People

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Principal Investigator

Scott K. Silverman


Current Members

Graduate Students

Robert D. Boyd
Prakriti K. Das

Undergraduate Students

Michelle Bishka
Esther Chang
Maria A. Massa
J. Tomas Tricarico

Summer Undergraduate Students

Maria C. Perakis



Alumni
     
Postdoctoral Researchers    
Joshua L. Avins LI Co-Founder and CTO of Voga Coffee, San Francisco, California
Dana A. Baum LI Associate Professor of Chemistry, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri
Madhavaiah Chandra LI Technical Director, Vignasai Laboratories, Hyderabad, India
Amber F. Charlebois LI Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Nazareth College, Rochester, New York
Rachel A. Hellmann (Whitaker) Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, Coastal Carolina University, Conway, South Carolina
Claudia Höbartner Professor, Institute for Organic Chemistry, University of Würzburg, Germany
Shengxi Jin Head of R&D Technology - Polyurethanes, Evonik, Singapore
P. I. Pradeepkumar Professor of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India
Yun Xie LI Director of Communications, Office of the President, Yale University
   
Graduate Students  
Benjamin M. Brandsen LI Ph.D. Dec. 2015; Patent Examiner, USPTO, Grand Rapids, MI; prev. postdoc w/Stanley Fields, Univ. Washington
Jagadeeswaran Chandrasekar LI Ph.D. Apr. 2016; Research Leader, Roche Diagnostics, Seattle, WA
Rebecca L. [Coppins] Bunn Ph.D. Aug. 2005; previously postdoc at Washington University in St. Louis with Kathleen Hall
Chih-Chi (Jimmy) Chu LI Ph.D. Apr. 2017; Associate Director, Process Operations and mRNA Development, 2seventy bio, Cambridge, MA
Victor Dokukin LI Ph.D. July 2014; Senior Scientist, Guardant Health, San Diego, CA
David C. McKinney M.S. Dec. 2003; Senior Group Leader, Broad Institute, Cambridge, MA
Chandrasekhar V. Miduturu Ph.D. Feb. 2006; Senior Director, EQRx, Cambridge, MA; prev. postdoc w/Nathanael Gray, HMS & DFCI
Seth M. Parmley M.S. Apr. 2008; instructor at Western Kentucky University, Glasgow Regional Campus; previously w/Amfine Chem. Corp., KY
Elizabeth D. Pratico Ph.D. Aug. 2008; Director of Process Dev., CRISPR Therapeutics, Boston, MA; prev. postdoc w/Bruce Sullenger, Duke Univ.
Jack J. Przybyla LI M.S. Apr. 2022; Biochemist, Siemens Healthineers, Walpole, MA
Amit Sachdeva Ph.D. Aug. 2011; Associate Professor in Bio-organic Chemistry, U. of East Anglia, Norwich, UK; prev. postdoc w/Jason Chin, MRC LMB
Mary Smalley Scanlan Ph.D. Dec. 2006; Director, Cell and Gene Therapy, PPD, Middleton, WI; previously postdoc with J. Andrew Berglund at Univ. Oregon
Shannon M. Walsh LI Ph.D. Dec. 2016; postdoc at University of Colorado Denver with Jay Hesselberth
Puzhou Wang LI Ph.D. Apr. 2018; Manager, Chemistry Data Science, Synthego Corporation, Redwood City, CA
Yangming Wang LI Ph.D. Jan. 2006; Professor, Institute of Molecular Medicine, Peking U., China; previously postdoc w/Robert Blelloch at UCSF
Adrienne (On Yi) Wong LI Ph.D. Nov. 2011; Senior Manager, Therapeutic Research Program Mgmt., Moderna, Cambridge, MA; previously postdoc at DFCI
Ying Xiao LI Ph.D. Dec. 2013; Senior Scientist, Azenta Life Sciences, South Plainfield, NJ
Shukun Yang LI Ph.D. April 2023; Scientist I, Prime Medicine, Cambridge, MA
Tianjiong (Yves) Yao LI Ph.D. April 2021; Scientist II, MilliporeSigma, Burlington, MA
Chih-Cheng (Peter) Yeh LI Ph.D. June 2019; Consultant, Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Chicago, IL
Elena Zelin Ph.D. Aug. 2008; Scientific Operations Manager, Synthego Corp., Redwood City, CA; previously postdoc with Brian Freeman at UIUC
Cong Zhou LI Ph.D. May 2018; Senior Scientist, CRISPR Therapeutics, Boston, MA
   
Visiting & Other Grad Students  
Spurti Akki LI Ph.D. June 2018; joint graduate student in Civil & Environmental Engineering w/Charles Werth; Scientist II, insitro, San Francisco, CA
Elena Pazos Chantrero June-Oct. 2010; graduate student at Univ. of Santiago de Compostela, Spain; Ramón y Cajal Researcher, Univ. of A Coruña, Spain
   
Laboratory Staff  
Kevin M. Duffin Bioengineering Professional Master's Program at UIUC; M.D. 2022 at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Sarah C. Kwon  
Tracey K. Prior  
Elizabeth J. [Duvall] Schmidt Environmental Health and Safety Professional, Austin, TX
   
Undergraduate Students  
John M. Aguilar LI B.S. May 2012; M.D. May 2016 at University of Florida; EMS Medical Director and Emergency Medicine Physician, Madison, WI
Yoonhee Ahn B.S. May 2012
Marissa J. Alcantara B.S. Dec. 2005; M.D. May 2013 at U. of Illinois; resident physician at U. of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System, Chicago
James E. Brady B.S. May 2020; dental student at University of Michigan School of Dentistry
Caleb C. Brandmeyer LI B.S. May 2019; Senior Chemist, Eli Lilly and Company, Indianapolis, IN
Emily C. [Allen] Brock LI B.S. May 2011; M.S. (MCB) 2016 at UC Berkeley; Associate Scientist, Allakos Inc., San Francisco, CA
Samantha L. Buhr LI B.S. May 2014; engineering co-op at Kimberly-Clark
Alison J. [Camden] Reid LI B.S. May 2016; science teacher, Bernard Middle School, St. Louis, MO
Hillary D. Campbell  
Sarah C. Carter B.S. May 2006; deceased Oct. 2013
Marissa A. [Castner] Nyland LI B.S. May 2015; Bioprocessing Pilot Plant Specialist, Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory, U. of Illinois
Kristin L. Garlanger B.S. May 2006; Osteopathic Specialist, Mayo Clinic
Mara M. Dubnow LI B.S. May 2015; M.D. 2019 at University of Chicago
Joseph P. Gerdt LI B.S. May 2008; Ph.D. (chemistry) July 2014 at University of Wisconsin-Madison; Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Indiana University
Anthony R. Hesser LI B.S. May 2015; Ph.D. (chemical biology) Aug. 2020 at Harvard University; Consultant, Health Advances, Newton, MA  
Kelly A. [Hoadley] Manthei B.S. May 2004; Ph.D. (biochemistry) May 2013 at University of Wisconsin-Madison; Research Scientist at University of Michigan
Andrew J. Hoover B.S. May 2009; Ph.D. (chemistry) July 2015 at Harvard University; Senior Scientist at Merck
Austin S. Huang LI B.S. May 2022; medical student at University of Chicago
Nora A. Ibrahim B.S. May 2013; M.D. 2017 at Saint Louis University
Darshil T. Jhaveri B.S. May 2008; Ph.D. (pharmacology) 2014 at Johns Hopkins U. Sch. of Med.; Director at Gilead Sciences, San Francisco
Caroline K. Kaminsky B.S. May 2021; grad student (biochemistry & molecular biology) at University of Chicago
Morgan M. Kennebeck LI B.S. May 2023; grad student (chemistry) at UC Berkeley
Paul C. Klauser LI B.S. May 2017; Ph.D. (chemical biology) Aug. 2023 at UC San Francisco; postdoc at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NY
Stephanie N. Konecki LI B.S. May 2016; Ph.D. (immunology) Sept. 2021 at University of Chicago; Scientific Content Specialist, CG Life, Denver, CO
Diana M. [Kost] Cohen B.S. May 2008; M.D. May 2013 at Northwestern University; Mohs Surgeon & Dermatologist, Hudson, WI
Rebecca [Lahti] Matz LI B.S. May 2007; Ph.D. (chemistry) July 2012 at University of Michigan; Research Scientist, University of Michigan
Nickolaus C. Lammer LI B.S. May 2017; Ph.D. (biochemistry) Jan. 2023 at University of Colorado Boulder
Tam Le LI B.S. May 2018; D.M.D. 2022 at College of Dentistry, University of Illinois at Chicago; Cherry Creek Modern Dentistry, Glendale, CO
Yujeong Lee LI B.S. May 2016; Ph.D. (chemistry) Dec. 2022 at Stanford University
Christine S. Lee B.S. May 2010; D.O. 2016 at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine - Seton Hill, Greensburg , PA
Xinyi (Alice) Li LI B.S. May 2017; grad student (biochemistry) at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Jonathan J. Liu B.S. May 2012
Timothy P. Mui B.S. May 2008; Ph.D. (chemistry) Sept. 2013 at California Institute of Technology; R&D Manager, Clorox, Cambridge, MA
Amanda E. Mulcrone B.S. May 2012; M.D. May 2016 at University of Illinois; Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Advocate Medical Group, Park Ridge, IL
Darren J. Parker LI B.S. May 2014; Ph.D. (biology) 2020 at MIT;  Research Scientist, Evozyne, Chicago, IL
Meha P. Patel B.S. May 2007; Ph.D. (pharmacology) 2017 at Baylor College of Medicine; Clinical Genomic Scientist, Children's Hospital, Philadelphia
Kimberly J. [Peterson] Kaufman B.S. May 2004; Ph.D. (chemistry) Jan. 2010 at U. Wisconsin; Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff, Invenra, Madison, WI
Sherry I. Prichodko LI B.S. May 2016; Psychiatric Registered Nurse, AMITA Health, Aurora, IL
Whitney E. Purtha B.S. Dec. 2004; Ph.D. (immunology) at Washington U. in St. Louis; postdoc at UCSF; Scientist, Amgen, San Francisco, CA
Shilpa S. Ramesh B.S. May 2010; Director of Government & Foundation Relations, The Ali Forney Center, New York, NY
Imran Rashid B.S. May 2004; grad student (computer science) at University of Washington, Seattle; software developer, Cloudera, Chicago, IL
Natalia Recko LI B.S. May 2016; Process Engineer, Chevron, Richmond, CA
Ramiz I. Riadi LI B.S. May 2018; R&D Chemist, Kobayashi Healthcare International, Chicago, IL
Benjamin L. Ricca B.S. May 2004; Ph.D. (biochem/mol. biol.) Aug. 2010 U. Chicago; postdoc UC Berkeley; Scientific Director, Parexel, Chicago, IL
Alexandra L. Rudolph B.S. May 2013
Alexander J. Ruzicka LI B.S. Aug. 2019; Strain Engineer, Aqua Cultured Foods, Chicago, IL
Daniel R. Semlow B.S. May 2005; Ph.D. (MGCB) 2015 at U. Chicago; postdoc, Harvard Medical School; Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, Caltech
Jaydeep Singh LI B.S. May 2014; Quality Assurance Product Support Specialist, Abbott Laboratories, Chicago, IL
Brian C. Smith B.S. May 2003; Ph.D. (chemistry) Aug. 2008 at U. Wisconsin; postdoc at Scripps; Assoc. Prof., Biochem., Med. Coll. of Wisconsin
Sarah H. Suk LI B.S. May 2018; Pharm.D. 2022 at University of Illinois at Chicago
Tiyaporn (Tent) Tangpradabkul LI B.S. May 2018; grad student (molecular & cell biology) at UC Berkeley
Tania E. Velez LI B.S. May 2013; Ph.D. (immunology) Apr. 2019 at Northwestern University; postdoc at U. Chicago and U. Virginia
Rebecca J. Wehrmann LI B.S. May 2012; Pharm.D. 2020 at University of Wisconsin-Madison
Amanda C. [Wolf] Santoro B.S. May 2003; Senior Manager, Global Regulatory Affairs, Amgen, Chicago, IL
Adam C. Wylder LI B.S. May 2017; Ph.D. (cellular and molecular biology) Aug. 2023 at University of Chicago
Brian T. Young B.S. May 2002; grad student (environmental health) at Case Western Reserve U.; Director, People Analytics at Progressive Insurance
   
Summer Undergraduates  
Clair M. Colee LI undergraduate student at Scripps College, Claremont, CA
Sheila J. Franklin LI undergraduate student at Carthage College, Kenosha, WI
Margareta Ianosi-Irimie LI undergraduate student at University of Massachusetts Amherst
Aurora A. Miranda LI undergraduate student at St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
Hannah J. Nilsson LI undergraduate student at St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN
Austin M. Woodard undergraduate student at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE)
   
High School Students  
Natalie K. Dullerud LI undergraduate student at University of Southern California
Miriam A. Ross LI undergraduate student at Yale University