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Enver Cagri Izgu (Enver Çağrı İzgü)

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

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

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


Postdoc, Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital

Research: Replication of genetic information / Systems chemistry of protocells

Advisor: Dr. Jack W. Szostak

Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Research: Total synthesis of plant alkaloids / Synthetic method development / NMR spectroscopy

Advisor: Dr. Thomas R. Hoye


Research: Asymmetric Catalysis

Advisor: Dr. Ozdemir Dogan 


Huseyin Erguven


Postdoctoral Fellow (he135@chem.rutgers.edu) 


Biomimetic Vesicles and Lipid-Based Biosensors

Redox Physiochemistry

Functional Small Molecules and Nucleic Acids


Ph.D., McGill University

B.Sc., Bilkent University


Huseyin received his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Bilkent University, Turkey. He successfully represented his national team in the International Chemistry Olympiads in London and Budapest. He then earned his Ph.D. degree in Organic Chemistry from McGill University, Canada, where he built a strong skill-set in the chemistry of 1,3-dipoles, heterocyclic small molecules, and amide-containing macrocycles.

Tushar Aggarwal


Graduate Student (ta384@scarletmail.rutgers.edu) 


M.Sc., IIT, Bombay

B.Sc., University of Delhi

Designer Aptamers and Ribozymes

Protein Engineering and Enzyme Modification

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

Biomimetic Vesicles and Lipid-Based Biosensors

Membrane Chemistry and Lipase Catalysis

Functional Small Molecules and Nucleic Acids


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 Aptamers, Ribozymes, and Biosensors

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) 


Hydrogels, Surface Functionalization, Biomaterials


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

Biomimetic Vesicles and Coacervates

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.


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 and Lipase Catalysis

Functional Small Molecules



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.

Sammy Hansali

Undergraduate Student (sh1436@scarletmail.rutgers.edu) 


Designer Aptamers, Ribozymes, and Biosensors

DNA Computing



Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

Rutgers University


Sammy is pursuing a bachelor's degree in Chemistry and in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at the Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences. He aspires to translate curiosity-driven research into solving big problems and improving quality of life, and to bring innovative technologies to commercialization. He is interested in autonomous theranostics using biological computers and macromolecules designed from first principles. He is also interested in better simulating biophysical systems.

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Mei Kim

High School Student 



Functional Small Molecules


Edison High School


Mei is currently a high school student pursuing her diploma at Edison High School, New Jersey. For her undergraduate education, she hopes to pursue chemistry or biology on the pre-medical track. In her leisure time, Mei enjoys practicing piano and playing softball with her team.



Postdoctoral Fellows


Zhaojun (John) Jia


Ph.D., Peking University


Rhia Stone


Ph.D., The University of Queensland


Graduate Students


Ruchi Yadav


M.Sc., IIT, Bombay


Undergraduate Students


Camden De Sanctis


B.Sc., Rutgers, Biological Sciences


Jonathan Hong


B.Sc., Rutgers, Cell Biology and Neuroscience


George Guanga 


B.Sc., Rutgers, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering


Bhavya Shah


B.Sc., Rutgers, Environmental and Biological Sciences


Emmanuel F. Rivera Iglesias

(RISE Fellow, Summer 2019)

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


Kyle White


B.Sc., Rutgers Environmental

and Biological Sciences


Jiayu Zhang


B.Sc., Rutgers, Chemistry and Chemical Biology


Dylan Schroeder


B.Sc., Rutgers, Environmental and Biological Sciences


Thaybeth I. Malavé Méndez

(RISE Fellow, Summer 2018)

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


High School Students


Aisha Mansoor

(Summer 2019)

ACS Project SEED


Muhammad Sharaf

(Summer 2019)

ACS Project SEED


Anton Krotenok

(Summer 2018)

ACS Project SEED


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