The Team

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Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Jennifer C. Walters
B.Sc., Arcadia University, Glenside, PA, 2013
M.Sc., Arcadia University, Glenside, PA, 2014
Advisor: Prof. Barry Logan
Ph.D., Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 2019
Advisor: Prof. Sarah Wengryniuk
Dr. Xin Zhang
B.Sc., Nanjing University, Nanjing, China, 2009
Ph.D., Michigan State University, Lansing, MI, 2014
Advisor: Prof. William Wulff
Postdoc, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 2017
Advisor: Prof. Robert Knowles
Dr. Zuxiao Zhang
B.Sc., Shandong University, Jinan, China, 2009
M.Sc., Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (SIOC), Shanghai, China, 2012
Advisor: Prof. Guosheng Liu
Ph.D., University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2016
Advisor: Prof. William Dolbier Jr

Andrew Chen
B.S., Pitzer College, Claremont, CA
Sean Rafferty
B.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Blacksburg, VA 2015
Thesis: Cu(II)-catalyzed hydroborations
Advisor: Prof. Webster Santos
Leah Stateman
B.S., Illinois State University, Normal, IL, 2015
Thesis: Syntheses of carbaporphyrinoids
Advisor: Prof. Timothy Lash
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow, 2016
Allen Prusinowski
B.S., Le Moyne College, Syracuse, NY, 2016
Thesis: Synthesis of curcuminoids
Advisor: Prof. Joseph Mullins
  • ACS Organic Division Undergraduate Award, 2015
  • OSU University Fellowship, 2016
James Herbort
B.S., Wright State University, Dayton, OH, 2017
Research: Synthesis of vanillin-based PEEK polymers
Advisor: Prof. William Feld
  • ACS Organic Division Undergraduate Award, 2017
Joy Rutherford
B.S., Michigan State University, E. Lansing, MI, 2017
Research: Enantioselective halogenation, and amino acid electroanalysis
Advisors: Profs. Swain and Borhan
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award, 2019
  • OSU Dean’s Fellow, 2017
Raymond Twumasi
B.S., St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN, 2017
Research: Synthesis of aromatic azo inhibitors of tyrosine phosphatases
Advisor: Prof. Edward McIntee
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow, 2019
  • OSU Discovery Scholars Fellow, 2017-2018
  • NOBCChE Advancing Science Award, 2018
Ross Dare
B.S., Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ, 2018
Research: Green synthesis of sulfonyl ureas
Advisor: Prof. Gustavo Moura-Letts
Shania Hayward
B.S., Le Moyne College, Syracuse, NY, 2018
Research: Synthesis of alkylbutyrolactones
Advisors: Profs. Joseph Mullins and Nancy Totah
  • ACS Organic Division Undergraduate Award, 2018
Alyson Paneque
B.S., Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ, 2018
Research: Photocatalylic cyclizations of heterocycles
Advisor: Prof. Gustavo Moura-Letts
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Honoree, 2020
  • Taylor Bednar
    B.S., Dickinson College, Carlisle PA, 2019
    Research: Hydrogenolysis of Cysteine Perfluoroaryl Thioethers
    Advisor: Prof. Jason Gavenonis
    Young Ngo
    B.S., University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS, 2019
    Research: Electropolymerization of Organic Semiconducting Triblock Copolymers
    Advisor: Profs. Davita Watkins
    Henry Sise
    B.S., Villanova University Villanova, PA, 2019
    Research: Structure elucidation of asymmetric halonium ions
    Advisor: Prof. Brian Ohta

    Undergraduate Students

    Brian Daniels
    B.S., The Ohio State University, Expected 2020 
    • OSU Mayers Summer Scholar, 2019
    • OSU College of Arts & Sciences Research Scholar, 2019-2020
    Sean McGivern
    B.S., The Ohio State University, Expected 2019 
    Meghan Shea
    B.S., The Ohio State University, Expected 2020 
    • OSU Morrill Scholar, 2016-2020
    • Dept of Chemistry Undergraduate Research Fellow, Summer 2018

    Alumni

    Dr. Namitharan Kayambu
    Postdoc, The Ohio State University, 2014-2015
    Current PositionAssistant Professor, SRM University, Chennai, India
    Trevor Chopko
    B.S. with honors, The Ohio State University, 2016 
    • OSU Honors & Scholars Center Undergraduate Research Fellow, 2015-2016
    • Research Intern, Translational Biomarker Imaging, Merck, PA.
    Current PositionResearch Assistant with Prof Craig Lindsley, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
    Kui Pan
    B.S. with honors, The Ohio State University, 2016 
    • OSU College of Arts & Sciences Honors Program Undergraduate Research Scholar, 2015-2016
    M.Eng. in Materials Science, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
    Current PositionEngineer, Lionano Inc., Boston, MA
    Dr Mathieu Bekkaye
    Dr. Mathieu Bekkaye
    B.Sc., University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Île-de-France, France, 2009
    M.Sc., University of Paris-Sud, Orsay, France, 2011
    Ph.D., Institut de Chimie des Substances Naturelles, Paris, France, 2014
    Advisor: Prof. Géraldine Masson
    Postdoc, The Ohio State University, 2015-2016
    Current PositionEngineer, Chromatotec, Bordeaux, France
    Kevin Marchbanks-Owens
    B.S., Alabama A&M University, 2017 
    • Research Fellow, Summer 2016
    Hannah Naguib
    B.S., University of Notre Dame, 2018
    • Research Fellow, Summer 2016
    Current Position, Graduate Student , University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
    Melissa Bettinger
    B.S., The Ohio State University, 2017 
    Ahmad Dahman
    B.S., The Ohio State University, 2017 
    Current PositionMedical Student, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
    Dr. Avassaya Vanitcha
    B.Sc., Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, 2011
    M.Sc., Sorbonne Universités, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, 2012
    Ph.D., Sorbonne Universités, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, 2015
    Advisors: Profs. Louis Fensterbank and Virginie Mouriès-Mansuy
    Current PositionResearch Scientist at SCG Chemical, a Dow affiliate, Bangkok, Thailand
    Kara Edwards
    B.S., The Ohio State University, 2018 
    • OSU Bertram Thomas Scholar, 2017
    • OSU Mayers Undergraduate Research Fellow, Summer 2017
    Current PositionGraduate Student, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
    Xin Gu
    B.S. with honors, The Ohio State University, 2018 
    • OSU Bertram Thomas Scholar, 2016
    • OSU Kraska Endowed Fellow, 2017
    • OSU Mayers Undergraduate Research Fellow, Summer 2017
    • American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Organic Chemistry Undergraduate Award, 2018
    Current PositionGraduate Student, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA Advisor: Prof. Alison Wendlandt
    Darsheed (Ani) Mustafa
    B.S. with honors, The Ohio State University, 2018 
    • OSU Gary Booth Undergraduate Scholar, 2016
    • OSU Mayers Undergraduate Research Fellow, Summer 2016
    • American Chemical Society (ACS) Undergraduate Research Scholar, 2016-2017
    • Pelotonia Undergraduate Research Fellow, 2017-2018
    • National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow, 2018
    Current PositionGraduate Student, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, CA
    Chido Hambira
    Co-advisor: Prof. James Fuchs, Dept of Medicinal Chemistry & Pharmacognosy, College of Pharmacy
    B.S., Berea College, 2012
    Ph.D. The Ohio State University, 2018 
    Thesis: Post-synthetic Functionalization of Bioactive Compounds
    • Albeit H. Soloway (OSU) Graduate Fellow, 2015
    • Jane Chen (OSU) Graduate Fellow, 2016
    Current PositionPostdoctoral Fellow with Prof. David Perrin at University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Dr. Lu Wang
    Ph.D., Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (SIOC), Shanghai, China, 2013
    Advisor: Prof. Yuanhong Liu
    Postdoc, Institute of Microbial Chemistry, Tokyo, Japan, 2014
    Advisor: Prof. Masakatsu Shibasaki
    Current PositionProcess Chemist at Merck Process, Rahway, NJ
    Stacy
    Stacy Fosu
    B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2011
    M.S., Illinois State University, 2014
    Thesis: Synthesis of novel benziporphyrins
    Advisor: Prof. Timothy Lash
    Ph.D. The Ohio State University, 2019 
    Thesis: Functionalization of Arenes, Amines, Alkenes, and Alkynes Mediated by Radical Pathways
    • Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Gilliam Fellow, 2016
    Current PositionMedicinal Chemist at Abbvie, Chicago, IL
    Kohki Nakafuku
    Kohki Nakafuku
    B.S., Duke University, 2014
    Thesis: Gold-catalyzed allene isomerizations
    Advisor: Prof. Ross Widenhoefer
    Ph.D. The Ohio State University, 2019 
    Thesis: Radical Relay Strategies for C–H Functionalization of Alcohols
    Current PositionMedicinal Chemist at Janssen, San Diego, CA
    Ethan Wappes
    Ethan Wappes
    B.S., Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, 2014
    Thesis:  Electrochemical ring‐expansions
    Advisor: Prof. Dennis Peters
    Ph.D. The Ohio State University, 2019 
    Thesis: Radical sp3 C-H Functionalization of Amines and Alcohols
    • Charles E. Waring (OSU) Graduate Fellow, 2014
    • National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Honoree, 2016
    • ACS Division of Organic Chemistry (DOC) Travel Award, 2017
    • The Ohio State University Presidential Fellowship, 2018
    Current PositionDiscovery Process Chemist at Merck, San Francisco, CA
    Jeremy Lear
    Jeremy Lear
    B.S., Wright State University, Dayton, OH, 2012
    M.S., Wright State University, Dayton, OH 2014
    Thesis: Synthesis of new DP-PPVs
    Advisor: Prof. William Feld
    Ph.D. The Ohio State University, 2019 
    Thesis: Functionalization of Arenes, Amines, Alkenes, and Alkynes Mediated by Radical Pathways
    Current PositionPostdoctoral Fellow with Prof. Christopher Hadad at The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
    J. Quentin Buquoi III
    Lieutenant colonel, U.S. Air Force
    B.S., University of Georgia, Athens, GA, 2000
    M.S., Wright State University, Dayton, OH 2010
    Thesis: Poly(arylene ether) polymers
    Advisor: Prof. Eric Fossum
    Ph.D. The Ohio State University, 2019 
    Thesis: Multicomponent Radical Reactions Incorporating Heteroatom-Carbon Bonds via Polarity-Reversal Cascades
    Current Position, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO