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Fellows

The Chemical Biology Laboratory boasts a wide variety of expertise stemming from outstanding fellows from diverse backgrounds who join the Lab for a Postbaccalaureate or Postdoctoral Fellowship. 

  name, group, expertise academic credentials
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Caleb Anderson

Dr. Caleb Anderson
(Schneider Group)

  • Supramolecular biomaterials
  • Peptide self-assembly
  • Drug Delivery

Ph.D. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD USA

B.S. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA USA

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Sumirtha Balratnam

Dr. Sumirtha Balaratnam
(Schneekloth Group)

  • Nucleic Acid Structure/Interaction/Functional Analysis
  • Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Protein Biochemistry; Microscopy and Cell Culture

Ph.D. Chemistry
Kent State University, Kent, OH USA

B.S. Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
University of Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Caldwell

Dr. Donald Caldwell
(Schnermann Group)

  • Organic Methodology Development
  • Small Molecule Synthesis
  • Medicinal Chemistry

Ph.D. Organic Chemistry
University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT USA

M.S. Organic Chemistry,
Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA USA

B.S. Chemistry, Clarion University, Clarion, PA USA

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Chingle

Dr. Ramesh Chingle
(Burke Group)

  • Synthetic Organic/Medicinal/Peptide Chemistry,
  • Chemical Biology/Drug Discovery
  • NMR Spectroscopy

Ph.D. Organic Chemistry
Université de Montréal, Montréal, Quebéc, Canada

M.Sc. Organic Chemistry
Goa University, Panaji, Goa, India

B.Sc. Chemistry
Ponda Education Society College of Arts & Science, Ponda, Goa, India

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Delannee

Dr. Victorien Delannee
(Nicklaus Group)

  • Algorithm
  • Data Analysis
  • Database

Ph.D. Computer Science
University of Rennes 1, Rennes, France

M.S. Bioinformatics and Genomics
University of Rennes 1, Rennes, France

B.A. Biology and Biochemistry
University of Nantes, Nantes, France

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DUNNE-DOMBRINK

Kara Dunne-Dombrink
(Schneekloth Group)

  • Nucleic Acid Biochemistry
  • Enzymology
  • Kinetics
  • Molecular & Cellular Biology
B.A. Biochemistry
Scripps College, Claremont, CA USA
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Fullenkamp

Dr. Christopher Fullenkamp
(Schneekloth Group)

  • Organic Synthesis
  • Medicinal Chemistry

Ph.D. Chemistry
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN USA

B.S. Chemistry,
Ball State University, Muncie, IN USA

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Kara Gillmann

Kara Gillman
(Gildersleeve Group)

  • Immunology
  • Glycobiology
B.A. Biology
College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA USA
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Kedika

Dr. Samanthreddy Kedika
(Burke Group)

  • Medicinal Chemistry/Peptide Chemistry
  • Chemical Biology
  • Drug Discovery

Ph.D. Medicinal Chemistry
University of Houston, Houston, TX USA

M.S. Medicinal Chemistry
NIPER, Kolkata, India

B.S. Pharmacy
Kakatiya University, Warangal, India

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Tania Lopez-Silva

Dr. Tania Lopez-Silva 
(Schneider Group)

  • Self-Assembling Peptides
  • Peptide-based Biomaterials and Hydrogels
  • Drug Delivery
  • Immune Response

Ph.D. Chemistry
Rice University, Houston, TX USA

B.S. Chemistry
Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM), Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico

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Mahajan

Dr. Pankaj Mahajan
(Burke Group)

  • Organic Synthesis
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Chemical Biology

Ph.D. Organic Synthesis
CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, India

M. Sc. Organic Chemistry
North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon, India

B.Sc. Chemistry
North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon, India

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MARGLOUS

Samantha Marglous
(Gildersleeve Group)

  • Immunology
  • Antibody-oligonucleotide conjugates
B.S. Biological Chemistry
University of Chicago, Chicago, IL USA
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Sierra Marker

Dr. Sierra Marker
(Schnermann Group)

  • Organic Synthesis
  • Small-Molecule Drug Conjugates
  • Fluorophore Chemistry

Ph.D. Chemistry & Chemical Biology
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY USA

M.S. Chemistry & Chemical Biology
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY USA

B.S. Chemistry
Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY USA

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Matikonda

Dr. Siddharth Matikonda
(Schnermann Group)

  • Chemical Biology
  • Bioorthogonal Chemistry
  • Antibody Drug Conjugates
  • Fluorophore Chemistry
  • Small Molecule Synthesis

Ph.D. Chemical Biology
University of Otago, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand

Honors Thesis Medicinal Chemistry
University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS USA

B.S. Pharmacy
BITS-Pilani, Hyderabad, India

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Nambiar

Dr. Monessha Nambiar
(Schneider Group)

  • Peptide Synthesis
  • Biomaterials

Ph.D. Chemistry
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN USA

B.Sc. Nanotechnology
Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia

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OBrien

Nick O'Brien
(Gildersleeve Group)

  • Cancer immunology
  • Protein engineering
  • Anti-glycan antibodies
B.A. Biochemistry
Columbia University, New York, NY USA
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Olatunji

Dr. (Feyisola) Paul Olatunji
(Schneekloth Group)

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Medicinal Chemistry

Ph.D. Organic Chemistry
Washington State University, Pullman, Washington USA

B.Sc. (Honors) Chemistry
Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Nigeria

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PARMAR

Dr. Shaifaly Parmar
(Schneekloth Group)

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cellular Biology

Ph.D. Biotechnology
Institute of Life Sciences, Bhubaneswar, India

M.Sc. Biotechnology
Banasthali University, Jaipur, India

B.Sc. Biotechnology
Barkatullah University, Bhopal, India

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PATEL-CHIRAG

Dr. Chiragkumar Patel
(Nicklaus Group)

  • Chemoinformatics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Database and tool development

Ph.D. Bioinformatics
Gujarat University, Ahmedabad, India

M.Phil. Bioinformatics
Gujarat University, Ahmedabad, India

M.Sc. Bioinformatics
Gujarat University, Ahmedabad, India

B.Sc. Microbiology
Gujarat University, Ahmedabad, India

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PEREZ-LOPEZ_MINERVO

Dr. Minervo Perez-Lopez
(Meier Group)

  • Assay Development
  • Kinase Biology
  • Mass Spectrometry
  • Phosphoprotemics

Ph.D. Chemical Biology
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN USA

B.S. Pre-Professional Health
Benedictine University, Lisle, IL USA

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RHODES

Dr. Curran Rhodes
(Schneekloth Group)

  • Peptide Synthesis
  • High-Throughput Screening
  • Medicinal Chemistry

Ph.D. Chemistry
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH USA

B.S. Biochemistry
Ohio University, Athens, OH USA

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Sarkar

Dr. Srijani Sarkar
(Schneider Group)

  • Peptide Nucleic Acids
  • Nucleic Acids Biochemistry
  • Peptide Hydrogels
  • Medicinal Chemistry

Ph.D. Chemistry
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

M.Sc. Chemistry
Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK), Kanpur, India

B.Sc. Chemistry
Presidency University, Kolkata, India

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SESHADRI

Srinath Seshadri
(Schneekloth Group)

  • Nucleic Acid Biochemistry
  • High-throughput drug discovery
B.A. Biochemistry
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH USA
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Shrestha

Dr. Pradeep Shrestha
(Schnermann Group)

  • Drug Delivery
  • Photochemistry
  • Organic Synthesis

Ph.D. Organic Chemistry
Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa USA

M.Sc. Organic Chemistry
Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Nepal

B.Sc. Chemistry
Trichandra Campus, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal

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Sibley

Dr. Christopher Sibley
(Schneekloth Group)

  • Organic Synthesis
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • RNA Biology

Ph.D. Organic Chemistry
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA USA

B.S. Biochemistry
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA USA

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Tagirasa

Dr. Ravichandra Tagirasa
(Yoo Group)

  • Human Immunology
  • T-cell Biology

Ph.D. Immunology
Institute of Life Sciences, Bhubaneswar, India

M.Sc. Medical Biochemistry
JIPMER, Pondicherry, India

B.Sc. Biochemistry
SJGDC, Kunool, Andhra Pradesh, India

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TEMME

Dr. Sebastian Temme
(Gildersleeve Group)

  • Glycochemistry
  • Bioorganic chemistry

Ph.D. Chemistry
Brandeis University, Waltham, MA USA

B.S. Chemistry
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA USA

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TALALLA GAMAGE

Dr. Supuni Thalalla-Gamage
(Meier Group)

  • Nucleic Acid Biochemistry
  • Epitranscriptomics
  • Molecular Biology

Ph.D. Biochemistry
Wayne State University, Detroit, MI USA

B.Sc. Chemical Biology
University of Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka

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WANG_EILEEN

Dr. Xiaoyi (Eileen) Wang
(Schneider Group)

  • Peptide/Protein Synthesis
  • Organic Synthesis
  • Native Chemical Ligation
  • Hydrogel Technology

Ph.D. Organic Chemistry
The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

M. Res. Drug Discovery & Development
Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom

B.Sc. Pharmaceutical Engineering
Nanjing Tech University, Jiangsu, PR China

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YANG_MO

Dr. Mo Yang
(Schneekloth Group)

  • Small Molecule Microarrays
  • Biomaterials
  • Surface Chemistry

Ph.D. Material Science
Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, PR China

B.S. Polymer Materials and Engineering
Jilin University, Jilin Province, PR China