Fall 2018 Chemistry PhD/MS Graduates!

Narinder Kaur Harika (#225 Ph.D. awarded by Chemistry) successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation titled “Understanding the Recognition of Mixed DNA Sequence Through Minor Groove Binding Compounds,” on Tuesday, October 30, under the direction of Dr. David Wilson. Committee: Drs.: David Wilson (chair), Markus Germann, Gregory Poon.

Bingchen Yu (#226 Ph.D. awarded by Chemistry) successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation titled ” DEVELOPING CHEMICAL TOOLS FOR PROBING BIOLOGICAL PROBLEMS: FROM PRODRUGS OF VARIOUS SULFUR SPECIES TO BACTERIAL SENSITIZERS FOR COMBINATION-THERAPY,” on Wednesday, November 7, under the direction of Dr. Binghe Wang. Committee: Drs.: Binghe Wang (chair), Suri Iyer, Gregory Poon.

Wenyi Wang (#227 Ph.D. awarded by Chemistry) successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation titled ” DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT OF PRODRUGS OF SULFUR DIOXIDE AND DESIGN AND SYNTHESIS OF PRODRUGS OF THIAMINE MONOPHOSPHATE MIMICS AS PYRUVATE DEHYDROGENASE KINASE INHIBITORS,” on Thursday , November 8, under the direction of Dr. Binghe Wang. Committee: Drs.: Binghe Wang (chair), Peng George Wang, Ivaylo Ivanov.

Ziyuan Fang (#228 Ph.D. awarded by Chemistry) successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation titled, “Structure, Function and Potential Application Studies on Selenium Substituted Nucleic Acids,” on Tuesday , November 6, under the direction of Dr. Zhen Huang. Committee: Drs.: Zhen Huang (chair), Jun Yin, Markus Germann.

Cong Xiao (#229 Ph.D. awarded by Chemistry) successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation titled, “Enzymatic Synthesis of Common Sugar Nucleotide and Therapeutic Oligosaccharides,” on Thursday , November 27, under the direction of Dr. Peng George Wang. Committee: Drs.: Peng George Wang (chair), Jun Yin, Maged Henary.

Emma Carter (#230 Ph.D. awarded by Chemistry) successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation titled, “Insights into the Association of Proteins and Small Molecules with the Minor Groove of DNA,” on Monday, November 19, under the direction of Dr. Ivaylo Ivanov. Committee: Drs.: Ivaylo Ivanov (chair), Donald Hamelberg, David Wilson, Irene Weber.

Xikai Cui (#231 Ph.D. awarded by Chemistry) successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation titled, “Synthetic Glycans Analogues for the Precise Point-of-Care Detection of Pathogens,” on Thursday , September 27, under the direction of Dr. Suri Iyer. Committee: Drs.: Suri Iyer (chair), H. Laroui, P.G. Wang.

Amrita Das (#232 Ph.D. awarded by Chemistry) successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation titled, “DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT OF SMALL MOLECULE BASED BIOSENSORS FOR DETECTION OF PATHOGENS,” on Thursday , November 8, under the direction of Dr. Suri Iyer. Committee: Drs.: Suri Iyer (chair), K. Grant, P.G. Wang. G. Wang.

Ryan Gumpper (#233 Ph.D. awarded by Chemistry) successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation titled, “Structure-Function Relationships of the Nucleocapsid in Vesicular Stomatitis Virus,” on Thursday , November 15, under the direction of Dr. Ming Luo. Committee: Drs.: Ming Luo (chair), J. Yang, G. Poon.

Phuong Khanh Ngac successfully defended her MS. thesis titled ” Determining the mouth-level exposure to catechol in mainstream cigarette smoke,” on Wednesday, November 14, under the direction of Dr. Gabor Patonay. Committee: Drs.: Gabor Patonay (chair), Kathryn Grant and Gangli Wang.

Maria Vodovoz has successfully defended her MS Thesis titled “Kinetic Solvent Viscosity Effects of a Class II Nitronate Monooxygenase”. The defense was held on November 28, with committee members: Prof. Giovanni Gadda (Chair), Prof. Dabney Dixon, and Prof. Samer Gozem.

Please join the department in congratulating them!