Current Members

PhD Students

Kiwon Ok
PharmD, Korea University (2015)
Research interests:
 Zinc finger proteins, Metalloproteins, Protein MS analysis
kiwon.ok@umaryland.edu

Joel Brandis
B.A. Biology, Goucher College (2015)
Research interests:
 Protein chemistry, Structural biology, Biophysical analysis
joel.brandis@umaryland.edu

Jordan Pritts
B.S. Biochemistry, Roanoke College (2014)
Research interests:
 Biochemistry and Medicinal chemistry
jdpritts@umaryland.edu

Andrew Stoltzfus
B.S. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Lebanon Valley College (2015)
Research interests:
 Analytical Biochemistry, Coordination chemistry, Heavy metal toxicity
andrew.stoltzfus@umaryland.edu

Matthew Hursey
B.S. Chemistry, North Carolina State University (2015)
Research interests:
 Analytical Chemistry, Metallobiochemistry
mshursey@umaryland.edu

PharmD Students

sergeSerge Alexishin
Research interests: Clinical trials, analytical methods

Merton Lee
Research interests: Electronic cigarette, analytical methods

[Last update: June 2020]

Former Members

PhD Students

Dr. GEOFFREY SHIMBERG (PhD 2017)
Thesis:  A Tale of Two Zinc Fingers:  Structure and Functional Studies of CCCH type Zinc Finger Proteins CPSF30 and TTP involved in RNA Regulation
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
gshimberg@umaryland.edu

Dr. ANGELIQUE BESOLD (PhD 2015)
Thesis: New Vistas in Zinc Finger Biochemistry: Examining the Metal-Mediated DNA Recognition of the Neural Zinc Finger Factor/Myelin Transcription Factor Family of Non-Classical Zinc Finger Proteins and Creating Catalytic Moieties from Zinc Finger Scaffolds
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Professor Valeria Culotta, Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
abesold1@jhu.edu

Dr. JAMIE MICHALEK (PhD 2014)
Thesis: Cys3His Zinc Finger Proteins: Metal Ion Coordination and RNA Recognition.
Current Position: Staff Fellow, US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Silver Spring, MD
jamie.michalek@gmail.com

Dr. ABBY WEST (PhD 2013)
Thesis: H.pylori NikR: A New Nickel Regulatory Protein
Current Position: ORISE contractor, Research Biochemist, US Army Research Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
abby.west.ctr@mail.com

Dr. SEUNG JAE LEE (PhD 2011)
Thesis: Functional Consequences of Iron and Cadmium Coordination to Zinc Finger Proteins: Tristetraprolin (TTP) and ZIF268
Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Research Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju, South Korea
slee026@jbnu.ac.kr

Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. HEATHER NEU
Postdoctroal Fellow, 2015-2019
Current Position: Scientist I in Analytical Development at Celgene, Summit, NJ
hneu@rx.umaryland.edu

Dr. AARON SMITH
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2013-2015
Current Position: Postdoctoral fellow at Duke University, Durham, NC
aaron.smith@duke.edu

Dr. SARAH EVANS
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2009-2011
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Canisius College, Buffalo, NY
evans51@canisius.edu

Dr. NUVJEEVAN DOSANJH
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2007-2008
Current Position: Engineer, Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Berkeley, CA
ronnydosanjh@yahoo.co.uk

Dr. ROBERT DITARGIANI
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2007-2009
Current Position: Research Chemist, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
ditar@yahoo.com

PharmD Students

anne2Dr. Anne Williams, PharmD
PharmD Researcher, 2015-2018
Current position:

Dr. Sameh Abdelmalak, PharmD
PharmD Researcher, 2015-2017
Current position:

Dr. Abdulafeez Ayodeji Oluyadi, PharmD
PharmD Researcher, 2014-2016
Current position: Intern at Medimmune

Dr. Andong Nkobena, PharmD
PharmD Researcher, 2015-2016
Current position: Intern at Medimmune

Ms. Priya Brunsdon
PharmD Researcher, 2014-2015
Current position: PharmD/MS Student, UMB School of Pharmacy

Dr. Ting Liu, PharmD
PharmD Researcher, 2011-2013
Current position: Pharmacist, Weis Markets

Dr. Bryan Hayes, PharmD, FAACT
Residency research project, 2008-2010
Current Position: Clinical Associate Professor, UMB School of Pharmacy
bhayes@umem.org

Undergraduate Researchers:

Anab Yussuf, Villa Julie College
Elizabeth Higbee, Syracuse University
Sarah Wassink, College of Notre Dame of Maryland
Nicole Hammerbacher, Villa Julie College
Nial Lue Sue, Morgan State University
Tiffany Strickland, Morgan State University
Nicole Aaron, University of Virginia
Cierra McKoy, University of Maryland-Baltimore County
Julie S. Jeoung, University of Maryland-Baltimore County