Alumni News

Alumni News

Jay Agarwal (B.S., Li, 2010) completed a Ph.D. degree under the supervision of Dr. Henry Schaefer and has visited the dept. twice to give excellent research seminars.

Karelle Aiken (Ph.D., Zercher 2005) has been named as a 2016 ACS Women Chemists Committee Rising Star award winner. Karelle will be given the award at the 2016 Spring ACS meeting in San Diego. 

Aida Ajaz (M.S., Johnson, 2011) is a synthetic chemist at PCI Synthesis.

Andreas (Drew) Athans (B.S. 2001; Ph.D. 2006, Miller) was a Postdoctoral Fellow with Luis Echegoyen at Clemson University and then worked at Nano-C, Inc. and Xtalic Corporation. He is now a Senior Scientist at TE Connectivity.

Alexis Attwood (Ph.D., Greenslade, 2012) worked as a postdoctoral associate at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science at University of Colorado, Boulder and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Earth System Research Laboratory, Boulder, CO.

David Bourgeois (M.S., Amato-Wierda, 1998) is an Account Executive at Amazon Web Services.

Matt Buchanan (B.S., Zercher, 2007) has been working with Johnson Matthey Pharma Services as a senior chemist.

Richard Burrell (B.S., Johnson, 1995) heads a group at Bristol-Myers Squibb which is responsible for the synthesis of labeled compounds. 

Kate Cahill (Ph.D., Johnson, 2013) worked as a postdoctoral scholar with Chris Hadad at Ohio State.

Robert Caret (Ph.D., Andersen, 1974) is President of the University of Massachusetts.

Regina Cebula (M.S., Zercher, 2000) and her husband are raising twins.

Julia Chan (M.S., Miller, 2011; Ph.D. Bauer, 2014) is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of Tampa.

Ryan Chartier (M.S., Greenslade, 2010) works at RTI International in NC.

Kaleen Konrad Childers (M.S., Johnson, 2006) continues at Merck Research Laboratories in Cambridge. Kaleen and her husband Matt Childers (M.S., Planalp, 2007) have a son. 

Hee Yeon Cho (B.S., Johnson, 2007) completed her Ph.D. at Boston College and a postdoctoral at UCBerkeley and is now an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Loyola of Chicago.

Dan Comins (Ph.D., Lyle, 1977) is serving as President of the International Society of Heterocyclic Chemistry. 

Katrina Woodin Copeland (B.S., Weisman-Wong, 2004) completed graduate studies at MIT and began working at Amgen where she is a Senior Associate.

Brian Coppola (B.S., Lyle and Weisman, 1978), the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Chemistry at the University of Michigan, was named as the 2012 recipient of the Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching. Brian is also a leading member of the UNH Chemistry Advisory Board.  

Kellie (Cordeiro) Faulkner (B.A., Miller, 2002) is now a Quality Assurance Manager with Nye Lubricants.

Adam Csakai (B.S., Zercher, 2006) joined a Ph.D. program at Colorado University.

Kim Daoust (M.S., Johnson, 1996) continues at Pfizer in Groton, CT.

Julie Demeritt (MS, Miller, 2000) worked at AstraZeneca Boston and then AstraZeneca England. In 2014, she finished the Bar Professional Training Course at Manchester Metropolitan University and is now a Policy Analyst for the General Council of the Bar of England and Wales.

Kevin Dubois (M.S., Li, 2013) is employed with Instrumentation Laboratory in Bedford MA. 

Kaitlyn Dugan (BS, Weisman, 2011) graduated medical school at New York University in May, 2015.

Joe Dunn (MS, Miller, 2010) was a Sports Marketing and National Race Coordinator for Technica Group. He is now a U16 Ski Coach for the Park City Ski Team in Utah.

Michelle Garnsey (B.S., Miller, 2007) finished her Ph.D. at Duke in 2012 and then a Postdoctoral Fellowship at UC Irvine and is now a senior scientist at Pfizer in Groton, CN.

Davis Gerstenhaber (B.S., Zercher, 1997) completed his Ph.D. at the University of Delaware and returned to Hercules (now called Ashland).

Moran Hanna (B.S., Zercher, 1993) is enjoying his career as a high school chemistry teacher in Berlin, CT. 

He He (M.S., Li, 2013) went back to China to join her family and continue graduate studies at Wuhan University.

Ramona Hilgenkamp (M.S., Zercher, 2002) has retired from her work at Roche.

Professor Emeritus Colin Hubbard served as co-editor for Volume 68 of Advances in Inorganic Chemistry

Alex Jacobine (Ph.D., Zercher, 2010) completed postdoctoral studies with Gary Posner at Johns Hopkins and moved to Merck West Point for an industrial postdoctoral position. 

Jeremy Kintigh (Ph.D., Miller, 2011) completed a Postdoctoral at Griffith University in Australia.

Ryan Kopreski (Ph.D., Miller, 2010) was a Postdoctoral Fellow at George Washington University before working at Cytec in Stamford, CT. He is now a college prep teacher at the Rye Country Day School in Rye, NY.

Chistopher LeClair (B.S., Miller, 1997) completed a PhD at Un. Virginia in 2006 and is a Research Scientist at National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences in Wash. DC.

Susanne Lewis (Ph.D., Johnson, 2005) continues as Associate Professor of Chemistry at Olivet College.

Bill Li (M.S., Johnson, 2005) works for GlaxoSmithKline in King of Prussia, PA.

It is with sadness that we learned of the passing of Mike Mangano (MS., 1983), who died unexpectedly in April 2012.  Mike was employed as a research chemist and project manager at Pfizer for over 29 years. Mike and his family lived in Westerly, RI.

Matt Marcinkowski (B.S., Li, 2011) is conducting Ph.D. research at Tufts University.

Stephen Mathieu (M.S., Miller, 1998) is a Senior Researcher in the Integrated Chemistry Group at Eisai Pharmaceuticals.

Rob McGinness (B.S., Zercher, 2006) is a clinical pharmacist in a Boston hospital.

Erin McLaughlin (M.S., Johnson, 2012) is at Braintree Laboratories. 

Hillary Miller (B.S., Johnson, 2013) is teaching English in Spain.

Margo N. Montgomery-Richardson (MS, Wong, 2004; Research Assoc., Miller, 2005) received her PhD at the University of Miss. and is now an Assistant Professor at Alcorn State University.

Peter Moran (M.S., Zercher, 2013) is employed with Oasys Water. 

Jerry Mullin (Ph.D., Seitz, 1983) held the Ludcke Chair of Arts and Sciences at the University of New England.

Mark Norman (B.S., Morrison, 1982) was named Scientific Executive Director in the Chemistry R&D organization at Amgen Thousand Oaks. 

Antoinette Odendaal (Ph.D., Weisman-Wong, 2009) completed postdoctoral work at Indiana University and then took a position as Research Associate at AIBMR Life Sciences.

Shannon Poges (B.S., Miller, 2013) is a graduate student at UCONN.

Qinglin Pu (M.S., Zercher, 2007) moved to Merck Boston.

Angela Puchlopek-Dermenci (B.S., Zercher, 2005) finished her postdoctoral at CalTech and is now working in research and development at Pfizer in CN.

Jim Rainbolt (Ph.D., Miller, 2007) is a research scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Matt Ronsheim (Ph.D., Zercher, 2002) is currently Director of Chemical Development at Forest Laboratories. 

Jud Richard (B.S., Zercher, 1993) works at Merck Boston.

Christina Risatti (B.S., Zercher, 2000) works at BMS Process.

Ziad Shakhsher (Ph.D., Seitz, 1989) is an associate professor at Al-Quds University in East Jerusalem.

Carley Spencer (Ph.D., Zercher, 2013) teaches organic chemistry at Emmanuel College in Boston.

Nathan Stein (B.S., Miller, 2010) is now an Account Manager at Sigma-Aldrich.

Dannon Stigers (Ph.D., Weisman-Wong, 2008) did postdoctoral work with Chris Easton at Australian National University and is now a Project Leader at Cytec Industries, Inc. in Stamford, CN.

Rajesh Thamatam (Ph.D., Johnson, 2013) is employed with PCI Synthesis.

Orjana Terova (M.S., Weisman-Wong, 2008) is now a Product Manager at Thermo-Fisher Scientific.

Alicia Voukides (M.S., Johnson, 2009) finished dental school at UCONN and her residency at Hartford Hospital.

Bethany Walls (B.A., Miller, 2006) received a M.S. in Chemistry at Clemson and is currently a Regulatory Affairs Specialist for EMD Millipore, a subsidiary of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.

Brittany White (B.S., Johnson, 2013) is in graduate school at BU.

Peter Widger (BS, ’06, Weisman; PhD ’11, Cornell) is a Polymer Chemist with E Ink Corporation in Billerica, MA.

Chris Verbicky (Ph.D., Zercher, 1999) is Director of Business Development and Marketing for Coldstream Laboratories.

Min Yang (Ph.D., Seitz, 2000) is a patent attorney.  

We are saddened to report that Xiaoke Yang (Ph.D., Noda, 1994) passed away in 2011.

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