Alumni

Graduate Student Alumni

Name

Degree

Notes/Known Employment after appointment

Cesta, Drew
PhD, 2021
CEM Corporation, Charlotte NC
Horton, Matthew
MS, 2021
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Klus, Nick
PhD, 2021
Cambrix Pharma
Vogt, Caleb
PhD, 2021
National Institute of Drug Abuse, Maryland
Charaschanya, Manwika
PhD, 2018
University of Pittsburgh (postdoc w/ Peter Wipf)
Fields, Allison
MS, 2016
PharmD Candidate, University of Michigan
Varikiya, Rakesh
PhD, 2016
Southern Research Institute (postdoc), Hitgen
Ma, Huiyong
PhD, 2017
Herbalife Nutrition,
Fehl, Charles
PhD, 2014
Oxford University (postdoc w/ Ben Davis), Wayne State University (assistant professor)
Singh, Gurpreet
MS, 2011
University of Minnesota (postdoc w/ Michael Walters)
Motiwala, Hashim
PhD (honors), 2014
University of Michigan (postdoc w/ Brent Martin), University of North Carolina (research associate)
Liu, Ruzhang
PhD, 2012
Yangzhou University (Assistant Professor)
Poole, Jennifer (née Treece)
PhD (honors), 2011
Yale (postdoc w/ Andrew Phillips), FLIR Systems
Meyer, Angelica
PhD, 2011
Weatherford, Halliburton, Aldevron
Szostak, Michal
PhD (honors), 2009.
Argersinger Awardee for best doctoral dissertation at the University of Kansas. Princeton University (postdoc w/ David MacMillan), University of Manchester (postdoc w/ David Procter), Rutgers–Newark (Associate Professor)
Schroeder, Chad
MS, 2008
KU Specialized Chemistry Center, MilliporeSigma
Pei, Huaxing
MS, 2006
Eli Lilly
Ribelin, Timothy
MS, 2006 & JD, 2016 (Baylor)
GlaxoSmithKline, Husch Blackwell
Somal, Gagandeep
MS, 2006
Associate Scientist, Abbott/Abbvie
Chaudhry, Priyanka
MS, 2006
KU Center for Chemical Methodologies and Library Development, Aurigene
Lee, Huey Lih
MS, 2006
Hirt, Erin
PhD, 2009
Research Triangle Institute (postdoc), US Patent Examiner
Grecian, Scott
PhD, 2007
Self Fellow, 2007. Scripps Research Institute (postdoc with K. Barry Sharpless and Valery Fokin), Lacamas Laboratories, Life Technologies
Yao, Lei
PhD, 2005
Scripps Research Institute (postdoc w/ William Roush)
Keeler, John
MS, 2006
Yankton Sioux Tribe (wildlife biologist), South Dakota State University (lecturer), POET Research, MilliporeSigma
Katz, Christopher
PhD, 2005
Postdoctoral fellow, Boston College (Scott Miller). Sepracor, ArQule, Tetraphase, University of Massachusetts Boston (lecturer), Nitto Denko Avecia, Spero, Boston Biomedical
Wrobleski, Aaron
PhD (honors), 2003
University of California Irvine (postdoc w/ Larry Overman), Eli Lilly
Judd, Weston
PhD, 2006
Recipient of an ACPE Predoctoral Fellowship Award, 2000-2001. Myriad
Smith, Brent T.
PhD, 2002
UCLA (postdoc w/ Michael Jung), DuPont Central Research, DuPont Crop Protection, Virbac, KindredBio, Allergan
Golden, Jennifer (née Forsee)
PhD (honors), 2002
Self Fellow, 1996-2000. Stanford University (postdoc w/ Paul Wender), Amgen, University of Kansas Specialized Chemistry Center (Associate Director), University of Wisconsin (Assistant Professor of Pharmacy)
Furness, Kelly
MS, 1998
Eli Lilly and Company
Frank, Kristine
PhD, 1998
Co-advisor (with Professor L. Mitscher). Argersinger Awardee for best doctoral dissertation at the University of Kansas. Pharmacia–Upjohn, Abbott/Abbvie
MacDonald, Mary
PhD, 2001
Recipient of a U.S. Army Predoctoral Research Fellowship, 2000-2001. Scripps Research Institute (postdoc w/ Kim Janda), La Jolla Pharmaceuticals, Human BioMolecular Research Institute, Janssen, Engility
Badiang, Jennifer G.
MS, 1996
GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis
Morton, Mendi L.
MS, 1996
Bristol-Myers Squibb
Gracias, Vijaya
PhD, 1998
Parke-Davis, Abbott
Gülgeze, Belgin
MS, 1995
Bristol-Myers Squibb, Novartis
Peng, Xin
MS, 1992
Sterling Pharmaceuticals, SmithKline Beecham, GlaxoSmithKline
Mossman, Craig
PhD, 1995
Axys Pharmaceuticals, Celera, Combinix, Fibrogen, Foothill College (Instructor)
Ghosh, Shomir
PhD, 1993
Parke-Davis (postdoc), Abbott Laboratories, Millenium Pharmaceuticals, Epix Pharmaceuticals, GlaxoSmithKline, Tempero Pharmaceuticals (Senior Director, VP), IFM Therapeutics, Atlas Venture, Twentyeight-Seven Therapeutics (CSO)
Hammond, Marlys
MS, 1990. PhD, 1996 (Cal Tech)
Eli Lilly and Co. (assoc scientist), Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, GlaxoSmithKline
Gherardini, Elyse
None
Monsanto
Wang, Yuguang
M.S . (non-thesis), 1989. PhD, 1993
Schering-Plough, ChemPartner, MaxiNovel (founder and CEO)

Students

Post-doctoral and Research Associates 

Postdoctoral Associates and Visiting Scientist Collaborators 

Name

Appointment

Notes/Known Employment after appointment

Heidi Segars
2021
Ravenscroft Highschool, Raleigh NC
Jayda Yancey
2021
NCA&T State University
Norwood IV, Verrill "Chip"
2019-2021
Rho
Koehn, Kimberly
2019-2021
Rho
Motiwala, Hashim
2019-2020
Scorpion therapeutics, Boston MA
Perkowski, Andrew
2017–2019
University of North Carolina (research associate)
McDonald, Stacey
2016–2018
TCI
Bovino, Michael
2014–2017
Franklin and Marshall College, Davidson College
Harland, Aubrey
2016–2019
Chemocentryx
Nguyen, Quyen
2014–2016
Abbvie
Roy, Sudeshna
2014–2017
University of Missisippi (Assistant Professor of Pharmacy)
Li, Kelin
2013–2015
University of North Carolina (Research Associate)
Scarry, Sarah
2013–2019
University of North Carolina (Research Assistant Professor)
Flaherty, Daniel
2010–2014
Purdue University (Assistant Professor)
Smith, Robert
2019–2014
Universidade de São Paulo (postdoc), National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (Technology Transfer and Patent Specialist), University of Louisville (Commercialization Manager)
McLeod, Michael
2008–2012
Bayer
Slauson, Stephen
2009–2013
St. Joseph University (Associate Professor)
Coombs, Thomas
2008–2012
University of North Carolina at Wilmington (Associate Professor)
Maki, Brooks
2009–2011
Highlands University, Benedictine University (Assistant Professor)
Rane, Digamber
2008–2011
University of Kansas, University of North Dakota
Huh, Chan Woo
2008–2013
Pfizer
Thornton, Paul
2008–2011
GreeneCentre
Ghosh, Partha
2008–2010
AMRI, Central University of Jharkhand
Fenster, Erik
2006–2010
Theravance Therapeutics
Frankowski, Kevin
2006–2012
University of Kansas Specialized Chemistry Center (Assistant Director), University of North Carolina (Research Assistant Professor)
Li, Sze-Wan
2005–2007
Campbell Family Institute for Breast Cancer Research
Ramanthan, Senthil Kumar
2003–2005
Merck, Triad Energy Resources, Merrill Lynch, MilliporeSigma
Zeng, Yibin
2002–2004
Chemocentryx
Reddy, D. Srinivasa
2001–2003
Dr. Reddy’s Laboratory, Advinus Therapeutics, CSIR–National Chemical Laboratory
Ban, Soo Ho
1998–2002
Sahasrabudhe, Kiran
2000–2004
Signal Pharmaceuticals
Iyengar, Rajesh
1997–1999
Abbott, Ironwood Pharmaceuticals
Schildknegt, Klaas
1995–1997
Pfizer
Venkatraman, Shankar
1995–1996
Celera/Axys Pharmaceuticals, Merck, Vitae Pharmaceuticals, IFM Therapeutics
Agrios, Konstantinos
1995–1996
Scripps Research Institute (postdoc w/ KC Nicolaou), Abbott, Incyte, Villanova University (Assistant Teaching Professor)
Jayasinghe, Lalith
1992–1994
Huyser Pharmaceuticals, Procter and Gamble
Usuki, Yoshinosuke
1994–1996
Osaka City University (Associate Professor)
Hoemann, Michael
1993–1996
Sepracor, Biogen, Abbott/Abbvie
Wendt, John
1994­–1996
Searle, Phamacia, Pfizer, Zoetis, Cardinal Health
Dutta, Dinah
1993–1996
University of Kansas (research scientist), St. Mark’s Lutheran Church (pastor), University of Kansas Medical Center (Chaplain Resident and Oncology Chaplain Fellow)
Kong, Jian-She
1993–1995
The Ohio State University (postdoc w/ Robert Coleman), Merck, BioDuro (Senior Director of Process Chemistry), Wuxi AppTec (Head of Chemistry Service and Head of Process Chemistry), Chemspec-API (Managing Director)
Kitagawa, Osamu
1994–1994
Tokyo Pharmaceutical University (Associate Professor), Shibaura Institute of Technology (Professor)
Milligan, Gregory L.
1990–1992
St. Martin’s University (Professor)
Wolfe, Michael S.
1990-1992
University of Tennessee (Professor), Harvard Medical School (Professor of Neurology), University of Kansas (Matthias Mertes Professor of Medicinal Chemistry)
Shih, Mei-jun
1988–1991
UCLA School of Medicine (research associate)
Spencer, Thomas
1988–1991
Sigma Aldrich
Zenk, Paul
1988–1991
Oread Laboratories
Tanol, Mehmet
1988–1990
Ege University (Professor), University of Kansas Biotechnology Optimization and Commercialization Center (research associate), Istanbul Kemerburgaz University (Professor), Altinbas University (Director, Institute of Health Sciences)