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Former Graduate Students

Yi Yu

  • B.S. 2009: Wuhan University, China
  • Ph.D. 2015: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 

Manuel Ortega

  • B.S. 2010: University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez
  • Ph.D. 2015: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Currently, Dr. Ortega is a postdoc with W. Metcalf at UIUC.

 

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Chantal Garcia de Gonzalo

  • B.S. 2010: Florida State University, Tallahassee FL
  • Ph. D. 2015: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Currently, Dr. Garcia de Gonzalo works at Amyris.

 

Subha Mukherjee

  • B.Sc. 2008: Chemistry, Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira (RKMV), University of Calcutta
  • M.Sc. 2010: Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur
  • Ph. D. 2015: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Currently, Dr. Mukherjee works at Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Xiao Yang

  • B.S. 2009: Peking University, China
  • Ph.D. 2015: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Dr. Yang works at Radiant Genomics, CA.

 

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Weixin Tang

  • B.S. 2009, Tsinghua University, China
  • Ph. D. 2015, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Currently, Dr. Tang is a postdoc with David Liu at Harvard University.

 

Spencer Peck

  • B.S. 2009, Stanford University
  • Ph. D. 2015, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Current, Dr. Peck is a postdoc with Emily Balskus at Harvard University.

 

 

Min Zeng

  • B.S. 2008: Fudan University, China (METU)
  • Ph. D. 2015: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Currently, Dr. Zeng is a Lecturer Indiana University–Purdue.

 

Ayse Okesli

  • B.S. 2008: Middle East Technical University (METU), Turkey
  • Ph.D. 2013: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Currently, Dr. Okesli is a postdoc with C. Khosla at Stanford University.

 

Noah Bindman

  • B.S. 2007: Grinnell College, IA
  • Ph.D. 2013: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 2013-2015: postdoc with John Katzenellenbogen at UIUC
  • 2015-present: Seattle Genetics

 

Yanxiang (Nancy) Shi

  • B.S. 2008: Nanjing University, China
  • Ph.D. 2013: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Currently, Dr. Shi works at Syngenta in NC.

 

Neha Garg

  • B.E. 2006: Panjab University, Chandigarh, India
  • M.S. 2008: Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India
  • Ph.D. 2013: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Currently, Dr. Garg is  a postdoctoral research scientist with  P. Dorrestein  at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, UCSD.

John Hung

  • B.A. 2008: Washington University, St. Louis, MO
  • Ph.D. 2013: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Currently, Dr. Hung works at Amyris as a scientist.

 

Patrick Knerr

  • B.S. 2008: University of Delaware, DE
  • Ph.D.. 2013: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Currently, Dr. Knerr works as a Research Investigator at DuPont Crop Protection in Newark, DE.

 

Tong Hee Koh

  • B.S. 2007: Korea University, South Korea
  • M.S. 2011: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Currently, Tong Hee works at Hanmi Pharmaceuticals.

 

Juan Velasquez

  • B.S. 2006: Pontificia Bolivariana University in Colombia
  • Ph.D. 2011: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Currently, Dr. Velasquez works at Procter & Gamble.

 

 

Trent Oman

  • B.S. 2006: Indiana University
  • Ph.D. 2011: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Currently, Dr. Oman works at Dow Agrosciences LLC.

 

Ian Gut

  • B.S. 2003: Benedictine University
  • Ph.D. 2011: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Currently, Dr. Gut is a PI for the Battelle National Biodefense Institute.

 

Lindsey Johnstone Shea

  • B.S. 2007: Gonzaga University
  • M.S. 2011: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Currently, Lindsey is in the MD program at UIUC.

 

Kevin M. Clark

  • B.S. 2004: Worcester Polytechnical Institute, MA
  • Ph.D. 2010: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Currently, Dr. Clark works at Kilpatrick, Townsend & Stockton LLP.

 

Jin Hee Lee

  • B.S. & M.S. 2001: Hanyang University, South Korea
  • Ph.D. 2010: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Currently, Dr. Lee is a postdoc with John Denu at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

 

John Whitteck

  • B.S. 2005: University of Missouri – Columbia
  • Ph.D. 2010: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 2010-2015: Dow AgroSciences LLC
  • 2015-present: Research Scientist at Monsanto

 

Lisa Cooper Powers

  • B.S. 2004: Western Washington University, WA
  • Ph.D. 2009: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 2009-2013: Postdoc with Prof. Tadhg Begley at Texas A&M University
  • Currently, Dr. Cooper Powers works as an Associate Research Scientist, Customer Application Specialist in the Dow Chemical Company

 

Leigh Anne Furgerson Ihnken

  • B.S. 2004: Lake Forest College, IL
  • Ph.D. 2009: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 2009-2011, Postdoc with Prof. Dale Poulter, the University of Utah
  • Currently, Dr. Furgerson Ihnken works as an Investigator in API Chemistry & Analysis at GlaxoSmithKline

 

Bo Li

  • B.S. 2004: Beijing University, China
  • Ph.D. 2009: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Postdoc with Prof. Christopher Walsh, Harvard Medical School.
  • Currently, Dr. Li is an Assistant Professor at UNC Chapel Hill

 

Cyril Jacquot

  • B.S. 2002: Harvey Mudd College, CA
  • Ph.D. 2008: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Currently, Dr. Jacquot is a pathology resident at UCSF.

 

Matt Levengood

  • B.S. 2003: Elizabethtown College, PA
  • Ph.D. 2008: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Postdoc with Prof. Laura Kiessling, University of Wisconsin
  • Currently, Dr. Levengood works at Seattle Genetics.

 

 

Greg Patton

  • B.S. 2003: Miami University, OH
  • Ph.D. 2008: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Postdoc with Prof. Liz Hedstrom, Brandeis University
  • Currently, Dr. Patton works at Enzymatics in Beverly, MA

 

Young Ok You

  • B.S. 1999: Seoul National University
  • Ph.D. 2008: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Currently, Dr. You is an Assistant Professor at George Mason University.

 

Abdul Gabisi

  • B.S. 2004, University of Texas at Austin
  • M.S. 2007, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Currently, Abdul is employed at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX.

 

 

Chris Kerwood

  • B.S. 2003: University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
  • M.S. 2007: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Currently, Chris works at Tate and Lyle in Decatur, IL.

 

Heather Relyea

  • B.A. 2001: Johns Hopkins University
  • Ph.D. 2006: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Postdoc with Prof.Tom O’Halloran, Northwestern University
  • Dr. Relyea currently works at Dow Biocides.

 

Champak Chatterjee

  • B.S. 1997: University of Bombay
  • M.S. 1999: Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
  • Ph.D. 2005: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Postdoc 2005-2010: Rockefeller University with T. Muir,
  • 2010-present: Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of Washington, Seattle.

Hao Zhou

  • B.S. 1995: Peking University, China
  • Ph.D. 2002: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Currently, Dr. Zhou works at Lundbeck Pharmaceuticals.

 

Chris McGinley

  • B.S. 2000: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Ph.D. 2005: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Currently, Dr. McGinley is working for CareFusion.

 

Danica Galonic Fujimori

  • B.S. 2000: University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia
  • Ph.D. 2005: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Postdoc 2005-2008:Harvard Medical School with Christopher Walsh
  • 2008-2014: Assistant Professor, UCSF
  • 2014-present: Associate Professor, UCSF

Jennifer Vrtis

  • B.A. 1997: Cardinal Stritch University, WI
  • Ph.D. 2002: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • After working for Abbott Laboratories for a year, Dr. Vrtis accepted a post-doctoral position in the laboratory of Professor Tom Kodadek at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.In the fall of 2004, she returned to Abbott Laboratories where she is currently working.

 

Erin Criswell

  • B.S. 1999: Elizabethtown College, NY
  • M.S. 2003: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Currently, Erin works at E Ink Corp.

 

Josh Wheatley

  • B.S. 2000: Southwestern College, KS
  • M.S. 2003: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Josh is currently working for Archer Daniels Midland (ADM).

 

Kevin McCauley

  • B.S. 1998: Southeast Missouri State University
  • Ph.D. 2003: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Postdoc with Prof. Greg Fu, MIT
  • Currently, Dr. McCauley works at Bridgestone/Firestone.

 

Justin Shey

  • B.A. 1996: Rice University, TX
  • Ph.D. 2002: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Justin is currently working for the Customs & Border Protection Lab, San Francisco, CA.

 

Russ Pesavento

  • B.S. 1999: University of Evansville, IN
  • Ph.D. 2004: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • After receiving his Ph.D., Dr. Pesavento took a postdoctoral position at Harvard under Richard Holm. He is currently a Visiting Scientist in the Nguyen Group at the University of Iowa.

 

Wesley Swanson

  • B.S. 2000: Butler University, IN
  • M.S. 2003: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Wesley is currently a Scientist at Pfizer.

 

Yantao Zhu

  • M.S. 1998: Peking University, China
  • Ph.D. 2003: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Dr. Zhu currently works for SABIC in Mount Vernon, IN.

 

Matt Gieselman

  • B.S. 1998: Olivet Nazarene University, IL
  • Ph.D. 2003: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Dr. Gieselman works for Lubrizol in Cleveland, OH.

 

Moushumi Paul

  • B.A. 1999: Barnard College, NY
  • Ph.D. 2005: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Postdoc with Prof. Ron Raines, University of Wisconsin
  • Currently Dr. Paul is a research chemist with the U. S. Department of Agriculture in Wyndmoor, PA.

 

Nicole Okeley

  • B.S. 1997: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Ph.D. 2002: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Postdoc with Prof. Mike Gelb, University of Washington
  • Dr. Okeley currently works for Seattle Genetics.

 

Lili Xie

  • B.S. 1998: University of Science and Technology of China
  • Ph.D. 2003: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Postdoc 2003-2005 with Jon Clardy at Harvard Medical School
  • Currently Dr. Xie is at Novartis in Emeryville, CA

 

Ryan Woodyer

  • B.S. 2001: Illinois State University
  • Ph.D. 2005: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Currently Dr. Woodyer is a Principal Scientist for Tate & Lyle.

 

Former PostDocs

Lindsay Repka

  • B.A. 2008: Barnard College
  • Ph.D. 2013: California Institute of Technology
  • Postdoc 2013-2017: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Dr. Repla is currently a faculty at Middlebury college.

Zedu Huang

  • B.S. 2007: Zhejiang University, China
  • Ph.D. 2012: University of Alberta, Canada
  • Postdoc 2012-2016: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Dr. Huang is currently a Professor at Fudan University.

Gabrielle Thibodeaux (née Moreno)

  • B.S. 2004: Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
  • Ph.D. 2009: University of Texas, Austin
  • Postdoc 20011-2016: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Dr. Thibodeaux is currently at McGill University.

Christopher J. Thibodeaux

  • B.S. 2002: Louisiana State University
  • Ph.D. 2010: University of Texas, Austin
  • Postdoc 2011-2016: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Dr. Thibodeaux is currently an Assistant Professor at McGill University.

Jiangtao Gao

  • B.S. Ocean University of China
  • M.S.: Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Ph.D. 2010: University of Mississippi
  • Postdoc 2010-2014: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Dr. Gao is currently a professor at the Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University.

 

Rebecca Splain

  • B.S./B.A. 2004: Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Ph.D. 2011: University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Postdoc 2011-2014: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Currently, Dr. Splain is an Investigator at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), King of Prussia, PA.

 

Qi Zhang

  • B.S. 2003: Fudan University
  • Ph.D. 2010: Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (SIOC)
  • Postdoc 2011-2014: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Dr. Zhang is currently an Assistant Professor at Fudan University.

 

Huan Wang

  • B.S. 2005: Peking University
  • Ph.D. 2009: University of Maryland
  • Postdoc 2010-2013: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Currently, Dr. Wang is an Assistant Professor at Nanjing University.

 

Despina Bougioukou

  • B.S. 1998 & M.S. 2001: University of Crete, Greece
  • Ph.D. 2006, University of Florida
  • Postdoc 2010-2013: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Currently, Dr. Bougioukou works at the DuPont Company.

 

Ran Zhang

  • B.S. Peking University
  • Ph.D. 2010, University of British Columbia
  • Postdoc 2011-2012: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Currently, Dr. Zhang works as a Lecturer at the University of British Columbia at Okanagan.

 

Seung Young Kim

  • Ph.D. 2009: Tokyo University
  • Postdoc 2009-2011: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Currently, Dr. Kim is an Assistant Professor at Sun Moon University, Korea.

 

 

Heather Cooke

  • B.S. 2003: Trinity College, Hartford, CT
  • Ph.D. 2009: Boston College
  • Postdoc 2009-2011: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Currently, Dr. Cooke works at Biogen.

 

Michael Kuemin

  • Diploma 2005: University of Basel, Switzerland
  • Ph.D. 2009: University of Basel, Switzerland
  • Postdoc 2009-2010: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Currently, Dr. Kuemin works at Bachem, Bubendorf, Switzerland.

 

Svetlana A. Borisova

  • B.S. & M.S. 1997: Higher Chemical College of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia
  • Ph.D. 2004: University of Texas, Austin
  • Postdoc 2007-2011: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Currently, Dr. Borisova works at Amyris Inc.

 

Yuki Goto

  • B.S. 2003 & M.S. 2005: Kyoto University, Japan
  • Ph.D. 2008: University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Postdoc 2008-2009: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 2009-2010: Assistant Professor, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo
  • 2010-present: Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo
  • 2011-present: Investigator, PRESTO (Design and Control of Cellular Functions), Japan Science and Technology Agency

Remco Merkx

  • Ph.D. 2008: Utrecht University, The Netherlands
  • Postdoc 2008-2009: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Currently, Dr. Merkx works at the Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI), Division of Cell Biology II.

 

Nicholas Llewellyn

  • B.S. & M.S. 2004: Emory University
  • Ph.D. 2008: University of Cambridge
  • Postdoc 2008-2009: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 2009-2015: Lecturer of Organic Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 2015-present: Instructor, Emory University

 

Robert Cicchillo

  • B.S. & M.S. 1998: Youngstown State University
  • Ph.D. 2006: Pennsylvania State University
  • Postdoc 2006-2008: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Currently, Dr. Cicchillo works at Dow AgroSciences.

 

Xingang Zhang

  • B.S. 1998: Sichuan University
  • Ph.D. 2003: Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (SIOC)
  • Postdoc 2003-2008: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 2008-2012: Associate Professor at Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (SIOC)
  • 2012-present: Professor of Chemistry and Ph.D. supervisor (100-Talent Program), Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (SIOC)

 

Gong Yong Li

  • B.S. 1998: Ocean University (Qingdao, China)
  • Ph.D. 2003: Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (SIOC)
  • Postdoc 2004-2006: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Currently, Dr. Li works at the Shanghai Chemspec Corporation.

 

Emily Fogle

  • B.S. 2000: Sonoma State University
  • Ph.D. 2005: University of California, Davis
  • Postdoc 2005-2007: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Currently, Dr. Fogle is an Associate Professor at California Polytechnical State University, San Louis Obispo.

 

Amanda McClerren

  • B.S. 2000: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Ph.D. 2005: Duke University
  • Postdoc 2005-2007: University of Illinois at at Urbana-Champaign
  • Currently, Dr. McClerren works at Monsanto.

 

Michelle Ni Paine

  • B. Sc. 1999: Carleton University
  • Ph.D. 2003: North Carolina State University
  • Postdoc 2003-2006: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Dr. Paine is currently working for W.R. Grace in Columbia, MD.

 

Derek Pratt

  • B. Sc. 1999: Carleton University
  • Ph. D. 2003: Vanderbilt University
  • Postdoc 2003-2005: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 2005-2010: Assistant Professor & Canada Research Chair, Queen’s University
  • 2010-2011: Associate Professor, University of Ottawa
  • 2011-present: Associate Professor & Canada Research Chair, University of Ottawa
  • 2014-present: Director of Graduate Studies in Chemistry, University of Ottawa

 

Sheng Peng

  • Ph.D. 1999: Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (SIOC)
  • Postdoc 1999-2003: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Current, Dr. Peng is working at Dupont Central Research & Development.

 

Rashna Balsara

  • B.S. 1985, M.S. 1991 & Ph.D. 1998: Bombay University
  • Postdoc 1998-2002: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Postdoc 2002-2007: University of Notre Dame
  • 2007-2014: Research Assistant Professor, University of Notre Dame
  • 2014-present: Research Associate Professor, University of Notre Dame

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