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Research Faculty/Postdoc

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Dr. Diego Zorio
Ph.D. from University of Indiana; Damon Runyon Postdoc Fellow at University of Colorado

Bio: Diego has extensive experience in biochemistry, molecular genetics and genomics. He earned a Ph.D. at the University of Indiana studying chromosomal organization and RNA processing in the nematode C. elegans. Following postdoctoral studies at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Diego moved to Tallahassee to establish the Functional Genomics program at Taxolog, Inc. In this position, he established the gene associated profiles involved in taxane-induced cellular responses. In 2020, Diego joined a collaboration between the Frederich and Miller research groups at FSU focused on the chemistry and chemical biology of proapoptotic diterpene natural products.


Graduate Students

James Law
Kennesaw State University (2016–present)

Bio: James graduated with a B.S. in Biochemistry from Kennesaw State University in 2016. His undergraduate research involved studies on long range orbital interactions in polypeptide systems with Dr. John Haseltine and synthetic exploration of the reactivities of α-oxoketene dithioacetals and α-ketophosphonates with Dr. Christopher Alexander.


Daniel Callen 
Bloomsburg University (2017–present)

Bio: Daniel graduated with a dual B.A. degree in Chemistry and German from Bloomsburg University in 2017. His undergraduate research consisted of the preparation of biodiesel by means of NHC orgnanocatalysis in the laboratory of Dr. John P. Morgan. In addition, as an REU student he investigated the anticancer effects of nuclear hormone receptor activation in malignant melanoma with Dr. Michael Borland.


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Megan Solans 
Loyola University Chicago (2019–present)

Bio: Megan completed her B.S. in Biochemistry at Loyola University in Chicago. Her undergraduate research focused on developing organocatalytic reactions in the laboratory of Prof. Jim Devery. She also studied the gene tpxgl in plasmodium burgh using CRISPR technology under the direction of Prof. Stefan Kansok.


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Vitalii Basistyi 
State University of Novosibirsk, Russia (2019–present)

Bio: Vitallii completed his B.S. in Chemistry at State University of Novosibirsk. He carried out undergraduate research under the guidance of Prof. Shelkovnikov, focusing on the synthesis of high refractive index monomers. 


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Tyler Weinhold
University of Tampa (2020–present)

Bio: Tyler completed his Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry at the University of Tampa. His undergraduate research involved the synthesis of new organophotoredox catalysts under the supervision of Professor Ashley Longstreet.


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Jacob Dittmer
Manchester University (2020–present)

Bio: Jacob completed his Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry at Manchester University in Indiana. His undergraduate training in the laboratory of Professor Susan Klein focused on the photochemistry of azo dies.


Undergraduate Students

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Emma Cagwin
Florida State University (2020–present)

Bio: Emma is an FSU undergraduate student from Atlanta, Georgia. She is majoring in Biochemistry with a minor in Spanish.


Group Alumni

Maribel Borger, Ph.D.
GS: (2014–2019)
Thesis: Photochemistry of Pyridazine N-Oxides: A Versatile Tool for Heterocycle Synthesis

Current Position: Instructor and Supervisor of Undergraduate Teaching Labs, UNC Chapel Hill

Anna Salvati 
GS: (2014–2020)
Thesis: Photochemical Access to Fused 5-8-5 Carbotricycles

Current Position: Senior Chemist at Adesis, Inc.

Elena Paola, B.S.
UG: (2017–2019)

Current Position: Ph.D. Student with Prof. Armen Zakarian at UCSB

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Noah Bartfield, B.S.
UG: (2019–2021)
Honors Thesis: Hydromethylation of Unactivated Alkenes

Current Position: Ph.D. Student with Prof. Seth Herzon at Yale

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