Jonathan Ashby, Chemistry Name: Jonathan Ashby Title: Assistant Professor of Chemistry Department: Chemistry Pronouns: he/his Areas of study: Bioanalytical chemistry, high-throughput methodology, biomolecular structure and interactions, point-of-care diagnostics. Research interests: I obtained my doctorate in analytical chemistry from the University of California, Riverside, in 2014. My research while there focused on studying the interface of nanomaterials and biological systems. Specifically, I studied how the physical properties of nanomaterials could influence how proteins interact with these nanomaterials, as well as how these different nano-bio complexes could interact with cells in the body. My primary research interests are in development of simple yet high-throughput alternatives to commonly used biochemical and toxicological assays. These assays will be designed with the intent of being usable for point-of-care diagnostics. What drew you to this field: When in high school, I developed an interest in police procedurals, specifically those that focused on crime scene investigation. I was fortunate that my high school co-taught a forensic science course with the police department. Though this course, I developed an interest in analysis and method development. Over the years, my interest shifted away from forensics to environmental toxicology, and then to analysis of biological systems. However, my core interest in developing methods for analysis of trace amounts of chemical/biological compounds has always persisted. Why Mount Holyoke: A big draw for me in coming to Mount Holyoke was the College’s dedication to molding students into leaders. Diversity of all forms is still in need of improvement in STEM, particularly in the upper echelons. I most look forward to helping students gain the techniques and drive to best succeed after graduation. About teaching: My favorite aspect of teaching is making connections between different fields of study, as well as connecting course material to real-world application. Proudest accomplishments, academic or other: One of my proudest accomplishments was receiving two awards for teaching — one as an undergrad, one as a graduate student — as it helped to support my interests in becoming a teacher-scholar at a liberal arts college. Volunteer experience: My favorite volunteer experience has been my student programming work for the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers. The campus and region so far: On campus, the bridge overlooking the upper lake waterfall. One of my favorite things about the region is the Five College Consortium. Having four liberal arts colleges and a research university in such close proximity is a boon in terms of collaboration and dialogue. Favorite class as an undergraduate: Drinking and Dining in Antiquity. It was a course that I would never have contemplated taking had I not been at a liberal arts college, and it helped me to develop an interest in food science. When not working: Listening to music/podcasts and playing board games. Favorite book, author, music: One of my favorite authors is Philip K. Dick, followed closely by Frank Herbert. I really enjoy listening to acoustic rock/pop. Join the conversation. Learn more.