Val Buntrock, Ph.D.
Journal Development Editor
Passionate about realizing the brazen ideas of creative science fiction through a molecular lens, Val studied Biochemistry as an undergraduate at Moravian College and earned her doctoral degree in Chemistry at Boston University. Entitled to some degree of freedom in Linda Doerrer’s lab, Val pursued her interests in alternative energy resources and focused her doctoral work on designing and synthesizing light harvesting dye molecules with potential application in photovoltaic devices.
In addition to characterizing these compounds using classical analytical tools, Val spent most of her time learning about the unique photophysical properties of these light absorbing materials using solution and solid-state spectroscopy. She was also granted the opportunity to travel to the United Kingdom and collaborate with a physicist, where she learned more about photovoltaic device fabrication and physics. Fortunate to have worked with a diverse group of scientists (biochemists, chemists, and physics), Val appreciates the expertise of each of these fields and believes that engaging across disciplinary boundaries will lead to new technologies and advances that can not be achieved without crossing borders. This is where JoVE is crucial: video article publications serve as an important communication tool for connecting these fields and sharing information. Outside of JoVE, Val enjoys reading, photography, cooking/baking, being outdoors, and the company of her cats.