Michael D. Pluth

Assistant 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

Chemical Geneology [pdf]
Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Mike received his B.S. in chemistry and mathematics from the University of Oregon in 2004. Under the guidance of Prof. David Tyler, his research focused on the use of water-soluble, molybdenum catalysts for the hydration and hydrolysis of small molecule substrates. In the fall of 2004, Mike began his doctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley, under the joint direction of Profs. Kenneth Raymond and Robert Bergman. His doctoral research focused on the chemistry and catalysis of small molecules encapsulated in a self-assembled supramolecular host. During his time at Berkeley, Mike also worked in the NMR facility where he trained and assisted hundreds of students, postdocs, and researchers in advanced NMR techniques. After completion of his Ph.D. in 2008, Mike moved to Cambridge, MA, for a postdoctoral position at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology under the direction of Prof. Stephen Lippard. His postdoctoral research focused on the use and development of small molecule fluorescent probes for biological nitric oxide.
Selected Awards and Fellowships:
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