Welcome New Faculty Dr. Oldenhuis and Dr. Hughes!

I am very happy to share the news that Dr. Nate Oldenhuis has accepted our offer and will soon be joining our faculty here in the Chemistry Department at UNH.  Nate's hire is the result of an extensive, international search for an organic chemist with ties to biology. The search committee fielded many strong applications but Nate rose to the top in multiple ways including his fit with recent research initiatives at UNH as well as his overall fit with the department. Nate's commitment to excellence in research, teaching and service are tangible and I believe he has a very bright future in academics.   

 I am also happy to share that Nate's wife, Stacey Hughes, will also be joining our department to teach chemistry courses on a part-time basis. Stacey received her PhD in atmospheric and analytical chemistry at UC Irvine, and has experience teaching undergraduate chemistry courses at Emmanuel College in Boston, MA.  

I am thrilled to welcome Nate and  Stacey to our department!

Glen Miller
Chair, Department of Chemistry

About Dr. Nate Oldenhuis

Dr. Nate Oldenhuis

I am originally from Omaha, Nebraska. I obtained my bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Iowa in 2012 and my Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California, Irvine in 2017, jointly advised by Zhibin Guan and Vy Dong. After the completion of my Ph.D. I moved to MIT as an NIH NRSA fellow advised by Jeremiah Johnson to study drug delivery and metallopolymer networks. In my spare time, I like to cook, climb, swim and ski. I am super excited to join UNH in the fall and begin studying novel biomaterials for applications in polymer topology, drug delivery, and 3D cell culture. 




About Dr. Stacey Hughes

Dr. Stacey Hughes

I am from the tiny town of Maggie Valley, North Carolina. I received my bachelor's degree in environmental chemistry from Appalachian State University and my Ph.D. in atmospheric chemistry from the University of California, Irvine in 2018 where I was advised by Don Blake. My love for teaching led me to a position at both Emmanuel College and Boston University Academy where I have been teaching chemistry and advising students through STEM research. My hobbies include climbing, skiing, and any activity where I get to spend time outside and in the sun. I am excited to be joining UNH in the fall and hope to get students equally as excited to learn chemistry!