Former Research Group Members

Graduate Students



Degree and Year

Subsequent Positions

Adrian Looney

MA (1989); PhD (1993)

“I:  Zinc and Aluminum Alkyl Derivatives Supported by Oxygen and Nitrogen Ligation. II:  The Development of a Structural and Functional Model for the Enzyme Carbonic Anhydrase.  A Protonated Tris(pyrazolyl)hydroborato Ligand as Anion Host.”

Patent Counsel for Pfizer, Inc., New York, New York.

Runyu Han

MA (1989); PhD (1993)

“I:  Alkyl and Hydride Derivatives of Beryllium, Magnesium and Zinc. II:  Structural and Functional Models for Carbonic Anhydrase.”

Information Scientist, Information Management Department, Pfizer Inc., Ann Arbor Laboratories, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Keum Yoon

MA (1990);  PhD (1994)

“I:  Investigation of BondStretch Isomerism. II:  Syntheses, Structures, and Reactivity of Tris(pyrazolyl)hydroborato Derivatives.”

Attorney, Shearman & Sterling, New York, New York. Corporate counsel at Google, New York, New York.

Daniel Rabinovich

MA (1990); PhD (1994)

“Synthetic and Mechanistic Studies of Trimethylphosphine Complexes of Tungsten.”

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico.  Professor, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

William Howard

MA (1994); PhD (1995)

“Synthetic and Reactivity Studies of Permethylzirconocene Complexes with Terminal Chalcogenido Ligands.”

Postdoctoral Research Associate (with Bergman), University of California, Berkeley.  Associate Professor, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska.

Jun Ho Shin

MA (1991); PhD (1996)

“Syntheses, Structures and Reactivity of Permethyltantalocene and tertButyl Molybdenocene Derivatives.”

Teaching Associate, Columbia University.  Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Queensborough Community College, Bayside, New York.

Matthew Kuchta

MA (1996); PhD (1997)

“Multiple Bonding to the Heavy p–Block Elements:  Syntheses, Structures and Reactivity of Terminal Chalcogenido Complexes of Gallium, Indium and Tin.”

NATO Postdoctoral Research Associate (with Geoff Cloke), Sussex University.  Senior Research Chemist, Exxon-Mobil Chemical Company, Houston, Texas.  Alexander von Humboldt Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (with Nils Metzler-Nolte), Ruhr Universität-Bochum, Germany. Senior Scientist, Precursor Energetics, Inc., Santa Clara, California. Research Chemist, Taxon Biosciences, San Francisco, California. Research Associate at JCAP-LBL, University of California.

Jennifer Kisko

MA (1997); PhD (1998)

“Multiple Bonding of Titanium and Vanadium to the Heavier Chalcogens and Synthesis of Four-Coordinate Phenyltris(3-t-butylpyrazolyl)borato Iron Methyl and Carbonyl Species.”

Postdoctoral Research Associate (with Jackie Barton), California Institute of Technology. Research Scientist, deCode Genetics, Reykjavik, Iceland.  Patent Agent, Gilead Sciences, Foster City, California. Patent Agent, Roche, San Francisco, California. Attorney at Law, GrayRobinson, Orlando, Florida.


Prasenjit Ghosh

MA (1997); PhD (1998)

“Structural Analogs of Zinc Enzymes and Related Studies of Poly(pyrazolyl)hydroborato Complexes.”

Postdoctoral Research Associate (with Morris Bullock), Brookhaven National Laboratory, New York.  Postdoctoral Research Associate (with Gui Bazan), University of California, Santa Barbara. Professor, Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.

Hyosun Lee

MA (1995); PhD (1999)

“Synthesis, Structure and Reactivity of [Me2Si] Bridged Permethylzirconocene and Permethyltitanocene Complexes.”

LG Chem, Daejeon, Republic of Korea. Assistant Professor, Kyungpook National University, Republic of Korea.

Clare Kimblin

MA (1995); PhD (1999)

“Bis and Tris-Imidazole and Thioimidazole Complexes as Zinc Enzyme Models.”

Postdoctoral Associate (with Alison Butler), University of California, Santa Barbara, California.  Principal Scientist in the USDOE Special Technologies Laboratory operated by National Security Technologies, LLC (NSTec), Santa Barbara, California.

Tony Hascall

MA (1995); PhD (1999)

“I:  Oxidative Addition Reactions of Trimethylphosphine Complexes of Molybdenum and Tungsten.  II:  Metal Complexes of Bulkyl Calixarene Ligands.”

Postdoctoral Associate (with Dermot O’Hare), Oxford University.  Instructor, California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, California. Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona.

Catherine Bergquist (née Jones)

MA (1998); PhD (2001)

“I:  Zinc Aqua and Alkoxide Complexes:  Models of Zinc Enzymes.  II: Estimation of the BrŅnsted Acidity of Aquatris(perfluorophenyl)borane.”

Project Supervisor, Synthetic Polymer Research, National Starch and Chemical Company, Bridgewater, New Jersey. La Leche League, Volunteer.

David Churchill

MA (1998); PhD (2002)

“The Ansa Effect in permethylmolybdenocene and Permethyltungstenocene Chemistry.”

Postdoctoral Research Associate (with Ken Raymond), University of California, Berkeley, California. Professor, Department of Chemistry, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon, Republic of Korea.

Cary Zachmanoglou

MA (2000)


Amanda Vaught

MA (2001)

Associate, Darby and Darby, P.C., New York. Attorney at Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett, New York, New York. Propel Financial Advisors, Maryville, Tennesee.

Melissa Morlok

MA (2004)

Science Teacher, Milkan Community High School, Los Angeles, California. Science Instructor, Marlborough School, Los Angeles, California.

Guang Zhu

MA (2004); PhD (2006)

“Transformations Relevant to Hydrodenitrogenation as Modeled by Reactions of Trimethylphosphine Molybdenum Compounds”

Staff Scientist, Symyx Technologies, Inc., Sunnyvale, California.

Senior Staff Scientist, Rennovia, Inc., Menlo Park, California. MCLab in South San Francisco.

Jonathan Melnick

MA (2004); PhD (2007)

“Complexes of Group 12 Metals in a Sulfur-Rich Coordination Environment Employing the Tris(2-mercapto-t-butylimidazolyl)hydroborato Ligand.”

Postdoctoral Research Associate (with Dan Nocera), Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Senior Analyst, Lux Research, Boston, Massachussetts.

Bryte Kelly

MA (2005); PhD (2007)

“Applications of Bis and Tris(aryloxy)amine Ligands to Main Group and Transition Metal Chemistry.”

Scientific Advisor, Morgan and Finnegan, New York.

Daniela Buccella

MA (2005); PhD (2008)

“Calixarene and Trimethylphosphine Complexes of Mo, W and Ni: Towards Small-Molecule Models for Heterogeneous HDS Catalysts.”

Postdoctoral Research Associate (with Stephen J. Lippard), Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, New York University, New York, New York.

Keliang Pang

MA (2005); PhD (2008)

“Part I: Bonding Properties and Reactivity of the Metal-Boron Bond in Metal Borane Compounds. Part II: Homogeneous Hydrodesulfurization of Benzothiophene by Tantalum and Niobium Complexes.”

Postdoctoral Research Associate (with Hong Soon Hyeok), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Guangzhou Tinci Materials Technology Co., Ltd, Guangzhou City, Guangdong, China.

Joseph C. Ulichny

MA (2008)

Associate in Discipline, Columbia University.

Victoria K. Landry

MA (2006); PhD (2009)

“(I) Preparation and Coordination Chemistry of Selenium-Rich Bi- and Tripodal Boron-Centered Ligands and Precursors. (II) Preparation and Computational Analysis of s and p Lewis Acid Adducts of Transition Metals Supported by Nitrogen, Sulfur and Selenium-Rich Boron-Centered Ligands.

Copywriter, Harrison & Star.

Science Department Chair, Convent of the Sacred Heart, Greenwich, CT.

Kevin Yurkerwich

MA (2007); PhD (2010)

"The Chemistry of Gallium, Indium, and Mercury Supported by a Sulfur-Rich Coordination Environment."

Graduate Student, Stanford Law School. Senior Associate at WilmerHale, Boston, Massachussetts.

Gregory G. Theophall

MA (2011)

Graduate student at Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York.

Aaron Sattler

MA (2009); PhD (2012)

"Chemistry of highly reactive group 5 and 6 transition metal compounds: Modeling aspects of the industrial hydrotreating process and synthesis of the first transition metal complexes that feature a [CCC] X3-donor pincer ligand."

Postdoctoral Research Associate (with John E. Bercaw and Harry B. Gray), California Institute of Technology; Senior Chemist, ExxonMobil, Clinton, New Jersey.

Wesley Sattler

MA (2009); PhD (2012)

"(I) Zinc complexes as synthetic analogues for carbonic anhydrase and as catalysts for H2 production and CO2 functionalization. (II) Application of lithium silylamides in the synthesis of transition metal isocyanide compounds from their carbonyl derivatives. (III) Structural and spectroscopic studies of thimerosal and its derivatives."

Postdoctoral Research Associate (with John Bercaw), California Institute of Technology; Senior Chemist, The Dow Chemical Company, Marlborough, Massachusetts; Senior Chemist, The Dow Chemical Company, Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Senior Chemist, ExxonMobil, Clinton, New Jersey.

Yi Rong

MA (2009); PhD (2012)

"Main Group and Transition Metal Complexes Supported by Multidentate Tripodal Ligands that Feature Nitrogen, Oxygen and Sulfur Donors: Synthesis, Structural Characterization and Applications"

Software Engineer, Google, New York, New York.

Ahmed Al-Harbi

MA (2010), PhD (2013)

"Synthesis and Coordination Chemistry of Oxygen Rich Ligands: Bis(oxoimidazolyl)hydroborato, Tris(oxoimidazolyl)hydroborato and Tris(2-pyridonyl)methane"

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Ashley Zuzek

MA (2011), PhD (2014)

"Application of Transition Metal Phosphine Complexes in the Modeling of Catalytic Processes: Reactivity with Hydrosilanes and Other Industrially Relevant Substrates"

Senior Research Chemist, Materia, Pasadena, California.

Ava Kreider-Mueller

MA (2011), PhD (2014)

"Ligand Exchange, Hydrides, and Metal-Metal Bonds: An Investigation into the Synthesis, Structure, and Reactivity of Group 12 Metal Complexes in Sulfur and Nitrogen-Rich Environments"

Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, Clemson University. Research Associate, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.

Neena Chakrabarti

MA (2011), PhD (2014)

"A Journey Across the Periodic Table: The Synthesis and Characterization of Main Group Metals Supported by Nitrogen or Sulfur Rich Ligands"

Consultant, ZS Associates, New York, New York.

Michelle Neary

MA (2013), PhD (2016)

"Molybdenum, Tungsten and Nickel Compounds as Catalysts for the Dehydrogenation of Formic Acid"

X-ray Crystallographer, Department of Chemistry, Hunter College, New York, New York.

Serge Ruccolo

MA (2013), PhD (2016)

"Zinc Supported by Nitrogen-Rich Ligands: Applications Towards Catalytic Hydrosilylation And Modeling Zinc Enzymes"

Postdoctoral Research Associate (with Dan Nocera), Harvard University. Scientist, Analytical R&D department, Merck, NJ.

Patrick Quinlivan

MA (2015), PhD (2018)

"Main Group and Transition Metal Complexes Supported by Carbon, Sulfur, and Selenium Donor Ligands"

Chemist III, BASF, Peekskill, NY.

Michael Rauch

MA (2016), PhD (2019)

"Main Group Metal Hydride, Alkyl and Fluoride Complexes: Towards CO2 Functionalization with Earth Abundant Metals"

Postdoctoral Associate with David Milstein, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel.



Postdoctoral Research Associates




Subsequent Positions

Ian B. Gorrell


Department of Chemistry, Leeds University.

Akila Saleh


Professor, College of Education, Chemistry Department, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt.

Emanuela Libertini



Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy.

Vincent Murphy


Exxon Chemical Company, Baytown, Texas. Technology Entrepreneur (formerly Director of Homogeneous Catalysis), Symyx Technologies, Inc. Santa Clara, California. Vice President of Research and Development, Rennovia, Inc., California. CEO of EnginZyme, Solna, Sweden.

Tauqir Fillebeen


Instructor, Department of Chemistry, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado; retired.

Conor Dowling


Senior Research Chemist, Elf Atochem, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.  Market Manager, Specialty Amines, Thiochemicals Division, Arkema, Inc., Philadelphia.  Global Market Manager, Specialty Amines, Taminco, Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Jeff Bonanno


Assistant Professor, Rockefeller University, New York, New York.  Associate, Department of Biochemistry, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York.

Jun Ho Shin

1996 - 2002

Teaching Associate, Columbia University.  Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Queensborough Community College, Bayside, New York.

Brian M. Bridgewater


Senior Research Scientist, Rohm and Haas Company, Springhouse, Pennsylvania. Dow Chemical. IP Analytics, Thomson Reuters. Science Department Faculty at Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville, New Jersey.

Arefa Docrat



Joseph M. Tanski


Associate Professor, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York.

Thomas G. Carrell


Technical Support Specialist, Shimadzu, Piscataway, New Jersey.

Kevin Janak


Research Scientist, Reheis Inc., Berkeley Heights, New Jersey. Director of Application Technology, Lonza, New Jersey.

Joshua Figueroa


Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, San Diego.

Joshua Palmer


Principal and Product Manager, Verrix, Pasadena, California. Investment Associate, Kairos Venture Investments, Pasadena, California.


Undergraduate Students




Affiliation/Subsequent Positions

Nick Bavaro


Columbia University. New York Medical College, Valhalla, New York; Rivertown Orthopaedics, Westchester Office, Ardsley, New York.

Max Bachrach

1989 (REU)

Columbia University. Graduate Student (with Gray), California Institute of Technology.

Quoc Dang

1989 (REU)


Mike Willis

1989 (REU)


Ethan Jackson


Anesthesiologist, University of California, San Francisco.

Ross Zelman

1990 (REU)

Graduate Student, University of Pennsylvania.

Mark Cornebise

1990 (REU)

Associate Scientist, Biomedicinal Chemistry Department, Biogen, Inc., Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Dena Miller



Marcey Waters

1991 (REU)

Graduate Student (with Wulff), University of Chicago.  Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Kristopher McNeill

1991 (REU)

Graduate Student (with Bergman and Andersen), University of California, Berkeley.  Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

George Miller


Columbia University.

Fred Mikulek

1992 (REU)


Beth Simon



Lewis Kaufman


Columbia University.

Marc Pavese


Quantitative Risk Leader, Genworth Financial, Stamford, Connecticut.

Tina Trnka

(now Tina Salguero)


Graduate student (with Grubbs), California Institute of Technology.  Postdoctoral Research Associate (with Stucky), University of California, Santa Barbara.  Sensors and Materials Laboratory at HRL Laboratories. Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Georgia, Athens, GA.

Mike Sardo



Hayley Xuereb

1993 (REU)

Graduate Student (with Kahne), Princeton University. 

Jennifer Kokolski

1993 (REU)


William Savage


Columbia University.

Shannon Halkyard


Stuart Hall High School, San Francisco, California.

Johnny Chen


Columbia University.

Kirk Hansen

1995 (REU)

Graduate student (with Chan), California Institute of Technology.  Postdoctoral Associate, University of California, San Francisco.  Assistant Professor, Proteomics Core, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Aurora, Colorado.

Dana Weinberger

1995 (REU)

Graduate Student (with Mirkin), Northwestern University.  Postdoctoral Associate at Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, California.  CBR International Corporation.

Cetywa Powell


Columbia University. Filmmaker.

Joe Cordaro


1998 (REU)

Graduate Student (with Bergman), University of California, Berkeley.  Senior Member of the Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories, California.

Hannah Storrie White


Barnard College. Graduate Student (with Stupp), Northwestern University.  Postdoctoral Fellow(with Mooney), Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Associate Director of Chemical Development, G1 Therapeutics, North Carolina.

Brian Ackerman



Columbia University.

Mark Rubinshtein


Graduate Student, Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, Columbia University.  Graduate Student (with Yang), Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, San Diego.

Lawrence Koutcher


Cornell Medical School, New York, New York.

Shannon Biros

2000 (REU)

Graduate Student (with Reebek), Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, California. Associate Professor of Chemistry, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan.

Adriel Villeges-Estrada


Vassar College. Graduate Student (with Mobashery), University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana.

Josh Wittenberg

2001 (REU)

Graduate Student (with Alvisatos), University of California, Berkeley.

Jeffrey Carlson

2002 (REU)

University of Wyoming.

Jennifer Guerard

2003 (REU)

Graduate Student (with Chin), School of Earth Science, Ohio State University.

Mary Beth Anzovino

2004 (REU)

Graduate Student (with Yoon), Department of Chemistry, University of Madison, Wisconsin.

Felicia Konopka


Barnard College. Graduate Student, Syracuse University, New York.

Ian Tonks


Graduate Student (with Bercaw), California Institute of Technology. Postdoctoral research (with Landis), University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin. Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Edward Weintrob


Graduate Student (with Bercaw), California Institute of Technology. Senior Scientist, Phillips 66, Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

Abraham Shultz


Graduate Student (with Nguyen and Hupp), Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.

Joseph Ulichny

2005 (REU)

Graduate Student (with Parkin), Columbia University.
Associate in Discipline, Columbia University.

Fergal Coleman

2006 (REU)

Graduate Student, National University of Ireland, Galway.

Stephanie M. Quan


Science Teacher, Harvard-Westlake School, Los Angeles, California.

Amanda Doody

2007 (REU)

Graduate Student (Fall 08), Vanderbilt University.

Philip S. May

2008 (REU)

Undergraduate Student, Emory University.

Diana Bryk


Columbia University.

Ariel Schaap


Columbia University.

Kristine Jang

2009 (REU)

Undergraduate Student, Texas A&M University.

Benjamin Kriegel

2010 (REU)

Undergraduate Student, New College of Florida, Sarasota, Florida.

Kaylyn Shen


Columbia University.

Julia Oktawiec


Columbia College. Graduate student, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley.

Jorge Orbay


Columbia University.

Walid Rahman


Columbia University.

Foysal Daian


Columbia University.

John Paul Mester

2015 - 2019

Columbia University.

Sarah Willson


Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri.



Sabbatical, High School, and other Visitors





Ditta Korbeogo

1996 & 1997

Summer Research Program for Secondary School Science Teachers

Peter Desrosiers


University of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

Juliet Hahn


St. John’s University, Jamica, New York

Sheila Morehouse


Manhattanville College, Purchase, New York

Roberto Sánchez Delgado


Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research (IVIC), Caracas, Venezuela

Jennifer Girard

2000 & 2001

Partners in Science Program and Environmental Molecular Science Institute Research Experience for Teachers (Edward R. Murrow High School, Brookyn)

Duncan Quarless


SUNY College of Old Westbury, Old Westbury, New York

Roald Hoffmann


Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

Mao Minoura


Kitasato University, Kitasato, Sagamihara, Kanagawa, Japan

Luciano Marchiė


University of Parma, Italy

Chandrika Kulatilleke


Baruch College, CUNY, New York, New York

Reena Rahni


Hunter College

Edward Lieb


Masters School (Dobbs Ferry)

Shweta Verma



Illon Osei


Bronx High School for Medical Science (via Harlem Children Society).

Serge Ruccolo


École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, Paris, France.

Douglas Villalta

2012 & 2013

Union City High School, Union City, New Jersey.

Tyger Salters


The Bronx High School of Science.

Raphael Righetti


University of Lorraine, Nancy, France.

Tawfiq Nasr Allah


Paris Descartes University, Paris, France.

Anziliiha Kurt


University of Joseph Fourier, Grenoble School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, France.

Natalie Moncayo


Union City High School, Union City, New Jersey.

Iffat Aziz


Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan.

Mahnaz Rostami Chaijan


Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran.

Murshea Tuor


Columbia Secondary School for Math Science and Engineering, New York, New York.

Sarah Desmons


Paris Descartes University, Paris, France.

Joan Martinez

2015 & 2016

Union City High School, Union City, New Jersey.

Raja Ramesh


Columbia Secondary School for Math Science and Engineering, New York, New York.

Shivani Gulatii

2016 - 2017

Associate Research Scientist Ph. D. Panjab University, Chandigarh, India.

Melanie Moncayo


Union City High School, Union City, New Jersey.

Johan Ayala

2018 & 2019

Union City High School, Union City, New Jersey.

Renee Roberts

2018 - 2019

Columbia University

Romain Stefanelli


Paris Descartes University, Paris, France.