|Dr. Hannah Shafaat
Bio: Hannah received her B.S. in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 2006, where she performed research on spectroscopic endospore viability assays with Adrian Ponce (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory) and Harry Gray. She received her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) in 2011, under the direction of Professor Judy Kim, as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow and a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellow. During her graduate research, she used many different types of spectroscopy to study the structure and dynamics of amino acid radical intermediates in biological electron transfer reactions. After earning her Ph.D., Hannah moved across the ocean to Germany to study hydrogenase proteins and learn advanced EPR techniques as a Humboldt Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow working under Director Wolfgang Lubitz at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion (formerly Bioinorganic Chemistry).
Email: shafaat.1 [at] osu [dot] edu.
Fun fact: Domino, Hannah’s cat, has logged over 15,000 frequent flier miles to follow Hannah as she’s moved around.
| Regina Trevino
Bio: Regina is from Mission, Texas and attended The University of Texas at Austin, where she received a B.S. in Chemistry. While at UT Austin, she conducted research on the synthesis and characterization of dendrimer encapsulated nanoparticles as catalysts for the production of hydrogen. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. as a member of the Ohio State Chemistry and Biochemistry program in the inorganic division. She is presently working on the metalloenzymes project in producing hydrogenase like activity from artificial enzymes.
Email: trevino.59 [at] osu [dot] edu.
Fun Fact: Regina played roller hockey for over 4 years and still enjoys roller blading in her free time.
| Joe Hazel
Bio: Joe is from Charlotte, North Carolina and attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry and Biology in 2015. While at UNC, he worked under Dr. Jerry Troutman on the biosynthesis of microbial glycans, especially the capsule polysaccharide of the bacterial pathogen Vibrio vulnificus. His current research in the group focuses on the heterobimetallic R2-like ligand-binding oxidase protein, R2lox.
Email: hazel.42 [at] osu [dot] edu.
Fun Fact: Joe joined the Shafaat group at OSU after four years of living as Florida Man, where he split his time between teaching online, hanging out on the beach, and eating grapefruit.
| Luke Lewis
Bio: Luke is from Hermitage, Pennsylvania and earned his B.S. in Chemistry at Purdue University. While at Purdue, he worked on synthesizing fluorescent tags for small bio molecules. In 2018, Luke joined the Ohio State Chemistry and Biochemistry program in the inorganic division. His current project is investigating the binding affinity of carbon dioxide to catalysts.
Email: lewis.2667 [at] osu [dot] edu.
Fun Fact: He likes to pick heavy things up and put them back down.
| Alina Yerbulekova
Bio: Alina is from Almaty, Kazakhstan. She graduated from Nazarbayev University (Astana, Kazakhstan) in 2016 with B.S. in Chemistry. Alina attended Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest, Hungary where She received M.S. in Chemistry in 2018. During master’s program, Alina worked on synthesis and characterization of Herpex Simplex virus-1 glycoprotein D peptides and drug conjugates. Alina joined OSBP program at OSU in 2018. Her current project focuses on modelling reactivity of ACS using nickel substituted azurin.
Email: yerbulekova.1 [at] osu [dot] edu.
Fun Fact: My colleagues say that I have a killer side eye.
| Ashlee Wertz
Bio: Ashlee is from Canton, Ohio and attended the University of Dayton where she received her B.S in biochemistry and M.S in chemistry. During this time, she worked on synthesizing ruthenium polypyridyl complexes for use in photodynamic therapy. Ashlee is currently working towards her Ph.D as a member of the Ohio State Chemistry and Biochemistry program in the inorganic division.
Email: wertz.97 [at] osu [dot] edu.
Fun Fact: Ashlee enjoys running in her free time and has completed 1 full and 3 half marathons.
| Josephine Gan
Bio: Josephine is from Guangdong, China. She graduated from Brandeis University in 2018 with B.S. in Chemistry and Biochemistry. While at Brandeis, Josephine worked on turing pattern formation in reaction-diffusion system with external perturbations. After she graduated, she worked as a research assistant at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology investigating ATM loss in autophagy-lysosomal pathway. Josephine joined the Ohio State Chemistry and Biochemistry program in the biological division at OSU in 2019. Her current project focuses on characterization of R2lox heterometallic cofactors using DFT calculations.
Email: gan.161 [at] osu [dot] edu.
Fun Fact: Josephine did ballet dance for 8 years and still go dancing in her free time.
|Dr. Chandradeep Ghosh, 2020
Bio: Chandra is from Kolkata, India where he completed his B.S. in Chemistry from Presidency College and obtained his M.S. degree from Banaras Hindu University. In his Ph.D tenure at Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, under the supervision of Dr. Somdatta Ghosh Dey, he was involved in the investigation of active site structure and different reactivities of heme and copper bound amyloid β peptide using various spectroscopic techniques. He joined the Shafaat Group as a postdoc, and worked on trapping the reactive intermediates of the novel heterodinuclear metalloprotein, R2-like ligand-binding oxidase (R2lox).
Email: Ghosh.195 [at] osu [dot] edu.
Fun Fact: Chandra likes sketching portraits and painting in his free time.
|Dr. Michael Stevenson, 2017
Bio: Michael received his B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Washington in 2009, where he studied how epigenetic modification can stimulate genetic variation with Professor Nancy Maizels. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Dartmouth College in 2016, under the guidance of Professor Dean Wilcox, and was an NSF GK-12 Fellow and recipient of the John H. Wolfenden Teaching Award. His graduate work entailed determining the thermodynamics of metal ions binding to proteins in the copper homeostasis pathway and the organomercurial detoxification pathway. He worked on probing the mechanism of hydrogenase activity in artificial enzymes.
Current Position: Michael is currently a post-doc at the University of California-Davis working for Dr. Marie Heffern.
Fun Fact: Michael enjoys wearing funky and colorful socks.
|Dr. Sean Marguet, 2020
Bio: Sean is from Greenville, Indiana and attended Indiana University Southeast, where he received his B.S. in Chemistry and A.A. in Mathematics and Physics. At IUS, Sean computationally investigated the docking of Plasmodium falciparum plasmepsins to human hemoglobin under Dr. Victor Waingeh. Sean was working towards his Ph.D. as a member of the Ohio State Chemistry and Biochemistry program in the physical division. His research project involved computationally studying metalloenzymes using density functional theory (DFT) and molecular dynamics (MD) to evaluate the mechanism of catalysis of artificial metalloenzymes.
Current Position: Sean is currently looking for new opportunities in the catalysis industry.
Fun Fact: Sean enjoys snowboarding. He also likes to go to Lake Cumberland to go boating and wakeboarding.
|Dr. Effie Kisgeropoulos, 2020
Bio: Effie is a native Ohioan and attended Kent State University, where she received a B.S. in Biotechnology. During this time she defended an honors thesis on the inhibition of ovarian cancer cell proliferation by endogenous lipid compounds. As a senior, she took a job with the oilfield company Buckeye Brine LLC troubleshooting water quality issues. She remained with the company after graduation, until accepting an offer as a member of the Ohio State Biochemistry Program, where she worked towards her Ph.D. Her research was on characterizing the novel heterodinuclear metalloprotein, R2-like ligand-binding oxidase (R2lox).
Fun Fact: While participating in a water quality study, Effie once fell in a particularly toxic stream while taking a sample…she is still waiting for her superhero powers to develop.
|Dr. Shelby Behnke, 2019
Bio: Shelby Behnke is from South Carolina and attended the University of South Carolina Aiken where she received her B.S. in Chemistry. While in undergrad, she worked on synthesis and reactivity studies of small molecules. She worked towards her Ph.D. as a member of the Ohio State Chemistry and Biochemistry program in the inorganic division. Her project was on small molecule mimics of hydrogenases.
Current Position: Shelby is currently working as a Process Engineer at Intel in Portland, Oregon.
Fun fact: Shelby swam competitively for 19 years and can be found at the pool in the early hours of the morning.
|Dr. Camille Schneider, 2019
Bio: Cami is from Kaukauna, Wisconsin and double majored in Biochemistry and Zoology at University of Wisconsin – Madison. While at UW, she studied the ischemia pathways in murine models. Cami joined the Ohio State Biochemistry Program in the Fall of 2014. Her research project involved creating an artificial metalloenzyme for the reduction of carbon dioxide.
Current Position: Cami is currently working at CAS in Columbus, Ohio.
Fun Fact: Cami hopes to one day own a Segway obstacle course in her backyard.
| Clayton Wilson, M.S., 2019
Bio: Clayton is from Greensboro, North Carolina and attended Clemson University, where he received a B.S. in Biochemistry. His undergraduate research was on the bactericidal properties of cationic phosphorous polymers. While at Clemson, Clayton participated in two summer internships for Proctor & Gamble in Cincinnati, Ohio, researching formulation and process development for laundry specific products. Clayton joined the Ohio State Chemistry and Biochemistry program in the organic division in 2017. He worked on nickel metalloenzymes modeling critical catalytic intermediates.
Fun Fact: Clayton was a cross country and track & field athlete for Clemson University and has competed in 23 different states. One day, he hopes to run a race in all 50 states.
|Dr. Anastasia Manesis, 2018
Bio: Anastasia, called Tasha by most, is from New Jersey and attended college at Northeastern University in Boston, MA where she obtained a B.S in Biochemistry and a B.A in Asian Studies. While in undergrad she worked for QinetiQ-North America researching the decontamination of biological and chemical warfare agents and at GlaxoSmithKline as a co-op student helping to construct small molecule synthetic libraries. She was a Ph.D candidate in the Ohio State Biochemistry Program and worked on the metalloenzyme project characterizing critical nickel intermediates found in enzymes that regulate global gas cycles.
Current Position: Tasha is currently a postdoc at Northwestern University working for Dr. Amy Rosenzweig.
Fun fact: Tasha won her heat in the Qdoba burrito eating contest her sophomore year of college.
|Dr. Jeffrey Slater, 2018
Bio: Jeff received his B.S. in Biochemistry and Psychology from the University of Mount Union in 2013, where he performed research on the biosynthesis of novel sugar structures utilizing recombinant enzymes. Jeff was a Ph.D candidate and a member of The Ohio State Biochemistry Program (OSBP). He worked on the metalloenzyme project attempting to engineer hydrogenase activity into a non-catalytic protein scaffold.
Fun fact: Jeff has sang in choir for 13 years and has performed in the Vatican.
|Dr. Pearson Maugeri, 2017
Bio: Pearson Maugeri is from Atlanta, GA and attended Harding University, located in Searcy, AR. He received his B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. While in undergrad, he worked at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, GA doing PCR and sequencing assays on Varicella vaccines. Pearson has always been interested in interdisciplinary techniques. He was in the Biophysics graduate program doing resonance Raman spectroscopy of various metalloproteins to ascertain structure/function relationships and metal-binding selectivity.
Current Position: Pearson is currently working as a Process Engineer at Intel in Portland, Oregon.
Fun Fact: Pearson has played the guitar since he was in 7th grade and can also play the ukulele, banjo, and mandolin.