Former Group Members

Doctoral Students

Connor Holt, PhD
06/2017 - 05/2022
BS, Mercer University
Senior Scientist, Pfizer Groton

Georgios Alachouzos, PhD
07/2015 - 06/2020
MS 2015, Leiden University
BS 2012, TU Delft
Postdoctoral Fellow w/ Prof. Ben Feringa, University of Groningen, Netherlands

Dylan Parsons, PhD
08/2014 - 10/2019
BS 2014, SUNY Geneseo
Postdoctoral Fellow w/ Prof. Vinit Mahajan, Medicinal Chemistry Knowledge Center, Stanford

Eric Stoutenburg, PhD
09/2013- 12/2018
BS 2013, Niagara University
Scientist at Novomer Inc., Rochester, NY

Patrick Harrington, PhD
08/2013- 12/2018
BS 2013, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Postdoctoral Fellow w/ Prof. Shauna Paradine, University of Rochester, NY

Yu-Wen Huang, PhD
09/2009- 05/2015
BS 2009, National Cheng Kung University
Postdoctoral Fellow w/ Prof. John Wood, Baylor University, TX

Steven Jacob, PhD
12/2009- 12/2014
BS 2001, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Postdoctoral Fellow w/ Professor Dean Toste, UC Berkeley, CA

Peter Carlsen, PhD
06/2009 - 05/2015
BS 2009, Duke University, NC
Postdoctoral Fellow w/ Professor Andrew Myers, Harvard University, MA

Joshua Brooks, PhD
12/2008 - 11/2012
BS 2005, M.S. 2009, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Postdoctoral Associate w/ Professor Derek Tan, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
Senior Scientist, Isis Pharmaceuticals, CA

Jennifer Ciesielski, PhD
06/2007 - 07/2012
BA 2007, Lake Forest College
Postdoctoral Associate w/ Professor Erick Carreira, ETH, Zurich, Switzerland
Senior Scientist with Eli Lily, London UK

William Spencer, PhD
12/2008 - 10/2012
BS 2001, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
MS 2008, Rochester Institute of Technology
Postdoctoral Associate w/ Robert Boeckman, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
Technology Specialist, Patent Agent at the law firm of Fish & Richardson

Tulaza Vaidya, PhD
Joint w/ Professor Rich Eisenberg
12/2007 - 06/2012
BA 2007, Lake Forest College
Postdoctoral Associate w/ Professor Geoffrey Coates, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Senior Scientist with Dow Chemical, Freeport TX

Abdallah Bitar, MD, PhD
PhD: 12/2005 - 06/2009
(MD/PhD Student)
Internal Medicine Research Track Resident, Scripps Clinic/Green Hospital, San Diego, CA Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA

Chao Jiang, PhD
12/2004 - 09/2009
Senior Research Scientist, Anichem Inc., North Brunswick, NJ.
Postdoctoral Associate w/ Christina White, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Engineering, School of Engineering, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, PR China

John Malona, PhD
12/2003 - 09/2008
BA 2003, Colgate University
Postdoctoral Associate w/ Erik Sorensen, Princeton University
Scientist, Avila Therapeutics, Boston, MA

Ildiko Herrick, PhD
01/2003 - 12/2007
BA 1998, University of California, Los Angeles
Lecturer, Organic Chemistry, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

Daniel Canterbury, PhD
01/2003 - 12/2007
BS 2002, University of Buffalo
Postdoctoral Associate w/ Professor Glenn Micalizio, Scripps Research Institute, Jupiter, FL
Scientist, Synthesis and Design Group, Pfizer, Groton CT.

Patrick Caruana, PhD
02/2002 - 04/2007
BS 2001, Le Moyne College
Scientist, Chemical Development Group, US Navy

Wei He, PhD
01/2002 - 03/2007
BS 1998, University of Science and Technology of China
Professor of Pharmaceutical Science, School of Medicine, Tsinghua University, P. R. China

Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Corinne Minard
01/2015 - 12/2015
PhD 2013, Institut de Chimie des Substances Naturelles, CNRS,UniversitédeParis Sud (Paris VI),w/ Professor Robert H. Dodd
Postdoctoral Associate w/ Professor Charles E. McKenna, USC, CA

Dr. Kevin Cariou
04/2007 - 03/2009
PhD 2007, Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI) w/ Professor Max Malacria and Professor Louis Fensterban
2nd Class Scientist, Natural Product Chemistry Institute (ICSN), National Center for Scientific Research (CRNS), Gif sur Yvette, France

Dr. David Leboeuf
01/2010 - 05/2012
PhD 2009, Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI) w/ Professor Max Malacria and Professor Vincent Gandon
Postdoctoral Associate w/ Professor Antonio M. Echavarren, Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ), Tarragona, Spain
Chargé de Recherche deuxième classe (CNRS, Université Paris-Sud, Institut de Chimie Moléculaire et des Matériaux d'Orsay (ICMMO), Orsay cedex, France.)

Dr. Jie Huang
08/2005 - 09/2008
PhD 2005, Michigan State University w/ Professor William Wulff
Senior Research Scientist, Albany Molecular Research Institute, Albany, NY

Dr. Xiufeng Sun
04/2002 - 01/2004
PhD 1999, Cornell University w/ Professor David Collum
Senior Scientist, Chemical Development, Boehringer-Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc, Ridgefield, CT

Dr. Mesfin Janka
01/2004 - 11/2005
collaborated w/ Professor Rich Eisenberg
PhD 2002, University of Missouri-St. Louis w/ Professor Gordon K. Anderson
Senior Development Scientist, Chemicals Development Division, Eastman Chemical Company, Kingsport, TN

Master's Students

Jessie Wu, MS
12/2012 - 12/2014

Eric Theiste, MS
06/2007 - 07/2012
BA 2007, Ferris State University
Assistant Professor, Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, MN

Ryan Cheng, MS
09/2011 - 10/2013
BS 2011, Brandeis University
Consultant in New York, NY

Ryan Daly, MS
09/2007 - 05/2009
BS 2008, University of Rochester
Chemist, Synthonix, Wake Forest, NC

Ciara O'Connell
Visiting Doctoral Student from Queen's University
05/2004 - 11/2004
PhD 2006, Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Inga Haedicke, MS
12/2004 - 06/2006
BS 2004, Niagara University
PhD candidate w/ Professor Xiao-an Zhang, University of Toronto

Tulay Aygan Atesin
04/2003 - 08/2004
PhD 2007 w/ Professor William D. Jones, University of Rochester
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, The University of Texas-Pan American

Michelle Grimm, MS
01/2002 - 08/2003
PhD 2011 w/ Professor James Tanko, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Chemist, Valspar, Kansas City, MO

Undergraduate Students

Paul Sinclair, BS
05/2017 - 05/2020
Graduate Student, UC Berkeley

Marissa Coshigano, BS
05/2019 - 05/2020
Graduate Student, John Hopkins University

Allison Stanko, BS
09/2017 - 05/2019
Graduate Student, Caltech

Ilan Goldberg, BS,
03/2015 - 05/2017

Mike Moskowitz, BS,
06/2014 - 05/2016

Murray Wan, BS,
06/2014 - 05/2016
Graduate Student, Baylor University

Rachel Kasimer, BS, Catherine Block Memorial Prize, Junior Scholar
09/2015 - 05/2016
Medical Student, University of Chicago, IL

Heather Tallents, BS,
06/2013 - 05/2015
Graduate Student, University of Bristol, UK

Johnson Truong, BS, McNair Scholar
06/2013 - 05/2015

Dylan Abrams, BS, 
05/2013 - 05/2015
Graduate Student, Princeton University (Chemistry)

Kevin Koenders, BS
08/2012 - 06/2014
PhD candidate, University of Florida (Molecular Biology)

Hee Young (Rachel) Park, BS
06/2012 - 05/2014
Medical Student, University of Rochester MC

Jonathan Nemeth, BS
09/2013 - 05/2014

Tyler Banker, BS
09/2013 - 05/2014

Sarah Obudzinski
08/2012 - 12/2012
Undergraduate Student, University of Rochester

Christopher Wright, BS
06/2011 - 05/2013
MD candidate, Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College

Mark Levin, BS
06/2009 - 06/2012
PhD candidate w/ Professor Dean Toste, University of California, Berkeley

Jared Nesvet, BS
09/2011 - 05/2012
PhD candidate w/ Professor Edward Solomon, Stanford University

C. Rose Kennedy, BS
09/2010 - 05/2011
PhD candidate w/ Professor Eric Jacobsen, Harvard University

Benjamin Hyers
09/2011 - 12/2011
MD candidate, University of Rochester, School of Medicine and Dentistry

Emily (Zbesko) Zarefsky, BS
09/2008 - 05/2009
MS 2010 w/ Professor Karl Scheidt, Northwestern University
R&D Chemistry, Stepan Company, Northfield, IL

Josh Epstein, BS
09/2008 - 05/2009
PhD candidate w/ Professor Dunbar P. Birnie and Professor Laura Fabris, Rutgers University

Colleen Kellenberger, BS
01/2007 - 05/2008
PhD candidate w/ Professor Ming Hammond, University of California, Berkeley

Eric Miller, BS
01/2007 - 05/2008
PhD candidate w/ Professor Dennis Liotta, Emory University

NSF REU student from Adams State College
06/2005 - 08/2005
MS 2009 w/ Professor Rich Carter, Oregon State University
Scientist, Synthetech, Albany, OR

Jessica Colbourne, BS
06/2004 - 05/2005
High School Teacher, New York, NY

Casey Jones
NSF REU student from Reed College
06/2003 - 07/2003
PhD 2010 w/ Professor Jeffrey Schwartz, Princeton University
Postdoctoral Associate, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR

Susan Zultanski, BS
06/2004 - 05/2005
PhD Candidate w/ Professor Gregory Fu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Nick Barczak, BS
06/2002 - 05/2003
PhD 2011 w/ Professor Elizabeth Jarvo, University of California, Irvine
Postdoctoral Associate w/ Eric M. Ferreira, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

Aileah Kvashay, BS
Master of Arts in Teaching, State University of New York at New Paltz