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Professor Hergenrother


   Paul Hergenrother

Paul J. Hergenrother was born in 1972 and raised in Akron, Ohio.  He attended the University of Notre Dame, where he received his B.S. in Chemistry in 1994.  From there Paul moved to the University of Texas at Austin, to conduct graduate research under the direction of Professor Stephen F. Martin.  While in the Martin laboratory Paul elucidated the catalytic mechanism of phospholipase C, and completed the total synthesis of erythromycin B.  He graduated with his PhD in Chemistry in 1999, and moved on as an American Cancer Society postdoctoral fellow to Harvard University, where he worked in the laboratory of Professor Stuart L. Schreiber in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology.  While at Harvard Paul was involved in the development of small molecule microarrays as a platform for high-throughput compound screening.  He established his own laboratory in the Department of Chemistry (and as an affiliate in the Department of Biochemistry) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2001.   He was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2006, to full professor in 2010, and in 2013 was named the Kenneth L. Rinehart Jr. Endowed Chair in Natural Products Chemistry.  Professor Hergenrother has been the recipient of an NSF-CAREER Award, a Research Corporation Research Innovation Award, a Beckman Young Investigator Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship, the GlaxoSmithKline Chemistry Scholar Award, the ACS David Robertson Award for Excellence in Medicinal Chemistry, the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, the ACS Eli Lilly Award in Biological Chemistry, was named as an American Cancer Society Research Scholar, and he was named by Technology Review magazine as one of the top innovators under the age of 35.  Professor Hergenrother serves on the editorial board/editorial advisory board for multiple journals, including Current Opinion in Chemical BiologyJournal of Medicinal ChemistryOrganic Reactions, and ChemBioChem.  The Hergenrother laboratory seeks to use small molecules to identify and validate novel targets for the treatment of intractable diseases, including cancer, degenerative disorders, and multi-drug resistant bacteria.

 

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Dr. Hyang Yeon Lee
Ph.D. in Chemical Biology from Seoul National University National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) Postdoctoral Associate
February 2012-present
Institute for Genomic Biology
hyanglee@illinois.edu

Hyang Yeon Lee
Ryan Rafferty

Dr. Bryan Yestrepsky
Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry from University of Michigan
Postdoctoral Associate
October 2013-present
253 Roger Adams Lab
byestrep@illinois.edu

Class of 2014

Woojin "Vincent" Yang
B.A. in Chemistry from Northwestern University
Graduate Student in Organic Chemistry
252 Roger Adams Lab
wyang46@illinois.edu

Alfredo Garcia
Josh Francis

Josh Francis
B.S. in Chemistry and Human Biology from Michigan State University
Graduate Student in Chemical Biology
259 Roger Adams Lab
jfrancs2@illinois.edu

Sarah Perlmutter
B.A. in Chemistry from Smith College
Graduate Student in Organic Chemistry
253 Roger Adams Lab
sperlmu2@illinois.edu

Sarah Perlmutter
 

 

Class of 2013

Alfredo Garcia
B.S. in Chemistry and Biochemistry from University of Iowa
Graduate Student in Organic Chemistry
254 Roger Adams Lab
agarci18@illinois.edu

Alfredo Garcia
Evi Llabani

Evijola Llabani
B.S. in Chemistry and Biology from St. John's University
Graduate Student in Chemical Biology
255 Roger Adams Lab
llabani2@illinois.edu

Brad Nakamura
B.S. in Chemistry from Xavier University
Graduate Student in Organic Chemistry
257 Roger Adams Lab
bnakamu2@illinois.edu

Alfredo Garcia
 

 

Class of 2012

Bryon Drown
B.S. in Chemistry from Wheaton College
Graduate Student in Chemical Biology
259 Roger Adams Lab
drown2@illinois.edu

Bryon Drown
 

 

Class of 2011

Jessie Peh
B.S. in Chemistry from National University of Singapore
Graduate Student in Chemical Biology
255 Roger Adams Lab
jpeh2@illinois.edu

Jessie Peh
Michelle Richter

Michelle Richter
B.S. in Biochemistry from Union College
Graduate Student in Organic Chemistry
254 Roger Adams Lab
mrichte2@illinois.edu

Class of 2010

Betsy Parkinson
B.S. in Chemistry from Rhodes College
Graduate Student in Chemical Biology
257 Roger Adams Lab
parknsn2@illinois.edu

Betsy Parkinson
Rob Hicklin

Rob Hicklin
B.S. in Chemistry from University of Central Missouri
Graduate Student in Organic Chemistry
256 Roger Adams Lab
hicklin2@illinois.edu

Mike Lambrecht
B.S. in Chemistry and Biochemistry from University of Wisconsin Madison
Graduate Student in Organic Chemistry
252 Roger Adams Lab
lambrec2@illinois.edu

Mike Lambrec
 

 

Class of 2009

Rachel Botham
B.S. in Chemistry and Biological Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh
Graduate Student in Chemical Biology
Institute for Genomic Biology
botham1@illinois.edu

Rachel Botham
Howard Roth

Howard Roth
B.S. in Chemistry from Northwestern University
Graduate Student in Organic Chemistry
256 Roger Adams Lab
hroth2@illinois.edu

Austin Deets
Undergraduate in MCB at the University of Illinois
January 2014 - present
253 Roger Adams Lab

Eric Bell Austin Deets

Emma Point
Undergraduate in Chemistry at the University of Illinois
January 2014- present
Institute of Genomic Biology

Adam Sowers
Undergraduate in Specialized Chemistry at the University of Illinois
October 2014- present
258 RAL

Emma Point Olivia Pattelli

Olivia Pattelli
Undergraduate in MCB at the University of Illinois
August 2014- present
257 RAL


  Former Graduate Students


Class of 2010

Amy Larson
B.S. in Chemistry from Wheaton College
M.S. in Chemical Biology April 2013
Current Position: Ecolab

Amy Larson
 


Class of 2009

Dr. Emilia Calvaresi
B.S. in Biochemistry and Cell Biology and B.A. in English from Rice University
Ph.D. in Biochemistry from UIUC, July 2014
Current Position: MD program at UIUC

Karen Morrison
 


Class of 2008

Dr. Karen Morrison
B.S. in Chemistry from Harvey Mudd College
Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from UIUC, August 2013
First Position: California Science and Technology Policy Fellow
Current Position:  California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (Senior Environmental Scientist - Knowledge Integration)

Karen Morrison
Aaron Knowlton

Aaron Knowlton
B.S. in Biochemistry from Brigham Young University
M.S. in Biochemistry July 2012 Current Position: Eli Lily, Scientist in Technical Services

Dr. Claire Knezevic
B.A. in Chemistry from Scripps College
Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from UIUC, June 2014
Current Position: Postdoctoral associate in the labs of Ure Rix and Eric Haura at the Moffitt Cancer Institute in Tampa, FL

Karen Morrison    
Class of 2007

Dr. Julia Williams van Rensburg
B.S. in Microbiology and Molecular Biology & Biochemistry from the University of Idaho
Ph.D. in Microbiology from UIUC, August 2013
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow in Stanley Spinola’s lab at Indiana University School of Medicine

Aaron Knowlton
 


Class of 2006

Dr. Joseph Bair
B.S. in Chemistry and M.S. in Inorganic Chemistry from Brigham Young University
Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from UIUC, December 2011
First Position: Postdoctoral Fellow in John Hartwig's lab at UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA.
Current Position: ExxonMobil

Joe Bair
Quinn Peterson

Dr. Quinn Peterson
B.S. in Biochemistry from Brigham Young University
Ph.D. in Biochemistry from UIUC, July 2011
Current Position: JDFR Postdoctoral Fellow in Douglas Melton's lab at Harvard University, Boston, MA.

Manuel Rodriguez
B.A in Chemistry from the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras
M.S. in Chemical Biology from UIUC, Nov 2008
First Position: Industrial Process Chemist, Champaign, IL
Current Position: Instructor at Parkland College, Champaign, IL

Maneul Rodriguez
Tim Flood

Dr. Tim Flood
B.A. in Chemistry from Cornell University
Ph.D. in Organic Chemistryfrom UIUC, December 2012
Current position: Business analyst, Deallus Consulting, New York City, NY

Class of 2005

Dr. Kristin Finch
B.S. in Chemistry from Hampton University
Ph.D. in Chemical Biology from UIUC, April 2011
First Position:  Postdoctoral associate in Kip Guy and Michael Dyer's labs at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN
Current Position: Tufts University

Kristin Finch
Diana West

Dr. Diana West
B.S. in Chemistry from The College of William and Mary
Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from UIUC, June 2011
First Position:  Postdoctoral associate in Charles Clevenger's lab at Northwestern University
Current Position: Postdoctoral associate in Suzanne Conzen's lab at University of Chicago

Dr. Rahul Palchaudhuri
B.A. in Chemistry from Grinnell College
Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from UIUC, June 2011
Current Position: Postdoctoral associate in David Scadden's lab at Harvard Stem Cell Institute, Boston, MA

Rahul Palchaudhuri
 

 

Class of 2004

Dr. Mirth Hoyt
B.S. in Chemistry from the College of William and Mary
Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from UIUC, Feb 2010
First Position: MBA Program at UIUC
Current Position: Market analyst, Elevance Renewable Sciences, Woodridge, IL

Mirth Hoyt
James Heeres

Dr. James Heeres
B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Maryland
Ph.D. in Biochemistry from UIUC, May 2010
Current Position:  Postdoctoral associate in Mel Feany's Lab at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Current Position: Postdoctoral associate in David Harris's lab at Boston University, Boston, MA

Dr. Elizabeth Moritz Halvorsen
B.S. in Microbial Biotechnology from Rutgers University
Ph.D. in Microbiology from UIUC, June 2010
First Position: Postdoctoral associate in Darren Higgins' Lab at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Current Position: Cubist Pharmaceuticals

Elizabeth Moritz
Nora Wang

Dr. Nora Wang Eibergen
B.S. in Math and Chemistry from the University at Alabama at Birmingham
Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from UIUC, Jan 2011
Current Position: NIH Postdoctoral fellow in Helen Blackwell's Lab at University of Wisconsin - Madison

Class of 2003

Dr. Christina Thompson
B.S. in Chemistry from Texas A&M University
Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from UIUC, Nov 2008
First Position: Medicinal Chemist at Abbott Laboratories,
Current Position: Senior Scientist, U of Texas-Dallas

Christina Thompson
Amanda Nottbohm

Dr. Amanda Nottbohm
B.S. in Chemistry from Albion College
Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from UIUC, July 2008
Current Position: Clinical Research Development at  Boehringer Ingelheim

Dr. Robin Dothager
B.A. in Chemistry from Southern Illinois University
Ph.D. in Biochemistry from UIUC, Aug 2008
Current Position: American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellow in David Piwnica-Worms' Lab at Washington University, St. Louis, MO

Robin Dothager
Ben Leslie

Dr. Ben Leslie
B.A. in Chemistry from Colgate University
Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from UIUC, Jan 2009
Current Position:  Postdoctoral associate in Taekjip Ha's Lab at UIUC, Champaign, IL

Dr. Todd Meyer
B. S. in Chemistry from Haverford College
Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from UIUC, Aug 2009
First Position: Postdoc in Sergey Kozmin's Lab, U. of Chicago
Current Position: Bioblocks

Todd Meyer
 


Class of 2002

Dr. David Goode
B.S. in Chemistry from Mercer University
Ph.D. in Chemical Biology from UIUC, Dec 2007
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Mercer University, Macon, GA

David Goode
Karson Putt

Dr. Karson Putt
B.S. in Biology from Purdue University
Ph.D. in Biochemistry from UIUC, Nov 2006
Current Position: Managing Director for the Center for Drug Discovery at Purdue University

Dr. Jason Thomas
B.S. in Biophysics from Temple University
Ph.D. in Biophysics from UIUC, July 2007
Initial Position: American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellow in Benjamin Cravatt's Lab, Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA
Current Position: Senior Scientist at Novartis

Jason Thomas
Cathy Brummond

Cathy Brummond
B.A. in Chemistry from Lake Forest College
M.S. in Organic Chemistry from UIUC, Dec 2004
Current Position: Synthetic Chemist at Baxter Healthcare, Round Lake, IL

Johna C.B. DeNap
B.S. in Chemistry from Butler University
M.S. in Chemical Biology from UIUC, Dec 2004
Current Position: Supervisor of Toxicology at the Delaware Medical Examiner's office

Johna DeNap
 


Class of 2001

Eric Olson
B.S. in Chemistry from Princeton University
M.S. in Chemical Biology from UIUC, Aug 2005
Current Position: Patent examiner in Alexandria, VA

Eric Olson
Dinty Musk

Dr. Dinty J. Musk, Jr.
B.A. in Biochemistry from Taylor University
Ph.D. in Chemical Biology from UIUC, Dec 2006
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Ohio Dominican University, Columbus, OH

Dr. Vitaliy Nesterenko
National Technical University of Ukraine (KPI)
Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from UIUC, Nov 2006
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Kiev-Mohila Academy, Kiev, Ukraine

Vitaliy Nesterenko
 



Former Postdocs


Dr. Xianjun Liu
Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Fudan University in Shanghai, P.R. China
Postdoctoral Organic Chemistry Research Associate (Nov 2004-Jan 2007)
First Position: Water Reed Army Institute of Research, Silver Springs, MD
Current Position: True Pharmachem

Dr. Xianjun Liu
Dr. Anil K. Sharma

Dr. Anil K. Sharma
Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from National Chemical Laboratory Pune, India
Postdoctoral Organic Chemistry Research Associate in Hergenrother Lab (Sep 2001 - Jan 2005)
Current Position: Research Assistant Professor of Chemistry at North Carolina St. University

Dr. Bandaru Sreenivasulu
Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from University of Hyderabad, India
Postdoctoral Organic Chemistry Research Associate in Hergenrother Lab (May 2004-Oct 2005)
Current Position: Sai Advantium Pharma Ltd, Haderabad, India

Dr. Bandaru Sreenivasulu
Danny Hsu

Dr. Danny Hsu
Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Virginia Tech
Postdoctoral Organic Chemistry Research Associate (Sept 2007 - June 2010)
First Position: Assistant Scientific Officer, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Current Position: Regional Medical Liaison at Amgen

Dr. Seok-Ho Kim
Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the College of Pharmacy at Seoul National University
Postdoctoral Associate in Hergenrother Lab
(Nov 2008 - Nov 2010)
Current Position: Assistant Professor, College of Pharmacy, Cha University, Korea

Dr. Seok-Ho Kim
Kathy Partlow

Dr. Kathy Partlow
Ph.D. in Molecular Cell Biology from Washington University, St. Louis
Postdoctoral Associate in Hergenrother Lab (Nov 2007-June 2012)
Current Position: Research and Grant Development Specialist, College of ACES, UIUC

Dr. Rob Huigens
Ph.D. in Chemistry from North Carolina State University
American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Associate
August 2009-February 2013
Current Position: Assistant Professor
Department of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Florida,
Gainesville, FL

Rob Huigens
Isak Im

Dr. Isak Im
Ph.D. in Chemistry from Department of Life Science at Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology
Postdoctoral Associate in Hergenrother Lab (May 2010-October 2013)
Current Position: Research Assistant, Yonsei University, Korea

Dr. Ryan Rafferty 
Ph.D. in Chemistry from Colorado State University
Postdoctoral Associate
September 2011-June 2014
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

Rob Huigens
Matt Brichacek

Dr. Matt Brichacek
Ph.D. in Chemistry from Cornell University
National Institute of Health (NIH) Postdoctoral Associate
July 2010-July 2014
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Maine, Orono, ME


Former Visiting Scholars


Carlotta Granchi
Graduate Student in Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Pisa in Pisa, Italy
Visiting student from July - Dec 2009
Current Position: Postdoctoral Research at University of Pisa

Carlotta Granchi
Tania_Lopez

Tania Lileth López Silva
Undergraduate in chemistry at the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico
Visiting student from July - Dec 2013

Ilaria Paterni
Graduate Student in Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Pisa in Pisa, Italy
March 2014- present
249 Roger Adams Lab
ipaterni@illinois.edu

Carlotta Granchi
 



  Former Undergraduate Students


Uros Kuzmanovic
Undergraduate Research Assistant (Jan 2011 - May 2013)
B.S. in MCB from UIUC
Current Position: Research Assistant at Institute for Genomic Biology

Maaz Ahmed Hani Kuttab

Jessica White
Undergraduate Research Assistant (Jan 2012 - May 2013)
B.S in MCB from UIUC

Maaz Ahmed
Undergraduate Research Assistant (Feb 2010 - May 2012)
B.S. in Chemistry from UIUC Current Position: Graduate Student in Shannon Stahl's lab, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Maaz Ahmed Hani Kuttab

Matt Frost
Undergraduate Research Assistant (May 2012 - May 2013)
B.S in Chemistry from UIUC
Current Position: Research Scientist, Weiman Products

Steve Schmid
Undergraduate Research Assistant (Sept 2010 - Aug 2011)
B.S. in Chemistry from UIUC Current Position: Graduate Student in Jennifer Schomaker's lab, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Steve_Schmid Hani Kuttab

Hani Kuttab
Undergraduate Research Assistant (Feb 2010 - July 2012)
B.S in MCB from UIUC Current Position: Medical Student, Loyola University, Chicago, IL

Rob DiFazio
Undergraduate Research Assistant (Jan 2009-July 2011)
B.S in MCB and Chemistry from UIUC
Current Position: Graduate Student in JoAnne Flynn's lab, University of Pittsburgh

Rob DiFazio
Arabella Lazar

Arabella Lazar
Undergraduate Research Assistant (Oct 2009-July 2011)
B.S in Chemistry from UIUC

Tran "Laurie" Nguyen
Undergraduate Research Assistant (Aug 2008-May 2010)
B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from UIUC

Laurie Nguyen
Chris Novotny

Christ Novotny
Undergraduate Research Assistant (Nov 2007-May 2010)
B.S. in biochemistry from UIUC
Current position: Graduate student in Kevan Shokat's lab, University of California - San Francisco

Jason Olejniczak
Undergraduate Research Assistant (January 2009-May 2010)
B.S. in Chemistry from UIUC
Current Position: Graduate student in Ted Molinski's Lab at the University of California - San Diego

Jason Olejniczak
Mega Cismesia

Megan Cismesia
Undergraduate Research Assistant (Aug 2008-May 2010)
B.S. in Chemistry from UIUC
Current Position: NSF Graduate fellow in Teshik Yoon's lab, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Emily Billings
Undergraduate Research Assistant (June 2008-May 2009)
B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from UIUC
Current Position: Graduate student at the University of Virginia

Emily Billings
Mirtha Ariza

Mirtha Ariza
Undergraduate Research Assistant (Nov 2007-May 2009)
B.S. in Chemistry from UIUC

Clint Holaday
Undergraduate Research Assistant (Dec 2006-May 2009)
B.S. in Biochemistry from UIUC
Current Position: Medical Student at St. Louis University

Clint Holaday
Michael Niziolek

Michael Niziolek
Undergraduate Research Assistant (Jan 2008-May 2009)
B.S. in Biochemistry from UIUC
Current Position: Graduate student at the University of California - San Diego

Kara Ramsey
Undergraduate Research Assistant (June 2006-July 2008)
B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from UIUC
Current Position: Research Scientist at Novartis, Cambridge, MA

Kara Ramsey
Katy Stoica

Katy Stoica
Undergraduate Research Assistant (Aug 2004-May 2006)
B.S. Chemistry from UIUC
Current Position: Teacher at Walter Payton College Prep School in Chicago, IL

Ellen Dwyer
Undergraduate Research Assistant (June 2006-May 2008)
B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from UIUC
First Position: Graduate student in Medical Genetics at U. of Wisconsin, Madison
Current Position: Genetic Counselor, Hope Children's Hospital, Oak Lawn, IL

Ellen Dwyer
Brittany Allen

Brittany Allen
Undergraduate Research Assistant (June 2004-May 2006)
B.S. in Chemistry and Molecular and Cellular Biology from UIUC
First Position:  Pharm D program at U. of Illinois at Chicago
Current Position: Clinical Pharmacist, Surgery Mayo Clinic

Ryan Totten
Undergraduate Research Assistant (Jan 2006-May 2008)
B.S. in Chemistry from UIUC
Current Position: Graduate student in Chemistry at Northwestern University, Chicago, IL

Ryan Totten
Margaret Wong

Margaret Wong
Undergraduate Research Assistant (May 2003 - April 2005)
B.S. in Chemistry from UIUC
First Position:  Graduate student in Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin, Madison
Current Position: Novartis

Peter Phan
Undergraduate Research Assistant (April 2005-Dec 2006)
B.S. in Chemistry from UIUC
Current Position: Medical student at University of Illinois - Chicago

Peter Phan
Grace Chen

Grace Chen
Undergraduate Research Assistant (Jan 2004 - April 2005)
B.S. in Chemistry from UIUC
Current Position:  Medical student at the University of Illinois - Chicago

Valerie Fako
Undergraduate Research Assistant (June 2005-Dec 2006)
B.S. in Chemistry from UIUC
M.S. in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin
Current Position: Graduate Student in the Biomedical Gateway Program at the Indiana University School of Medicine

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Joshua Byers
Undergraduate Research Assistant (Fall 2001 - Fall 2003)
B.S. in Chemistry from UIUC
Current Position: Student in MBA program at the Univerisity of Missouri

 

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