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Recent Graduates

Spring 2017:

Student Degree Earned Advisor Dissertation/Thesis Title Notice
Seyedmorteza Hosseyni Ph.D. Dr. Xiaodong Shi New Reaction Discoveries in Gold Catalysis
Ning Ma Ph.D. Dr. Aarjan van der Vaart On the conformation dynamics of DNA: a perspective from molecular dynamics simulations
Emre Seyyal Ph.D. Dr. Abdul Malik Germania- and silica-based perfluorinated and non-fluorinated sol-gel sorbents for capillary microextraction in chromatographic analysis.
Courtney A. Smith M.S. Dr. Xiaodong Shi Hydroalkynylation of Oxocarbenium Intermediates via Au(I) Catalysis
Li Ye Ph.D. Dr. Scott Lewis Exploring Student Learning in Post-Secondary Chemistry: Novel Tools for Measuring Linked Concepts and Study Habits


Fall 2016:

Student Degree Earned Advisor Dissertation/Thesis Title Notice
Abdullah Alhendal Ph.D. Dr. Abdul Malik Hydrolytic and Nonhrdrolytic Sol-gel Zirconia-, Titania-, and Niobia-based Capillary Microextraction Coatings for the Preconcentration and HPLC Analysis of Catecholamine Neurotransmitters and Phosphorylated Peptides
Michael L. Doligalski Ph.D. Co-Major Professor: Dr. Mark McLaughlin
Co-Major Professor: Dr. Jianfeng Cai
Design and Development of Peptidomimetic Ligands for Targeting Radiopharmaceuticals, Imaging Probes, and Immunotherapeutics ni Oncologic Disease
Wenyang Gao Ph.D. Dr. Shengqian Ma Metal-Organic Frameworks as Potential Platforms for Carbon Dioxide Capture and Chemical Transformation
Kenneth Kull Ph.D. Dr. Julie Harmon The Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Polyurethanes and Polyimides
Sri Krishna Nimmagadda Ph.D. Dr. Jon Antilla Asymmetric Transformations Catalyzed By Chiral BINOL Alkaline Earth Metal Phosphate Complexes


Summer 2016:

Student Degree Earned Advisor Dissertation/Thesis Title Notice
Marc Giulianotti Ph.D. Dr. Jim Leahy The Use of Synthetic Mixture Based Libraries to Identify Hit Compounds for ESKAPE Pathogens, Leishmaniasis, and Inhibitors of Palmitoylation
Ali Husain Ph.D. Dr. Kirpal Bisht Spatially Directional Resorcin[4]arene Cavitand Glycoconjugates for Organic Catalysis in Aqueous Media
Yaqiong Li Ph.D. Dr. Jianfeng Cai Gamma AApeptides as Host Defense Peptide Mimics
Sreya Mukherjee Ph.D. Dr. Wayne C. Guida Applications of Molecular Modelling and Structure based Drug Design in Drug Discovery


Spring 2016:

Student Degree Earned Advisor Dissertation/Thesis Title Notice
Qigan Cheng Ph.D. Major Advisor: Dr. Peter Zhang
Co-Major Advisor: Dr. Shengqian Ma
Co(II)-Based Metalloradical Catalysis for Asymmetric Radical Cyclopropanation
Jacquelin Fries Ph.D. Dr. Bill Baker
Ge Bai Ph.D. Dr. Jianfeng Cai
Michael Kemp M.S. Major Advisor: Dr. H. Lee Woodcock
Co-Major Advisor: Dr. Yu Chen
Optimizing Protocols for Carbohydrate NMR Chemical Shift Computations
Yi Liang Ph.D. Dr. Mark Mclaughlin Design, Synthesis and Screening of Peptidomimetics for Anticancer and Antiviral Drug Candidates
Susana Lopez Ph.D. Dr. Jon Antilla Chiral Boro-Phosphates in Asymmetric Catalysis: 1, 4 Reduction of Enones and Reductive Aldol
Demetrios Pantages M.A. Dr. Jon Antilla
Jeanine Yacoub M.S. Dr. James Leahy Synthesis of Agents for the Treatment and Analysis of Tropical Diseases


Fall 2015:

Student Degree Earned Advisor Dissertation/Thesis Title Notice
Matthew Battistini Ph.D. Dr. David Merkler Novel Enzyme Perspectives: Arylalkylamine N-acyltransferases from Bombyx mori & 1-Deoxy-D-Xylulose-5-Phosphate Synthase from Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax
Patrick Nugent M.S. Major Advisor: Dr. Michael J. Zaworotko
Co-Major Advisor: Dr. Shengqian Ma
Tailoring the Pore Environment of Metal-Organic and Molecular Materials Decorated with Inorganic Anions: PlatforM.S. for Highly Selective Carbon Capture


Summer 2015:

Student Degree Earned Advisor Dissertation/Thesis Title Notice
Christian Cioce Ph.D. Dr. Brian Space Computational Investigations of Potential Energy Function Development for Metal-Organic Framework Simulations, Metal Carbenes, and Chemical Warefare Agents
Tarah Word Ph.D. Dr. Randy Larsen Photoacoustic Calorimetry Studies of the Earliest Events in Horse Heart Cytochrome-c Folding


Spring 2015:

Student Degree Earned Advisor Dissertation/Thesis Title Notice
Megan Barber M.S. Dr. Roman Manetsch
Co Major Advisor: Dr. Edward Turos
2,4-Disubstituted Quinazolines with Anti-Leishmanial or Anti-Bacterial Activity
Frankie Costanza Ph.D. Dr. Jianfeng Cai Design, Synthesis and Applications of Polymer Biomaterials
Daniel Dempsey Ph.D. Dr. David Merkler Identification and Characterization of N-acyltransferase Enzymes Involved in the Biosynthesis of Fatty Acid Amides
Sungyub Han Ph.D. Dr. Xiao Li Optimization of Aggregating Agents and SERS Substrate for SERS detection of Cotinine and Trans 3’-hydroxycotinine
Yaogang Hu Ph.D. Dr. Peng Teng Design and Synthesis of Bioactive Peptidomimetics
Kristen Jeffries Ph.D. Dr. Gary Gray Biosynthesis of Long-chain Fatty Acid Amides
Youngran Ji Ph.D. Dr. Jon Antilla Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) and Porous Organic Polymers (POPs) For Heterogeneous Asymmetric Catalysis
Aleksandra Karolak Ph.D. Dr. Arjan van der Vaart Application and Development of Computational Methods in Conformational Studies of Bio-molecules
Christopher Lizardi M.S. Dr. Peter Zhang Aldehydic C–H Amination Reactions via Co(II)-Based Metalloradical Catalysis and Construction of Novel Chiral meso-Amidoporphyrin Ligands
Jordany Maignan Ph.D. Dr. Roman Manetsch Development of in vivo efficacious 4(1H)-quinolones and 1,2,3,4-Tetrahydroacridin-9(10H)-ones with potent anti-malarial activity.
Perry Mitchell M.S. Dr. Edward Turos The Detection and Quantitative Analysis of Endogenous Fatty Acid Amides in Apis Mellifera and Tribolium Castaneum
Hasnaa Mouttaki Ph.D. Dr. Lucasz Wojtas Supermolecular Building Layer Approach- A Quest toward the Design and Synthesis of Functional Metal-Organic Materials
Yuri Pevzner Ph.D. Major Advisor: Dr. H. Lee Woodcock
Co-Major Advisor: Dr. Wayne C. Guida
Development and application of web-based open source drug discovery platforM.S.
Tony Pham Ph.D. Dr. Brian Space Theoretical Investigations of Gas Sorption and Separation in Metal–Organic Materials
Christopher Witowski Ph.D. Dr. Bill Baker Investigation of Bioactive Metabolites from the Antarctic Sponge Dendrillla membranosa and Marine MicroorganisM.S.
Haifan Wu Ph.D. Dr. Shruti Padhee Gamma-AApeptides as a New Class of Peptidomimetics: Synthesis, Structures, and Functions


Fall 2014:

Student Degree Earned Advisor Dissertation/Thesis Title Notice
Sameh Elsaidi Ph.D. Dr. Michael J. Zaworotko Crystal Engineering of Functional Metal-Organic Material PlatforM.S. for gas storage and separation applications
Joseph Gill Ph.D. Dr. Peter Zhang Co(II) Based Metalloradical Catalysis: Carbene and Nitrene Transfer Reactions
Alaa Hashim Ph.D. Dr. Li-June Ming Metallopeptides From Design To Catalysis: Structure, Oxidative Activities, And Inhibition Studies Of Designed And Naturally Occuring Metallopeptides
Michael M. McLean Ph.D. Dr. Abdul Malik Phenyl Functionalized Sol-gel Silica Sorbent for Capillary Microextraction and Chromia Based Sol-gel Ucon Stationary Phase for Capillary Gas Chromatography
Mona Mohamed Ph.D. Dr. Michael J. Zaworotko/Co-Major Prof: Dr. Brian Space Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Materials Based on Oxyanion Linkers for Selective Adsorption of Polarizable Gases
Sachel M. Villafañe Ph.D. Dr. Jennifer Lewis Use of assessments in college chemistry courses: Examining students' prior knowledge, chemistry self-efficacy, and attitude


Summer 2014:

Student Degree Earned Advisor Dissertation/Thesis Title Notice
Tao Liang Ph.D. Dr. Jon Antilla Chiral Phosphoric Acids and Alkaline Earth Metal Phosphates Chemistry
Adrian Villalta-Cerdas Ph.D. Dr. Santiago Sandi-Urena Development and Assessment of Self-explaining Skills in College Chemistry Instruction


Spring 2014:

Student Degree Earned Advisor Dissertation/Thesis Title Notice
Todd Gatlin Ph.D. Dr. Santiago Sandi-Urena Chemistry Graduate Teaching Assistants' Experiences in Academic Laboratories and Development of Teaching Self-Images
Pankaj Jain Ph.D. Dr. Jon Antilla Brønsted Acid Catalyzed Asymmetric Allylation And Propargylation Of Aldehydes
Hyun Joo Kil Ph.D. Dr. Mark McLaughlin Design & Synthesis of Peptidomimetics Adopting Secondary Structures for Inhibition of p53/MDM2 Protein-protein Interaction and Multiple Myeloma Cell Adhesion
Andrii Monastyrskyi Ph.D. Dr. Roman Manetsch Synthesis And Evaluation Of 3-Aryl-4(1H)-Quinolones As Orally Active Antimalarials: Overcoming Challenges In Metabolism, Solubility And Bioavailability
Ranjani Muralidharan Ph.D. Dr. Xiao Li Investigation and Characterization of Pt-Modified Au Catalysts and Polymer Composites by Electrochemistry, Raman and Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS)
Shruti Padhee Ph.D. Dr. Jianfeng Cai Insights into α-AA peptides and γ-AA peptides as broad spectrum antimicrobial peptidomimetics and as anti-biofilm agents
Alexander Schoedel Ph.D. Dr. Michael J. Zaworotko [M3(μ3-O)(O2CR)6] and Related Trigonal PrisM.S.: Versatile Molecular Building Blocks For 2-Step Crystal Engineering Of Functional Metal-Organic Materials
Adrian Villalta-Cerdas Ph.D. Dr. Santiago Sandi-Urena Development and Assessment of Self-explaining Skills in College Chemistry Instruction
Wenfeng Wang Ph.D. Dr. Rudy Schlaf Investigation of Energy Alignment Models at Polymer Interfaces
Josanne-Dee Woodroffe Ph.D. Dr. Mark McLaughlin A Synthesis Approach Of TRP-Like Primary Amine Peptoid Side Chains Used In the Cyclic Β-Hairpin – Like Scaffolds
Shi-Yuan Zhang M.S. Dr. Michael J. Zaworotko Homochiral Metal-Organic Materials: Design, Synthetic and Enantioseletive Separation
Zhenjie Zhang Ph.D. Dr. Michael J. Zaworotko Template-directed synthesis and post-synthetic modification of porphyrin-encapsulating metal-organic materials


Fall 2013:

Student Degree Earned Advisor Dissertation/Thesis Title Notice
Mohamad Nassir Amin M.S. Dr. Jianfeng Cai Synthesis of amphiphilic α- and γ-AApeptides for antimicrobial, self-assembly, and mineralization studies
Jhon Figueroa Ph.D. Dr. Rudy Schlaf Immobilization And Characterization Of Physisorbed Antibody FilM.S. Using Pneumatic Spray As Deposition Technique
Seongmin Hong Ph.D. Dr. Xiao Li Optimization, Modification And Applications Of Gold Nanoparticles As The Substrates Of Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy
Ashley Mullen M.S. Dr. Brian Space A Polarizable and Transferable Carbon Dioxide Potential for Materials Simulations
Katherine Parra Ph.D. Dr. Wayne Guida Combination of the Computational Methods: Molecular Dynamics, Homology Modeling and Docking to Design Novel Inhibitors and Study Structural Changes in Target Proteins for Current Diseases


Summer 2013:

Student Degree Earned Advisor Dissertation/Thesis Title Notice
Kurt Van Horn Ph.D. Dr. Roman Manetsch Anti-Parasitic and Anti-Bacterial Agents: Studies On 1,4-Dihydropyridines And 2,4-Diaminoquinazolines
Ushiri Kulatunga Ph.D. Dr. Jennifer Lewis Argumentation as a Lens to Examine Student Discourse in Peer-Led Guided Inquiry for College General Chemistry


Spring 2013:

Student Degree Earned Advisor Dissertation/Thesis Title Notice
Courtney DuBoulay Ph.D. Dr. Wayne Guida Virtual Screening for Cancer Drug Discovery in Protein-Protein Interactions
Parul Jain Ph.D. Dr. Julie Harmon Characterizing Interactions Between Chromophores in Synthetic and Natural Macromolecular FilM.S. via MALDI-TOF, IBF and Dielectric Analyzer
Matthew Kaplan M.S. Dr. Jon C. Antilla Chiral Phosphoric Acid-Catalyzed Acetalization And Iso-Pictet Spengler Reactions
Bernard Knudsen Ph.D. Dr. Julie Harmon A Rheological Examination of Polymer Composites: Including Functionalized Carbon Nanotubes, Viable Polyurethane Alternates, and Contact Lens Hydrogels
William Maza Ph.D. Dr. Randy Larsen Reaction Enthalpy and Volume Profiles for Excited State Reactions Involving Electron Transfer and Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer
Jingran Tao Ph.D. Dr. Peter Zhang Asymmetric Nitrene Transfer Reaction with Azides via CO(II)-Based Metalloradical Catalysis (MRC)
Sai Vankayala Ph.D. Dr. Wayne Guida
Dr. H. Lee Woodcock
Computational Approaches for Structure Based Drug Design and Protein Structure-Function Prediction


Fall 2012:

Student Degree Earned Advisor Dissertation/Thesis Title Notice
Biplob Bhattacharya Ph.D. Dr. Edward Turos Synthesis and Anti-MRSA Activity of Hydrophilic C3-Acylated N- Thiolated β-LactaM.S. and N-Acyl Ciprofloxacin-N-Thiolated β-Lactam Hybrids
Gajendrasingh Ingle Ph.D. Dr. Jon Antilla Chiral Binol Metal Phosphate/Phosphoric Acid Catalyzed Enantioselective Addition of Phosphorus and Sulfur Nucleophiles to Imines and Epoxides
Sameer S. Kulkarni Ph.D. Dr. Roman Manetsch Development and Optimization of Kinetic Target-guided Synthesis Approaches Targeting Protein-Protein Interactions of the BCL-2 Family
Shawn Larson Ph.D. Dr. Jon Antilla Enantioselective Brønsted And Lewis Acid-Catalyzed Reaction Methodology: Aziridines As Building Blocks For Catalytic Asymmetric Induction.
Katya Nacheva Ph.D. Dr. Roman Manetsch Design and Synthesis of Molecular Fluorescent Probe and Role of Kinetic TGS to Identify Inhibitors of Enzymatic And Protein-Protein Targets
Divya Ramamoorthy Ph.D. Dr. Wayne Guida Design of Novel Inhibitors for Infectious Disease Using Structure-Based Drug Design: Virtual Screening, Homology Modeling and Molecular Dynamics
Daniel N. Santiago Ph.D. Dr. Wayne C. Guida Use and Development of Computational Tools in Drug Discovery: From Small Molecules to Cyclic Peptides


Summer 2012:

Student Degree Earned Advisor Dissertation/Thesis Title Notice
David Badger Ph.D. Dr. Mark L. McLaughlin Design and Synthesis of Protein-Protein Interaction Inhibitor Scaffolds
Jeremy Beau Ph.D. Dr. Bill Baker Drug Discovery from Floridian Mangrove Endophytes
Ryan Cormier Ph.D. Dr. Edward Turos N-Acylciprofloxacins: Synthesis, Antibacterial Activity, and Effects of Molecular Loading of Poly(Vinyl Benzoate) Nanoparticles
Jason Cuce M.S. Dr. Bill Baker Tunicate Marine Natural Products and Antarctica Chemical Ecology
Keily Heredia Ph.D. Dr. Jennifer Lewis Refinement, Application, and Evaluation of Chemistry Measures for College Students
Padmini Kavuru Ph.D. Dr. Michael Zaworotko Hierarchy of Supramolecular Synthons in the Design of Multi-Component Crystals
Mu Seong Kim Ph.D. Dr. Julie Harmon Design, Synthesis, Processing, and Thermal Analysis of Nanocomposites with Tunable Properties
Arun Babu Kumar Ph.D. Dr. Roman Manetsch Design, Synthesis and Evaluation of Novel Diazirine Photolabels with Improved Ambient Light Stability and Fluorous-Based Enrichment Capacity
Xue Xu Ph.D. Dr. Peter Zhang Asymmetric Intra- and Intermolecular Cyclopropanation by Co(II)-Based Metalloradical Catalysis


Spring 2012:

Student Degree Earned Advisor Dissertation/Thesis Title Notice
Rachael Alessio M.S. Drs. Xiao Li & Dean F. Martin Removal of Bisphenol A Model Compounds Using Octolig®
Ramakanth Ananthoji Ph.D. Dr. Julie Harmon Hydrophilic polymers of poly (2-hydroxy ethyl methacrylate) with tunable properties for drug release, sequestration of blistering agent & preparation of ultra strong hydrogels and thermal stability of various organic azides
Heather Clarke Ph.D. Dr. Michael Zaworotko Crystal Engineering of Multi-Component Crystal ForM.S.: The Opportunities and Challenges in Design
Sumit Handa Ph.D. Dr. David Merkler 1-Deoxy-D-xylulose-5-phosphate Synthase (DXS) Mechanistic Study and its Implication in the Development of Novel Antibiotics and Antimalarials
Shikha Mahajan Ph.D. Drs. David Merkler & Roman Manetsch Protein Profiling of Adenine Nucleoside and Nucleotide Analogues Binding Proteins Using N6-Biotinylated-8-Azidoadenosine Analogues as Activity Based Protein Profiling Probes
Le Meng M.S. Dr. Shengqian Ma Design and Construction of Functional Metal-Metalloporphyrin Frameworks
Philip Murray Ph.D. Dr. Mark McLaughlin CHYD1 Solution Phase Synthesis Optimization and the Development of a Novel Human Growth Hormone Antagonist and Agonist


Fall 2011:

Student Degree Earned Advisor Dissertation/Thesis Title Notice
Michelle Cortes-Salva Ph.D. Dr. Jon Antilla Guanidines, Amidines and Carbamides as Novel Sigma Receptor Ligands for Post-Stroke Therapeutics
Sebastian Gutmann Ph.D. Dr. Rudy Schlaf Electronic Structure Characterization of Nanocrystalline Surfaces and Interfaces with Photoemission Spectroscopy
Carissa Vetromile Ph.D. Dr. Randy Larsen Probing Molecules in Confined Space


Summer 2011:

Student Degree Earned Advisor Dissertation/Thesis Title
Abdullah Alhendal M.S. Dr. Abdul Malik Sol-gel Resorcinarene Sorbent for Capillary Microextraction Coupled to Gas Chromatography
Roger Bass Ph.D. Dr. Julianne Harmon Synthesis and Characterization of Self-Healing Poly(Carbonate Urethane) Carbon-Nanotube Composites
Shraddha Desai Ph.D. Dr. Mildred Acevedo-Duncan Role of Protein Kinase C-iota in Glioblastoma
Meghanath Gali Ph.D. Dr. Kirpal Bisht Synthesis of small molecule inhibitors of Janus Kinase 2, Phosphodiesterase IV, GABAA and NMDA receptors: Investigation of Mcmurry, Mannich and Chemoenzymatic strategies
Wai Sheung Ma Ph.D. Dr. Bill Baker Natural Product Drug Discovery against Tropical Diseases
Alan Maschek Ph.D. Dr. Bill Baker Chemical Investigation of the Antarctic Marine Invertebrates Austrodoris kerguelenensis & Dendrilla membranosa and the Antarctic Red Alga Gigartina skottsbergii
Sereya Mukherjee M.S. Dr. Michael Zaworotko Crystal Engineering of Pharmaceutical Cocrystals
Jason Perman Ph.D. Dr. Michael Zaworotko Imide Solid-State Assembly for Construction and Application of Metal-Organic Materials
Prajit Pillai Ph.D. Dr. Mildred Acevedo-Duncan Role of Protein Kinase C-iota in Neuroblastoma and the Effect of ICA-1, a Novel Protein Kinase C-iota Inhibitor on the Proliferation and Apoptosis of Neuroblastoma Cells
Praveen Ramaraju Ph.D. Dr. Edward Turos Synthesis and Antimicrobial Activities of S,S'-heterosubstituted Disulfides


Spring 2011:

Student Degree Earned Advisor Dissertation/Thesis Title
Matt Cross Ph.D. Dr. Roman Manetsch Lead Discovery and Optimization Strategies Towards the Development of 4(1H)-Quinolones and 1,2,3,4-Tetrahydroacridone Analogs with Antimalarial Activity
Tien Teng Ong Ph.D. Dr. Michael Zaworotko Crystal Engineering of Molecular and Ionic Cocrystals
Divya Ramamoorthy M.S. Dr. Wayne Guida Synthesis of Small Molecule Inhibitors Targeting Signal Transduction Pathways
David Weyna Ph.D. Dr. Michael Zaworotko Crystal Engineering of Multiple Component Crystal ForM.S. of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients