Alumni Group Members

Postdoctoral Alumni

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Dr. Marc MacKinnon (Postoctoral Fellow 2021-2022) Prior to our lab Marc completed his BSc at Wilfrid Laurier University and his PhD at Memorial University of Newfoundland (with Prof. Graham Bodwell).  Marc's work our lab included a wide range of medicinal chemistry projects.  After our lab, Marc began his independent academic career as an Assistant Professor at the University of Regina in Saksatchewan (www.mackinnongroupchem.com)

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Dr. Nicholas Jentsch (Postoctoral Fellow 2018-2021) Prior to our lab Nick obtained his BSc at Missouri University of Science and Technology (T. Schuman) and his PhD at the University of Southern Mississippi (M. Donahue). Nick's work in our lab included antimicrobial medicinal chemistry and the synthesis of phenolic natural products. After our lab, Nick pursued further postdoctoral studies at St. Louis University in the lab of Prof. Marvin Meyers.
Update (2022) - Nick now works as a Research Scientist at Fimbrion Therapeutics in Fenton, Missouri.

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Dr. Lakshmana Kinthada (Postoctoral Fellow 2018-2020)  Prior to our lab, Lakshmana obtained his BSc and MSc degrees at Andhra University and his PhD at IISER Bhopal, India.  His research at McMaster focused on anti-cancer medicinal chemistry and heterocyclic synthetic methodology development.  After our lab, Lakshmana moved to Montreal to join the team at Zamboni Chem Solution Inc. 

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Dr. My Phan Thuy Cao (Postdoctoral Fellow 2019-2020) Prior to our lab, My completed undergraduate studies at Hochiminh University of Technology, Vietnam, an MSc degree at Yeungnam University, South Korea, and a PhD at the University of Saskatchewan (J. Muller).  At McMaster, My worked on antimicrobial medicinal chemistry.  After our lab, My became a medicinal chemist at Dalriada Drug Discovery in Mississauga, Canada.

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Dr. Srinivas Dharavath (Postdoctoral Fellow, 2017-2019) Prior to our lab, Sri completed BSc & MSc degrees at Osmania University and his PhD degree at the University of Hyderabad, India.  At McMaster, Srinivas contributed to medicinal chemistry projects in the fields of metabolic health and infectious disease and also worked on synthetic methodology development.  After our lab Srinivas began his independent academic career as a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, India.  Prof. Drharavaths's research group website.

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Dr. Venkatesh Miriyala (Postdoctoral Fellow, 2018-2019) Prior to our lab, Venkatesh obtained his PhD at Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad, India.  At McMaster, he worked on the synthesis of positive allosteric modulators of the CB1 receptor for the potential treatment of neuropathic pain.  After our lab, Venkatesh returned to India to work as a Scientific Manager at Aragen Life Sciences in Hyderabad, Telangana, India.

Graduate Student Alumni

PhD Degree

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Dr. Xiong Zhang

2014-2020, PhD - Biochemistry (McMaster University) "Alumina-Directed Ortho-Allylation of Phenols"

After our lab: Xiong returned to China to work for WuXi AppTec in Tianjin.

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Dr. Ebenezer Jones-Mensah

2011-2016, PhD - Chemistry (University of Idaho) "Selective Reductions Directed by Rehydrated Alumina and Thiomethylation Using Dimethylsulfoxide"

After our lab: "Jones" became a process engineer at Intel in Portland, OR.

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Dr. Megha Karki

2010-2015, PhD - Chemistry (University of Idaho) "Development of Oxidation Reactions Based on Vanadium Pentoxide, Dimethylsulfoxide, and Synthetic Iron-Rich Clays"

After our lab: Megha completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Scripps, San Diego with Prof. R. Krishnamurthy and became a scientist at Singular Genomics in San Diego.

Update (2021) - Megha now works as a scientist at Zymotrix in Ithaca, NY.

Master's Degree

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Arnav Kaul

2020-2022, MSc - Biochemistry (McMaster University) "Synthesis and Antimicrobial Evaluation of Sideromycins"

Prior to our lab: Arnav obtained his BSc at McMaster University. 

After our lab: Arnav became a medical student McMaster.

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Louis Borrillo

2019-2021, MSc - Chemical Biology (McMaster University) "Lewis Acid Mediated N-aryl Nitrone Synthesis from Benzyl Alcohols"

Prior to our lab: Louie obtained his BSc at the University of Guelph

After our Lab: Louie became a scientist at Wellington Laboratories in Guelph.

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Paul Saliba

2018-2020, MSc - Chemistry (McMaster University) "Regioselective Hydrolysis of Alkynes via Organosulfur Intermediates"

Prior to our lab: Paul obtained his BSc at the University of Toronto, Mississagua.

After our lab: Paul pursued his PhD in the McNulty lab at McMaster University. 

Hugo Araujo 

2012-2014, MSc (University of Idaho, Chemistry) "Total Synthesis of Veranamine"

After our lab: Hugo studied Osteopathic Medicine at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences in Yakima. 

Update (2021) - Hugo now works as a physician in the Phoenix Area.

Other graduate students who contributed to our program:

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Isabella Romeo (2022) Isabella was a visiting international graduate student from Prof. Bruno Botta's group at Sapienza University, Rome, Italy.  In our lab she worlked on the total synthesis of phenolic natural products.

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Valeria Vergine (2022) Valeria was a visiting international graduate student from Prof. Bruno Botta's group at Sapienza University, Rome, Italy.  In our lab she worlked on the total synthesis of phenolic natural products.

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Mohammed Salha (2022) Mo was a visiting international graduate student from the group of Prof. Gregory Chass at Sapienza University in Italy.  In our lab he worked on computational conformational studies focused on prenylated phenolic natural products.

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Parul Pal (2019-2021) Parul was an MS Candidate in our lab working on antimicrobial medicinal chemistry and organosulfur synthetic methods.

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Jalees Nasir (2017-2018) Jalees was an MS candidate in our laboratory for one year prior to continuing his graduate studies at McMaster University in computational genomics in the lab of Prof. Andrew McArthur.

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Jessica Knight (2016-2017) Jessica was an MSc candidate in our lab at the University of Idaho for one year.  When when we moved from Idaho to McMaster, Jessica transferred to Washington State University where she continued her graduate studies under the supervision of Prof. Ming Xian.

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Abdulakeem Osumah (2015-2017) Akeem was an MSc candidate in our lab at the University of Idaho for two years.  Upon our move to McMaster, Akeem continued his graduate studies in Idaho in the group of Prof. Kris Waynant.  He completed his PhD in 2020, did postdoctoral reserach at Scripps in San Diego, and became a Process Engineer at Intel in Hillsboro, Oregon.

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Ram Gautam  (2012-2013) Ram completed one year of graduate studies as an MSc candidate in our lab.

Undergraduate Student Alumni

Undergraduate Research Class of 2022
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Ryan D'Souza (2021-2022) Ryan's senior undergraduate thesis reserach focused on synthetic methodology development and the total synthesis of phenolic natural products. In 2022 Ryan finished his undergraduate studies at McMaster with a degree in Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences specializing in Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization.

Shomaila Rashid (2021-2022) Shomaila's undergraduate thesis project in our lab was focused antimicrobial medicinal chemistry. Shomaila wrapped up her undergraduate studies at McMaster in 2022 with a degree in Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences.

Vincent Wang (2021-2022) Vincent completed his senior reserach thesis in our lab working on an anti-cancer medicinal chemistry project. In 2022 Vincent completed his undergraduate studies at McMaster with a degree in Health Sciences.

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Emma-Kate Baker (spring 2022) Emma-Kate completed a four-month coop placement in our lab working on a medicinal chemistry project in the area of cardiovascular health. After our lab, Emma-Kate continued her undergraduate studies in the Chemical Biology program at McMaster.

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Julian Fernback (spring 2022) Julian completed a four-month coop placement in our lab working on phenolic allylation chemistry. After our lab, Julian continued his undergraduate studies at the University of Waterloo.

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Michelle Park (spring 2022) Michelle completed a four-month coop placement in our lab working on phenolic allylation chemistry. After our lab, Michelle continued her undergraduate studies at the University of Waterloo.

Undergraduate Research Class of 2021
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Gary Zheng (2019-2021) Gary completed two years of undergraduate research in our laboratory contributing to multiple projects in the area of antimicrobial drug discvoery.  In 2021, he completed his undergraduate studies at McMaster with a degree in Biochemistry.

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Melanie Vanderpool (2020-2021) Melanie's undergraduate thesis was focused on synthesis of cannabinoid-inspired antimicrobial drug-candidates.  After our lab Melanie continued her studies in the Chemical Biology co-op program at McMaster.

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Mateo Vendramini (2020-2021) Mateo's undergraduate thesis project focused on the synthesis Gram-negative antibiotic drug-candidates.  After our lab Mateo continued his undergraduate studies in the Chemical Biology Co-op program.

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Benjamin Brakel (2020 Summer) Ben completed an NSERC-funded summer fellowship in our laboratory.  Working remotely due to COVID-19 restrictions, Ben contributed to a drug-discovery program with computational-docking studies. 

Undergraduate Research Class of 2020
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Zoe Piquette (2018-2020) Zoe completed two years of undergraduate research in our lab focusing on antimicrobial medicinal chemistry. After our lab she graduated from McMaster with a BHSc (Bachelor of Health Sciences) and began her medical studies at Western University.

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Arnav Khaul (2019-2020) Arnav completed his undergraduate thesis working on antimicrobial medicinal chemistry. In 2020 he graduated from McMaster with a BSc in Life Sciences and began graduate studies in our lab.

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Ramon Arora (2019-2020) Ramon's undergraduate thesis work was in the field anti-cancer medicinal chemistry.  After our lab, Ramon completed his studies at McMaster with a BSc in Chemical Biology and began graduate school in Chemistry at the University of Toronto in the lab of Prof. Mark Lautens.

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Chanell Chu (2019-2020) Chanell completed her undergraduate senior thesis in our lab. She initiated our AMR diagnostic program with synthetic efforts toward new beta-lactam derivatives. After our lab Chanell completed her undergraduate degree in McMaster's Chemical Biology Co-Op program.

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Alison Armstrong (2019-2020) Alison completed her undergraduate senior thesis in our lab. She synthesized new partial agonists EPAC1 as part of our collaborative research with Prof. Melacini's group. After our lab Alison continued her studies in McMaster's Chemical Biology Co-Op program.

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Eleanor Wong (2019 Fall) Ellie was a visiting co-op student from the University of Waterloo. She synthesized cannabinoid analogues as part of our antimicrobial drug discovery program.  After one semester in our lab Ellie continued her undergraduate studies at Waterloo.

Undergraduate Research Class of 2019

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Amirhossein Yeganeh (2018-2019) After our lab, Amir completed his BSc in Chemical Biology at McMaster and began graduate studies in Chemistry at the University of Toronto with Prof. Doug Stephan.

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Sheryl Nguyen  (2018-2019) After our lab, Sheryl completed his BSc in Chemical Biology at McMaster and began graduate studies in Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto with Prof. Lynne Howell.

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Victoria Coles (2018-2019)  After our lab, Victoria completed her BSc studies in Integrated Sciences at McMaster and began graduate studies in Biochemistry at McMaster in the lab of Prof. Lori Burrows.

Undergraduate Research Class of 2018

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Patrick Pieprzak (2017-2018) After our lab, Patrick continued his undergraduate studies in Chemistry at McMaster.

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Kevin Zhou (fall 2018) After our lab, Kevin continued his undergraduate studies in Biochemistry at McMaster.

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James Kazimowicz  (summer 2018) After our lab, James completed the Master's of Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization Program at  McMaster.

Undergraduate Research Class of 2017 - University of Idaho

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Alyssa Ertel - BSc (Idaho) - 2015-2017, then:  Alyssa became a graduate student at Princeton University in the lab of Prof. Abby Doyle.

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Jackson Deobald - BSc (Idaho) - 2014-2017, then:  Jackson became a graduate student at Princeton University in the lab of Prof. Robert Knowles.

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Jeff Scott - BSc (Idaho) -  2015-2017, then:  Jeff pursued graduate studies at the University of Idaho.

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Weston Durland - BSc (Idaho) - 2015-2017

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James Petersen - MD (WAMMI) - 2016-2017, then:  James continued his medical studies at the University of Washington.

Undergraduate Research Class of 2016

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Jacob Dalton - BSc (Idaho)    2014-2016, then:   Graduate Student, UC Davis (Annaliese Franz)

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Addie Turner    BSc (Idaho)   2016

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Jiahong Li - BSc (LCSC)    2016 summer

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Dylan Ren    BSc (ND)    2016 summer 

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Kael Stelck    BSc (Idaho)    2016 summer

Nicole Rueb    BSc (Idaho)    2016 fall

Roy Henson - BSc (BYUI)    2016 fall   

Undergraduate Research Class of 2015

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Sarah Lusk    (2014-2015) BSc, Univeristy of Idaho; Graduate Student, University of Pittsburgh

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Conner Farley    BSc (Idaho)    2012-2015, then:   Graduate Student, Purdue University (Kristopher Uyeda)

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Hailey Knox    BSc (Idaho)    2013-2015, then:    Graduate Student, U Illinois U-C (Jeff Chen)

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Kyle Clark    BSc (Idaho)    2013-2015, then:     Graduate Student, UC Santa Barbara (Javier Read de Alaniz)

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Joe Schmalz    BSc (Idaho)    2013-2015, then:    Graduate Student, U Idaho (Chem. Eng, with Gautam Kumar)

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Alexis Peters    BSc (LCSC)    2015 summer

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Jacob Wimpenny    BSc (LCSC)    2015 summer

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Judah Stelck    BSc (Idaho)    2015 summer 

Undergraduate Research Class of 2014

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Stephen Holmbo    BSc (Idaho)    2012-2014, then: PhD UC Irvine (Sergei Pronin); Scientist at Gilead, Los Angeles

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Jeff Crawford    BSc (BYUI)   2014 summer  

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William Gibbs    BSc (BYUI)   2014 spring  

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Brady Rinaldi    BSc (Idaho)    2014 spring

Undergraduate Research Class of 2013 

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Eric Hall    BSc (Idaho)    2012-2013, then:  MS U Idaho (Patrick Hrdlicka); Instructor, North Idaho College

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Lelsie Nickerson    BSc (Idaho)    2012-2013, then: PhD UC Davis (Jared Shaw)

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Sarah Vukelich    BSc (Idaho)    2011-2013, then:     Chemist, Idaho Bioscience; 

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Christopher Hatch    BSc (BYUI)    2013 summer, then:  Staff scientist, Actavis (Salt Lake City, Utah)

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Ryan Gole    BSc (Idaho)    2012 fall  

Undergraduate Research Class of 2012 

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Nicholas Weires (2010-2012) Nick completed his BSc at the University of Idaho.  He then finished a PhD at UCLA with Prof. Niel Garg, a postdoctoral fellowship at UC Irvine with Prof. Larry Overman, and became a Medicinal Chemist at Amgen in Thousand Oaks CA. (LinkedIn)

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Brian Vo (2010-2012) BSc (Idaho)    2010-2012   

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Mason Workman (2011-2012) BSc (Idaho)        

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Jason Laflemme (2012 Summer) BSc (BYUI)      

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Jared Boster (2012 Spring)

Jarrod completed an INBRE-funded visiting internship in our lab.  He then completed his undergraduate studies at BYU-Idaho.  He presently works as a chemist in Utah. (LinkedIn)

Undergraduate Research Class of 2011 

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Caleb Hopwood   (2010-2011)

Caleb finished his BSc at University of Idaho and then an MD at University of Washington.  He is presently working as a physician in Idaho.

Judd Durrant (2011 Fall)  

Judd was an INBRE-funded visiting intern from BYU-Idaho.  After our lab, Judd finished his undergraduate studies at BYUI followed by pharmacy school.  He is a pharmacist in Idaho. (LinkedIn)

Bret Kilcup (2010 Fall)

Caleb completed his BSc at the University of Idaho and now works as a Chemical Engineer in Washington (LinkedIn)

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