Michael D. Pluth

Associate Professor, University of Oregon, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
B.S. in Chemistry and Mathematics, University of Oregon, 2004
Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, 2008
Postdoctoral Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008-2011

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Chemical Geneology [pdf]
Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Mike received his B.S. in chemistry and mathematics from the University of Oregon in 2004, where he conducted undergraduate research with Prof. David Tyler. He earned his PhD in 2008 as an NSF predoctoral fellow under the joint direction of Profs. Robert Bergman and Kenneth Raymond at UC Berkeley, where he investigated supramolecular chemistry and proton-catalyzed reactions in supramolecular hosts. Mike then moved to MIT, joining the research group of Prof. Stephen Lippard as an NIH Pathway to Independence Postdoctoral Fellow, where he investigated methods for biological nitric oxide detection.

In 2011, Mike joined the faculty in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at the University of Oregon as an Assistant Professor. He is also an Associate Member of the Institute of Molecular Biology and Member of the Materials Science Institute. His research interests are thematically based on different aspects of molecular recognition at the interface of bioorganic and bioinorganic chemistry. Much of his lab focuses on developing chemical tools for H2S detection and quantification and using bioinorganic models to investigate the chemical mechanisms by which H2S exerts action.
Selected Awards and Fellowships:
2016UO Outstanding Early Career Award
2016Camille Dreyfus Teacher Scholar Award
2015Thieme Chemistry Journal Award
2015Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship
2015NSF CAREER Award
2010NIH Pathway to Independence Award
2008NIH NRSA Ruth Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellowship, MIT
2008DIC Young Investigator Award, ACS
2006Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, UC Berkeley
2004NSF Pre-doctoral Fellowship, UC Berkeley
2004Phi Beta Kappa
2004The Chemical Society Outstanding Chemistry Student Award, UO
2003College of Arts and Letters Fellowship, UO
2003Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, UO