Biography

Short Biography

Leland B. Gee is currently a project scientist at the LCLS (SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory) and was formerly a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University working under the guidance of Professors Ed Solomon, Keith Hodgson, and Britt Hedman.

Leland was previously a biophysics Ph.D student at the University of California, Davis. His background includes a B.S. in Biochemistry, a B.A. in Economics, and work experience as a computer programmer. Upon completion of his undergraduate degrees in 2011, Leland worked at Crocker Nuclear Laboratory, at U.C. Davis, as a laboratory supervisor and then as a computer programmer focusing mainly on database design and user interfaces in a scientific context.

Leland entered graduate school in late 2012 as a member of Stephen P. Cramer’s group. The focus of the group is vibrational spectroscopy and multiple synchrotron-based X-ray techniques. There, Leland cultivated his skills in spectroscopy. He has performed numerous spectroscopic techniques: Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, electron paramagnetic resonance, 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy, X-ray magnetic circular dichroism, 61Ni Mössbauer spectroscopy, and nuclear resonance vibrational spectroscopy. He also developed skills to interpret the many techniques, including training in: density functional theory, molecular dynamics, and empirical forcefield analysis.

Utilizing his background in computer programming Leland launched a website in 2015 called www.spectra.tools, a website he aims to make a repository of web-driven spectroscopy tools and information. Leland hopes to use his knowledge of spectroscopic methods and computational tools more accessible to others.