Arther Gates

Arther T. Gates

BS ’00 Alcorn State, MS ’02 University of Nebraska-Lincoln, PhD ’08 LSU
Team Leader, Syngenta Crop Protection, Greensboro, NC 

Dr Arther Gates, an alumnus who graduated with his PhD in 2008, was born in the Mississippi Delta in a small town, Marks, Mississippi.  Arther earned his Bachelor of Science degree in 2000 at Alcorn State University in Lorman, Mississippi. He earned a Master of Science in Chemistry at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2002.

In August of 2002 he began his graduate career at LSU.  Later that year he began to work in Dr Isiah Warner’s Research Group and was engaged in a collaboration with Professor Robert M. Strongin (now at Portland State University).  It was in the summer of 2006 that Dr Gates recalls his career came into focus.  He was making a breakthrough in his research using capilliary electrophoresis to screen for the inhibition of homocysteine thiolactone-induced protein oligomerization.  The analytical method he developed had potential ramifications for the clinical detection of cardiovascular and neurovascular disease.  He recognized that the work he was participating in at LSU was having a real scientific impact.  In 2007, Arther was first author on a paper in Analytical Chemistry describing these results.   He went on to be the lead author on two additional papers in Langmuir describing the application of the analytical method to the development of gold-nanoparticle-based biochemical sensors.  He successfully defended his dissertation and graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy degree in December 2008.

When asked what he appreciated most about his time as a graduate student at LSU, Arther said, “LSU’s Chemistry Department was a haven for diversity and inclusion.  We were fortunate enough to study and do innovative research in an unusually progressive environment.”  We also asked Arther if he would do anything differently in his career-to-date, if he had his time again.  He said “Not really.  I’ve learned more though my mistakes than with successes.” His advice to current graduate students is this:  “Don’t be afraid of failure.  Sometimes failure is absolutely necessary for growth and future progress.”

Arther currently works in the Analytical Herbicide Development Division at Syngenta Crop Protection, an agrochemical and seed company, in Greensboro, North Carolina.  He is a Senior Chemist and leads an analytical chemistry team that provides testing and reporting, to support research and development, registration, and production of herbicides all over the globe.  On October 29th, 2018, Dr Gates returned to his alma mater to deliver the Chemistry Colloquium.  His seminar was titled, “Development of Next Generation Analytical Methodologies for Herbicide Testing.”

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