Computational Chemistry Student Dies in Plane Disaster

Post date: Jul 29, 2014 7:14:01 PM

Karlijn Keijzer (pronounced "Car-line Kite-zer"), a chemistry doctoral student at Indiana University, was aboard the Malaysia Airlines jetliner shot down over Ukraine on July 17th.

Keijzer, 25, was pursuing a degree specializing in computational chemistry in the Baik lab.

Comments posed on the IU Hoosiers website from Mu-Hyun Baik, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Informatics and Karlijn's doctoral advisor:

"Karlijn was a bright, talented doctoral student, a diligent researcher and a dear friend to all of us who worked with her in our research group. She was a kind, happy young woman full of ideas about the future. She inspired us all with her optimism about how science will make Earth a better place. Ms. Keijzer worked on several research projects, all related to improving human health. The last piece of research work she completed before heading out to catch her flight to her short summer vacation was preparing a computer simulation on bryostatin, an anti-cancer drug and a promising drug candidate for treating Alzheimer's disease."

The division wishes to express its condolences to her family, friends, colleagues and those affected by this tragedy.

IU Press Release

ACS CE&N Article