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Graduate Student Alumni

Dr. Michael A. Plunk  - Lecturer, Baylor University

“Design, Synthesis, and Characterization of Substrate-activated Prodrugs of TAK-242 and Mycophenolic acid; TAK-242 Methodology Studies and Derivative Syntheses” (Summer 2021).


Dr. Kevin M. Gayler – Scientist, BioCryst

“Synthetic Studies towards Penicisulfuranol B; C-H Activation Borylation of Staurosporine; Design, Synthesis, and Evaluation of Rapamycin and Everolimus Analogs; Design, Synthesis, and Evaluation of Gemfibrozil Analogs” (Summer 2021). Note – this dissertation included 3 chapters performed in the Wood group and 2 chapters performed in the Kane lab.


Dr. Jeremy M. Quintana – Postdoc, Weissleder Lab, Mass Gen/Harvard

“Synthesis and Bioconjugation of Small Organic Molecules for Immunomodulation” (Spring 2020).


Dr. Charles A. Chang - Postdoc, Kim Lab, Stanford

“Inhibition of TLR4 Minimizes Islet Damage due to Sterile Inflammation and Improves Islet Transplant Outcomes” (Summer 2018).


Dr. Babatope Akinbobuyi – Scientist, ParazaPharma

“Synthesis of Modulators of TLR2, TLR4, and TLR7 Functionalized for Conjugation to Biomolecules” (Fall 2016).


Dr. Gabriela Uzcategui - Clinical Faculty, University of St. Thomas

“Photochemical Modification of Proteins and Tissue Surfaces using 1,8-Naphthalimides” (Summer 2010).


Dr. José Roberto Boquin Romero – Associate Professor, Augustana University

“Discovery of DNA-enzymes Dependant on Small-Molecule Cofactors; Design, Synthesis, and Evaluation of TLR-7 Agonists and their Immunoprotein Conjugates” (Summer 2010).


Dr. Dorn L. Carranza – Assoc. Director FDA, Office of Science and Engineering Labs

“Coenzymes for in Vitro Selection of DNA Enzymes” (Spring 2006).


Dr. Aruna Perera - Valeant Pharmaceuticals and Direct Flow Medical, Inc

“Modification of Fresh Tissue Surfaces; Synthesis of Labeled L-DOPA Analogs; Synthesis of Metaclopramide Analogs” (Fall 2005).


Dr. Mark Devannand Jonklaas – Senior Lecturer, Baylor University

“The Synthesis of Novel Phosphate Diester Prodrugs of Combretastatin A4; DNA Cleavage with a Metal Ion-Iminoacetic Acid Linked Deoxyoligonucleotide System or by Photoreaction with 4-Amino-1,8-Naphthalimides” (Summer 2003).


Dr. Robert Jeremy Woods – Scientist, Becton, Dickinson and Company

“Photochemical Protein Crosslinking by 1,8-Naphthalimides” (Summer 2003).

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