chromatography.

Profile | synovec@chem.washington.edu

Michaela Priszner — Program Adviser

Michaela Priszner is the program adviser for the Master of Science in Applied Chemical Science & Technology program. She has spent eight years focused on developing and building youth programs in the greater Seattle area. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology with a focus in child and abnormal psychology from Seattle Pacific University in 2017 and spent several years as a behavioral technician.

Profile | acstadvising@uw.edu