We are pleased to announce that Dr. Maxwell (Max) Watkins has recently joined BioCAT as a beamline scientist. Max got his B.S. degree in Biochemistry from Lehigh University, and his Ph.D in Chemistry from Princeton University. Much of his Ph.D. work was done at Cornell University after Prof. Nozomi Ando, his Ph.D. supervisor, moved her lab from Princeton to Cornell. His Ph.D. work involved extensive SAXS and cryo-EM studies of flexible systems. During his studies he has acquired a strong background in biochemistry and structural biology. He is extremely experienced in standard SAXS data collection and analysis techniques, including SEC-SAXS, and has used SAXS to study challenging light sensitive and anaerobic systems. Max is a great addition to the BioCAT team, and will eventually take over running most of the standard SAXS program at BioCAT. He will also be a regular participant in our SAXS coffee hours, so please drop by and say hi when you have the chance. You can find Max’s contact info on our Contact page.

Max replaces Dr. Srinivas Chakravarthy, who left BioCAT for exciting new opportunities in industry in August 2021. We are deeply appreciative of all the work that Srinivas did over his 9+ years at BioCAT, and wish him all the best in his new endeavors.