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Leighanne Gallington

Assistant Chemist

Argonne National Laboratory

Leighanne Gallington is currently an Assistant Chemist at Argonne National Laboratory. She graduated from MIT with an SB in Chemistry in 2006. She then joined the Infectious Disease division at Children’s Hospital Boston as a research technician, where she supported research studies of the innate immunity of immunocompromised populations. She resumed her education in 2009 in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Georgia Institute of Technology, and received her doctorate in Physical Chemistry in 2015. The focus of her dissertation was the relationship between structural disorder and the thermoelastic properties of low and negative thermal expansion materials. While at Georgia Tech, she received a Facilitating Academic Careers in Engineering and Science (FACES) fellowship, and participated in NOBCChE outreach events geared toward underrepresented minority middle school students. She began a postdoctoral position at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory in 2015, where her research focused on utilizing synchrotron diffraction for nonambient studies of a variety of oxymetallic systems. She transitioned to a staff scientist position at Argonne in 2018, and currently supports x-ray total scattering and diffraction experiments in the Structural Sciences group. While at Argonne, she has represented the laboratory at the WoC STEM and NOBCChE conferences.