College of Pharmacy PhD Candidate Naman Named 2014 SciFinder Future Leader in Chemistry


Chemical Abstract Services (CAS), a division of the American Chemical Society, announced that College of Pharmacy PhD student Ben Naman was selected to join the 2014 SciFinder Future Leaders in Chemistry program. Naman was chosen from a pool of students and postdocs applying from 49 countries and more than 250 universities, of which only 18 were invited to participate.

The SciFinder Future Leaders program offers PhD students and postdocs from around the world the opportunity to help shape the future of chemical information. These students will share experiences with other scientists at the 248th ACS National Meeting & Exposition in San Francisco; go behind the scenes at CAS headquarters in Columbus; and tour prestigious Central Ohio research organizations, such as TechColumbus, Battelle Memorial Institute and The Ohio State University. Participants will also network and discuss ideas with scientists, editors, and staff of CAS and ACS Publications.

An alumnus of Carnegie Melon University, Naman joined Professor A. Douglas Kinghorn’s laboratory as a PhD student in August 2010 after working on natural flavors research and development for four years at Givaudan Flavors Corp. in Cincinnati, Ohio. Ben’s primary research objectives at Ohio State have included the development of new discovery methods and pharmaceutical applications for plant-derived natural products.

Naman joins fellow College of Pharmacy graduate student Annecie Benatrehina, who took part in the SciFinder Future Leader in Chemistry in 2013, as Ohio State students to participant in the program. Benatrehina is also a member of Kinghorn’s laboratory.

“I didn’t expect lightning to strike twice, that I could receive this prestigious award after my good friend and lab mate, Annecie Benatrehina, was named a Future Leader in the 2013 program,” said Naman. “I am quite grateful to CAS for this opportunity and will strive to perform at the highest level of my ability to realize the name of Future Leader.”

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