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Enver Cagri Izgu (Enver Çağrı İzgü)
 

Postdoc, Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital, USA

Research: Replication of genetic information, Systems chemistry of protocells

Advisor: Dr. Jack W. Szostak

Ph.D., University of Minnesota, USA

Research: Total synthesis of alkaloids, synthetic method development, NMR spectroscopy

Advisor: Dr. Thomas R. Hoye

B.Sc., Middle East Technical University (METU), Turkiye

Research: Asymmetric Catalysis

Advisor: Dr. Ozdemir Dogan 

Honors and Awards
 

Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Rutgers University New Brunswick, USA

Full Member of Cancer Pharmacology Program, Cancer Institute of New Jersey

Faculty Member of Center for Lipid Research, Rutgers University, New Brunswick

Trailblazer Award, The National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

Institutional Research Grant Early Investigator Award, American Cancer Society

Interstellar Initiative Awardee, The New York Academy of Sciences and Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development

Arthur Klorfein Scholarship, Marine Biological Laboratory

Charles and Johanna Busch Biomedical Grant Award, Rutgers University

Young Scientist Award (National Scholarship Program), The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkiye

Highest Distinction, Ranked #1 in Chemistry, METU

Tushar Aggarwal

 

Graduate Student (ta384@scarletmail.rutgers.edu) 

 

M.Sc., IIT, Bombay

B.Sc., University of Delhi

Designer Functional Nucleic Acids

Polymerase Engineering

Redox Physiochemistry

 

Tushar earned his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from University of Delhi and Master’s degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India. At IIT-Bombay, he was trained in chemical biology and acquired substantial theoretical knowledge in biopolymers and mechanisms of in vitro transcription and reverse transcription. Besides his multidisciplinary Ph.D. studies, Tushar serves in the CCB Graduate Student Organization board.

Bryan Gutierrez

 

Graduate Student (bg434@scarletmail.rutgers.edu) 

 

B.Sc., Pacific Lutheran University

Artificial Cells and Membrane Chemistry

Redox Physiochemistry

Functional Small Molecules

 

Bryan earned his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Pacific Lutheran University. He participated in the RISE program at Rutgers and was awarded a SUPER-Grad Fellowship, reserved for top RISE students who return to Rutgers. Bryan loves helping out people and he is the go-to person in the group. He has a special skill of walking long distances while only focusing on his cell phone.

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Kern Hast

 

Graduate Student (krh116@scarletmail.rutgers.edu) 

 

B.E., University of Florida

Designer Functional Nucleic Acids

Surface Functionalization and Biomaterials

DNA Computing

 

Kern obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Florida. He specialized in biomaterials, cell biology, and materials chemistry in his undergraduate research and then worked in industry as an engineer. Kern is a professional fencer, teaching fencing to youngsters. He fearlessly dives into complex problems in biotechnology and comes up with ideas to solve them. When the idea makes sense, he occasionally performs fencing moves.

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Melih Baci

 

Graduate Student (mb1941@scarletmail.rutgers.edu) 

 

Surface Functionalization, Biomaterials

Microbiology

Functional Small Molecules

 

M.Sc., Texas A & M University

B.Sc., Bilkent University

Melih obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Bilkent University, Turkey. In his first year of undergrad, he successfully competed in the International Chemistry Olympiad in London. He then moved to Texas A&M University and earned his Master's degree by studying metal-organic frameworks for capture and degradation of organic pollutants.

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Liming Wang

Graduate Student (lw641@scarletmail.rutgers.edu) 

 

Designer Aptamers, Ribozymes, and Biosensors

Artificial Cells

Functional Small Molecules

 

B.Sc., Peking University

Liming received his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Peking University. During his undergraduate studies, he worked on allosteric inhibitor development and gained major skills in organic synthesis and in vitro enzyme kinetics.

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Zayna Bajwa

Undergraduate Student (zab25@scarletmail.rutgers.edu) 

 

Artificial Cells

Molecular Biology and Microbiology

 

Cell Biology and Neuroscience

Rutgers University

 

Zayna is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry of Microbial Systems at the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. She is interested in studying neurodegenerative diseases and the protein chemistry underlying them. She enjoys learning about evolutionary chemistry and genetics. In her free time, she enjoys reading and playing video games. She’s currently learning how to play the guitar.

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Caitlin Yeung

Undergraduate Student (cy285@scarletmail.rutgers.edu) 

 

Protein Engineering and Enzyme Modification

Molecular Biology and Microbiology

 

Biochemistry of Microbial Systems

Rutgers University

 

Caitlin is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry of Microbial Systems at the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. She has interests in infectious diseases, virology, and immunology and hopes to work in industry. She enjoys learning about new concepts and is determined to gain a new perspective on the applications of chemistry. She also draws portraits in her spare time. And friends describe her as being like a cat.

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Hakan Guven

Undergraduate Student (hg373@scarletmail.rutgers.edu) 

 

Membrane Chemistry

Functional Small Molecules

 

Chemistry

Rutgers University

 

Hakan is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry with an emphasis on chemical biology at the Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences. He is interested in synthetic organic chemistry and is fascinated with the interplay of biochemistry and physiology. During his senior year at Upper St. Clair High School, he was a finalist at the ACS 2021 US National Chemistry Olympiad. Outside of the lab, Hakan plays and teaches piano. He enjoys solving intricate puzzles and playing chess. His favorite season is winter, when he can go snowboarding with his friends.

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David Dejoz

Undergraduate Student (david.dejoz.diez@gmail.com) 

 

Designer Functional Nucleic Acids

Functional Small Molecules

 

Chemistry

University of Valencia

 

David is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in chemistry looking to learn about organic and bioorganic interactions. He is a visiting student from Valencia, Spain.  David plans to specialize in drug design and development for the greater benefit of public health. When he was at high school, he won the regional Chemistry Olympiads and qualified for the nationals. During his leisure time David enjoys climbing, paddle tennis, and photography.

Alumni

 

Postdoctoral Fellows

 

Zhaojun (John) Jia

(2019–2021)

Ph.D., Peking University

 

Rhia Stone

(2020–2022)

Ph.D., The University of Queensland

 

Huseyin Erguven

(2020–2022)

Ph.D., McGill University

 

Graduate Students

 

Ruchi Yadav

(2018–2019)

M.Sc., IIT, Bombay

 

Undergraduate Students

 

Thaybeth I. Malavé Méndez

(RISE Fellow, Summer 2018)

B.Sc., Chemistry, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras

 

Dylan Schroeder

(2017–2019)

B.Sc., Environmental & Biological Sciences, Rutgers

 

Jiayu Zhang

(2017–2019)

B.Sc., Chemistry & Chemical Biology, Rutgers

 

Kyle White

(2018–2019)

B.Sc., Environmental & Biological Sciences, Rutgers

 

Emmanuel F. Rivera Iglesias

(RISE Fellow, Summer 2019)

B.Sc., Chemistry, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras

 

Bhavya Shah

(2017–2019)

B.Sc., Environmental & Biological Sciences, Rutgers

 

George Guanga 

(2019–2020)

B.Sc., Chemical & Biochemical Engineering, Rutgers

 

Camden De Sanctis

(2021)

B.Sc., Biological Sciences

Rutgers

 

Sammy Hansali

(2022)

B.Sc., Chemistry & Chemical Biology, Rutgers

 

Jonathan Hong

(2019–2021)

B.Sc., Cell Biology and Neuroscience, Rutgers

 

Tian You

(2018–2019)

B.Sc., Chemistry

Jilin University, China

 

High School Students

 

Anton Krotenok

(Summer 2018)

Woodbridge Academy for Allied Health and Biomedical Sciences

ACS Project SEED

 

Muhammad Sharaf

(Summer 2019)

Edison High School

ACS Project SEED

 

Mei Kim

(Summer 2022)

Edison High School

ACS Project SEED

 

Aisha Mansoor

(Summer 2019)

Franklin High School

ACS Project SEED

 

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