Former Post-Docs

Dr. Frederick Meece – Currently working as a medicinal chemist at Evestra Inc.


Former Graduate Students

Dr. Nicholas Clanton (Ph.D. 2020) – Current lab manager

Dissertation Title: Leveraging natural product scaffolds for drug discovery and development

Dr. Charissa Munteanu (Ph.D. 2019) – Currently a Senior Scientist in the Process Discovery Group at Merck (Rahway, NJ).

Dissertation Title: Discovery and Development of New Metal Catalyzed Methods to Key Building Blocks in Organic Synthesis

Dr. Ana Cristina Parra Rivera (Ph.D. 2018) – Currently a research scientist at J-Star Research in New Jersey.

Dissertation Title: New Metal-Catalyzed Methods for Enabling Step Efficient Syntheses of Biologically Relevant Molecules

Dr. Marie El Arba (Ph.D. 2018) – Currently Research Fellow at the Center for Innovative Drug Discovery at UTSA

Dissertation Title: Metal-Catalyzed Transformations of Stereodefined Enol Triflates and Their Derivatives

Dr. Robynne Neff (Ph.D. 2017) – Currently an NIH post-doctoral fellow with Prof. Greg Fu at Caltech.

Dissertation Title: The Development of the Alkynyl Heck Reaction Towards the Synthesis of Allenes.

Dr. Hector Aguilar (Ph.D. 2013) – Currently a lecturer at UTSA

Dissertation Title: Synthesis and Biological Evaluation of Isoxazole Molecules Able to Induce Stem Cell Differentiation

Dr. David Babinski (Ph.D. 2013) – Currently a senior research chemist at AbbVie

Dissertation Title: Synthesis of Stereodefined Acetoacetate-Derived Enol Triflates and Their Synthetic Utility

Dr. Ian Crouch (Ph.D. 2013) – Currently a research scientist at J-Star Research in New Jersey.

Dissertation Title: Palladium-Catalyzed Elimination Reactions of Stereodefined Enol Triflates

Master Students:

Kristina Marques – 2015

Amanda Nolan – 2014

Francisco Ruiz – 2013

Ray Still – 2013


Former Undergraduate Students

  • Samuel Goen (Summer 2021)
  • Valeria Stevens (Summer 2021)
  • *Taylor Spiller (Spring 2019 – Spring 2021) – Chemistry Major
    Most Distinguished Organic Chemistry Student
    Current graduate student at the University of Michigan
  • *Christian Strong (Spring 2019 – Spring2021) – Top Scholar Chemical Engineering major
    *Recipient of the 2020 Barry Goldwater Scholarship
    Current graduate student at CalTech
  • *Emerson Thomas (Spring 2019 – Spring 2020) – Biochemistry major
    Current medical student at University of Incarnate Word
  • Acasia Lanzaderas (2019 – 2020) –Biochemistry major
  • Shanel Watkins (2019 – 2020) – Chemistry major
  • Ashley Banfield (2019 – 2020) – Chemistry major
  • *Dat Le (2018 – 2019) – Biochemistry major
  • *Trang Le (2018 – 2019) – Biochemistry major
  • Julie Contreras (2018 – 2019) – Biochemistry major
  • Savanah Kemberling (2018–2019) – Biochemistry major
  • Elizabeth Garcia (2017 – 2018) – Chemistry major
  • Eli Ortiz (2018–2019) – Biochemistry Major
    Currently a graduate student at UT Austin in Dr. Mike Krische’s group.
  • *Sara Dibrell (2015 – 2018) – Top Scholar Biochemistry major
    *Recipient of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship in 2018*
    *Recipient of a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation*
    Honors Thesis Title:Discovery and Development of Nav1.7 Antagonists for the Therapeutic Treatment of Chronic Pain
    Currently a graduate student at Caltech in Dr. Sarah Reisman”s group.
  • Yazel Nava Valdez (Summer 2015) – Biotechnology Engineering Major from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Campus Monterrey
  • Ana Maldonaldo (2014 – 2015) – Chemistry major
  • *Jack Hachem (2013 – 2014) – Biology major
    Honors Thesis Title: “Investigating Rat C6 Glioblastoma Cell Differentiation with Novel Small Molecules
  • *Charissa Munteanu (2013-2014) – Biochemistry major
    Honors Thesis Title: “Pd-Catalyzed Reactions of (E)- and (Z)-Enol Triflates to Form Alkynes
  • Chris Bemben (2010–2011) – Chemistry major
  • Josh Mijares (2010–2011) – Chemistry major
  • Kristina Marques (2012) – Chemistry major
  • Galyn Lacewell (2011–2012) – Biology major
  • Marie El Arba (2011–2013) – Chemistry major
  • *Ana Cristina Parra Rivera (2011 – 2013) – Chemistry major
    Honors Thesis Title:Discovery and Development of New Small Molecules that Induce Cardiogenesis in Stem Cells
  • *Jesus Jimenez (2011– 2013) – Biology major
    Honors Thesis Title: “Development of Novel 4-Aminoquinolines as Therapeutic Agents for the Treatment of Leishmaniasis
  • *Shane Appel (2011 – 2013) – Biology major
    Honors Thesis Title: “Generation of Novel Small Molecules that Induce Neurogenesis in Stem Cells
  • Robynne Neff (2009 – 2012) – Chemistry major
  • Timothy Dreier (2010 – 2011) – Chemistry major
  • *Margie DeYoung (2009 – 2011) – Chemistry & Biology double major
    Honors Thesis Title:Generation of Novel Small Molecule Libraries for Drug Discovery”

*indicates graduation from the Honor’s College