Alumni Group Members

Postdoctoral Alumni

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Dr. My Phan Thuy Cao

Postdoctoral Fellow (2019-2020)

PhD: University of Saskatchewan (J. Muller)

MSc: Yeungnam University, South Korea

B.Eng.: Hochiminh University of Technology, Vietnam

Dr. Srinivas Dharavath

Postdoctoral Fellow (2017-2019)

BSc & MSc: Osmania University, Hyderabad, India

PhD: University of Hyderabad, India

After our lab: Srinivas began his independent academic career as Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at IIT Kanpur, India.

Dr. Venkatesh Miriyala

Postdoctoral Fellow (2018-2019)

PhD: Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad, India


After our lab: Venkatesh returned to India to work in the contract synthesis industry.

Graduate Student Alumni

Dr. Ebenezer Jones-Mensah 

2011-2016: PhD (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.

Dr. Megha Karki

2010-2015: PhD (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.  She is now a scientist at Singular Genomics in San Diego.

Hugo Araujo

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

After our lab: Hugo studied Osteopathic Medicine at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences in Yakima.  He is now a practising doctor of osteopathy.

Other graduate students who made contributions to our program:

Jalees Nasir - MSc candidate (McMaster University) - 2017-2018 - After our lab: Jalees continued his graduate studies at McMaster University in computational genomics lab of Prof. Andrew McArthur.

Jessica Knight - MSc candidate (University of Idaho) - 2016-2017 - After our lab: when we moved from Idaho to McMaster, Jessica transferred to Washington State University where she became a graduate student with Prof. Ming Xian.

Abdulakeem Osumah - MSc candidate (University of Idaho) - 2015-2017 - After our lab: when we moved from Idaho to McMaster, Akeem continued his graduate studies at the University of Idaho in the group of Prof. Kris Waynant.

Ram Gautam  - MSc candidate (University of Idaho) - 2012-2013

Undergraduate Student Alumni

Class of 2019

Amirhossein Yeganeh  - 2018-2019 - then Amir completed his BSc in Chemical Biology at McMaster and began graduate studies in Chemistry at the University of Toronto in Fall of 2019.

Sheryl Nguyen    BSc (McMaster)    2018-2019, then: Sheryl continued undergraduate studies at McMaster

Victoria Coles    BSc (McMaster)    2018-2019, then: Victoria became a graduate student in biochemistry at McMaster in the lab of Prof. Lori Burrows.

Eleanor Wong BSc (Waterloo) Fall 2019  co-op student, then: Ellie returned to Waterloo to continue to her undergraduate studies.

Class of 2018


Patrick Pieprzak   BSc (McMaster)    2017-2018, then: continued his undergraduate studies at McMaster 

Kevin Zhou - BSc (McMaster) - 2018 fall, then: continued his undergraduate studies at McMaster 

James Kazimowicz    BSc (Waterloo) - 2018 summer, then: MBDC Program, McMaster; now sales & marketing at Johnson & Johnson

Class of 2017

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

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

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

Weston Durland - BSc (Idaho) - 2015-2017


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


Class of 2016

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

Addie Turner    BSc (Idaho)   2016

Roy Henson - BSc (BYUI)    2016 fall   

Nicole Rueb    BSc (Idaho)    2016 fall

Jiahong Li - BSc (LCSC)    2016 summer

Dylan Ren    BSc (ND)    2016 summer 


Kael Stelck    BSc (Idaho)    2016 summer

Class of 2015


Sarah Lusk    BSc (Idaho)    2014-2015, then:    Graduate Student, University of Pittsburgh

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


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


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


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


Alexis Peters    BSc (LCSC)    2015 summer


Jacob Wimpenny    BSc (LCSC)    2015 summer


Judah Stelck    BSc (Idaho)    2015 summer  


Class of 2014

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


Jeff Crawford    BSc (BYUI)   2014 summer  

William Gibbs    BSc (BYUI)   2014 spring  


Brady Rinaldi    BSc (Idaho)    2014 spring


Class of 2013

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

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

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


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


Ryan Gole    BSc (Idaho)    2012 fall  

Class of 2012 

Nicholas Weires    BSc (Idaho)    2010-2012 , then:  PhD, UCLA (Niel Garg); Potdoc, UC Irvine (Larry Overman); Medicinal Chemist, Amgen, Thousand Oaks CA

Brian Vo    BSc (Idaho)    2010-2012   

Mason Workman    BSc (Idaho)    2011-2012    

Jason Laflemme    BSc (BYUI)    2012 summer  

Jared Boster    BSc (BYUI)    2012 spring


Judd Durrant    BSc (BYUI)    2011 fall

Class of 2011 

Caleb Hopwood    BSc (Idaho)    2010-2011   MD University of Washington; now a physician in Salt Lake City, UT

Bret Kilcup BSc (BYUI)    2010 fall