Olaseni Sode


I was born in Wichita, KS and grew up in St. Louis, MO. After finishing high school, I attended Morehouse College and studied chemistry and French. Upon graduating from college, I started graduate school in Chemistry at the University of Florida. There, I joined the group of Prof. So Hirata and began investigating molecular crystals, such as hydrogen fluoride and ice, using ab initio computational and theoretical methods. When Prof. Hirata moved the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the summer of 2010, I moved with him and completed my Ph.D. in the summer 2012. Currently, I work at the University of Chicago as a postdoctoral scholar with Prof. Gregory Voth, where I study the dynamics of the ATP hydrolysis reaction in actin filaments.

Hmm. What else? I love basketball and sports in general. I picked up running a few years ago and absolutely love it. I love watching and reading about TV and movies, so If I’m not actually training for a marathon, I’m probably marathoning 30 Rock.


  • Ph.D. 2012

    Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • B.S. 2006

    Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

    Morehouse College

  • B.A. 2006

    Bachelor of Arts in French

    Morehouse College

Professional Positions

  • present2015

    Assistant Professor

    The University of Tampa

  • 20152012

    Postdoctoral Scholar

    Univeristy of Chicago

  • 20122010

    Graduate Researcher

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champain

  • 20102007

    Graduate Researcher

    University of Florida

Honors and Awards

  • 2014–2015
    Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship

    The Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

  • 2014
    FOCUS Fellows
    Postdoctoral selectee to the Georgia Tech School of Chemistry and Biochemistry FOCUS fellows program. FOCUS brings together undergraduate students to meet with faculty, peers, alumni, and speakers from the corporate and government arenas.
  • 2010–2012
    Roger Adams Fellowship
    Departmental Graduate Fellowship at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • 2007–2010
    Alumni Fellowship
    Departmental Graduate Fellowship from the Chemistry Department at the University of Florida.

Conferences and Workshops