Meagan Belcher DufrisnePostdoctoral Fellow, Columbus Lab
Meagan is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Linda Columbus. Her research aims to identify the molecular determinants of the interactions between neisserial Opa proteins and their human receptors in vitro, in order to gain a better understanding of pathogen-host interactions. She obtained a B.S. in Biochemistry and a B.A. in Discrete Mathematics from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2011. Meagan received her PhD in 2018 from Columbia University, where she worked in the laboratory of Filippo Mancia using structural biology techniques such as X-ray crystallography and cryo-EM to study integral membrane enzymes involved in biosynthesis of the bacterial membrane.
Nathan CoutardResearch Associate, Gunnoe Lab
Nathan Coutard graduated in 2015 from Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris. His end of masters internship was in Pr. Kylie Vincent’s lab at University of Oxford where he studied the regulatory hydrogenase from R. eutropha using in operando spectro-electrochemistry. He then joined the Artero group at Université Grenoble Alpes for a PhD project that aimed to optimize and integrate bio-inspired catalysts in a functional proton exchange membrane fuel cell. In the Gunnoe group, he now works on light alkane oxidation.
Eduard DumitrescuResearch Associate, Venton Lab
Eduard graduated with a Ph.D. from Clarkson University in May 2019 under the supervision of Dr. Silvana Andreescu. His work there was focused on the use of zebrafish embryos as a biological model (1) for toxicological assessment of nanomaterials and chemical additives employed in industrial and consumer applications, and (2) for in vivo electrochemical monitoring of biomarkers related to oxidative stress and neurotransmission. Eduard joined Dr. Venton’s lab in June 2019 where he currently works on electrochemical detection of neurotransmitters in Drosophila neurological disorder models.
Yuan FangResearch Associate, The Stains Lab
Yuan received her Ph.D. in Applied Chemistry from Nanjing Tech University, China. Her Ph.D. work focused on synthesis and application of rhodamine-based small molecular chemosensors for sensing heavy toxic metal ions. She joined Professor Cliff Stains group as a research associate in 2017, currently, she is working on developing novel near-infrared fluorophore scaffolds as bioimaging reagents for proteins, small molecules, and post-translational modifications.
Mallikarjunarao Ganesana, Ph.D.Research Associate, Venton Laboratory
Ryan HollandResearch Associate, Gunnoe Laboratory
Ryan Holland has joined the Department of Chemistry as a Research Associate in the Gunnoe Lab. Ryan obtained his B.S. in Chemistry at the University of Idaho, then went on to earn his Master’s Degree and Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of California, San Diego. His graduate work consisted of studying the small molecule reactivity of Werner-type uranium complexes and the synthesis and characterization of stable metallacyclobutenes and vinylcarbenes. In the Gunnoe lab, Ryan will be engaged in the development of catalysts relevant to selective chemical oxidations, including the design, preparation and study of new catalysts.
Tao HuangResearch Associate, Hsu Lab
Tao received his B.S. from Wuhan University in China and earned his Ph.D. in medicinal chemistry from the University of Virginia, under the supervision of Professor Timothy Macdonald. His Ph.D. work focused on chemical biology study of Sphingosine 1-Phosphate (S1P) receptors and Sphingosine Kinases for immune modulation, which is directly relevant to human diseases such as autoimmune disorder and cancer. During his post-doc training in UVA’s School of Medicine, he extended his expertise into molecular imaging and nanotechnology for cancer diagnosis and therapy. In the Hsu lab, Tao will be working on immunotherapy for cancers.
Ranjit MondolResearch Associate, The Gilliard Group
I am from West Bengal, India. In 2012, I obtained my bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira (under Calcutta University), Belur Math, West Bengal, India. In 2014, I earned my master”s degree in chemistry at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, Uttarpradesh, India. Then, in 2015, I moved to Groningen, Netherlands and joined as a graduate researcher in the Prof. Dr. Edwin Otten’s group at the University of Groningen, Netherlands where I studied extensive synthesis and characterization of redox-active ligand frameworks and molecular metal complexes with detailed analysis of electrochemical properties aiming towards development of catalysts with abundant and cheap main group elements based complexes. In 2019, I obtained my doctorate degree in chemistry at the University of Groningen under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Edwin Otten. Then, from January, 2020, I have been appointed as a postdoctoral research associate in the group of Dr. Robert J. Gilliard at the University of Virginia, USA. At Prof. Gilliard’s lab my research focuses on chemical synthesis and the development of methods to incorporate p-block elements into conjugated small molecules and polymers for optoelectronic applications (e.g., polyaromatic hydrocarbons, heterocycles, metallacycles).
Mehrdad ShadmehrResearch Associate, Cliff Stains Lab
Mehrdad Shadmehr received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. His Ph.D. project was mainly about the design and synthesis of fluorogenic triazabutadiene probes for the labeling of electron-rich aromatic systems. M.S from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where he worked on the synthesis of bioactive fluorinated heterocyclic small molecules. B.S from Tehran University. He started his career as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Professor Cliff Stains research group in 2018. He is currently a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Virginia working on design and synthesis of organic small molecule fluorogenic fluorophores, and design and synthesis of second window near-infrared fluorophores.
Pargat SinghResearch Associate, Pompano Lab
Pargat did his Ph.D. from CSIR-Institute of Microbial Technology in collaboration from Panjab University, Chandigarh (India). His Ph.D. work focused on development of low cost nanomaterial-based detection strategies for pathogens in water and typhoidal antigens in blood serum. Here at UVA he is associated with the Pompano Lab for detection of signaling proteins in live tissues.