Luke A. Tatum
Hometown: Fresno, CA
Education: BS Biology-Chemistry, Point Loma Nazarene University (2009).
I received my BS in Biology-Chemistry in 2009 from Point Loma Nazarene University where I worked with Dr. Victor Heasley. In 2013, I received my PhD from The University of Nevada, Reno working under the supervision of Dr. Benjamin T. King. At UNR I developed a new family of boronic ester-containing discotic liquid crystals for potential use in organic electronics. Also while at UNR, I synthesized polymerizable boronic ester-containing discotic liquid crystals, which were used as templates for the fabrication of nanoporous membranes. I joined the Aprahamian research group in order to broaden my experience in the synthesis of functional liquid crystals and polymers. I enjoy skiing and backpacking in my free time.