SENIOR RESEARCH SCIENTIST

Dr. Ravi Loka
Senior Research Scientist/Lab Manager
raviloka@wayne.edu
Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of Alberta (with C. Cairo)

Project: HS-Mimicking Glycopolymers as Heparanase Inhibitors and COVID-19 Project

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS

Dr. Hengfu Xu
Postdoctoral Fellow
xhf130@gmail.com
Ph.D. in Chemical-Biology, Northwest A & F University (with Z. Pei)

Project: Phenanthroline-Catalyzed Glycosylation and COVID-19 Project

 

Dr. Jicheng Zhang (joined April, 2020)
Postdoctoral Fellow
jichengz@wayne.edu
Ph.D. in Chemistry, Michigan State University (with X. Huang)

Project: COVID-19 Project

 

Dr. Richard Schaugaard (joined with Prof. H. B. Schlegel)
Postdoctoral Fellow
rschauga@wayne.edu
Ph.D. in Computational Chemistry, Indiana University

Project: Computational studies of chemical glycosylations

 

GRADUATE STUDENTS

Dahamsondage Nuwan Kondasinghe (Joined 2019)
nuwan.kondasinghe@wayne.edu
B.S. in Chemistry, University of Peradeniya Sri Lanka , 2015

Project: HS-Mimicking Glycopolymers as Heparanase Inhibitors

 

Jiayi Li (Joined 2017)
jiayi-li@wayne.edu
B.S. in Chemical Engineering, University of Iowa, 2017

Project: Phenanthroline-Catalyzed Stereoretentive Glycosylation

 

Paul DeMent (Joined 01/2018)
gn5644@wayne.edu
B.S. in Chemistry, University of Iowa, 2017

Project: Stereoselective Synthesis of 2-Fluoro Glycosides

 


Madhawee Ketipe Arachchi (Joined 11/2018)
madhaweekat@wayne.edu
B.S. in Chemistry, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, 2017

Project: Stereoselective Synthesis of beta-Fluoroamines

 

Chenlu Liu (Joined 12/2019)
clliu@wayne.edu
B.S. in Chemistry, Shanxi University, 2017

Project: Phenanthroline-Catalyzed Stereoretentive Glycosylation

 

Connor English (Joined 12/2019)
connorenglish@wayne.edu
B.A. in Chemistry and Biochemistry, Oberlin College, 2017

Project: Transition Metal Catalyzed Allylic Fluorination

 

Fuad Usman (Joined 12/2019)
gp5070@wayne.edu
M.S. in Chemistry, Obafemi Awolowo University, 2017

Project: Transition Metal Catalyzed Allylic Fluorination

 

Joseph Wakpal (Joined 12/2019)
gw5947@wayne.edu
B.S. in Chemistry, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, 2018

Project: HS Mimetics as Heparanase Inhibitors

 

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

(1) Aldrin Trompeta

(2) Christopher Harnadek

(3) Christopher Carter

 

FORMER GROUP MEMBERS

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS AND VISITING SCIENTISTS/STUDENTS
(1) Jaemoon Zhang (2006 – 2007)

Ph.D. at University of Pittsburg (with C. Wilcox)

Current Position: Cambridge Isotope Lab, Andover, MA

(2) Gregory Mercer (2006 – 2008)

Ph.D. at University of Utah (with M. Sigman)

Current Position: Senior Scientist at Corden Pharmaceutical, Woburn, MA

(3) Joe Topczewski (2011 – 2012)

Ph.D. at University of Iowa, 2011 (with D. Wiemer)

Postdoctoral at University of Michigan, 2015 (with M. Sanford)

Current Position: Assistant Professor at University of Minnesota

(4) Russel Pesavento (Visiting Scientist, 2012 – 2016)

Ph.D. at  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (with W. van der Donk)

Postdoctoral at Harvard University (with R. Holm)

Current Position: Clinical Assistant Professor at University of Illinois at Chicago

(5) Benjamin Ayela (04/2018 – 01/2019)

Ph.D. at Institut de Chimie Organique et Analytique (ICOA), Orléans (France).

(6) Swati Nigudkar (04/2018-03/2019)

Ph.D. at University of Missouri (with Alexei Demchenko)

(7) Fei Yu (2010-2019)

Ph.D. at Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (with S. Ma)

Current Position: Process Chemist at Ash Stevens

(8) Chanchamnan Um (2019-2020)

Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, SUNY Buffalo (with S. Chemler)

Current Position: Professor of Chemistry in Cambodia

(9) Huy Van Le (2019-2020)

Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical/Medicinal Science, Kyushu University (with Miyamoto)

Current Position: Professor of Chemistry at Nong Lam University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

(10) San-Yong Zhu (2018-2020)

Ph.D. in SiChuan University in China (with J. Yang)

Current Position: Associate Professor at ChongQing Medical University, China

GRADUATE STUDENTS
(1) Enoch Mensah (2006 – 2011, five publications)

Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, University of Iowa, 2011

Postdoc at University of Michigan, 2013 (with P. Nagorny)

Current Position: Associate Professor at Indiana University Southeast

(2) Matthew McKay (2008 – 2013, five publications)

Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, University of Iowa, 2013

Current Position: Senior Patent Agent, Cabot Microelectronics, Chicago, IL

(3) Jeffrey S. Arnold (2008 – 2014, seven publications)

Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, University of Iowa, 2014

Current Position: Associate Director of Medicinal Chemistry at Navidea Biopharmaceuticals

(4) Matthew McConnell (2010 – 2015, five publications)

Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, University of Iowa, 2015

Postdoctoral Fellow at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Current Position: Scientist, Obiter Research, LLC, Champaign, IL

(5) Qi Zhang (2010 – 2016, four publications)

Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, University of Iowa, 2016

Postdoctoral Fellow at Washington University in St. Louis

Current Position: Senior Scientist, WuXi Shanghai

(6) Edo Mwenda (2012-2017, two publications)

Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, University of Iowa, 2017

Current Position: Technology Specialist at Viksnins Harris Padys Malen, Minneapolis, MN

(7) Eric Sletten (2013-2018, seven publications)

Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, University of Iowa, 2018

Current Position: Postdoctoral Scholar at Max Plank with Peter Seeberger

(8) Jason Mixdorf (2015-2019, six publications)

Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, University of Iowa, 2019

Current Position: Postdoctoral Scholar at University of Wisconsin with Brad Christian

(9) Alexandre Sorlin (2015-2020, four publications)

Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, University of Iowa, 2020

Current Position: Postdoctoral Scholar at UCSF with David Wilson

(10) Brandon Schuff (2006 – 2007, one publication)

M.S. in Chemistry, Montana Sate University, 2007

Current Position: Pfizer, Groton, Connecticut

(11) Alexander Suihkonen (2010 – 2012)

M.S. in Chemistry, University of Iowa, 2012

Current Position: 3M, Minneapolis

(12) Patrick Ndungu (2010 – 2013)

M.S. in Chemistry, University of Iowa, 2013

Current Position: Catalyst Company, Dallas

(13) Greg Jenson (2016-2018)

M.S. in Chemistry, University of Iowa, 2018

(14) Reza Samarbakhsh (2019 – 2020)

M.S. Chemistry, Wayne State University

(15) James Willey (2011 – 2013, Medical Student)

MD, University of Iowa, 2016

Internal Medicine Resident, University of Iowa, 2016-2019.

Current Position: Associate of Internal, Department of Internal Medicine University of Iowa

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS
(1) Nathan Park

Montana State University, B.S. in Chemistry and Environment Sciences, 2009

2011 NSF Pre-doctoral Fellow

2009-2011 – Graduate Student at Sloan Kettering Center (with D. Gin)

2011-2005 – Graduate Student at MIT (with S. Buchwald)

Current Position: Research Scientist at IBM in San Jose, CA

(2) Joseph Azzarelli

Montana State University, B.S. in Chemistry, 2010

2008 MIT Amgen Scholar (with S. Buchwald)

2009 Barry Goldwater Fellowship

2009 ACS SURF Fellow at Stanford (with B. Trost)

2011 – Rhodes Scholar Finalist

2011- 2016 – Graduate Student at MIT (with T. Swager)

(3) Benjamin Naab

Montana State University, B.S. in Chemistry, 2010

2009 Barry Goldwater Fellowship

2009 MIT Amgen Scholar (Declined)

2010 NSF Pre-doctoral Fellow

2010-2005 – Graduate Student at Stanford (with Z. Bao)

Current Position: Senior Scientist at Dow Chemical Company, Boston, MA

(4) Mellie Park (2010 REU Student)

Montana State University, B.S. in Biochemistry, 2010

2012-present – Graduate Student at University of Utah

(5) Gregory Cizio

University of Iowa, B.S. in Chemistry, 2012

2012 – 2014 – Graduate Student at UC-Irvine (with V. Dong)

Current Position: Research Scientist, Gilead, CA

(6) Nate Oldenhuis

University of Iowa, B. S. in Chemistry, 2012

2012 – 2017 – Graduate Student at UC-Irvine (with V. Dong)

2017 – present – NIH Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT with Johnson

Current Position: Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of New Hampshire

(7) Drew Heitz

University of Iowa, B. S. in Chemistry, 2013

2012 ACS Division of Organic Chemistry SURF Fellow

2013 – present – Graduate Student at University of Pennsylvania (with Gary Molander)

(8) Kathleen White

University of Iowa, B. S. in Chemistry and Biochemistry, 2013

2009 – 2013 University of Iowa Presidential Scholar

2012 MIT Amgen Scholar (with T. Swager)

2013 NSF Predoctoral Fellow

2013 – 2019 – Graduate Student at MIT (with Tim Swager)

(9) Riley Svec

University of Iowa, B.S. in Chemistry, 2015

2014 ACS Division of Organic Chemistry SURF Fellow

2015 – 2020: Graduate Student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (with Paul Hergenrother)

(10) Michael Vinyard

University of Iowa, B.A. in Chemistry, 2016

2012 NASA Scholar

2013 University of Illinois Snyder Scholar

2015 Big Ten Academic Scholarship

2016 ACS Division of Organic Chemistry Undergraduate Award

2016 – present: Graduate Student at Harvard University