Past Members

Our previous students (2001-current), where are they now?

 

 

 Previous Group Pictures

 

 

Leslie Alexander
Leslie Alexander (Ph.D. June 2012)
Graduated with 11 publications
  • Teaching chemistry at Mira Costa and Palamar College in San Diego area (2012- June 2013) 

  • Assistant Professor at Contra Costa College, San Pablo (2013- current) 

 

 

 
Veronica Ardi
Veronica Ardi (Post-doc Jan 2009 - June 2010)
Left with 5 publications
  • Assistant Professor, National University, San Diego, CA USA (August 2010- current)

Enrique Azevedo

Enrique Azevedo (B.S., May 2003)
Graduated with 2 publications
  • Organic Chemistry Graduate program UCI (2003 - 2006)

  • Chemistry software specialist (accelrys) (2006 - 2009)
  • Manager Science Marketing Writing, Illumina (2009-2013)
  • Manager Content Marketing Illumina (2013-2014)
  • Senior Manager Illumina (Illumina) (2014 - current)

Megan Bolla
Megan Bolla (B.S., May 2003)
Graduated with 3 publications
  • Organic Chemistry Ph.D. program UCI (2003 - 2008)

  • Post-doc Harvard University, Prof. Dan Kahn (2008 - 2011)

Joe Brown
Joe Brown (M.A. May 2007)
Graduated with 3 publications
  • Lecturer at Coast Guard facility, Connecticut (2006 - 2011)

  • Associate Professor Coast Guard Academy, Connecticut (2012 - current)

Julia Cajica
Julia Cajica (Feb 2006)
Left with 1 publication
  • Research Associate, ActivX

Chris Carroll
Chris Carroll (B.S., May 2005)
Graduated with 4 papers
  • Organic Chemistry PhD program UCI (2005 - current)

  • Post-doc UT Southwestern Medical School (2010 - 2012) with Prof Jef de bra Bander
  • Institute Research Intestigator MD Anderson Cancer center, Houston (2012-2016)
  • Institute Research Scientist MD Anderson Cancer center, Houston (2016-current)
 
Michelle  Cheung (Honours Degree November 2015) 
  • Masters program in invitro fertilization (2016 - 2017)
  • Invitro virtilization clinician (2017-current)
Kristina Cook
Kristina Cook (B.S., May 2005)
Graduated with 2 publications
  • Organic Chemistry Ph.D. program NIH - Oxford (6/1000 applicants accepted!) (2005 - current)
  • Post-doc with Prof Phil Hogg, UNSW/Sydney Uni (2010 - 2016) 
  • Academic at Sydney Uni   (2017 - current)
Ricardo Corral
Ricardo Corral (B.S., May 2005)
Graduated with 3 publications
  • Organic Chemistry Ph.D. program UCSB (2005 - 2007)

  • Organic Chemist at Neo MPS (2008 - 2009)

  • Health Consultant/Manager (2009 - current)

Melinda Davis
Melinda Davis (M.S., Apr 2009)
Graduated with 5 publications
  • Burnham Institute (August 2009 - 2012)

  • Takeda Pharmacueticals (2012-current)

William Disman
William Disman (B.S., Jan. 2009)

Graduated with 1 publication

  • Chemistry software specialist (accelrys) (2009 - current)

Marbie Guillergan
Marbie Guillergan (M.S. August 2012)
  • BP as a research Associate (sept 2012- Sept 2013)

  • Senior supervisor for sequencing Core Illumina (2014- current) 

Vanessa  Hunt (Honours Degree November 2015) 
  • In house clinical research associate (2016- Current)

Amirul Islam (Ph.D.  2015) 
Graduated with 4 publications
  • Associate professor in Pharmacy at Khulna University (2015-current)

Vikki Johnson
Vikki Johnson (M.S. June 2011)
Graduated with 5 publications
  • Bucci (2011 - 2012)

  • Shimadzu LCMS technician (2012-current)

Ahmet Kekec (M.S., Jan 2007)
Graduated with 2 publications
  • Med Chem Research Associate, Merck and Co. (2007 - current)

Seong Jong Kim (Ph.D, Sept 2014) 
Graduated with 4 publications
  • Post-doc at UC Berkeley. (2014 - 2016)

     

  • Post-doc at University of mississippi (2016-current)
 
Yen Chin Koay (Ph.D, Oct 2016) 
Graduated with 9 publications
  • Post-doc at Sydney University (2016 - current)

Joe Kunicki
Joe Kunicki (B.S. May 2012)
Graduated with 2 publications
  • Seargent in Marine Corps (current)

Stephanie Lapera
Stephanie Lapera (B.S., May 2006, M.S., Dec 2008)
Graduated with 5 publications
  • Senomyx (2010 - current)

Chun Chieh Lin (Ph.D. 2013)
Graduated with 5 publications
  • Vertex pharmacueticals, San Diego (2014)

Lisa  Liotta
Lisa Liotta (M.S., April 2005)
Graduated with 3 publications
  • Med Chem Research Associate, Johnson and Johnson (2005 - 2008)

  • High school teacher (2008 - 2009)

  • Bachem (2009 - 2010)

  • Mother (December, 2010)

Jeanette McConnell (Ph.D. November 2015) 
Graduated with 12 publications
  • Blogging on scientific topics (2015-current)

Irene Medina
Irene Medina (B.S., May 2005)
Graduated with 5 publications
  • Organic Chemistry PhD program UPenn- moved with advisor Prof Jeff Bode (2006 - 2011)

  • Johnson and Johnson Pharmacueticals Research Chemist, Philadelphia (2012 - 2014)

  • Johnson and Johnson subsidiary Research Chemist, southern California (2014 - 2016)
  • Lead Chemist at Synergy Pharmaceuticals in Phili (2016- Current)
 
Yalda Mostofi
Yalda Mostofi (B.S., May 2007) 
  • Neurocrine Pharmaceuticals (May 2007- May 2008)

  • Burnham Institute (May 2008-2012)

  • Inception Biosciences (April 2012 - current)

Lidia Nazarova
Lidia Nazarova (June 2010)
Earned 3 publications prior to leaving for her Ph.D.
  • Organic Chemistry Ph.D. program UCI (2010 - 2016)

Katerina  Otrubova
Katerina Otrubova (M.S., Dec 2007)
Graduated with 5 publications
  • Organic Chemistry Ph.D. program at Scripps with Dale Boger (Sept 2007 - 2014)

Eddie Pan
Eddie Pan (Ph.D. August 2012)
Graduated with 7 publications
  • Senior Research Associate (Post-doc level) with Phil Baran at Scripps (2012- 2016)
  • Medicinal Chemist at SirenasMD Marine Discovery (2016-current)
Po-Shen Pan (Ph.D. Sept 2008)
Graduated with 12 publications
  • Post-doctoral Researcher with Prof. Gary Molander (UPenn) (October 2008 - 2010)

  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry at TamKang University in Taipei (2010- current)

Emily Parry
Emily Parry (B.S., May 2006)
Graduated with 3 publications
  • Peace Corp in Morocco March 07 - March 09

  • Chemistry Ph.D. program UC Davis (2009 - June 2014) with a scholarship!

  • Post-doc at the Dept of Toxic Substances Lab, Berkeley, CA  (June 2014-Current)

Mark Peterson
Mark Peterson (B.S. May 2012)
Graduated with 1 publication
  • Marine Corp active (2012-2015)
  • Marine Corp sponsored MS degree in Chemistry (2016-current)
Deborah Ramsey (Post-doc 2011-2014)  
Left with 10 publications
  • Returned to the US to care for family (2014)


Suchitra  Ravula
Suchitra Ravula (M.S., January, 2010)
Graduated with 3 publications
  • Research Associate Ligand Pharmaceuticals (June 2007 - Dec. 2007)

  • Research Associate Ambit Biosciences (April 2008 - March 2009)

  • Research Associate Cylene Biosciences (Sept. 2009 - current)

Jennifer  Robinson
Jennifer Robinson (M.S., July 2004)
Graduated with 2 publications
  • Pharmacy School UCSF (Aug. 2004 - June 2007)

  • Pharmacist (Seattle, Washington) (June 2007 - current)

Rodrigo  Rodriguez
Rodrigo Rodriguez (M.S., May 2008)
Graduated with 7 publications
  • Scripps Research Institute (August 2008-2014) (NSF graduate fellowship)- earned PhD with Phil Baran

  • Senior Research Scientist Genomics Institute of Novartis Research Foundation (GNF)  (2014- current)

     
Crystal Sanchez
Crystal Sanchez (B.S., May 2007)
  • Pfizer Global R and D, La Jolla (May 2007 - current)
Jeremiah Savage
Jeremiah Savage (M.S. Dec 2012)
Graduated with 1 publication
  • Bioinformatics at Duke University Medical Center (2013-2016)
  • Bioinformatics in Chicago Illinois 
Robert Sellers
Robert Sellers (M.S. April 2012)
Graduated with 5 publications
  • Research Associate Millenium Laboratorys (May 2012 - current)

Erin Singh
Erin Singh (Ph.D. June 2012)
Graduated with 9 publications
  • Post-doctoral scientist at Amaratek (July 1 2012 - September 2013)

  • Research Scientist at Millenium Labs (October 2013- current) and Lecturer National University (2013-Current)

Tommy Styers
Tommy Styers (B.S., May 2007) (Graduated as "most outstanding student")  
Graduated with 5 publications
  • UCSD Pharmacy School (August 2007 - 2010)

Kaishin Tanaka
Kaishin Tanaka (Honors November 2011)
Graduated with 1 publication
  • Sydney Uni Medical school (2012-2014)

 

 Worawan Tantisantisom (M.S. October 2013)
Graduated with 4 publications
  • MSc. Mahidol-Oxford tropical medicine research unit (2013-2016)

     

  • Earning her PhD at Mahidol-Oxford tropical medicine research unit (joint between Mahidol and Oxford UK) (2017-current)
Robert Vasko
Robert Vasko (B.S., May 2010) (Graduated as "most outstanding student") 
Graduated with 6 publications
  • Cynenio Biosystems (April 2011 - May 2012)

  • In the M.D. program at U. Texas Health Science Center (July 2012-2016)
  • Pediatric Medical Residency at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles (2016- current)

 

 

Chester Vera
Chester Vera (Honors November 2011)
Graduated with 1 publication
  • Research Associate at Phenomenex (2012-2015)
  • PhD at Western Sydney University (2016- current)
Hendra Wahyudi (Ph.D. August 2014) 
Graduated with 7 publication
  • Post-doc at University of Utah (2015- current)

Yao Wang (Ph.D. April 2016) 
Graduated with 12 publications
  • Post-doctoral scientist at UNSW School of Medicine with Edna Hartman and Peter Gunning (April 1 2016 - Current)