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Student Profiles

Students participating in the program have a Home Program in either the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (CBC), or the Department of Pharmacology Toxicology.

Tasmia Ahmed


tasmiaahmed@email.arizona.edu
Advisor/Lab: Nam Lee
Home Program: CBC/Biochemistry
Entered: Fall 2019
Research Interests: Protein interactions and cell signaling
Education: B.S. in Chemistry, Radford University

Bismark Amofah


bamofah@email.arizona.edu
Advisor/Lab: Indraneel Ghosh
Home Program: CBC/Biochemistry
Entered: Fall 2017
Research Interests:
Education: B.S. in Chemistry, Radford University

Ben Baker


bebaker@email.arizona.edu
Advisor/Lab:  Wolfgang Peti
Home Program: CBC/Chemistry
Entered: Fall 2018
Research Interests: Structural Charactarization of Serine/Threonine Protein Phosphatases.
Education: B.S. with an Emphasis in Biochemistry, Westmont College

Claudia Barahona


cbarahona@email.arizona.edu
Advisor/Lab: Nancy Horton
Home Program: CBC/Biochemistry
Entered: Fall 2016
Research Interests: DNA binding proteins, filament-forming enzymes
Education:  B.S. in Bio-Pharmaceutical Chemistry and M.S. in Applied Microbiology, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon

Laura Basantes


laurabasantes@email.arizona.edu
Advisor/Lab: Nancy Horton
Home Program: CBC/Chemistry
Entered: Fall 2016
Research Interests:
Education: B.S. in Chemistry, Universidad San Francisco de Quito

Genesis Cahigas


genohh@email.arizona.edu
Advisor/Lab: Pascale Charest
Home Program: CBC/Biochemistry
Entered: Fall 2017
Research Interests: Signal Transduction and Cell Migration
Education: B.S. in Biochemistry, Brigham Young University-Hawaii

Natasha Cornejo


ncornejo@email.arizona.edu
Advisor/Lab: John Jewett
Home Program: CBC/Chemistry
Entered: Fall 2017
Research Interests: Chemical biology
Education: B.S. in Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Paola Cruz Flores


paolacruzf@email.arizona.edu
Advisor/Lab:Nam Lee
Home Program: CBC/Biochemistry
Entered: Fall 2018
Research Interests: TGFB signaling pathways and their pathological implications that underlie conditions such as cancer, inflammatory and neurological disorders. 
Education: B.S. at Sonoras Institute of Technology (ITSON), Sonora Mexico. M.S. at University of Leeds 

Garrett Davis


garrettjdavis@email.arizona.edu
Advisor/Lab: John Jewett
Home Program: CBC/Biochemistry
Entered: Fall 2015
Research Interests:
Education:
B.A. in Biochemistry, Willamette University

Michael Delost


mddelost@email.arizona.edu
Advisor/Lab: Jun Wang
Home Program: Drug, Discovery & Development
Entered: Fall
Research Interests:
Education: B.S. in Chemistry, Gannon University, M.S. in Chemistry, Youngstown State University

Megan Ewbank


maewbank@email.arizona.edu
Advisor/Lab: Rebecca Page
Home Program: CBC/Biochemistry
Entered: Fall 2018
Research Interests: Structural Biology
Education: B.S., University of New Mexico

Christopher Foley


chrisfoley@email.arizona.edu
Advisor/Lab: Christopher Hulme
Home Program: CBC/Chemistry
Entered: Fall 2015
Research Interests:
Education: B.S. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry, University of the Sciences

Niloofar Ghadirian


ghadirian@email.arizona
Advisor/Lab: Nancy Horton
Home Program: CBC/Chemistry
Entered: Fall 2017
Research Interests:
Education: B.S. in Chemistry, Sharif University of Technology

Amanda Gorczyca


amjua@email.arizona.edu
Advisor/Lab: William Montfort
Home Program: CBC/Chemistry
Entered: Fall 2015
Research Interests: Proteomics
Education: B.S. in Chemistry

Lindsay Guzman


lindsayguzman@email.arizona.edu
Advisor/Lab: John Jewett and Michael Riehle
Home Program: CBC/Chemistry
Entered: Fall 2014
Research Interests: Synthesis of chemical probes for use in chemical biology.
Education: B.S. in Chemistry, University of Oregon

Dillon Hanrahan


djhanrahan@email.arizona.edu
Advisor/Lab: Robin Polt
Home Program: CBC/Chemistry
Entered: Fall 2013
Research Interests: Synthesis and structure-function relationships of glycolipid surfactants
Education: B.S. in Chemistry, South Dakota State University

Yanmei Hu


yanmeihu@email.arizona.edu
Advisor/Lab: Jun Wang
Home Program:Drug Discovery & Development
Entered: Fall 2017
Research Interests: Antiviral drug discovery and development  
Education:B.S. in Chemistry, Yangtze University, M.S. in Chemistry, University of Texas Rio Grande

Kevin Hurtado


hurtado4@email.arizona.edu
Advisor/Lab: John Streicher
Home Program:  Drug Discovery & Development
Entered: Fall 2019
Research Interests: Medical Pharmacolody and Drug Discovery and Develepment
Education: B.S., Northern Arizona University

Helen Janis


hjanis@email.arizona.edu
Advisor/Lab:> Jacob Schwartz
Home Program:  CBC/Biochemistry
Entered: Fall 2019
Research Interests: Intrinsically Disordered Proteins (IDPs) structure
Education: B.S., Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Neng Ke


nengke@email.arizona.edu
Advisor/Lab: Katrina Miranda
Home Program: CBC/Biochemistry
Entered: Fall 2013
Research Interests:
Education: M.S. in Chemistry, New Mexico State University

Keerthana Andakudi Kesavan


keerthana@email.arizona.edu
Advisor/Lab: Indraneel Ghosh
Home Program:CBC/Chemistry
Entered: Fall 2017
Research Interests: Chemical biology and drug discovery
Education: B.S. in Chemistry, Shiv Nadar University

Michelle Lay


michelay@email.arizona.edu
Advisor/Lab: Jacob Schwartz
Home Program:CBC/Biochemistry
Entered: Fall 2019
Research Interests: Biochemistry
Education: B.S. in Biochemistry, Portland State University

Zekun Liu


liuzekun@email.arizona.edu
Advisor/Lab: Victor Hruby
Home Program: CBC/Biochemistry
Entered: Fall 2016
Research Interests: Chemotaxis
Education: B.S. in Biotechnology, Shandong University, M.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Georgetown University 

Jason Machulis


jmachu2@email.arizona.edu
Advisor/Lab: Eli Chapman
Home Program: Drug Discovery & Development
Entered: Fall 2018
Research Interests: Structural biology
Education: B.S. in Molecular & Cellular Biology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. PharmD College of Pharmacy at the University of Arizona.

Alexander Marciniak


amarciniak@email.arizona.edu
Advisor/Lab: Robin Polt
Home Program: CBC/Chemistry
Entered: Fall 2017
Research Interests: Design and Synthesis of S1P1 Modulators for Treatment of Autoimmune Diseases and ALI/ARDS
Education: B.S. & M.S.,University of Bremen-Germany

Damian Mason


ravenm@email.arizona.edu
Advisor/Lab: Eli Chapman
Home Program: Drug Discovery & Development
Entered: Fall 2015
Research Interests:
Education: B.S. in Biochemistry, University of Arizona

Mahta Moinpour


mmoinpour@email.arizona.edu
Advisor/Lab: Jacob Schwartz
Home Program: CBC/Biochemistry
Entered: Fall 2014
Research Interests:
Education: B.S. in Chemistry, Sharif University of Technology

Niloufar Mollasalehi


nmollasalehi@email.arizona.edu
Advisor/Lab: May Khanna
Home Program: CBC/Biochemistry
Entered: Fall 2015
Research Interests: Neurodegeneration, drug discover, cell and molecular biology, and protein chemistry
Education: B.Sc. in Chemistry, Sharif University of Technology, M.S. in Biochemistry, University of Arizona

Rami Musharrafieh


ramim@email.arizona.edu
Advisor/Lab: Michael Brown
Home Program: CBC/Biochemistry
Entered: Fall 2014
Research Interests: 
Education: B.S. in Biochemistry, University of New Mexico-Albuquerque

Carolanne Norris


cnorris19@email.arizona.edu
Advisor/Lab: Michael Marty
Home Program: CBC/Chemistry
Entered: Fall 2018
Research Interests: Membrane proteins, protein lipid interactions, and GPCRs
Education: B.S., Otterbein University, Westerville, OH

Agata Orlinski


awo@email.arizona.edu
Advisor/Lab: Pascale Charest
Home Program: CBC/Biochemistry
Entered: Fall 2016
Research Interests: 
Education: B.S. in Psychology, Fairfield University and M.A. in Biomolecular Sciences, Central Connecticut State University

Matthew Rollins


rollins2@email.arizona.edu
Advisor/Lab: Jacob Schwartz
Home Program: CBC/Biochemistry
Entered: Fall 2015
Research Interests:
Education: B.A. in Biochemistry, Washington and Jefferson College

Hannah Schmidt


sbschmidt@email.arizona.edu
Advisor/Lab: Craig Aspinwall
Home Program: CBC/Chemistry
Entered: Fall 2018
Research Interests: Bioanalytical chemistry
Education: B.A. in Chemistry, Wellesley College

Marta Schoenle


mvs3@email.arizona.edu
Advisor/Lab: Megan McEvoy
Home Program: CBC/Chemistry
Entered: Fall 2015
Research Interests:
Education: B.S. in Chemistry, SUNY- College of Buffalo

Kevin Scott


scotta@email.arizona.edu
Advisor/Lab: 
Jon Njardarson
Home Program: Drug Discovery & Development
Entered: Fall 2015
Research Interests: Natural product total synthesis, drug discovery
Education: B.S. in Chemistry from the University of California, Irvine

Devin Seka


devinseka@pharmacy.arizona.edu
Advisor/Lab: Thomas Tomasiak
Home Program: CBC/Biochemistry
Entered: Fall 2019
Research Interests: Membrane biochemistry, structural biology, cancer metabolism
Education: B.S. in Biochemistry,Chatham University, Pittsburgh PA

Abigail Sherpard


shepard@pharmacy.arizona.edu
Advisor/Lab: John Jewett
Home Program: Drug Discovery & Development
Entered: Fall 2015
Research Interests: Chemical Biology
Education: B.S. in Chemistry, St. John Fisher College

Jared Sivinski


jsivinski@email.arizona.edu
Advisor/Lab: Eli Chapman
Home Program: Drug Discovery & Development
Entered: Fall 2018
Research Interests: Antibiotic discovery
Education: B.S. in Biochemistry (medicinal chemistry), Arizona State University

Stephen Smith


stephenfsmith@email.arizona.edu
Advisor/Lab: Pascale Charest
Home Program: CBC/Biohemistry
Entered: Fall 2016
Research Interests: 
Education: B.S., Brigham Young University 

Tik Hang Soong


tsoong@email.arizona.edu@email.arizona.edu
Advisor/Lab: Thomas Tomasiak
Home Program: CBC/Biochemistry
Entered: Fall 2020
Research Interests: Structure-based drug design
Education: B.S. in Biochemistry, Azusa Pacific University

Samuel Sugerman


sugerman@email.arizona.edu
Advisor/Lab: Indraneel Ghosh
Home Program:CBC/Biochemistry
Entered: Fall 2017
Research Interests: Protein and Protein interaction
Education: B.A. Exercise and Sport Science, Concordia University-Portland

Holly Sofka


sofkah@email.arizona.edu
Advisor/Lab: John Jewett
Home Program:CBC/Chemistry
Entered: Fall 2017
Research Interests: Chemical Biology and Bioorganic Chemistry
Education: B.S. in Biochemistry, Elizabethtown College

Brittany Stankavich


bstankavich@email.arizona.edu
Advisor/Lab: Indraneel Ghosh
Home Program: CBC/Biochemistry
Entered: Fall 2017
Research Interests: Protein Engineering and Cell Signaling
Education: B.S. in Chemistry, Butler University 

Kristiane Torgeson


ktorgeson@email.arizona.edu
Advisor/Lab: Rebecca Page
Home Program: CBC/Biochemistry
Entered: Fall 2016
Research Interests: Structural biology and cellular signalling 
Education: B.S. in Biochemistry, Caly Poly SLO

Julia Townsend


juliatownsend@email.arizona.edu
Advisor/Lab: Michael Marty
Home Program: CBC/Biochemistry
Entered: Fall 2018
Research Interests: Membrane proteins and lipid interactions 
Education: B.S. in Biochemistry, Binghamton University

Marissa Trujillo


mtrujillo@pharmacy.arizona.edu
Advisor/Lab: James Galligan
Home Program: Drug Discovery & Development
Entered: Fall 2019
Research Interests:  Post translational modifications
Education: B.S. in Biochemistry, University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Margaret Vos


mvos@email.arizona.edu
Advisor/Lab: Rebecca Page
Home Program: CBC/Biochemistry
Entered: Fall 2018
Research Interests:  Structural Biology and protein dynamics
Education:  B.S. in Biochemistry, Juniata College

Brandon Walls


essexgatison@email.arizona.edu
Advisor/Lab:
Jun Wang
Home Program:  Drug Discovery & Development
Entered:  Fall 2020
Research Interests: Drug Discovery
Education:  B.S. degree at Nevada State College

Zhihan Wang


zhihanw@email.arizona.edu
Advisor/Lab: Craig Aspinwall
Home Program: CBC/Biochemistry
Entered: Fall 2017
Research Interests: Electrophysiology
Education: University of Washington

Alyssa Werner


alyssawerner@email.arizona.edu
Advisor/Lab: Pascale Charest
Home Program: CBC/Biochemistry
Entered: Fall 2017
Research Interests: Protein biochemistry and cancer biology of direct/cell migration
Education: B.S. in Biochemistry, University of Denver

Sarah Young


smyoung1@email.arizona.edu
Advisor/Lab: William Montfort
Home Program: CBC/Biochemistry
Entered: Fall 2015
Research Interests:
Education: B.S. in Premedicine-Chemistry, Wichita State, M.S. in Chemistry, Northern Arizona University

Victor Yu


yuv17@email.arizona.edu
Advisor/Lab: Rebecca Page
Home Program: CBC/Biochemistry
Entered: Fall 2017
Research Interests:
Education: B.S. in Biochemistry, Washington and Lee University

Christopher Zerio


czerio@email.arizona.edu
Advisor/Lab: Eli Chapman
Home Program: Drug Discovery & Development
Entered: Fall 2016
Research Interests: Structure-Based Drug Design
Education: B.S. in Biochemistry, University of Puget Sound