ALUMNI

FORMER GRADUATE STUDENTS

Class of 2015

Class of 2014

Joshua Francis

B.S. in Chemistry & Human Biology

Michigan State University

M.S. in Chemical Biology,

University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, May 2017

Dr. Evijola Llabani

B.S. in Chemistry & Biology

St. John's University

Ph.D. in Chemical Biology,

University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, December 2018

Dr. Michelle Richter

B.S. in Biochemistry, Union College

Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry,

University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, August 2017

Dr. Michael Lambrecht

B.S. in Chemistry & Biochemistry,

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, May 2016

Dr. Elizabeth Parkinson

Current: Assistant Professor, Purdue University

Previous: NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, Bill Metcalf's lab, UIUC

B.S. in Chemistry, Rhodes College

Ph.D. in Chemical Biology, University of

Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, September 2015

Dr. Howard Roth

Current: ChemoCentryx

Previous: Posdoctoral Fellow, Jon Ellman's lab,

Yale University

B.S. in Chemistry, Northwestern University

Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, May 2015

Aaron Knowlton

Scientist, Technical Services, Eli Lily

B.S. in Biochemistry,

Brigham Young Unversity

M.S. in Biochemistry, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, July 2012

Dr. Quinn Peterson

Current: Assistant Professor, Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine

Previous: JDFR Postdoctoral Fellow, Douglas Metlon's lab, Harvard University

B.S. in Biochemistry,Brigham Young University

Ph.D. in Biochemistry, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, July 2011

Dr. Tim Flood

B.A. in Chemistry, Cornell University

Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, December 2012

Dr. Diana West

Current: Staff Scientist, U. of Chicago

Previous: Postdoctoral Associate, Suzanne Conzen's lab, Unversity of Chicago

B.S. in Chemistry, College of William and Mary

Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, June 2011

Dr. James Heeres

B.S. Biochemistry, University of Maryland

Ph.D. in Biochemistry, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, May 2010

Dr. Nora Wang Eibergen

Current: Senior Scientist, DuPont Microbial Control

Previous: Postdoctoral Associate, Helen Blackwell's lab,

University of Wisconsin

B.S. in Math & Chemistry ,University of Alabama, Birmingham

Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, January 2011

Dr. Amanda Nottbohm

Clinical Research Development, Boehringer Ingelheim

B.S. in Chemistry, Albion College

Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, July 2008

Dr. Ben Leslie

Current: Wooster College

Previous: Postdoctoral Associate, Taekjip Ha's lab, UIUC

B.A. in Chemistry, Colgate University

Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, January 2009

Dr. Karson Putt

Managing Director, Center for Drug Discovery,

Purdue University

B.S. in Biology, Purdue University

Ph.D. in Biochemistry, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, November 2006

Cathy Brummond

Synthetic Chemist, Baxter Healthcare

B.A. in Chemistry, Lake Forest College

M.S. in Organic Chemistry, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, December 2004

Dr. Dinty J. Musk, Jr.

Associate Professor of Chemistry,

Ohio Domincan University

B.A. in Biochemistry, Taylor University

Ph.D. in Chemical Biology, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, December 2006

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Riley Svec

Scientist, Medicinal Chemistry, Janssen Pharmaceuticals

B.S. in Chemistry, 

University of Iowa

PhD in Organic Chemistry

University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana,

March 2020

Sarah Perlmutter

Scientist, Medicinal Chemistry, Abbvie

B.A. in Chemistry,

Smith College

Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry

University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana,

November 2020

Woojin 'Vincent' Yang

B.A. in Chemistry,

Northwestern University

M.S. in Organic Chemistry, 

University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, May 2016

 

Dr. Alfredo Garcia

B.S. in Chemistry & Biochemistry,

University of Iowa

Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry

University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana,

February 2019

Bradley Nakamura

B.S. in Chemistry,

Xavier University

M.S. in Organic Chemistry, 

University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana,

December 2015

Dr. Bryon Drown

Postdoctoral Fellow, Neil Kelleher's lab,

Northwestern University

B.S. in Chemistry,Wheaton College

Ph.D. in Chemical Biology, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, November 2018

Dr. Jessie Peh

Current: Senior Scientist, Probe Life

Previous: NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, Carolyn Bertozzi’s lab,

Stanford University

B.S. in Chemistry, National University of Singapore

Ph.D. in Chemical Biology, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, August 2017

Dr. Robert Hicklin

Current: Senior Scientist, Pfizer (Groton, CT)

Previous: Postdoctoral Fellow, Tim Jamison's lab, MIT

B.S. in Chemistry, University of Central Missouri

Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, December 2015

Amy (Larson) Freeman

B.S. in Chemistry, Wheaton College

M.S. in Chemical Biology, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, April 2013

Dr. Rachel Botham

Current: Senior Scientist, Codexis

Previous: American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellow,

Jeff Kelly's lab, Scripps Research Institute

B.S. in Chemistry & Biological Sciences,

University of Pittsburgh

Ph.D. in Chemical Biology, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, May 2016

Dr. Emilia Calvaresi

MD program, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

B.S. in Biochemistry & Cell Biology,

B.A. in English, Rice University

Ph.D. in Biochemistry, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, July 2014

Dr. Karen Morrison

B.S. in Chemistry, Harvey Mudd College

Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, August 2013

Dr. Claire Knezevic

Current: Assistant Professor, Clinical Chemistry, 

Johns Hopkins University 

Previous: Postdoctoral Associate,

Uwe Rix's & Eric Haura's Labs, Moffitt Cancer Institute

B.A. in Chemistry, Scripps College

Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, June 2014

Dr. Julia Williams van Rensburg

Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanley Spinola's lab,

Indiana University School of Medicine

B.S. in Microbiology, University of Idaho

Ph.D. in Microbiology, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, August 2013

Dr. Joseph Bair

B.S. in ChemistryM.S. in Organic Chemistry, Brigham Young University

Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, December 2011

Manuel Rodriguez

Associate Professor, Parkland College

B.A. in Chemistry,

University of Puerto Rico, Rio Diedras

M.S. in Chemical Biology, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, November 2008

Dr. Kristin Finch

Associate Dean for Science Diversity & Inclusion at Penn State

B.S. in Chemistry, Hampton University

Ph.D. in Chemical Biology, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, April 2011

Dr. Rahul Palchaudhuri

Current: co-founder and Senior Scientist,

Magenta Therapeutics 

Previous: Postdoctoral Associate, David Scadden's lab,

Harvard Stem Cell Institute

B.A. in Chemistry, Grinnell College

Ph.D. in Organic Chemstry, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, June 2011

Dr. Mirth Hoyt

B.S. in Chemistry, College of William and Mary

Ph.D. in Organic Chemsitry, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, February 2010

Dr. Elizabeth Moritz Halvorsen

Current: Senior Scientist, Seres Therapeutics 

Previous: Postdoctoral Associate, Darren Higgins' lab,

Harvard Medical School

B.S. in Microbial Biotechnology, Rutgers University

Ph.D. in Microbiology, University of Illinois,

Champaign-Urbana, June 2010

Dr. Christina Thompson

Associate Professor of Instruction, University of Texas, Dallas

B.S. in Chemistry, Texas A&M University

Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, November 2008

Dr. Robin Dothager

Current: Process Development Scientist, Patheon/ThermoFisher 

Previous: American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellow, David Piwnica-Worms' lab, Washington University in St. Louis

B.A. in Chemistry, Southern Illinois University

Ph.D. in Biochemistry, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, August 2008

Dr. Todd Meyer

Current: Principal Scientist, Boundless Bio

Previous: Postdoctoral Associate,

Sergey Kozmin's lab, University of Chicago

B.S. in Chemistry, Haverford College

Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, August 2009

Dr. David Goode

Associate Professor of Chemistry, Mercer University

B.S. in Chemistry, Mercer University

Ph.D. in Chemical Biology, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, December 2007

Dr. Jason Thomas

Current: Senior Scientist, Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Previous: Postdoctoral Associate, Ben Cravatt's lab,

The Scripps Research Institute

B.S. in Biophysics, Temple University

Ph.D. in Biophysics, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, July 2007

Johna C.B. DeNap

Supervisor of Toxicology,

Delaware Medical Examiner's Office

B.S. in Chemistry, Butler University

M.S. in Chemical Biology, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, December 2004

Eric Olson

Patent Examiner, Alexandria, VA

B.S. in Chemistry, Princeton University

M.S. in Chemical Biology, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, August 2005

Dr. Vitaliy Nesterenko

Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Kyiv-Mohila Academy

National Technical University of Ukraine

Ph.D. in Organic Chemsitry, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, November 2006

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Class of 2010

Class of 2009

Class of 2008

Class of 2007

Class of 2006

Class of 2005

Class of 2004

Class of 2003

Class of 2002

Class of 2001

Class of 2013

Class of 2011

Class of 2012

FORMER POSTDOCS

Dr. William Montgomery

Ph.D. in Chemistry,

University of Texas

Postdoctoral Associate

August 2016-June 2019

Dr. Mohamed Elsayed

Ph.D in Medicinal Chemistry

Purdue University

Postdoctoral Associate

September 2018-February 2019

Dr. Sarah Tasker

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Franklin & Marshall College

Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry,

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Postdoctoral Associate,

October 2015-July 2018

Dr. Ryan Rafferty

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry,

Kansas State University

Ph.D. in Chemistry, Colorado State University

Postdoctoral Associate,

September 2011-June 2014

Dr. Rob Huigens

Assistant Professor, College of Pharmacy,

University of Florida

Ph.D. in Chemistry,

North Carolina State University

American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Associate, August 2009-Februrary 2013

Dr. Seok-Ho Kim

Associate Professor, College of Pharmacy, Cha University

Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry,

Seoul National University

Postdoctoral Associate,

November 2008-November 2010

Dr. Xianjun Liu

Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, Fudan University 

Postdoctoral Associate,

November 2004-January 2007

Dr. Anil K. Sharma

Research Assistant Professor of Chemistry,

North Carolina State University

Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry,

National Chemical Laboratory, India

Postdoctoral Associate,

September 2001-January 2005

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Dr. Andrew Riley

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Illinois, Chicago

Ph.D. in Chemistry,

University of Kansas

Postdoctoral Associate,

August 2015-June 2018

Dr. Bryan Yestrepsky

​Senior Scientist, AbbVie

Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry,

University of Michigan 

Postdoctoral Associate,

October 2013-May 2015

Dr. Matt Brichacek

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Maine

Ph.D. in Chemistry, Cornell University

Postdoctoral Associate, July 2010-July 2014

Dr. Isak Im

Senior Scientist, JW Pharmaceuticals

Ph.D. in Chemistry,

Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology

Postdoctoral Associate,

May 2010-October 2013

Dr. Kathy Partlow

Senior Proposal Development Coordinator, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Ph.D. in Molecular Cell Biology,

Washington University in St. Louis

Postdoctoral Associate,

November 2007-June 2012

Dr. Danny Hsu

Global Medical Affairs Lead, Hong Kong

Merck Sharp & Dohme

Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, Virgina Tech

Postdoctoral Associate,

September 2007-June 2010

Dr. Bandaru Sreenivasulu

Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry,

University of Hyderabad

Postdoctoral Associate,

May 2004-October 2005

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FORMER VISITING SCIENTISTS

Lucia Furiassi

 

Graduate Student in Medicinal Chemistry and Technology, Urbino University

Visiting student, August 2017-May 2018

Illaria Paterni

Current: Corporate Regulatory Affairs, Menarini Group, Florence, Italy

Graduate Student in Medicinal Chemistry,

University of Pisa

Visiting student, March-September 2014

Carlotta Granchi

Associate Professor, University of Pisa

Graduate Student in Medicinal Chemistry, University of Pisa

Visiting student, July-December 2009

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Tomohiro Shirai

R&D, Kansei Science Research

Kao Corporation, Japan

Visiting student, February 2015-August 2016

Tania Lileth López Silva

Undergraduate in Chemistry,

Tecnológico de Monterry

Visiting student, July-December 2013

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FORMER UNDERGRADUATES STUDENTS

Alex Bahnick

Research Scientist,

National Cancer Institute

Undergraduate Research Assistant

August 2018-May 2019

B.S. in Integrative Biology

University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

Olivia Pattelli

Graduate Student, Chemical Biology

Anna Mapp’s lab

University of Michigan

Undergraduate Research Assistant

August 2014-May 2016

B.S. in Molecular Biology

University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

Uros Kuzmanovic

PhD program, Biomedical Engineering, Boston University

Undergraduate Research Assistant,

January 2011-May 2013

B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

Emma Point

Current: Office of Radiation Safety, University of Chicago

Undergraduate Research Assistant,

January 2014-May 2015

B.S. in Chemistry,

University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

Matt Frost

Research Scientist, Weiman Products

Undergraduate Research Assistant,

May 2012-May 2013

B.S. in Chemistry,

University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

Hani Kuttab

Medical Student, Loyola University

Undergraduate Research Assistant,

February 2010-July 2012

B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

Rob DiFazio

Current position: Research development, Stanford University, Institute of Immunity, Transplantation, and Infection

PhD, JoAnne Flynn’s lab, University of Pittsburgh, 2016

Undergraduate Research Assistant,

January 2009-July 2011

B.S in Chemistry & Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

Christ Novotny

Current: Merck, San Francisco

PhD from Kevan Shokat's lab, UCSF, 2016

Undergraduate Research Assistant,

November 2007-May 2010

B.S. in Biochemistry,

University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

Tran "Lauire" Nguyen

Undergraduate Research Assistant,

August 2008-May 2010

B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

Clint Holiday

Emergency Room physician, Ft. Leonard Wood

MD, St. Louis University

Undergraduate Research Assistant,

December 2006-May 2009

B.S. in Biochemistry,

University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

Emily Billings

Current: Senior Analyst, Gryphon Scientific

PhD, Microbiology, Unviersity of Virginia, 2016

Undergraduate Research Assistant,

June 2008-May 2009

B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

Ryan Totten

Current: Senior Scientist, Stepan Company

Previous: Graduate Student, Northwestern University

Undergraduate Research Assistant,

January 2006-May 2008

B.S. in Chemistry,

University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

Kara Ramsey

Research Scientist, Novartis

Undergraduate Research Assistant,

June 2006-July 2008

B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

Katy Stoica

Teacher, Walter Payton College Prep School

Undergraduate Research Assistant,

August 2004-May 2006

B.S. in Chemistry,

University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

Valerie Fako

Current: Postdoctoral Fellow, NIH/NCI

PhD, Pharmacology, Indiana University, 2014

Undergraduate Research Assistant,

June 2005-December 2006

B.S. in Chemistry,

University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

M.S. in Chemistry, University of Wisconsin

Grace Chen

Medical Student, University of Illinois, Chicago

Undergraduate Research Assistant,

January 2004-April 2005

B.S. in Chemistry,

University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

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Amanda Cowfer

Graduate Student, Chemistry,

Pentelute lab

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Undergraduate Research Assistant

August 2016-July 2018 

B.S. in Molecular & Cellular Biology and Chemistry

University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

Adam Sowers

Graduate Student, Chemistry, Prof. Marcey Waters’ lab

Undergraduate Research Assistant

October 2014-May 2016

B.S. in Chemistry,

University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

Jessica White

Undergraduate Research Assistant,

January 2012-May 2013

B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

Maaz Ahmed

PhD from Shannon Stahl's lab, University of Wisconsin, 2016

Postdoc with Ralph Weissleder, Harvard Medical School

Undergraduate Research Assistant, February 2010-May 2012

B.S. in Chemistry,

University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

Steve Schmid

Graduate Student, Jennifer Schomaker's lab, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Undergraduate Research Assistant, September 2010-August 2011

B.S. in Chemistry,

University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

Arabella Lazar

Undergraduate Research Assistant, October 2009-July 2011

B.S. in Chemistry,

University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

Megan Cismesia

Current Position: Process chemistry, Corteva Agriscience, Indianapolis, IN

NSF Graduate Fellow, Teshik Yoon's lab
University of Wisconsin-Madison, PhD 2015

Postdoctoral Fellow, Melanie Sanford’s lab,

University of Michigan

Undergraduate Research Assistant,

August 2008-May 2010

B.S. in Chemistry,

University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

Jason Olejniczak

Investigator, Calibr, PhD, Dept Chemistry & Biochemistry, UCSD, 2016

Undergraduate Research Assistant,

January 2009-May 2010

B.S. in Chemistry,

University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

Mirtha Ariza

Undergraduate Research Assistant,

November 2007-May 2009

B.S. in Chemistry,

University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

Michael Niziolek

Current: Senior Research Associate, Illumina

Previous: Graduate student, UCSD

Undergraduate Research Assistant,

January 2008-May 2009

B.S. in Biochemistry,

University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

Ellen Dwyer

Genetic Counselor, Hope Children's Hospital

Undergraduate Research Assistant,

June 2006-May 2008

B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

Brittney Allen

Clinical Pharmacist, Surgery Mayo Clinic

Undergraduate Research Assistant,

June 2004-May 2006

B.S. in Chemistry & Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

Peter Phan

University of Illinois College of Medicine, Peoria

MD, University of Illinois, Chicago

Undergraduate Research Assistant,

April 2005-December 2006

B.S. in Chemistry,

University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

Margaret Wong

Current: Project Manager, LakePharma

PhD, Laura Kiessling’s LabUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison, 2012

Undergraduate Research Assistant,

May 2003-April 2005

B.S. in Chemistry,

University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

Joshua Byers

MD Residency, Los Angeles

Undergraduate Research Assistant,

Fall 2001-Fall 2003

B.S. in Chemistry,

University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

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