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Paul Oblad, PhD
DIRECTOR, D.M. GRANT NMR CENTER
paul.oblad@utah.edu
 

Paul Oblad began his career in chemistry here at the University of Utah where he developed a love for working in the lab under the direction of Tom Richmond. After receiving a B.S. degree, he went on to earn a Ph.D. at The California Institute of Technology working under John Bercaw and Harry Gray. He grew to love NMR as he relied heavily on the technique in his research. In graduate school, he worked as an NMR lab assistant where he maintained a 300MHz Mercury system and trained new users, a responsibility that would serve him well in the future. After graduating, Paul spent 10 years in research and development and managing groups in industry. He had many roles and projects ranging from process optimization, systems modeling, product formulation, refining process troubleshooting, and unknown material identification. He continued into management where he directed a research group focused on water conservation, implemented division wide portfolio and project management strategies, and managed a process lab. He ultimately realized he had a passion for teaching and working with students which led him back to academia. Here he loves deepening his knowledge of NMR and helping students in their research. He tries to share his love of science, technology, and the outdoors with his 3 sons Liam, Alex, and Charlie and learn how to be a better parent and educator from his partner Stephanie.

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Peter F. Flynn, PhD
DIRECTOR EMERITUS, D.M. GRANT NMR CENTER
ADJUNCT ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF CHEMISTRY
peter.flynn@utah.edu

Peter Flynn is a nuclear spin choreographer - an occupation which has engaged the bulk of his energy for most of his life. When not choreographing, he enjoys music, photography, and wandering around out of doors. 

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Dennis Edwards
NMR SERVICE ENGINEER

dennis.edwards@utah.edu 

As an RF Engineer, Dennis enjoys all aspects of NMR spectroscopy, from cryogenics and superconducting magnets, scientific computer hardware, RF synthesis, generation, and power amplification, and probe testing and design.  And even a bit of chemistry...
He has attended factory training on every NMR spectrometer Varian and Agilent have produced since 1983, including instruments designed in the late 1960's, from 60 MHz analogue CW spectrometers to the strangest high field solid state NMR systems yet devised.

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Michael Groves
NMR OPERATIONS MANAGER

m.groves@utah.edu

Michael Groves has B.S. and M.S. in physics from the University of Utah and University of Washington.  He is a technical expert with NMR hardware and has extensive experience maintaining Bruker NMR systems and troubleshooting instrument problems. 

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In Memory of Sarah E. Soss, PhD
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, D.M. GRANT NMR CENTER
ADJUNCT ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF CHEMISTRY
                                                                                      
September 22, 1980 - January 18, 2021
 
Official Obituary
Sarah Elizabeth Soss Warnick passed away January 18, 2021, at home in Murray after a brief but fierce battle with cancer. She was born September 22, 1980, in Salt Lake City to David Albert Soss and Susan Louise Theiler Soss. She married Keith Hyrum Warnick on August 12, 2009, in the Salt Lake Temple. 

She is survived by her husband Keith, her parents, her brother John (Merrick), (Hawthorne, California), Keith's parents Al and Helen Warnick, Keith's four siblings, 5 nephews and 4 nieces.

Sarah attended local schools in Salt Lake City until she graduated from Skyline High School. She received her Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from Smith College and her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Utah. While doing postdoctoral work in structural biology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, she met and married Keith Warnick. At the time of her diagnosis she was working at the University of Utah as an NMR chemist .

Despite the best efforts of Huntsman Cancer Center, Sarah had only 6-1/2 months between diagnosis and death. The family would like to thank all the doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel who cared for Sarah during her illness.

In lieu of flowers, the family recommends any donations be given to the Huntsman CancerFoundation.

2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.

Sarah was buried in Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park next to her grandparents on Monday, January 25th, at noon. Visitations were held at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary on Sunday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Monday before the funeral.
 
Sarah was an excellent spectroscopist, an insightful collaborator, and an energetic and inspired mentor. She is missed by all.
Undergraduate Staff

Meet our awesome undergraduates!  The D.M. Grant NMR Center oversees a staff of undergraduate research assistants that support the daily functions of the Center and partcipate in the research of Dr. Peter Flynn. 

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Ellora Staker

Ellora is from Pleasanton, California and joined the Flynn lab in 2016 as is majoring in Chemistry.  In her free time, she enjoys running races, Walstad style freshwater aquariums and going to music shows. 

 

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Riley Pence

Riley is a chemistry major from Logan, Utah pursuing a career in medicine. In his free time he enjoys petting his dog and exciting atomic nuclei. When there are no dogs or magnets around, he spends his time learning to watercolor.

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Erika Feten

Erika is a Chemistry major who joined the lab in August 2017. She is from Colorado Springs and enjoys hiking and skiing in her free time.

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Aryana Vadipour

Aryana is a chemistry major from Salt Lake City that joined the Flynn group in December 2017. She likes running and listening to indie alternative music, looking at pictures of dogs, as well as playing board/card games with her friends.

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Kevin Alvarez

Kevin is working on two Majors in Chemistry and Physics, with an emphasis in Biology and Biomedical Physics, respectively. His family is from Lima, Peru and Coahuila, Mexico. Kevin joined the Flynn lab in March 2017, and his dream is to one day attend medical school.  When not in school or studying, he enjoys snowboarding, rock climbing, camping, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. 

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STUDENT ALUMNI

Elizabeth Wittenborn (September 2009 – June 2012)

Jessica Wickes (November 2009 - May 2010)

Thomas Edwards (January 2011- June 2014)

Austin Service (May 2011 - May 2015)

Morgan Stinson (September 2011 - March 2015)

Russell Davis (May 2012 - May 2015)

Rhyan Moffit (February 2014 - May 2017)

Sarah Clair (May 2015 – May 2016)

Marisol Zarate (May 2015 – May 2017)

Jeff Hood (May 2015 –May 2016)

Jeff Wang (May 2015 –May 2016)

Carter Bruett (May 2015 – July 2017)

Zane Blank (September 2015 – August 2016) 

Abigale (Abby) Shettig (September 2015 – June 2016)

Ellora Staker (September 2016 - present)

Riley Pence (May 2017 - present)

Staff Alumni

Michael Larson (May 2013 - August 2015; summer 2016)

 

  
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Last Updated: 9/26/22