The People


Nathan Gianneschi

Principal Investigator



Group Members



Project Scientists



Matt Thompson

Project Scientist

Hometown: Upper LaHave, Nova Scotia, Canada
Undergraduate Education: Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Graduate Education: Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Graduate Advisor: Robert P. Lemieux
Favorite Movie: Die Hard, Happy Gilmore
Favorite TV Show: LOST
Favorite Music: Anything really but favourite: Blue Rodeo
Favorite Molecule: (S)-(+)-9-{[4-(dodecyloxy)benzoyl]oxy}-1,11-dimethyl-5,7-dihydrodibenzo[c,e]thiepin-3-yl 4-(dodecyloxy)benzoate



Chris Forman

Assistant Project Scientist

Hometown: Nairobi, Kenya/Canterbury, UK
Undergraduate Education: Edinburgh University, Scotland
Graduate Education: Cambridge University, UK
Graduate Advisor: Paul Barker
Favorite Movie: Brazil, Princess Bride, Empire Strikes Back
Favorite TV Show: Stargate
Favorite Music: Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Blurred Edge of Reason, Pink Floyd
Favorite Molecule: haem (aka heme)



Postdoctoral Scholars



Claudia Battistella

Postdoctoral Scholar

Hometown: Pordenone, Italy
Undergraduate Education: University of Padua, Italy
Graduate Education: École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
Graduate Advisor: Harm-Anton Klok
Favorite Movie: Léon: the professional, The pianist, One hundred steps
Favorite Music: Depends on the mood, but always: Lucio Battisti and Fabrizio de André
Favorite Molecule: Firefly luciferin



Or Berger

Postdoctoral Scholar

Hometown: Tiberias, Israel
Undergraduate Education: Tel Aviv University, Israel
Graduate Education: Tel Aviv University, Israel
Graduate Advisor: Ehud Gazit
Favorite Movie: The Avengers, Captain America: Civil War
Favorite TV Show: The Defenders, Game of Thrones
Favorite Molecule: Guanine



Wei Cao

Postdoctoral Scholar

Hometown: Xinye, China
Undergraduate Education: Jilin University, China
Graduate Education: Tsinghua University, China
Graduate Advisor: Huaping Xu
Favorite Movie: Léon, ET
Favorite TV Music: Eason Chan, Jay Chou
Favorite Molecule: Ethanol



Karthikeyan Gnanasekaran

Postdoctoral Scholar

Hometown: Chennai, India
Undergraduate Education: Amrita University, Coimbatore, India
Graduate Education: Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
Graduate Advisor: Gijsbertus de With
Favorite Movie: The Reader, The Pianist
Favorite TV Show: Midsomer Murders
Favorite Music: Nightwish
Favorite Molecule: CH3CH2OH



Lucas Parent

Postdoctoral Scholar

Hometown: Westwood, Massachusetts
Undergraduate Education: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
Graduate Education: University of California, Davis
Graduate Advisor: Ilke Arslan
Favorite Movie: The Matrix
Favorite TV Show: The Daily Show
Favorite Music: classic rock, blues
Favorite Molecule: H2O



Gina Policastro

Postdoctoral Scholar

Hometown: Beaver, Pennsylvania
Undergraduate Education: Washington & Jefferson College
Graduate Education: College of Polymer Science, University of Akron
Graduate Advisor: Matthew L. Becker
Favorite Movie: Pitch Perfect I and II
Favorite TV Show: Game of Thrones, How I Met Your Mother
Favorite Music: John Mayer, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith
Favorite Molecule: Humulone



Maria Proetto

Postdoctoral Scholar

Hometown: Bariloche, Patagonia, Argentina
Undergraduate Education: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Graduate Education: Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Graduate Advisor: Ronald Gust
Favorite Movie: C'est pas moi, je le jure!, Primal fear, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Favorite TV Show: Campeones, Prision break
Favorite Music: Radiohead, Massive attack, Depeche mode, No te va gustar
Favorite Molecule: cisplatin



Hao Sun

Postdoctoral Scholar

Hometown: Shenzhen, China
Undergraduate Education: Wuhan University, Wuhan, China
Graduate Education: Sun Yat-sen University (M.S.),
Graduate Advisor: Daping Quan
Graduate Education: University of Florida (PhD),
Graduate Advisor: Brent Sumerlin
Favorite Movie: Lord of the Rings, X-Men
Favorite TV Show: Priston Break, Walking Dead, Game of Thrones
Favorite Music: See you again
Favorite Molecule: Anthracene



Daniel Wright

Postdoctoral Scholar

Hometown: Poole, UK
Undergraduate Education: University of Brighton, UK
Graduate Education: University of Warwick, UK
Graduate Advisor: Rachel K. O'Reilly
Favorite Movie: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Favorite TV Show: Luther
Favorite Music: The Clash
Favorite Molecule: Cholesterol


Graduate Students



Spencer Burton

1st Year Graduate Student

Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
Undergraduate Education: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland
Favorite Movie: Goodfellas
Favorite TV Show: Rick and Morty
Favorite Music: Green Day, Frank Sinatra, Django Reinhardt
Favorite Molecule: Dopamine



Cassandra Callmann

6th Year Graduate Student

Hometown: Kutztown, Pennsylvania
Undergraduate Education: West Chester University, Pennsylvania
Favorite Movie: Anchorman, Pride and Prejudice, Love Actually, Monty Python
Favorite TV Show: Archer, Californication, Frisky Dingo
Favorite Music: Jack Johnson, Above and Beyond, The Beatles
Favorite Molecule: Paclitaxel



Andrea Carlini

6th Year Graduate Student

Hometown: Toano, Virginia
Undergraduate Education: Virginia Tech, Virginia
Favorite Movie: The Room
Favorite TV Show: Futurama, The X-Files, Star Trek (TOS/TNG)
Favorite Music: Gorillaz, Radiohead, Arctic Monkey, Modest Mouse, Spoon, Ellie Goulding
Favorite Molecule: Isoamyl acetate



Ioannina Castano

1st Year Graduate Student

Hometown: Burbank, CA
Undergraduate Education: University of San Francisco
Favorite TV Show: Parks and Recreation, The Bachelor(ette)
Favorite Music: Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Beyonce
Favorite Molecule: Isoamyl acetate



Wonmin Choi

3rd Year Graduate Student

Hometown: Gwangju, Korea
Undergraduate Education: Seoul National University, Korea
Graduate Eduation: Seoul National University, M.S., Yan Lee Lab
Favorite Movie: The Avengers
Favorite TV Show: The Big Bang Theory
Favorite Music: Maroon 5, Green Day
Favorite Molecule: ethyl alcohol



Naneki Collins-McCallum

4th Year Graduate Student

Hometown: Danville, CA
Undergraduate Education: Portland State University (B.S.), University of California Santa Barbara (B.A.)
Favorite Movie: Anything by Baz Luhrmann, Interstellar, Limitless
Favorite TV Show: Turn, Breaking Bad, Dexter, Big Bang Theory, Once Upon a Time
Favorite Music: Dave Matthews, Julieta Venegas, Chopin
Favorite Molecule: Vanillin



Xinyi Gong

1st Year Graduate Student

Hometown: Shandong, China
Undergraduate Education: Peking University
Favorite Movie: Pride and Prejudice
Favorite TV Show: Friends
Favorite Music: Jay Chou
Favorite Molecule: Oxygen



Héctor Fernández Caro

Visiting Graduate Student Scholar

Hometown: Pontevedra, Spain
Undergraduate Education: University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Favorite Movie: Dead Poets Society, Into the Wild, The Pursuit of Happyness
Favorite TV Show: Breaking Bad, Prison Break
Favorite Music: Artic Monkeys, Vetusta Morla, Pink Floyd, B.B. King
Favorite Molecule: Adrenaline



Ziying Hu

3rd Year Graduate Student

Hometown: Jingmen, Hubei, China
Undergraduate Education: Beihang University/Wuhan University of Science and Technology
Favorite Movie: Youth and Danger, Farewell My Concubine, Life of Pi, Brave Heart, Three Idiots
Favorite TV Show: Friends, Desperate Housewives, The Big Bang Theory, Slam Dunk, Tokyo Love Story
Favorite Music: You raise me up, Willows; Westlife, Sarah Connor, Faye Wong
Favorite Molecule: Capsaicin



Guoping Li

1st Year Graduate Student

Hometown: Guangxi, China
Undergraduate Education: Sichuan University, China
Favorite Movie: American Dreams in China
Favorite TV Show: XINWEN LIANBO-CCTV
Favorite Music: March of the Volunteers
Favorite Molecule: Botulinum Toxin



Yifei Liang

1st Year Graduate Student

Hometown: Beijing, China
Undergraduate Education: University of Rochester, New York
Favorite Movie: Flipped, the Marvel movies
Favorite TV Show: Who's the murderer, The Big Bang Theory
Favorite Music: Sam Tsui, OneRepublic
Favorite Molecule: Water



Miles Reza Markmann

2nd Year Graduate Student

Hometown: North Hollywood, California
Undergraduate Education: California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo
Favorite Movie: Shaolin vs Lama, and Bruce Lee Films
Favorite Activities: Synthesizing music, lyrics, and molecules
Favorite Music: Jazz, Hip Hop, Blues, Funk, Classical, and Rock
Favorite Molecule: Chlorophyll



Haley Palm

1nd Year Graduate Student

Hometown: Marion, OH
Undergraduate Education: The Ohio State University, Ohio
Favorite Movie: The Princess Bride, Heathers
Favorite TV Show: The Great British Bake-Off, Parks and Rec
Favorite Music: Joshua Radin, The Busy Nothing, Broadway cast recordings
Favorite Molecule: Serotonin



Mollie Touve

4th Year Graduate Student

Hometown: Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Undergraduate Education: UC Santa Barbara
Favorite Movie: Interstellar
Favorite TV Show: Rick and Morty, Avatar: The Last Airbender
Favorite Music: Modest Mouse, Moderat, Fakear
Favorite Molecule: chlorophyll



Zhao Wang

5th Year Graduate Student

Hometown: Li Yang, Jiang Su, China
Undergraduate Education: East China University of Science of Technology
Favorite Movie: The Shawshank Redemption
Favorite TV Show: The Voice of China
Favorite Music: The Most Important Decision
Favorite Molecule: polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane



Nanzhi Zang

4th Year Graduate Student

Hometown: Beijing, China
Undergraduate Education: Beijing Jiaotong University
Graduate Education: University of Florida, M.S.
Graduate Advisor: Wolfgang Sigmund, Kirk Ziegler
Favorite Movie: Zoolander
Favorite TV Show: The Big Bang Theory
Favorite Music: Justin Timberlake, The Weeknd, Coldplay
Favorite Molecule: Methacrylate



Xuhao Zhou

1st Year Graduate Student

Hometown: Zhuzhou, Hunan, China
Undergraduate Education: Peking University, China
Favorite Movie: Your Name
Favorite TV Show: Game of Thrones
Favorite Music: Faded
Favorite Molecule: NCA



Undergraduate Students


VACANCY

Former Members

Former Project Scientists

Joe Patterson
Project Scientist

Year Completed: 2016
Current: Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
Michael Hahn
Project Scientist

Year Completed: 2016
Current: Assistant Clinical Professor, Radiology, UCSD

Former Postdoctoral Scholars

Nia Bell
Postdoctoral Scholar

Year Completed: 2016
Current: Technical Consultant in Enabling Technologies at Oakdene Hollins Ltd, Hemel Hempstead, UK
Angela Blum
Postdoctoral Scholar

Year Completed: 2016
Current: Assistant Professor, Chemical Biology, Hamilton College
Yiwen Li
Postdoctoral Scholar

Year Completed: 2015
Current: Professor, College of Polymer Science and Engineering, Sichuan University
Andrea Luthi
Postdoctoral Scholar

Year Completed: 2017
Current: Assistant Professor in Department of Chemistry, Emporia State University, Kansas
Julia Michaelis
Postdoctoral Scholar

Year Completed: 2017
Current: Application Scientist at Scienion
Alexander Roloff
Postdoctoral Scholar

Year Completed: 2017
Current:
Treffly Ditri
Postdoctoral Scholar

Year Completed: 2017
Current: Systems Engineer at AUSGAR Technologies

Former Graduate Students

Lisa Adamiak
Graduate Student (Ph.D.)

Year Completed: Ph.D. 2016
Current: Postdoctoral Scholar, Kamil Godula Lab, UCSD
Kelsey Alexander
Graduate Student (M.S.)

Year Completed: 2017
Current: Graduate Student in William Gerwick Lab, Scripps Institute of Oceanography
Sarah Barnhill
Graduate Student (Ph.D.)

Year Completed: 2017
Current: Postdoctoral Scholar in Gene Yeo Lab, Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine, UCSD
Yuran Huang
Graduate Student (Ph.D.)

Year Completed: 2017
Current: Scientist at Glucovation Inc., Carlsbad, CA
Jacquelin Kammeyer
Graduate Student (Ph.D.)

Year Completed: 2016
Current: Postdoctoral Scholar, Heather Maynard Lab, UCLA
Joo Hee Lee
Graduate Student (M.S.)

Year Completed: 2017
Current: Graduate Student, Liangfang Zhang Lab, UCSD
Clare LeGuyader
Graduate Student (Ph.D.)

Year Completed: 2017
Current: Postdoctoral Scholar, Pat Stayton Lab, University of Washington
Anastasia Lityo
Graduate Student (M.S.)

Year Completed: 2011
Current:
Kevin Luo
Graduate Student (M.S.)

Year Completed: 2017
Current:
Ben Monson
Graduate Student (M.S.)

Year Completed: 2014
Current: Team Leader at PolyPeptide Group
Steven Nguyen
Graduate Student (Ph.D.)

Year Completed: 2016
Current: Chemistry Instructor, Oregon State University
Billy Pistel
Graduate Student (M.S.)

Year Completed: 2017
Current: Graduate Student, Alina Schimpf Lab, UCSD
Swagat Sahu
Graduate Student (Ph.D.)

Year Completed: 2017
Current: Postdoctoral Scholar, Battery Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Kate Veccharelli
Graduate Student (Ph.D. Candidate)

Year Completed: 2014
Current: Graudate Student, Joe O'Conner Lab, UCSD
Jennifer Young
Graduate Student (M.S.)

Year Completed: 2011
Current:
Xiujun Yue
Graduate Student (M.S.)

Year Completed: 2016
Current: Graduate Student in Ping Liu Group, Department of Nanoengineering, UCSD
Miao-Ping Chien
Graduate Student (Ph.D.)

Year Completed: 2013
Current: Group Leader in Molecular Genetics, Erasmus University Medical Center Rotterdam
Carrie James
Graduate Student (Ph.D.)

Year Completed: 2015
Current: Research Scientist at Nanocomposix, San Diego
Ti-Hsuan (Leon) Ku
Graduate Student (Ph.D.)

Year Completed: 2014
Current: Co-Founder, Chief Development Officer at Cenenzyme Biotechnologies
Lyndsay Randolph
Graduate Student (Ph.D.)

Year Completed: 2014
Current: Senior Research Chemist at Amydis Diagnostics
Anthony Rush
Graduate Student (Ph.D.)

Year Completed: 2015
Current: Postdoctoral Researcher in Michael Fischbach Lab, UCSF

Former Exhange Students

Guilia Battistelli
Graduate Exchange Student

Year Completed: 2015
Current: Postdoctoral Scholar in Marco Montalti Lab at University of Bologna, Bologna
Daniella Kalafatovic
Graduate Exchange Student

Year Completed: 2013
Current: Postdoctoral Fellow at IRB Barcelona

Former Undergraduate Students

Carolina Bravo
Undergraduate Student

Year Completed: 2016
Current:
Alex Caldwell
Undergraduate Student

Year Completed: 2014
Current: Graduate Student, Kristi Anseth Lab, University of Colorado Boulder
Dustin Crystal
Undergraduate Student

Year Completed: 2015
Current: Medical Student at Rutgers University
Rob Hennis
Post-Bacchaleureate Student

Year Completed: 2017
Current:
Andrew King
Undergraduate Student

Year Completed:
Current:
Lizanne Koch
Undergraduate Student

Year Completed: 2013
Current:
Nash Martinez
Undergraduate Student

Year Completed: 2012
Current: Medical Student, UC San Francisco
Adam Moore
Undergraduate Student

Year Completed: 2015
Current:
Sarah Beck-Pancer
Undergraduate Student

Year Completed: 2016
Current:
Kelsey Roman
Undergraduate Student

Year Completed: 2016
Current:
Maddie Sarkaran
Undergraduate Student

Year Completed: 2015
Current:
Zach Sharfman
Undergraduate Student

Year Completed: 2012
Current:
Alfred Tam
Undergraduate Student

Year Completed: 2013
Current:
Yan Wu
Undergraduate Student

Year Completed: 2017
Current: Manufacturing Associate - Conjugation, Biolegend, San Diego, CA
Nellab Yakuby
Undergraduate Student

Year Completed: 2012
Current: Instructor at the Princeton Review
Linda Zang
Undergraduate Student

Year Completed: 2016
Current: