Current Group Members

Zainab Shakeel   MSc student

Zainab Shakeel MSc student

Kelvin Urbina   4th year thesis student - joining Fall 2020

Kelvin Urbina 4th year thesis student - joining Fall 2020

Kody Wolfstadt   undergraduate researcher

Kody Wolfstadt undergraduate researcher

Fawwaz Azam   MSc student

Fawwaz Azam MSc student

Julia Pia   4th year thesis student

Julia Pia 4th year thesis student

Ali Yaghoubian   4th year thesis student (joint w/Impellizzeri)

Ali Yaghoubian 4th year thesis student (joint w/Impellizzeri)

Valeria Morozova   undergraduate researcher

Valeria Morozova undergraduate researcher

David Raveenthrarajan   MSc student

David Raveenthrarajan MSc student

Melissa D’Amaral   4th year thesis student

Melissa D’Amaral 4th year thesis student

Enea Lelaj   4th year thesis student (joint w/Rousseau)

Enea Lelaj 4th year thesis student (joint w/Rousseau)

Denys Holovan   undergraduate researcher

Denys Holovan undergraduate researcher

 

Past Group Members

FORMER PHD STUDENTS

Vlad Skrypai Northern Illinois University, 2018

- dissertation: Application of 1-Hydrosilatrane as a Robust Reducing Reagent

- Senior Research Chemist at Natural Advantage Louisiana, USA

Sami Varjosaari Northern Illinois University, 2018

- dissertation: Reduction of Ketones to Alcohols and Tertiary Amines Using 1-Hydrosilatrane

- Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Coker College South Carolina, USA

Brian Muller Northern Illinois University, 2017

- dissertation: Development, Control, and Application of the o-Hydroxychalcone/Flavanone Molecular Switch Scaffold

- Research Chemist at Axalta/Valspar North Carolina, USA

Matthew Zielinski Northern Illinois University, 2014

- dissertation: Investigation of Silicon Lewis Acidity and Design of a Novel Silicon Lewis Acid Catalyst Scaffold

- Scientist at Baxter Illinois, USA

FORMER MSC STUDENTS

Theodore Litberg Northern Illinois University, 2016

- thesis: ortho-Hydroxy Chalcone: A Molecular Switch And Metal Sensing Fluoropohore

- Ph.D student in Chemistry at University of Denver Colorado, USA

Jeremy Hess Northern Illinois University, 2014

- thesis: Exploration of Silicon Lewis Acidity: Catalyst Design and Cooperative Effects

- Ph.D. student in Chemistry at Case Western Reserve University Ohio, USA

FORMER UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCHERS (*HONORS THESIS STUDENT)

Nick Jamkhou, Ryerson University, 2018-2019

Taj Seaton, Ryerson University, 2018-2019

Jyotsna Mary George, Ryerson University, 2018-2019

David Raveenthrarajan*, UOIT, 2016-2017 (MSc, Ryerson University)

Nicole Krysa, UOIT, 2016-2017 (MD, Queens University)

Drew Donnally, NIU, 2014-2016

Paolo Suating, NIU, 2014-2016 (PhD, Chemistry, Tulane University)

Joe Hurley, NIU, 2014-2016 (PhD, Chemistry, Florida State University)

Miracle Diala, NIU, 2014-2015

Jacob Felckowski, NIU, 2014-2015 (PharmD, University of Iowa)

Jeffrey Moore, NIU, 2013-2015 (Associate Quality Control Chemist, Ingredion)

Chanté Pniewski (Muller), NIU, 2013-2015 (PhD, Chemistry, UNC Greensboro)

Reid Yocum, NIU, 2013-2015 (MSc, Chemistry, University of Rhode Island)

Juliane Totzke*, NIU, 2013-2014 (PhD, Pharmacology, Duke University; MD student in Germany)

Asim Muhammad, NIU, 2012-2015 (Chemist, CSL Behring)

Ted Litberg, NIU, 2012-2014 (PhD, Chemistry, University of Denver)

Vlad Skrypai, NIU, 2012-2014 (PhD, Chemistry, NIU)

Max Korzec*, NIU, 2012-2014 (MD, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine)

John Price*, NIU, 2012-2013 (MD, Uniformed Services Univ of Health Science)

Stefanie DeVlieger (Le), NIU, 2012-2013 (Senior Quality Technician, MQA Abbott Laboratories)

Ermal Hoxha, NIU, 2011-2014 (MBA, NIU)

Jesse Mai, NIU, 2011-2014 (MEng, University of Illinois, Chicago)

Caitlin Morton (Tesch), NIU, 2011-2012 (Scientist, Flinn Scientific)

FORMER RESEARCHER ASSISTANTS

Burhan Hussein, Ryerson University, 2017-2018 (PhD, Chemistry, Durham University, UK)

Francis Buguis, Ryerson University, 2018 (MSc, Chemistry, University of Western Ontario)

 

Group Pictures

Summer 2019   L to R - Kody Wolfstadt, Fawwaz Azam, David Raveenthrarajan, MJA, Melissa D’Amaral, Denys Holovan, Zainab Shakeel, Ali Yaghoubian

Summer 2019 L to R - Kody Wolfstadt, Fawwaz Azam, David Raveenthrarajan, MJA, Melissa D’Amaral, Denys Holovan, Zainab Shakeel, Ali Yaghoubian

Fall 2018   L to R - Zainab Shakeel, Jyotsna Mary George, MJA, Taj Seaton, Julia Pia, Nick Jamkhou

Fall 2018 L to R - Zainab Shakeel, Jyotsna Mary George, MJA, Taj Seaton, Julia Pia, Nick Jamkhou

 
Fall 2014   L to R - Ted Litberg, Chanté Pniewski, Brian Muller, Jake Felckowski, Vlad Skrypai, Asim Muhammad, MJA, Jeffrey Moore, Drew Donnally, Sami Varjosaari, Paolo Suating, Reid Yocum, Joe Hurley, Matt Zielinski

Fall 2014 L to R - Ted Litberg, Chanté Pniewski, Brian Muller, Jake Felckowski, Vlad Skrypai, Asim Muhammad, MJA, Jeffrey Moore, Drew Donnally, Sami Varjosaari, Paolo Suating, Reid Yocum, Joe Hurley, Matt Zielinski

 
Fall 2013   back row, L to R - Ted Litberg, Vlad Skrypai, Brian Muller, Ermal Hoxha, Jeffrey Moore, Jesse Mai; front row, L to R - Matt Zielinski, Asim Muhammad, Chanté Pniewski, Sami Varjosaari, MJA, Jeremy Hess, Reid Yocum, Max Korzec

Fall 2013 back row, L to R - Ted Litberg, Vlad Skrypai, Brian Muller, Ermal Hoxha, Jeffrey Moore, Jesse Mai; front row, L to R - Matt Zielinski, Asim Muhammad, Chanté Pniewski, Sami Varjosaari, MJA, Jeremy Hess, Reid Yocum, Max Korzec

 
May 2013 (graduate students)   L to R - Matt Zielinski, MJA, Jeremy Hess, Brian Muller

May 2013 (graduate students) L to R - Matt Zielinski, MJA, Jeremy Hess, Brian Muller

 
Fall 2012   back row, L to R - Jesse Mai, Stefanie Devlieger, Asim Muhammad, Max Korzec, MJA, Vlad Skrypai, John Price, Ted Litberg; front row, L to R - Ermal Hoxha, Matt Zielinski, Jeremy Hess

Fall 2012 back row, L to R - Jesse Mai, Stefanie Devlieger, Asim Muhammad, Max Korzec, MJA, Vlad Skrypai, John Price, Ted Litberg; front row, L to R - Ermal Hoxha, Matt Zielinski, Jeremy Hess

 
Winter 2012   L to R - Caitlin Morton, Jesse Mai, Stefanie Devlieger, Vlad Skrypai, MJA, Jeremy Hess, Ermal Hoxha, John Price, Matt Zielinski, Max Korzec

Winter 2012 L to R - Caitlin Morton, Jesse Mai, Stefanie Devlieger, Vlad Skrypai, MJA, Jeremy Hess, Ermal Hoxha, John Price, Matt Zielinski, Max Korzec