Current Members of the Wang Group
(Photo: Summer 2021)
Yiming Wang (Principal Investigator)
Yiming was born in Shanghai, China, and grew up in Boulder, Colorado. He graduated with an AB/AM degree in chemistry & physics and mathematics from Harvard University in 2008 after conducting research in the group of Professor Andrew Myers. After obtaining his PhD under the supervision of Professor Dean Toste at the University of California, Berkeley in 2013, he conducted postdoctoral research in the laboratory of Professor Stephen Buchwald at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellow. He joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh in the Fall of 2017.
James Corcoran (Current Graduate Student, Previous Undergraduate Researcher)
James Corcoran is an undergraduate researcher from Bucks County, Pennsylvania. James majored in chemistry with a minor in Spanish at the University of Pittsburgh. His previous work includes an internship at Orthobond Corporation in North Brunswick, NJ, where he worked on the development of antimicrobial surface-treated materials for surgical implants. James aspires to first work as a process or quality control chemist in the private sector upon graduation. James worked in the group as an undergraduate at Pitt before joining the Wang Group in Fall 2019.
Yidong Wang (Postdoctoral Researcher, 2017-Present)
Yidong was born in Zhejiang, China. He obtained his BSc degree at Northeast Normal University under the supervision of Professor Xihe Bi in 2012. Then he moved to East China Normal University to continue his PhD study. In 2017, he got his PhD degree under the supervision of Professor Junliang Zhang. After that, he joined Yiming’s group as a postdoc. Outside the lab, he likes playing table tennis, running, and watching soccer games.
Yue Xia (Graduate Student, 2018-Present)
Yue was born and grew up in Beijing, China. He received his BS degree at Pennsylvania State University, where he studied in Professor Steven Weinreb’s group for his undergraduate research on natural product synthesis. He is now pursuing a doctoral degree in the Wang group at the University of Pittsburgh.
Jin Zhu (Graduate Student, 2018-Present)
Jin was born and grew up in Jiangsu, China. She graduated from Nanjing University with a BA in Chemistry in 2018, where she studied in the group of Professor Shaolin Zhu for her undergraduate thesis. Now, she is carrying out doctoral research in the Wang group at the University of Pittsburgh.
Austin Durham (Graduate Student, 2019-Present)
Austin was born and grew up in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He attended Hamilton College in New York where he worked under Professor Emeritus Robin Kinnel on the synthesis of Alphafetoprotein Peptidomimetic compounds before graduating with a BA with a major in Chemistry and minors in Biology and Mathematics. After moving to Pittsburgh, he worked briefly as a research associate under Jill Millstone PhD studying multimetallic nanoparticle synthesis and architecture then joined the group of Peter Wipf PhD to do graduate research on the synthesis of mitochondria-targetting small molecules. Austin is currently researching the use of iron catalysis for novel transformations under Dr. Yiming Wang at the University of Pittsburgh.
Sarah Scrivener (Graduate Student, 2019-Present)
Sarah was raised near Smithsburg, Maryland. She attended Grove City College in Pennsylvania, where she worked under Dr. Kristina Pazehoski studying metal binding proteins and later under Dr. Charles Kriley on the synthesis of tungsten aryloxides. She graduated with a BS in Biochemistry with a concentration in synthetic chemistry. She is now researching the use of iron catalysis and pursuing a doctoral degree in the Wang group at the University of Pittsburgh.
Ruihan Wang (Graduate Student, 2019-Present)
Ruihan Wang was born and grew in Nanjing, China. She received her Bachelor of Science degree at China Pharmaceutical University, where she worked as an undergraduate research assistant in associate professor Bo Zhang’s group for two and a half years. Her research area was focused on the development of visible-light-mediated transition-metal-catalyzed reactions. She joined Wang group in 2019 and is now pursing a PhD degree at University of Pittsburgh.
Parker Staub (Undergraduate, Spring 2021-Present)
Parker graduated from Gettysburg Area High School, majoring in chemistry with graduate school intentions. He is currently a junior at Pitt.
Leah Raizen (Undergraduate, 2020-Present)
Leah Raizen is an undergraduate researcher from Lower Merion, Pennsylvania. Leah attends the University of Pittsburgh where she majors in Chemistry on the bioscience track. Leah joined the Wang group the spring of her junior year in 2020. She aspires to attend medical school after graduation.
Paul Bizzaro (Undergraduate, 2020-Present)
Paul grew up in Yardley, Pennsylvania. Paul attended Holy Ghost Preparatory Scholl. Paul attends the University of Pittsburgh and majors in Chemistry with a minor in Classics. Paul joined the Wang Group in the fall of 2020. He plans on attending graduate school and concentrating in drug design.
Philllip Palermo (Graduate Student, 2020-Present)
Phil was born and grew up in Rochester, New York. He attended the University of Rochester where he performed research under Bill Jones on catalytic hydrogenation by third row transition metals. He later obtained a BS in Chemistry and a minor in Latin before attending the University of Pittsburgh as a graduate student where he is currently carrying out research with the Wang group.
James Paule (Undergraduate, Spring 2020-Present)
James is an undergraduate researcher who is from Bloomfield, New Jersey. James is currently a junior chemistry major on the bioscience track who aspired to attend medical school after graduation. James joined the Wang group in Fall 2020.
Nick Wade (Undergraduate, Summer 2021-Present)
Nick Wade was born and raised in Washington, DC and moved to Pittsburgh for undergrad at Pitt. He majors in chemistry and has a minor in history. He plans to attend graduate school after Pitt
Cindy Liu (Undergraduate, Summer 2021-Present)
Cindy grew up in Hillsborough, New Jersey. She is currently a rising Junior at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Statistics and Biology. She joined the Wang group in Summer 2020.
Molly Nagle (Undergraduate, Summer 2021-Present)
Molly Nagle is from Allentown, PA and is a rising senior Chemistry major on the Bioscience track with a certificate in Children’s Literature. Molly plans to attend graduate school after graduating Pitt.
Shalini Dey (Graduate Student, Summer 2021-Present)
Shalini was born and grew up in Calcutta, India. After completing a bachelor’s and masters degree in Chemistry from the University of Calcutta, she joined the University of Pittsburgh as a graduate student in Spring 2021 where she is carrying out research with the Wang group. Apart from academics, Shalini likes to draw, travel, and spend time with family and friends.
Aaron Charlack (Summer 2021, Visiting)
Former Group Members
Paul Geaneotes (Undergraduate, Summer 2019-Present)
Paul was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Paul attended Southern Lehigh High School. Paul attends the University of Pittsburgh and majors in Chemistry with a minor in Neuroscience. Paul joined the Wang Group the summer after his sophomore year.
Ethan grew up in Acton, Massachusetts. He is a microbiology major at the University of Pittsburgh. Ethan joined the Wang group in the Fall of 2019. He plans on attending medical school after graduating.
Rockwell Pokrant (Undergraduate, Fall 2018-2021)
Rockwell Pokrant grew up in Grove City, Pennsylvania. He fell in love with chemistry after his first semester doing research in the group, changing his major to chemistry. He currently plans to attend graduate school studying drug design and medicinal chemistry.
Xiaodong Zuo (Postdoctoral Researcher, 2018-2020)
Xiaodong was born and grew up in Hebei, China. He graduated from Xiamen University with a BA degree in chemistry in 2012, where he studied in the group of Professor Peiqiang Huang for his undergraduate thesis. Then he joined Qilin Zhou’s group at Nankai University to conduct organic chemistry research and got his PhD in 2017. Now, he is carrying out postdoctoral research in the Wang group at the University of Pittsburgh.
Rui Guo (Postdoctoral Researcher, 2018-2020)
Rui Guo was born and grew up in Shandong, China. He obtained his BSc degree in pharmacy from Ocean University of China in 2012. Then he moved to Lanzhou University and received his MSc degree under the supervision of Professor Hongbin Zhai and Associate Professor Yun Li in 2015. He then joined Professor Guozhu Zhang’s group at Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry and obtained his Ph.D. in organic chemistry in 2018. Now, he is conducting postdoctoral research in the Wang group at the University of Pittsburgh.
Xiangning (Shannon) Li (Undergraduate, Fall 2019)
Xiangning(Shannon) Li was born and grew up in Yunnan, China. Shannon studies at University of Pittsburgh majors in neuroscience and minors in chemistry. She joined Wang’s group the fall of her junior year.
Haley Lindberg (Undergraduate, Summer 2018-2019)
Devin Dikec (Undergraduate, Summer 2019)
Devin Dikec was raised in Beaver, Pennsylvania and attended Beaver Area High School. Devin studied at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Bioinformatics and minoring in Chemistry and joined the Wang group during his senior summer. Devin hopes to pursue a masters after graduation and work in higher education.
Andrew Duddleston (Undergraduate, Summer 2018-2019)
Andrew was born in Okinawa, Japan and grew up in both Okinawa and Pyeongtaek, South Korea. Andrew attends the University of Pittsburgh where he is majoring in Biological Sciences and minoring in Chemistry and Teacher Education. Andrew joined the Wang Group the summer before his junior year.
Jonathan Stemm (Volunteer Researcher, Spring 2019)
Jon is from Danville, Pennsylvania. John finished his Bachelor’s in Chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh in 2019. He is currently working at the University of Pittsburgh as a General Chemistry Lab Instructor and doing primary research as a volunteer in the Wang Group. Jon aspires to attend medical school next year.
Kh Tanvir Ahmed (Staff Researcher, Spring 2018-Fall 2019)
Kh Tanvir Ahmed was born and grew up in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He completed his B.Pharm. and M.Pharm. (Pharmaceutical Chemistry) degree from the University of Dhaka in 2008 and 2010, respectively. In Bangladesh, he worked for Novartis as a product development officer. Later he worked as a lecturer in the Department of Pharmacy of East West University. He is pursuing an MS in Medicinal Chemistry at Duquesne University, where he worked on the total synthesis of marine cyanobacterial non-ribosomal N-methylated peptide. He worked as a Laboratory Assistant in the Wang group at the University of Pittsburgh.
Scott L. Wudarski (Graduate Student, on leave)
Scott Wudarski was born and grew up on Long Island, New York. He obtained a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) from the state of New York in 2010, followed by an Associate in Science (A.S.) degree from Nassau Community College in 2013. He completed his undergraduate career at the University at Buffalo, receiving a B.S. in Chemisty in 2015. He acted as a Research Chemist from 2015 to 2017 within the Medicinal Chemistry Department at Athenex, Inc., a multinational pharmaceutical company based in Buffalo, NY. He joined the Wang group during the summer of 2017 as a Chair’s Scholar and is currently a graduate student seeking a Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh, conducting research in the Wang lab.
Kayla Kroner (Graduate Student, on leave)
Kayla Kroner grew up in a small town in northern Illinois. She graduated from Hinckley-Big Rock High School in 2013 and went on to get her BS in chemistry with a minor in English at Drake University in 2017. In the summer of 2016, she participated in an NSF funded REU at West Virginia University, where she worked on a boracarboxylation reaction in the Popp group. She is currently a Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh where she is pursuing a PhD in the Wang group.
Zelie Hummer (SURF Program Undergraduate, Summer 2019)
Brett Ondich was born and grew up in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania. He is a senior at the University of Pittsburgh seeking to graduate after the Spring 2018 semester with a BS in chemistry. Upon graduating, he will commission into the United States Air Force as a 2d Lieutenant. His first assignment will be working as a chemist at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida.
Yuequan (Rachel) Li (Undergraduate)
Rachel Li was born and grew up in Xiamen, Fujian, China. She is a senior chemistry major (bioscience option) at the University of Pittsburgh. Before her time at the University of Pittsburgh, Rachel graduated from Jimei University in China with a BA degree, double majoring in English and Law. She hopes to continue her academic studies in scientific research. She joined Yiming’s group in 2017.
Marianne Kitsio (Undergraduate)
Marianne Kitsio was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Science and Technology Academy in 2015. Marianne is currently a junior at the University of Pittsburgh, where she is a chemistry major. She aspires to attend veterinary school in the future.
Okechukwu U. Aloziem (Undergraduate)
Okey was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. He completed his high school education at Creighton Preparatory School before coming to the University of Pittsburgh to study biological sciences and chemistry. He hopes of going to medical school after finishing his undergraduate career.
Sinead Eck (Undergraduate)
Sinead Eck was born and raised in Lehigh County Pennsylvania. She is currently a senior studying chemistry at the Univerity of Pittsburgh. Sinead earned her Associates Degree in Chemistry from Lehigh Carbon Community College before transferring to Pitt. She plans on attending Optometry School in the future.
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