PhD students

Nick Kramer, Ph.D. 2018
Undergrad: Ramapo College of New Jersey
Dissertation: Reaction discovery using neopentylene-tethered coupling partners: methodology and applications of dienyne cycloisomerizations.

Ron Ramsubhag, Ph.D. 2017
Masters: University of Connecticut, CT
Dissertation: Applications of alkynogenic fragmentation products derived from vinylogous acyl triflates.

Alec Morrison, Ph.D. 2017
Undergrad: Worcester Polytechnic Institute, MA
Dissertation: Thermal cycloisomerizations of 1,6-enynes for the synthesis of illudinine and other high-value polycyclic aromatic structures.

Paratchata (Tae) Batsomboon, Ph.D. 2016
Masters: Chulabhorn Graduate Institute, Thailand
Dissertation: I. Fragmentation reactions generating acyclic and cyclic alkynes II. A second-generation formal synthesis of palmerolide A
Current position: Postdoctoral associate with Prof Gregory Dudley
West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

Rimantas Slegeris, Ph.D. 2015
Masters: Vilnius University, Lithuania
Dissertation: Process improvements in the total chemical synthesis of progesterone, and other synthetic studies
Current position: Postdoctoral associate with Prof Hoyong Chung
Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

Tung Thanh Hoang, Ph.D. 2015
Undergrad: Vietnam National University, Hanoi
Dissertation: Tandem processes involving an alkynogenic fragmentation and applications in sesquiterpene syntheses

Michael R. Rosana, Ph.D. 2014
Undergrad: The College of New Jersey
Dissertation: Selective heating of polar solutes in a homogeneous solution: Evidence of microwave-specific effects and a method to quantify these effects
Current position: Environmental Scientist 3,  FL Department of Agriculture, Tallahassee, FL

Marilda P. Lisboa, Ph.D. 2013
Masters: Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil
Dissertation: Formal synthesis of palmerolide A using fragmentation methodology
Current position: Postdoctoral associate with Prof Peter Seeberger
Max Planck Institute, Potsdam, Germany

Jingyue Yang, Ph.D. 2011
Undergrad: Tianjin University, China
Dissertation: Anionic rearrangement of 2-benzyloxypyridine derivatives and a synthetic approach to aldingenin B
Current position: Postdoctoral associate with Prof Steve Martin
University of Texas, Austin

Sami F. Tlais, Ph.D. 2011
Undergrad: Lebanese University, Beirut
Dissertation: I. para-Siletanylbenzyl (PSB) protecting group II. Stereocontrol of 5,5-spiroketals in the synthesis of cephalosporolides H, E, and F
Postdoctoral position: Prof Rick L. Danheiser, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Current position: Assistant Professor, Lebanese International University, Beirut

David M. Jones, Ph.D. 2009
Undergrad: Barry University, Florida
Dissertation: Addition / C-C bond cleavage reactions of vinylogous acyl triflates and their application to natural products synthesis
Postdoctoral position: Prof Amos Smith III, University of Pennsylvania
Current position: Dow Agrosciences, Indianapolis, IN

Douglas A. Engel, Ph.D. 2009
Undergrad: Georgia Southern University
Dissertation: Organic synthesis and methodology related to the malaria drug artemisinin
Current position: Associate Dean, Seminole State College, Sanford, FL

Mariya V. Kozytska, Ph.D. 2008
Undergrad: Kharkiv National University, Ukraine
Dissertation: I. Siletanylmethyllithium, an ambiphilic siletane. II. Synthetic approach to basiliolide B
Postdoctoral position: Prof Amos Smith III, University of Pennsylvania
Current position: Mersana Therapeutics, Cambridge, MA

Postdocs and Visiting Scholars

Prof. Gaspar Diaz-Munoz, Visiting Scholar, 2012-2013
Current position: Professor, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil

Dr. Jumreang Tummatorn, Visiting graduate student, 2007-2008
Postdoctoral Associate, 2009-2011
Ph.D. Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand (Prof. Sophon Roengsumran)
Current position: Chulabhorn Research Institute, Bangkok, Thailand

Dr. Philip A. Albiniak, Postdoctoral Associate, 2006-2009
Ph.D. Princeton University (Prof. Martin Semmelhack)
Current position: Assistant Professor, Ball State University, Muncie, IN

Dr. Jeannie H. Jeong, Postdoctoral Associate, 2007-2009
Ph.D. Penn State University (Prof. Steven Weinreb)
Current position: Food and Drug Administration, College Park, MD

Dr. Sreenivas Katakojvala, Postdoctoral Associate, 2005-2006
Ph.D. University of Hyderabad, India (Prof. Goverdhan Mehta)
Current position: Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Bhopal, India

Dr. (Kevin) Wing C. Poon, Postdoctoral Associate, 2004-2006
Ph.D. University of Kansas (Prof. Paul Hanson)
Current position: Senior Scientist at AuxoPharma, Inc, Hayward, CA

Dr. Shin Kamijo, JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow, 2004-2006
Ph.D. Tohoku University, Japan (Prof. Yoshinori Yamamoto)
Current position: Associate Professor, Faculty of Science, Yamaguchi University, Japan 

Dr. Timothy F. Briggs, Postdoctoral Associate, 2003-2005
Ph.D. Cornell University (Prof. David Collum)
Current position: Director of Medicinal Chemistry, Ensemble Therapeutics, Cambridge, MA

Dr. Hubert Lam, MDS Postdoctoral Fellow, 2003-2005
Ph.D. King’s College London, UK (Prof. Mimi Hii)
Current position: Senior Scientist, L’Oreal USA Research & Innovation, Clark, NJ

Masters and Bachelors Students

Chelsea Massaro, B.S. Honors 2016
Thesis: gem-Dimethylcyclopentane-fused pharmacophores

Vincent Vedovato, visiting Masters student, 2014
Masters: University of Bordeaux, France
PhD student at University of Oxford, England (Prof Michael Willis)

Colleen Keohane, B.S. 2013
PhD student at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

Taylor Southworth, B.S. 2013

Rojay Gordon, B.S. 2013
PhD student at Rutgers University

Apiwat (Chern) Wangweerawong, B.S. Honors 2011
Thesis: Scope of a novel [1,2]-anionic rearrangement of 2-benzyloxypyridine derivatives
PhD student at Yale University (Prof John Ellman)

Cecelia C. O’Leary, B.S. 2010
Thesis: A novel protocol for the synthesis of aryl Grignard reagents

Susana S. Lopez, M.S. 2009
Undergrad: Barry University, Florida
Thesis: Methodology for the olefination of aldehydes and ketones via the Meyer-Schuster reaction

Daniella M. Barker, M. S. 2009
Undergrad: University of the South, Sewannee, Tennessee

Dena R. Hodges, M.S. 2008
Undergrad: College of Charleston, South Carolina

Maureen K. Reilly, visiting undergraduate student, 2006
Undergrad: Smith College, Northampton, MA
PhD student at University of California, Irvine (Prof Scott Rychnovsky)

Samuel G. Salamone, M.S. 2005
Undergrad: Merrimack College, Massachusetts
Thesis: A ring expansion approach to roseophilin

Sarah E. House, B.S. 2005
Thesis: para-Siletanylbenzyl: a novel hydroxyl protecting group
PhD student at University of California, Berkeley (Prof Richmond Sarpong)

Jeananne A. Singletary, B.S. 2004

James D. Sunderhaus, B.S. 2003
PhD student at University of Texas, Austin (Prof Steve Martin)