The Terence Bradshaw Chemistry Professorship

Terence C. "Terry" Bradshaw was born in Manitoba, Canada, but moved to a 110-acre farm near Corvallis when he was 10 years old. He later relocated to Yakima, Wash., then studied at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., before graduating from the University of Washington. An investor and engineer, Bradshaw worked at securities company Harris, Upham & Co. He was married to Marguerite Bradshaw until her death in January 1970. He and Isabel Hopkins Gillie Bradshaw were married in December 1971. The following year he passed away at the age of 64.

Bradshaw attended many events at OSU throughout his life, and he left a portion of his estate to the university's chemistry, engineering, and agriculture programs. After OSU received his $3.3 million estate gift in 2010, part of the funds were used to create an endowed faculty position in the Department of Chemistry.


Sandra Loesgen

Sandra Loesgen arrived at Oregon State University in 2013 as the first Terence Bradshaw Chemistry Professor. Her research focuses on target-based drug discovery, investigating molecules that can be developed into drugs. Her lab also is developing new screening techniques for small molecules and proteins that inhibit viral cell entry. The endowed position has made this work possible because the start-up costs, particularly for new equipment, are more expensive than other chemistry research.

“I’m honored to get this fantastic opportunity,” Loesgen said. “It’s one of the major reasons I came here.”

She most recently was a biomedical researcher at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., and a postdoctoral fellow at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego. German-born and educated, she earned her doctorate in organic chemistry and pharmacology from the University of Göttingen in 2007.

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