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Former Graduate Students

Imran Rahman Carroll

  • B.S. 2015, University of California, San Diego
  • Ph.D. 2021: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Currently, Dr. Rahman Carroll is a scientist at Capsida Biotherapeutics, Inc.

Martin McLaughlin

  • B.S. 2015: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Ph.D. 2020: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Currently, Dr. McLaughlin is a postdoc in the Fischbach lab at Stanford University.

 

Silvia Bobeica

  • B.A. 2013: Colgate University
  • Ph.D. 2020: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Currently, Dr. Bobeica works at RemeGen in San Francisco, CA.

Subhanip Biswas

  • B.S. 2012: Presidency College (Now known as Presidency University), University of Calcutta
  • M.S. 2014: Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur
  • Ph.D. 2020: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Currently, Dr. Biswas is a postdoc in the Suzanne Walker lab at Harvard Medical School.

Chang He

  • B.S. 2014: Sichuan University, China
  • Ph.D. 2020: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Currently, Dr. He works at Kumquat Biosciences.

Kuan-Yu “Nick” Lai

  • B.S. 2010, National Taiwan University
  • Ph.D. 2019: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 2019-2021: Cytiva
  • Currently, Dr. Lai works at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals.

Linna An

  • B.S. 2014: University of Science and Technology of China
  • Ph.D. 2019: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Currently, Dr. An is a postdoc in the David Baker lab at the University of Washington.

Zhengan Zhang

  • B.S. 2013: Wuhan University, China
  • Ph.D. 2019: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Currently, Dr. Zhang is a postdoc in the Chris Voigt lab at MIT. 

Abraham Wang

  • B.A. 2012: Vanderbilt University
  • Ph.D. 2019: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Currently, Dr. Wang is a postdoc in the Liz Nolan lab at MIT.

Kenton Hetrick

      • A.B. 2007: Harvard University
      • Ph.D. 2018: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
      • Currently, Dr. Hetrick is a postdoc in the Ron Raines lab at MIT.

Marc Ryan Gancayco

      • B.S. 2011, San Jose State University
      • M.S. 2018: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
      • 2018-2020: Samuel Merritt University, School of Nursing
      • Currently, Marc is an RN in the Med-Surg/Covid unit at Stanford Healthcare.

Nidhi Kakkar

      • B.Sc. 2010: Chemistry, St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, Delhi, India
      • M.Sc. 2012: Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB), Mumbai, India
      • Ph.D. 2018: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
      • Currently, Dr. Kakkar works at Intel.

Emily Ulrich

      • B.S. 2010: Macalester College
      • Ph.D. 2017: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
      • Currently, Dr. Ulrich is a PostDoc with Prof. Cathy Drennan at MIT.

 

Xiling Zhao

      • B.S. 2011: University of California, San Diego
      • Ph.D. 2016: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
      • Currently, Dr. Zhao works at Amyris.

Yi Yu

      • B.S. 2009: Wuhan University, China
      • Ph.D. 2015: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
      • 2015-2018: Postdoc with Prof. Huimin Zhao at UIUC.
      • Currently, Dr. Yu is a research scientist at Beam Therapeutics.

Manuel Ortega

      • B.S. 2010: University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez
      • Ph.D. 2015: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
      • 2015-2016: Postdoc with W. Metcalf at UIUC.
      • 2016-2019: Postdoc with Prof. Cathy Drennan at MIT. 
      • Currently, Dr. Ortega works at Beam Therapeutics.

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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 Zymergen, CA.

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Weixin Tang

      • B.S. 2009: Tsinghua University, China
      • Ph.D. 2015: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
      • 2015-2019: postdoc with David Liu at Harvard University.
      • Fall 2019: Assistant Professor, University of Chicago.

Spencer Peck

      • B.S. 2009: Stanford University
      • Ph.D. 2015: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
      • 2015-2018: Postdoc with Emily Balskus at Harvard University
      • 2018-2021: Kintai Therapeutics.
      • Currently, Dr. Peck works at Pfizer at the Boulder, Colorado R&D site.

Min Zeng

      • B.S. 2008: Fudan University, China (METU)
      • Ph.D. 2015: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
      • 2015-2018: Lecturer at Indiana University–Purdue
      • 2018-2019: Data Analyst at the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.
      • Currently, Dr. Zeng is a Data Analyst at Facebook. 

Ayse Okesli

      • B.S. 2008: Middle East Technical University (METU), Turkey
      • Ph.D. 2013: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
      • 2013-2016: Postdoc with C. Khosla at Stanford University
      • Currently, Dr. Okesli works at Gilead Sciences.

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: Dr. Bindman works at 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
      • 2013-2017: Postdoc with P. Dorrestein at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, UCSD
      • Currently, Dr. Garg is an Assistant Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

John Hung

      • B.A. 2008: Washington University, St. Louis, MO
      • Ph.D. 2013: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
      • Formerly, a scientist at Sigma-Aldrich. 
      • 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
      • 2013-2016: Research Investigator at DuPont Crop Protection in Newark, DE.
      • Currently, Dr. Knerr is a Senior Scientist at Novo Nordisk.

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
      • 2011-2021: Procter & Gamble
      • Currently, Dr. Velasquez works at Merck, NJ as an Associate Principal Scientist.

 

Trent Oman

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

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
      • 2011-2015: MD program at UIUC.
      • Currently, Dr. Shea is a Resident at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

Kevin M. Clark

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

 

Jin Hee Lee

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

 

John Whitteck

      • B.S. 2005: University of Missouri – Columbia
      • Ph.D. 2010: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
      • 2010-2015: Dow AgroSciences LLC
      • Formerly, a Research Scientist at Monsanto.
      • Currently, Dr. Whitteck works at New Leaf Symbiotics. 

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
      • 2013-2021: Dow Chemical Company
      • Currently, Dr. Cooper Powers works as a Principal Investigator & Technical Supervisor at IFF Nutrition & Biosciences. 

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
      • Formerly, a pathology resident at UCSF.
      • Currently, Dr. Jacquot works at Children’s National Health System. 

 

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
      • Formerly: Enzymatics in Beverly, MA
      • Currently, Dr. Patton works at New England Biolabs.

Young Ok You

      • B.S. 1999: Seoul National University
      • Ph.D. 2008: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
      • Postdoc with David Cane at Brown University
      • 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
      •  M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX.
      • Currently, Abdul is an Investigational Drugs Pharmacist at Harris Health System.

 

 

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,
      • 2010-2017: Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of Washington, Seattle.
      • 2017-present: Associate 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
      • Previously, Abbott Laboratories and AbbVie.
      • Sadly, Dr. Vrtis passed away in 2020.

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
      • Formerly, Bridgestone/Firestone
      • Currently, Dr. McCauley works at Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics.

Justin Shey

      • B.A. 1996: Rice University, TX
      • Ph.D. 2002: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
      • Currently, Dr. Shey is 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
      • 2004-2006: Postdoc with Richard Holm at Harvard University
      • 2016: DDS, University of Iowa
      • Currently, Dr. Pesavento is a Clinical Assistant Professor, U. Illinois Chicago College of Dentistry and an Associate Dentist at Dr. Ginger Christian & Associates.

Wesley Swanson

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

Yantao Zhu

      • M.S. 1998: Peking University, China
      • Ph.D. 2003: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
      • Previously, Dr. Zhu worked for GE, SABIC, and  Berry Global.
      • Currently, Dr. Zhu works for Ascend Performance Materials.

Matt Gieselman

      • B.S. 1998: Olivet Nazarene University, IL
      • Ph.D. 2003: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
      • Currently, 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
      • Currently, Dr. Okeley 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
      •  Formerly, ZuChem, Peoria. 
      • Formerly, a Principal Scientist for Tate & Lyle.
      • Currently, Dr. Woodyer works at Coca Cola, Atlanta. 

 

Former PostDocs

Shi Liu

      • B.S. 2009: Nankai University, China
      • M.S. 2012: Penn State University
      • Ph.D. 2019: University of Wisconsin-Madison
      • Postdoc 2019-2021: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 

Daisuke Fujinami

      • B.S. 2011: Kyushu University, Japan
      • M.S. 2013: Kyushu University, Japan
      • Ph.D. 2017: Kyushu University, Japan
      • Postdoc 2017-2021: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
      • Currently, Dr. Fujinami works as a Postdoc with Ikuro Abe at the University of Tokyo.

Ian Bothwell

      • B.S. 2007: Southwestern University
      • Ph.D. 2015: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
      • Postdoc 2015-2020: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
      • Currently, Dr. Bothwell works at Vertex Pharmaceutical, Boston, MA.

David Krist

      • B.A. 2008: Grinnell College
      • Ph.D. 2016: Northwestern University
      • Postdoc 2016-2020: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
      • Currently, Dr. Krist is in Medical School at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Chi Pan Ting

      • B.S. 2012: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
      • Ph.D. 2017: University of California, Berkeley
      • chiting1[at]illinois.edu
      • Postdoc 2017-202o: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
      • Currently, Dr. Ting is an Assistant Professor at Brandeis University.

Jeella Acedo

          • B.S. 2009: University of the Philippines, Los Baños
          • Ph.D. 2017: University of Alberta
          • Postdoc 2018-2019: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
          • Currently, Dr. Acedo is an Assistant Professor at Mount Royal University, Canada.

Graeme Howe

          • B.Sc. 2011: University of Toronto
          • Ph.D. 2016: University of Toronto
          • Postdoc 2016-2019: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
          • Currently, Dr. Howe is an Assistant Professor at Queen’s University, Canada.

Julian Hegemann

            • M.S. 2011: Philipps-University, Marburg, Germany
            • Ph.D. 2014: Marahiel Lab, Philipps-University, Marburg, Germany
            • Postdoc 2016-2019: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
            • Currently, Dr. Hegemann is a postdoctoral associate with Roderich Süssmuth at TU Berlin.

Mark Walker

              • B.A. 2004: Oberlin College
              • Ph.D. 2013: University of California – Berkeley
              • Postdoc 2013-2018: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
              • Dr. Walker is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of New Mexico.

Debapriya “Priya” Dutta

              • B.S. 2005: West Bengal University of Technology, India
              • Ph.D. 2012: University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
              • Postdoc 2012-2018: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
              • Formerly, postdoc with Shuming Nie at UIUC
              • Dr. Dutta is currently a Staff Scientist I, Carle Foundation Hospital.

Liujie Huo

              • M.S. 2010: Helmholtz Institute for Pharmaceutical Research Saarland, Saarland University, Germany
              • Ph.D. 2014: Helmholtz Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Department of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, Saarland University, Germany.
              • Postdoc 2014-2017: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
              • Dr. Huo is currently a Professor at Shandong University.

Michael Funk

              • B.S. 2008: Vanderbilt University
              • Ph.D. 2015: MIT
              • Postdoc 2015-2017: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
              • Dr. Funk is currently an Associate Editor at Science.

Lindsay Repka

              • B.A. 2008: Barnard College
              • Ph.D. 2013: California Institute of Technology
              • Postdoc 2013-2017: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
              • Dr. Repka is currently an Assistant Professor 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 an Assistant 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 2011-2016: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
              • Formerly, McGill University
              • Currently, Dr. Thibodeaux is a sales manager at Bio Basic. 

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 a 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 a 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
              • Formerly, DuPont Company
              • Currently, Dr. Bougioukou works at Tate & Lyle, Hoffman Estates, IL. 

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
              • 2011-2015: Investigator, PRESTO (Design and Control of Cellular Functions), Japan Science and Technology Agency
              • 2015-present: Associate professor, Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo

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: Lecturer, 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
              • 2011-2016: Associate Professor & Canada Research Chair, University of Ottawa
              • 2014-2017: Director of Graduate Studies in Chemistry, University of Ottawa
              • 2016-present: Professor, 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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