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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

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Dorsa Ebrahimi

Graduate Student (de292@scarletmail.rutgers.edu)

M.Sc., Alzahra University

B.Sc., Kharazmi University

Functional Nucleic Acids Systems

Molecular Probes

Synthetic Biology

In progress.

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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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Sarah Cho

Graduate Student (sc2621@chem.rutgers.edu)

M.Sc., Montclair State University

B.Sc., Montclair State University

Molecular and cellular biology

Biosensors

Sarah graduated from Montclair State University with both her Bachelor's and Master's in chemistry focused in biochemistry. She has a strong background in enzymology and hopes to eventually become a professor of biochemistry to help students better understand the complexities of anatomical systems on a molecular level. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys traveling, cooking, and avoiding heights at all costs.

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Liming Wang

Graduate Student (lw641@scarletmail.rutgers.edu)

Designer bio(macro)molecules

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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Marquel Joshua Dresel

Graduate Student (mjd458@scarletmail.rutgers.edu)

B.Sc., University of Minnesota

Functional small molecules

Biosensors

Mark Graduated with his B.Sc in chemistry from the University of Minnesota. There he worked towards the development of lanthanide-based anion sensors and phosphorescent probes. He is a long way from growing up on a cattle ranch competing in rodeos to using all the stir plates in the lab. He has only three fears: excel graphs, poor column resolution, the oxford comma and counting.  

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Monique Robinson

Undergraduate Student (mar708@scarletmail.rutgers.edu)

Chemistry – biotechnology interface

Mechanical Engineering

Rutgers University – New Brunswick

Monique is pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering in the Rutgers School of Engineering. In addition to her interest in Nanotechnology, she has been inspired to work in Izgu Lab by a deep love for mixing Chemistry and Mechanical Engineering. In her free time, she likes to jam out to music, build models, and take naps.

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Aditya Sivakumar

Undergraduate Student (as3467@scarletmail.rutgers.edu)

Reactivity-guided probe design

Functional small molecules

Chemistry

Rutgers University

Aditya is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry with a focus on chemical biology in the School of Arts and Sciences. He is interested in synthetic organic chemistry and desires to learn more about its application to biologically relevant systems. In his free time Aditya enjoys cycling and baking.

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Haia Mohsen

Undergraduate Student (haia@berkeley.edu)

Designer functional nucleic acids

Functional small molecules

Molecular and Cellular Biology

University of California, Berkeley

Haia is a visiting undergraduate student from UC Berkeley, where she is currently studying Molecular and Cellular Biology with a concentration in Neurobiology. She hopes to conduct research in the future on the underlying causes and potential treatments of neurodegenerative diseases. In her free time, she enjoys reading books, writing, and visiting museums and art exhibits.

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Yuhyun Kim

Undergraduate Student (yk479@scarletmail.rutgers.edu)

Functional Small Molecules

Biosensors

Chemistry

Rutgers University

Yuhyun is from South Korea, pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry at the Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences. In his free time, he enjoys watching movies and musicals.

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Serena Yee

Undergraduate Student (sby7@scarletmail.rutgers.edu)

Chemistry – biotechnology interface

Biotechnology and Microbiology

Rutgers University – New Brunswick

Supported through the Women in Science and Engineering Program.

Serena is starting her Bachelor's degree in Biotechnology and Microbiology at the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. She joined our team as a project SUPER student to learn about scientific research in STEM. Her academic goal is to pursue a Master's degree in Genetics. Her favorite is baking.

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Ibraheem Akhtar

Undergraduate Student (ia363@scarletmail.rutgers.edu)

Neuroscience

Rutgers University – New Brunswick

Functional Small Molecules 

Ibraheem is an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Cell Biology and Neuroscience at the School of Arts and Sciences. He has a keen interest in Chemical Biology as well as Organic Chemistry. He will be working with us to fulfill his desire of gaining research experience. His hobbies and interests include sports, traveling and hanging out with friends.

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Anuva Joshi

Undergraduate Student (adj73@scarletmail.rutgers.edu)

Biotechnology

Rutgers University – New Brunswick

Chemistry – biotechnology interface

Supported through the Women in Science and Engineering Program.

Anuva is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biotechnology in the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. She will be working with us as a project SUPER student aiming to gain experience in scientific research. Anuva has a long-term interest in clinical research and advancing the treatment of genetic diseases. She enjoys painting and backpacking.

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Shuvon Islam

Undergraduate Student (si322@scarletmail.rutgers.edu)

Pharmacy

Rutgers University – New Brunswick

Designer functional nucleic acids

Functional small molecules

Shuvon is currently an undergraduate student in the 6-year PharmD program of Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers, with future plans in clinical pharmacy and specializing in infectious disease. In his free time, he enjoys cooking and playing badminton. He is also both a US and Bangladesh dual-citizen. While he tends to say he is not afraid of adapting to change or trying new things, and he does encourage exploring the unknown, he does have a fear of the deep ocean.

Designer functional nucleic acids

Functional small molecules

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Renad Amer

Undergraduate Student (ra893@scarletmail.rutgers.edu)

Pharmacy

Rutgers University – New Brunswick

Renad is a PharmD candidate at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, hoping to pursue a career in oncology as a clinical pharmacist. Outside of school, you will most likely find Renad experimenting with the latest TikTok food recipes in her kitchen.

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

Bryan Gutierrez

(2017–2023)

B.Sc., Pacific Lutheran

University

Kern Hast

(2019–2023)

B.E., University of Florida

Tushar Aggarwal

(2017–2023)

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

Caitlin Yeung

(2020–2022)

B.Sc., Biochemistry

Rutgers

David Dejoz

(2022–2023)

B.Sc., Chemistry

University of Valencia

Hakan Guven

(2022–2023)

B.Sc., Chemistry, Rutgers

Zayna Bajwa

(2022–2023)

B.Sc., Environmental & Biological Sciences, Rutgers

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

Naiya Bharvard

(Summer 2023)

The Lawrenceville School

ACS Project SEED

Mahazabin Akther

(Summer 2023)

Piscataway High School

ACS Project SEED

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