SciFinder Future Leaders in Chemistry 2013 Participants


Our 2013 class of SciFinder Future Leaders in Chemistry:

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  P. Annecie Benatrehina
Annecie is a Ph.D. student in Pharmaceutical Sciences at The Ohio State University. She studies natural product chemistry under Dr. A. Douglas Kinghorn, focusing on the biologically-guided isolation and structure elucidation of secondary metabolites. Originally from Madagascar, Annecie received her B.S. in biochemistry at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. Being from a country rich in natural resources and where traditional medicine is still prominent, Annecie’s passion is to investigate unexplored species and to discover promising therapeutics from natural products. top >>
Annika Borrmann
Annika obtained her Master’s degree cum laude in the selective Master’s program Molecular Mechanisms of Disease at the Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands). She performed research internships in the Protein Structure Bioinformatics group of Prof. G. Vriend (Radboud University Nijmegen) and in the Laboratory of Chemical Biology and Signal Transduction of Prof. T.P. Sakmar (Rockefeller University, USA). The latter internship was supported by a scholarship awarded by the Dutch government. Annika performs her Ph.D. research in the Bio-organic Chemistry group of Prof J.C.M. van Hest (Radboud University Nijmegen) on protein bioconjugation methods. top >>
Thomas Faust
Thomas received his MChem degree from the University of Sheffield in 2008 before moving across the Pennines to the University of Manchester. There he undertook Ph.D. studies in Inorganic Chemistry, including a brief secondment to the University of Valencia. In 2012, he was appointed as a PDRA at the University of Sydney where he is developing multidimensional molecular materials whose properties are chosen to address future world challenges. Throughout his research, Thomas has maintained a passion for designing both discrete and infinite hybrid organic-inorganic architectures to incorporate particular functionalities, including host-guest chemistry, magnetic exchange, redox activity and radical generation. top >>
Neal Fazakerley
Neal obtained his first degree (MChem) from the University of Manchester. During his third year, he undertook an industrial placement at AstraZeneca (Alderley Park, Cheshire), working in the Cardiovascular and Gastrointestinal discovery group. After completing his final year Masters project with Prof. David J. Procter, Neal continued in the same group for his Ph.D. work towards the first total synthesis of (+)-pleuromutilin. Following the completion of the total synthesis, he started work on the synthesis of analogues of pleuromutilin with improved pharmacokinetic and antibacterial properties. top >>
Sourav Ghosh
Sourav completed his graduation with Chemistry (hons) from Ramakrishna Mission Belur, Calcutta University in 2009. He subsequently joined the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Integrated Ph.D. program where he is pursuing his Ph.D. under the guidance of Prof. B.R. Jagirdar. His research interests are to design porous materials pertaining to their gas storage and catalytic application. Sourav is also interested in the use of Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) to investigate detailed structures of the materials with atomic resolution. top >>
Matteo Gigli
Matteo received a Master Degree in Chemical and Process Engineering in June 2009 at the University of Bologna. In January 2010, he started his Ph.D. research program entitled “Novel etheroatom containing aliphatic polyesters for biomedical and environmental applications”, graduating in April 2013. During his Ph.D. studies, he spent six months at the BASF Advanced Materials and Systems Research Center in Ludwigshafen, Germany. Matteo is currently employed as a post-doc at the University of Bologna on the BIOCLEAN EU-project. top >>
Hilan Z. Kaplan
Hilan was born and raised in sunny Los Angeles, California. After receiving his B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania in 2008, he began his graduate studies in the Department of Chemistry at Boston College where he is currently researching new carbene-containing iron complexes. Upon completion of his doctorate, Hilan plans to pursue a career in industrial science, developing products and processes on a global scale. top >>
Andrea Kolb
Andrea graduated from the Georg Simon Ohm University of Applied Sciences, Nuremberg, Germany, with a Diplom of Applied Chemistry. Her Diplom Thesis investigated the thermal endurance of electrical insulating materials. She is now in the third year of her Ph.D. on nanogold-wool composites at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, in Prof. James H. Johnston’s research group at the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology. Andrea’s doctoral research, part of the Molecular Materials research, focuses on the colouration of wool fibres using colourful gold nanoparticles for commercial application. top >>
Gabriel LeBlanc
After completing his B.S. degree in Chemistry at Lyon College in 2010, Gabriel joined a collaborative project between the Cliffel and Jennings research groups at Vanderbilt University. His research focuses on the integration of photosynthetic proteins into solar energy conversion devices. His interest in this project stems from the need to reduce the cost of the active materials while increasing the conversion efficiency. Using an exceptionally efficient nanomaterial from plants, Photosystem I, Gabriel has developed novel methods for converting solar energy into electrical energy as well as into chemical energy. top >>
Chong Liu
Chong is a doctoral student in Organic Chemistry at Nankai University, Tianjin, China, working under Prof. Qi-lin Zhou. His research interests include the discovery and development of new catalytic synthetic methods with particular interest in asymmetric reactions which can be applied for the total synthesis of biologically active natural products and pharmaceutics. top >>
Banothile Makhubela
Banothile was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Mathematics by the University of Zululand in 2005. She obtained a B.Sc. Honours in Chemistry in 2006, a M.Sc. in 2008 and a Ph.D. degree in 2012 in synthetic organometallic chemistry from the University of Cape Town (under the supervision of Dr. Gregory S. Smith and Dr. Anwar M. Jardine). Banothile is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Cape Town’s Department of Chemistry and is working on the synthesis of metal-containing polymers and metallodendrimers, with applications in catalysis and biomedicine. top >>
Matthew McLaughlin
Matthew received his Chemistry B.A. Magna Cum Laude from S.U.N.Y. New Paltz in 2006. He worked with Prof. Patrick Holland at the University of Rochester and received his Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry in 2012. Matthew’s doctoral research investigated earth abundant photocatalytic hydrogen production and low coordinate protein sites as artificial metal scaffolds. In 2012, he was awarded a National Research Council Fellowship on a research proposal to work with Prof. Michel Gagné at the University of North Carolina and Dr. Jennifer Becker at the Army Research Office. He currently studies the defunctionalization of carbohydrates for biofuels and feedstocks. top >>
Jeffrey Murphy
Jeffrey is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Alberta (Edmonton, AB), working in collaboration with the National Institute for Nanotechnology. His work focuses on the self-assembly of block copolymers for templating ordered nanostructure arrays. Previously, he completed an M.Sc. in chemistry, studying the organization and self-assembly of thiolate DNA on gold electrodes, at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, BC) and an honours B.Sc. in chemistry at Simon Fraser University (Burnaby, BC), with co-op terms across Canada. top >>
Ayelet Ofarim
Ayelet is a Ph.D. student in the school of chemistry at Tel Aviv University, Israel, studying physical chemistry and nanotechnology. Her research focuses on the design, fabrication and characterization of molecular junctions, and on conductance control of molecular junctions with laser irradiation. Ayelet’s research goal is to provide a better understanding of charge transport through molecular junctions. top >>
Karolina Pajak
Karolina is a Ph.D. candidate in the Laboratory of Medical Chemistry and Neuroengineering at the Medical University of Lublin, Poland. She graduated in chemical biotechnology from the Warsaw University of Technology in Poland in 2009. During her Ph.D., she worked as an international fellow in SRI International (Menlo Park, CA, USA). Her interests are on the interface between biological chemistry, medicinal chemistry and molecular pharmacology. Karolina’s research activity is focused on the molecular basis of selectivity of fenoterol derivatives towards the β2 adrenergic receptor. top >>
Zhanhu Sun
Zhanhu joined in the research group of Prof. Yu Liu at Nankai University in 2007 and focused on synthetic macrocyclic hosts and cation-sensing chemistry. After graduation with a M.Sci. degree in 2010, he went to RWTH Aachen University in Germany to pursue his Ph.D. degree at the Institute of Organic Chemistry in the guidance of Prof. Markus Albrecht. His research interests are quinoline-based anion receptors and anion-p interactions. top >>
Nobuya Tsuji
Nobuya received his B.Sc. from Kyoto University and is now a second year Master’s student of the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, working under the supervision of Prof. Yoshiji Takemoto. His graduate work is in natural product synthesis with a current research focus on the development of new noncovalent organocatalysis. Nobuya’s major research interest involves total synthesis of natural products and development of stereoselective synthetic methods. top >>

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