Group Alumni

Former Graduate Students

Tim Andrews, M.S.
Associate Scientist, WuXi AppTec, St. Paul, MN

M.S. in Medicinal Chemistry, University of Minnesota, 2013. Thesis: "Enhancing the Potency and Water Solubility of the Sesquiterpene Lactone Parthenolide"
 
 

Maggie Olson, Ph.D.
Research Associate (Janda lab), The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA
 
Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry, University of Minnesota, 2015. Thesis: "High-throughput screening and chemical synthesis for the discovery of APOBEC3 DNA cytosine deaminase inhibitors"
NIH F31 NRSA Predoctoral Fellowship (2014 - 2015); ACS Division of Medicinal Chemistry Predoctoral Fellow (2013 - 2014); Trainee, NIH Chemistry-Biology Interface Training Grant (2011 - 2013)
 

Nicholas (Nick) Struntz, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Researcher (Koehler lab), Massachusetts Institute of Technology
 
Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry, University of Minnesota, 2016. Thesis: "Synthesis of photoresponsive nucleosides and their incorporation into oligonucleotides: Targeting androgen receptor and NF-kB transcription factors"
American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellow (2013 - 2015); Trainee, NIH Chemistry-Biology Interface Training Grant (2010 - 2012)
 

Dan Wang, M.S.
Senior Decision Analyst Architect, Visa
 
M.S. in Medicinal Chemistry, University of Minnesota, 2013. Thesis: "Synthesis and Evaluation of Parthenolide Analogues: Chemical Probes and Therapeutic Agents"
American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellow (2011-2013)

 

 

Former Postdoctoral Researchers

Daniel Abate-Pella, Ph.D.
 
 
Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of Minnesota, 2011

 

 

 
Dennis Brown, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Manchester College
 
Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry, Wayne State University, 2008
 
 
 
Dibyendu Dana, Ph.D.
Industrial Postdoctoral Fellow, CreaGen Biosciences, Inc., Boston, MA
 
Ph.D. in Chemistry, City University of New York, 2014

 
 
 

Tianshun Hu, Ph.D.
CEO and Co-Founder, Saccharid Biotech, Inc.
 
Ph.D. in Chemistry, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, 2006

 

 
Aaron Kempema, Ph.D.
Scientist II, Stem CentRx, Inc., South San Francisco, CA
 
Ph.D. in Chemistry, Iowa State University, 2012
 
 

 
Fred Meece, Ph.D.
Scientist, Evestra, Inc.
 
Ph.D. in Chemistry, Wichita State University, 2009

 

 

 

Brian White, Ph.D.
Technical Section Manager, H.B. Fuller

Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry, University of Minnesota, 2009

 

   

Former Laboratory Technicians

 
Joseph Hexum
Associate Administrator (Dept. Chemistry), University of Minnesota
 
B.S. in Chemistry, Hamline University, 2009

 

 

 

Former Undergraduate and Professional Student Researchers

Stephanie Breunig 
Graduate Student in Chemistry, California Institute of Technology
 
B.S. in Chemistry (with honors), University of Minnesota, 2016
Senior Thesis: "Synthesis of APOBEC3 Inhibitors Based on High-Throughput Screening Hits, and a New Method for the Formation of [1,2,4]-triazolo[3,4-b][1,3,4]-oxadiazoles"

 

 

Tenley Brown
Pharm.D. Student - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
 
B.S. in Chemistry (with honors), University of Minnesota, 2015
Senior Thesis: "Synthesis and Biochemical Studies of Structurally Simplified Helenalin Analogues"

   

 

Jacob Edwards 
Graduate Student in Chemistry (Baran Lab), The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA
 
B.S. in Chemistry (with honors), University of Minnesota, 2014
Senior Thesis: "Development and Synthesis of Actiity-based Probes of Inflammatory Pathways"

 

 
Torie Grover 
Pharm.D. Student - University of Wisconsin - Madison
 
B.S. in Food Science, Pre-Pharmacy Major, University of Minnesota, 2012
 
 

    

 
Bo Hu
Pharm.D., University of Minnesota, 2015
B.S. in Molecular Toxicology, University of California, Berkeley, 2011

 

  

 

 
Ezra Menon
Epidemiology MPH Program, Univ. Minnesota
 
B.S. in Biochemistry, University of Minnesota, 2013

 

 

 
Jessica Nickelson
College of Continuing Education, University of Minnesota

 

 

 

 
Eva Skellie
Specifications Analyst in Packaging Engineering, Ecolab, Inc.
 
B.A. in Biology, Society, and the Environment Major, University of Minnesota, 2014

 

 

Vinh (Tim) Tran

B.S. Chemistry Major, University of Minnesota, Class of 2012

 

 

 
Tram Vo
 
 
B.S. in Physiology, University of Minnesota, 2013

 

  

 

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