Group Members

Metallopeptide Project

Audrey Tolbert 
| PhD Candidate | E-mail

Undergraduate Institution: Bucknell University
Research Interests: Three stranded coiled-coil heterotrimers.
Winston Pitts 
| PhD Student | E-mail

Undergraduate Institution: The University of Mississippi
Research Interests: Synthetic bioinorganic chemistry with non-coded amino acids.

Metallacrown Project

Beatriz Lopez Bermudez
 | PhD Candidate | E-mail

Undergraduate Institution: University of Southern California
Research Interests: Dendrimeric Metallacrowns.
Bernadette Schneider
| PhD Candidate | E-mail

Undergraduate Institution: Oberlin College
Research Interests: Clickable Metallacrowns for catalytic functions.
Elvin Salerno
| PhD Candidate E-mail

Undergraduate Institution: Wichita State University
Research Interests: Magnetic behavior of Metallacrowns.

Visiting Scientists

Huan He | Visiting Scholar | E-mail

Graduate Institution:
Research Interests: Clickable Metallacrowns with luminescent properties.
Wenqing Zhu  
| Visiting Undergraduate | E-mail

Undergraduate Institution: Nanjing University
Research Interests: Metallopeptides and x-ray absorption spectroscopy


Anshul Puli 
| Undergraduate Student | E-mail

Research Interests: Functionalizing Metallacrowns using CuAAC with biotin.
Max Sharin
| Undergraduate Student | E-mail

Major: Biochemistry
Research Interests: Magnetic behavior of Metallacrowns.
Shuri Francis
| Undergraduate Student E-mail

Major: Chemistry
Research Interests: Three stranded coiled-coil heterotrimers.
Neil Shah
| Undergraduate Student E-mail

Major: Chemistry & Biochemistry
Research Interests: Clickable Metallacrowns for catalytic functions.

Former Members

Metallopeptide Project (degree received), current position:

  • Dr. Tyler Pinter (postdoc), postdoc, Duke University, NC
  • Dr. Karl Koebke (postdoc), postdoc, University of Michigan, MI
  • Dr. Leela Ruckthong (Ph.D.), Assistant Professor, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand
  • Dr. Catherine Mocny (Ph.D.), Analytical Chemist, Zoetis, Kalamazoo, MI
  • Dr. Alison Tebo (Ph.D.), postdoc, E.N.S. Paris, France
  • Dr. Jefferson Plegaria (Ph.D.), postdoc, Michigan State University, MI
  • Dr. Fangting Yu (Ph.D.), postdoc, M.I. T., MA
  • Dr. Virginia Cangelosi (Ph.D.), Lecturer, Michigan State University, MI
  • Dr. Melissa Zastrow (Ph.D.), Assistant Professor, University of Houston
  • Dr. Saumen Chakraborty (Ph.D.), Assistant Professor, University of Mississippi
  • Dr. Kosh Neupane (postdoc), Manager R&D, Bachem America
  • Dr. Kimber Clark-Baldwin (postdoc), Research Scientist, Univ. Cincinnati Medical School.
  • Dr. Carol M. Gorst (postdoc), Application Scientist at MSI.
  • Dr. Gregg Dieckmann (Ph.D.), Associate Professor, University of Texas at Dallas.
  • Joel Galang (MS).
  • Susan L. Heilman (MS).
  • Jan Kosinski (MS).
  • Dr. Ryan Fields (BS), M.D.
  • Kirk Jobe (BS Honors), M.D.
  • Nzinga Harris (REU).
  • Dr. Brian Farrer (Postdoc), Senior Research Chemist, Merck.
  • Dr. Wojciech Lesniak (Postdoc) Research Associate, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Department of Radiation Medicine.
  • Dr. Manolis Matzapetakis (Graduate Student), Post Doc, Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute.
  • Dr. Kyung Hoon Lee (Postdoc), Assistant Professor, University of South Alabama.
  • Dr. Chris Cabello (Graduate Student), University of Arizona, College of Pharmacy Medicinal Chemistry Program.
  • Dr. Debdip Ghosh (Graduate Student), Post Doc, National Institues of Health (NIH / NIDDK).
  • Dr. Debbie Touw (Graduate Student), Post Doc, Program in Molecular Medicine, University of Massachussetts Medical School.
  • Dr. Marek Luczkowski (Postdoc), Faculty of Chemistry, University of Wroclaw, Poland .
  • Dr. Olga Iranzo (Postdoc), Research Scientist, Bioinorganic Chemistry and Peptide design Division, Instituto de Tecnologia Quimica e Biologica Av. da Republica Estacao Agronomica Nacional (EAN).
  • Dr. Anna Peacock (Postdoc), Lecturer in Chemistry, University of Birmingham,UK.

Metallacrown Project (degree received), current position:

  • Dr. Jacob Lutter (Ph.D.), Postdoc, Wayne State University, MI
  • Dr. Chun Chow (Ph.D.), Software Engineer, Microsoft, Seattle, WA
  • Dr. Tu Nguyen (Postdoc), Postdoc, EPFL
  • Dr. Joseph Jankolovits (Ph.D.), Research Applications Chemist, Solvay, Stamford, CT
  • Dr. Thaddeus Boron (Ph.D.), Assistant Professor, Slippery Rock UniversityPA.
  • Joseph Grant (BS) University of Michigan, Senior Chemist, The Dow Chemical Company, Collegeville, PA
  • Dr. Curtis M. Zaleski (Ph.D.), Associate Professor, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, PA.

Vanadium Project (degree received), current position:

  • Professor Charles A. Root (visiting faculty), Professor Emeritus, Bucknell University.
  • Dr. Gerard J. Colpas (postdoc), Research Scientist, Ethicon, Inc.
  • Dr. Carla Slebodnick (postdoc), Instuctor, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University.
  • Dr. Charles R. Cornman (postdoc), Director of R&D, Formulated Products, Grace Construction Products.
  • Dr. Joseph Bonadies (postdoc), Dow Chemical.
  • Dr. Xinhua Li (Ph.D), Research Scientist, Department of Pharmacology, University of Alberta, Edmonton.
  • Dr. Brent Hamstra (Ph.D.), Professor, Southern Adventist University.
  • Dr. Brian R. Gibney (Ph.D.), (Postdoc, University of Pennsylvania) Associate Professor, Columbia University.
  • Jason Walter Kieltyka (BS), Post Doc, University of Michigan
  • Roneil Malkani (BS), M.D.
  • Daniel Stein.
  • Dr. Thomas Smith II (PhD.) Research Chemist, Henkel Surface Technologies.
  • Dr. Joslyn Yudenfreund Kravitz (Ph.D.) AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, Office of the Director, NIH.
  • Dr. Tamas Jakusch (Postdoc).
  • Dr. Curtis Schneider (Ph.D.) Postdoctoral fellow, Caltech

Manganese Project (degree received), current position:

Gentamicin Project (degree received), current position:

Metallopeptide Precursor Projects (degree received), current position:

  • Dr. Linda M. Briggs (Ph.D.): Cloning and Regulation of Synechocystis PCC 6803 Plastocyanin, Research Scientist, Ford Motor Company.
  • Dr. David J. Detlefsen (Ph.D.): Protein-Protein and Protein-Metal Interactions, Senior Research Scientist, Novatia.
  • Mary Taylor (B.S.), M.D.

Research Collaborators