Caran Group Members

Current Students 


John Marafino

JMU class of: 2014 (Masters in Biology)

Group member since: Fall 2012

Project: Polycephalic Amphiphiles


Louis Damiano

JMU class of: 2015

Group member since: Fall 2012

Project: Polycephalic Amphiphiles


Brenden Wimbish

JMU class of: 2016

Group member since: Spring 2013

Project: Polycephalic Amphiphiles


Brenna Walsh

JMU Class of: 2016

Group member since: Fall 2013

Project: Polycephalic Amphiphiles


Kirstie Thompson

JMU Class of: 2016

Group member since: Fall 2013

Project: Polycephalic Amphiphiles


Kristin McKenna

JMU Class of: 2016

Group member since: Fall 2013

Project: Polycephalic Amphiphiles


Kunny Kou

JMU Class of: 2015

Group member since: Fall 2014

Project: Polycephalic Amphiphiles


Mark Wenzel

JMU Class of: 2015

Group member since: Fall 2014

Project: Polycephalic Amphiphiles


Matt Schmachtenberg

JMU Class of: 2016

Group member since: Fall 2014

Project: Polycephalic Amphiphiles

 

Alumni


Simon Ali

JMU class of: 2014

Group member: Spring 2013 – Spring 2014

Project: Polycephalic Amphiphiles


Natalie Coppola

JMU class of: 2016

Group member: Spring 2013

Project: Chemical demonstration development and outreach


Kaitlin Simmons

JMU class of: 2015

Group member: Spring 2009 - Spring 2010; Fall 2013

Project: Polycephalic Amphiphiles

Publications: LaDow, J. E.; Warnock, D. C.; Hamill, K. M.; Simmons, K. L.; Davis, R. W.; Schwantes, C. R.; Flaherty, D. C.; Willcox, J. A. L.; Wilson-Henjum, K.; Caran, K. L.; Minbiole, K. P. C.; Seifert, K. "Bicephalic Amphiphile Architecture Affects Antibacterial Activity" Eur. J. Med. Chem. 2011, 46(9), 4219-4226. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejmech.2011.06.026

Presentations: In addition to poster presentations at JMU, Kaitlin presented her work at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Washington DC (August 2009).

 


Casey Rogers

JMU class of: 2012 (BS, Chemistry), 2013 (MAT)

Group member: Spring 2010 – Summer 2013

Project: Chemical demonstration development and outreach

Presentations: Casey has presented her work at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Denver, CO (August 2011), at two REU symposia (Summer 2010 & Summer 2011) and at JMU's Spring Symposium (April 2010). She also developed and led Chemistry Demonstration Workshops (2010 & 2011) for Virginia high school teachers. She also plans to present at the 2011 Virginia Association of Science Teachers (VAST) Professional Development Institute (PDI) in November, 2011.

Awards and Honors: In 2011, Casey was awarded The Honorable John W. Warner STEM Teacher Scholarship from the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA). The scholarship of $5,000 is awarded annually to a future teacher attending a Virginia college or university in honor of The Honorable John W. Warner, former United States Senator, Commonwealth of Virginia and former Secretary of the Navy. A story about Casey and her work was featured on the JMU News website [Making Toothpaste for Elephants Can Spark Interest in Chemistry] (Fall 2011).

Interesting fact: Casey plans to be a high school chemistry teacher.


Emmanuel Ogunjirin

Class of: 20??

Group member: Summer 2013

Project: Polycephalic Amphiphiles


David Bruno

Class of: 2017 (Rochester Institute of Technology)

Group member: Summer 2013

Project: Polycephalic Amphiphiles


Jhosdyn Barragan

JMU class of: 2013

Group member: Spring 2011 – Spring 2013

Project: Supramolecular Gels, Polycephalic Amphiphiles


Jul Kim

JMU class of: 2013

Group member: Fall 2011 – Spring 2013

Project: Polycephalic Amphiphiles


Gabriel Fitzgerald

JMU class of: 2013

Group member: Fall 2011 – Spring 2013

Project: Polycephalic Amphiphiles


Misha Salim

JMU class of: 2012

Group member since: Spring 2009

Project: Propargylic alcohol gelators; Supramolecular polymers

Presentations: In addition to several presentations at JMU, Misha presented his work at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Washington DC (August 2009), at the UMBC Undergraduate Research Symposium (October 2009), and at the VA Section of the ACS meeting at UVA (April 2010).  

Awards and Honors: Misha was awarded the Pfiser award by the department, which supports his research for the Summer of 2009. He also won the JMU Freshman chemistry award (Spring 2009), which comes with a copy of the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics. He was awarded the R. D. Cool award in 2011. [link] Misha (and his research partner Ryan) won second prize in their section for the presentation of their poster at the UMBC conference.

Interesting fact: Misha is sometimes nervous about pouring hexane.

Life after JMU: Misha is pursuing a PhD in Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in Urbana, IL.


Ivan Liapin

JMU class of: 2012

Group member: Fall 2010 - Spring 2012

Project: Supramolecular Gels

Presentations: Ivan has presented his research at the JMU Chemistry and Biochemistry Spring Symposium (2012) and at the summer research symposium (2011).


Daniel Moon

JMU class of: 2013

Group member: Spring 2011 - Spring 2012

Project: Polycephalic Amphiphiles


Corey Black

JMU class of: 2013

Group member: Fall 2011 - Spring 2012

Project: Polycephalic Amphiphiles


David Warnock

JMU class of: 2011

Group member: Spring 2009 - Spring 2011

Project: Polycephalic Amphiphiles

Publications: LaDow, J. E.; Warnock, D. C.; Hamill, K. M.; Simmons, K. L.; Davis, R. W.; Schwantes, C. R.; Flaherty, D. C.; Willcox, J. A. L.; Wilson-Henjum, K.; Caran, K. L.; Minbiole, K. P. C.; Seifert, K. "Bicephalic Amphiphile Architecture Affects Antibacterial Activity" Eur. J. Med. Chem. 2011, 46(9), 4219-4226. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejmech.2011.06.026

Presentations: In addition to oral and poster presentations at JMU, David presented his work at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Washington DC (August 2009). He plans to present is work at the ACS meeting in Boston in August 2010.

Awards and Honors: In 2010, David received the J.W. Chappell Scholarship, which is presented to an outstanding Junior planning to pursue a career in a health profession or teaching. He subsequently won the Degesh America Award in 2011, which is awarded to a the senior with the highest GPA .

Interesting fact: David was on the JMU fencing team.

Life after JMU: David is pursuing a Masters in Pharmacology at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA.

Ryan Byrne

JMU class of: 2011

Group member: Spring 2010 - Spring 2011

Project: Gels and supramolecular polymers

Presentations: In addition to a number of internal presentations, Ryan has presented his work at the Colonial Academic Alliance Undergraduate Research Conference (Hofstra University, 2011), and at the 13th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences (UMBC, 2010).

Awards and Honors: Ryan (and his research partner Misha) won second prize in their section for the presentation of their poster at the UMBC conference.

Life after JMU: Ryan is pursuing a PhD in Chemistry at Penn State University in University Park, PA.


Jon Willcox

JMU class of: 2011

Group member: Summer 2010 - Spring 2011

Project: Polycephalic Amphiphiles

Publications: LaDow, J. E.; Warnock, D. C.; Hamill, K. M.; Simmons, K. L.; Davis, R. W.; Schwantes, C. R.; Flaherty, D. C.; Willcox, J. A. L.; Wilson-Henjum, K.; Caran, K. L.; Minbiole, K. P. C.; Seifert, K. "Bicephalic Amphiphile Architecture Affects Antibacterial Activity" Eur. J. Med. Chem. 2011, 46(9), 4219-4226. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejmech.2011.06.026

Awards and Honors: Jon received the American Institute of Chemists Award in recognition of an outstanding Chemistry or Biochemistry major in 2011 [link].

Life after JMU: Jon served as an intern field guide / teaching assistant at Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor, ME. (Fall 2011) As of Fall 2012, he is pursuing a PhD in Chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University.


Scott Hopkins

JMU class of: 2011

Group member: Spring 2009

Project: Propargylic alcohol gelators; Supramolecular polymers

Awards and Honors: In 2011, Scott received the ACS-Merck Award, which is presented to an outstanding senior chemistry major.

Life after JMU: Scott is planning to attend dental school at the University of Maryland starting Fall 2013.


Yanita Boayue

Class of: 2012 (Stevenson University, Stevenson, MD)

Group member: Summer 2009 (Yanita was a summer REU student, supported by the NSF Materials REU grant.)

Project: Supramolecular polymers

Presentations: In addition to a poster presentation at JMU, Yanita presented her work at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Washington DC (August 2009).

Interesting fact: Yanita was the valedictorian of her 8th grade class. She also owns more purses than shoes.

Life after JMU: Yanita returned to Stevenson University, where she proudly displays the poster of her work at JMU.


Paris Hamilton

JMU class of: 2009

Group member from: Fall 2007 - Summer 2009

Project: Propargylic alcohol gelators, supramolecular polymers

Publications: Borges, A. R.; Hyacinth, M.; Lum, M.; Dingle, C. M.; Hamilton, P. L.; Chruszcz, M.; Pu, L.; Sabat, M.; Caran, K. L. “Self-Assembled Thermoreversible Gels of Non-Polar Liquids by Racemic Propargylic Alcohols with Fluorinated and Non-Fluorinated Aromatic Rings” Langmuir 2008, 24, 7421-7431. [link]

Presentations: In addition to several presentations at JMU, Paris presented his  work at the UMBC undergraduate research conference (Fall 2008), and at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR) at the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse (Spring 2009).

Awards and Honors: Paris won the second prize award in his group for the poster he presented at UMBC (Fall 2008).

Interesting fact: Paris' step team won first prize at the Fall 2007 JMU stepshow (and quite a few others)! They won again in Fall 2008. Go Paris!

Life after JMU: Paris is currently pursuing a PhD (starting Fall 2009) in Chemistry at Clemson University.


Kristina Hamill

JMU class of: 2009

Group member from: Fall 2007 - Spring 2009

Project: Biscationic Bicephalic Amphiphiles

Publications:

Roszak, K. Z.; Torcivia, S. L.; Hamill, K. M.; Hill, A. R.; Radloff, K. R.; Crizer, D. M.; Middleton, A. M.; Caran, K. L. “Biscationic Bicephalic (Double-Headed) Amphiphiles with an Aromatic Spacer and a Single Hydrophobic Tail” Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 2009, 331, 560-564. [link]

LaDow, J. E.; Warnock, D. C.; Hamill, K. M.; Simmons, K. L.; Davis, R. W.; Schwantes, C. R.; Flaherty, D. C.; Willcox, J. A. L.; Wilson-Henjum, K.; Caran, K. L.; Minbiole, K. P. C.; Seifert, K. "Bicephalic Amphiphile Architecture Affects Antibacterial Activity" Eur. J. Med. Chem. 2011, 46(9), 4219-4226. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejmech.2011.06.026

Presentations: In addition to several presentations at JMU, Kristina presented her  work at the UMBC undergraduate research conference (Fall 2008), and at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR) at the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse (Spring 2009).

Awards and Honors: Kristina won the first prize award in her group for the poster she presented at UMBC (Fall 2008). She also was awarded the department's American Chemical Society (ACS) / Merck Award (Spring 2009).

Interesting fact: While at JMU, Kristina served as the Master Alchemist of Alpha Chi Sigma, the professional chemistry fraternity. She has also never missed breakfast in her entire life! (Please update me if this ever changes, Kristina.)

Life after JMU: Kristina is currently pursuing a PhD in Chemistry (starting Fall 2009) at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD).


Stephanie Torcivia

JMU class of: 2008

Group member from: Summer 2006 - Spring 2008

Projects: Nanotechnology in Undergraduate Education Laboratory Development and Biscationic Bicephalic Amphiphiles

Presentations: Stephanie has presented her work at several Undergraduate Research Conferences at UMBC in Maryland (Fall 2006, Fall 2007), at the Colonial Academic Alliance in Boston, MA (Spring 2008) and at a National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in New Orleans, LA (Spring 2008).

Publications: Roszak, K. Z.; Torcivia, S. L.; Hamill, K. M.; Hill, A. R.; Radloff, K. R.; Crizer, D. M.; Middleton, A. M.; Caran, K. L. “Biscationic Bicephalic (Double-Headed) Amphiphiles with an Aromatic Spacer and a Single Hydrophobic Tail” Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 2009, 331, 560-564. [link]

Interesting fact: Stephanie is the first Caran group member to work on a chemical education project, sponsored by the National Science Foundation - Nanoscience in Undergraduate Education.  Her work has been incorporated into several JMU teaching labs.

Awards and Honors: Stephanie won the first prize award in her group for the poster she presented at UMBC (Fall 2006). She also won the coveted JMU Chemistry Service Award (Spring 2008).

Life after JMU: Stephanie recently graduated (Summer 2009) with a Masters in Education from Columbia Teacher's College in New York, NY.


Clayton Dingle

JMU class of: 2008

Group member from: Spring 2007 - Summer 2007

Project: Supramolecular organization of partially fluorinated propargylic alcohols

Publications: Borges, A. R.; Hyacinth, M.; Lum, M.; Dingle, C. M.; Hamilton, P. L.; Chruszcz, M.; Pu, L.; Sabat, M.; Caran, K. L. “Self-Assembled Thermoreversible Gels of Non-Polar Liquids by Racemic Propargylic Alcohols with Fluorinated and Non-Fluorinated Aromatic Rings” Langmuir 2008, 24, 7421-7431. [link]

Honors and Awards: Clayton received the R. D. Cool Award (Spring 2007), which is given by the chemistry department to an outstanding Junior.

Life after JMU: Clayton works for CAS, Inc., a defense contractor in Arlington, VA.


Nicholas Henrich

JMU class of: 2008

Group member from: Spring 2006 - Summer 2007

Project: Amphiphilic Catenanes

Interesting fact: Nick is all about safety as he sports his full-on safety goggles.

 


Karolina Roszak

JMU class of: 2007

Group member from: Spring 2005 - Spring 2007

Projects: Molecular scaffolds (collaborative project with Dr. Minbiole); Biscationic single-chained amphiphiles.

Presentations: She presented her molecular scaffolds work at the Fall 2005 ACS meeting in Washington DC, at the UMBC undergraduate research conference, and at NCUR in Ashville, NC.  She also presented her work on biscationic amphiphiles at the National Meeting of the ACS in San Francisco (Fall 2006).

Publications: Roszak, K. Z.; Torcivia, S. L.; Hamill, K. M.; Hill, A. R.; Radloff, K. R.; Crizer, D. M.; Middleton, A. M.; Caran, K. L. “Biscationic Bicephalic (Double-Headed) Amphiphiles with an Aromatic Spacer and a Single Hydrophobic Tail” Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 2009, 331, 560-564. [link]

Interesting fact: Karolina is (still?) in the process of designing the first Caran group t-shirt. :)

Awards and Honors: In Fall 2007, Karolina completed her honors thesis on Novel Biscationic Single Chained Amphiphiles. She also recieved the Donna Amenta Award, which is given to the Junior or Senior student who displays leadership, citizenship, commitment to working with others, self-sacrifice and strong capabilities as a chemist and teacher.

Life after JMU: Karolina is currently attending Physician's Assistant School at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA (starting May, 2007).


Ashleigh Borges

JMU class of: 2007

Group member from: Summer 2005 - Spring 2007

Projects: Molecular scaffolds (collaborative project with Dr. Minbiole); Supramolecular organization of partially fluorinated propargylic alcohols (collaborative project with Dr. Michal Sabat and Dr. Lin Pu from UVA)

Publications: Borges, A. R.; Hyacinth, M.; Lum, M.; Dingle, C. M.; Hamilton, P. L.; Chruszcz, M.; Pu, L.; Sabat, M.; Caran, K. L. “Self-Assembled Thermoreversible Gels of Non-Polar Liquids by Racemic Propargylic Alcohols with Fluorinated and Non-Fluorinated Aromatic Rings” Langmuir 2008, 24, 7421-7431. [link]

Presentations: Ashleigh presented her molecular scaffolds work at the Fall 2005 ACS meeting in Washington DC, at the UMBC undergraduate research conference, and at a conference at JMU.  She also presented her propargylic alcohols work at the National Meeting of the ACS in San Francisco (Fall 2006).

Interesting fact: Ashleigh spent the fist part of her summer (2005) on a JMU trip to Malta.

Awards and Honors: In Fall 2007, Ashleigh received the J. W. Chappell Award, which is presented to an outstanding senior going to medical school or into teaching.

Life after JMU: Ashleigh is currently attending medical school at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD (starting in 2007).


Addie Hill

Class of: 2008 (Winston-Salem State University)

Group member: Summer 2007 (Addie was an REU student at JMU for the summer.)

Project: Synthesis and Analysis of Biscationic Amphiphiles

Publications: Roszak, K. Z.; Torcivia, S. L.; Hamill, K. M.; Hill, A. R.; Radloff, K. R.; Crizer, D. M.; Middleton, A. M.; Caran, K. L. “Biscationic Bicephalic (Double-Headed) Amphiphiles with an Aromatic Spacer and a Single Hydrophobic Tail” Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 2009, 331, 560-564. [link]

Life after JMU: Addie is planning to attend graduate school.


Angela Middleton

JMU class of: 2007

Group member from: Summer 2006 - Spring 2007

Project: Amphiphilic Catenanes

Presentations: Angela has presented her work at the Undergraduate Research Conference at UMBC in Maryland (Fall 2006) and at the National Meeting of the ACS in Chicago, IL (Spring 2007).

Publications: Roszak, K. Z.; Torcivia, S. L.; Hamill, K. M.; Hill, A. R.; Radloff, K. R.; Crizer, D. M.; Middleton, A. M.; Caran, K. L. “Biscationic Bicephalic (Double-Headed) Amphiphiles with an Aromatic Spacer and a Single Hydrophobic Tail” Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 2009, 331, 560-564. [link]

Interesting fact: Angela has visited 43 of the 50 states in the US.

Awards and Honors: Angela received a travel award or $250 from the American Chemical Society to help fund her travel to the National ACS meeting in Chicago.

Life after JMU: Angela is a research specialist working on dietary supplements for the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.


Michelle Lum

Class of: 2007 (Harvey Mudd College)

Group member: Summer 2006 (Michelle was an REU student for the summer.)

Project: Supramolecular organization of partially fluorinated propargylic alcohols (collaborative project with Dr. Michal Sabat and Dr. Lin Pu from UVA)

Publications: Borges, A. R.; Hyacinth, M.; Lum, M.; Dingle, C. M.; Hamilton, P. L.; Chruszcz, M.; Pu, L.; Sabat, M.; Caran, K. L. “Self-Assembled Thermoreversible Gels of Non-Polar Liquids by Racemic Propargylic Alcohols with Fluorinated and Non-Fluorinated Aromatic Rings” Langmuir 2008, 24, 7421-7431. [link]

Presentations: Michelle presented her work at the Fall 2006 National ACS Meeting in San Francisco, CA.

Interesting fact: Michelle can shim the NMR on an FID faster than anyone in the West!

Life after college: Michelle completed a summer internship (2007) at the Beckman Laser Institute at UCI. She is currently working doing analytical methods development at Avid Bioservices, in Tustin, CA.


Coby Benson-Adjei

JMU class of: 2006

Group member from: Spring 2005 through Summer 2006

Project: Amphiphilic catenanes and non-catenated self-assembling fibers

Presentations: Coby has presented his work at a number of conferences including the Fall 2005 ACS meeting in Washington DC, the UMBC undergraduate research conference in Maryland, and the

Interesting fact: Coby has lived on three continents. Only four more to go!

Life after JMU: Coby worked for Covance Pharmaceutical, in Vienna, VA, and recently moved to Arkansas where he is a Doctor of Pharmacy student at Harding University.


David Crizer

JMU class of: 2006

Group member from: Fall 2003 through Spring 2006

Project: Amphiphilic catenanes

Presentations: He has presented his research at a number of conferences including two ACS national meetings (San Diego and Washington DC) and a SERMACS meeting in Research Triangle Park, NC.

Publications: Roszak, K. Z.; Torcivia, S. L.; Hamill, K. M.; Hill, A. R.; Radloff, K. R.; Crizer, D. M.; Middleton, A. M.; Caran, K. L. “Biscationic Bicephalic (Double-Headed) Amphiphiles with an Aromatic Spacer and a Single Hydrophobic Tail” Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 2009, 331, 560-564. [link]

Interesting fact: His nickname is "the Bear".

Honors and Awards: David received two awards from the chemistry department: (1) The Donna Amenta Award (Spring 2005) which is given to the Junior or Senior student who displays leadership, citizenship, commitment to working with others, self-sacrifice and strong capabilities as a chemist and teacher. (2) The Hypercube Scholar Award (Spring 2006). He also completed his honors thesis on Amphiphilic Catenanes in Spring 2006.

Life after JMU: David entered graduate school to pursue a PhD in analytical chemistry at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN in fall 2006.  In January 2010, he transferred to UNC to continue his studies. 


Kristen Radloff
(formerly Donnelly)

JMU class of: 2006

Group member from: Spring 2005 through Spring 2006

Project: Novel biscationic amphiphiles

Presentations: Kristen presented her work at the Undergraduate Research Conference at UMBC in Maryland (Fall 2005)

Publications: Roszak, K. Z.; Torcivia, S. L.; Hamill, K. M.; Hill, A. R.; Radloff, K. R.; Crizer, D. M.; Middleton, A. M.; Caran, K. L. “Biscationic Bicephalic (Double-Headed) Amphiphiles with an Aromatic Spacer and a Single Hydrophobic Tail” Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 2009, 331, 560-564. [link]

Interesting fact: Kristen likes to wear cowboy hats.

Life after JMU: Kristen works for Recyc Systems, in Culpeper VA.


Christian Zeigler

JMU class of: 2005

Group member from: Fall 2003 through Spring 2005

Presentations: Christian presented his work at the National Meeting of the ACS in San Diego, CA (Spring 2005).

Project: Molecular scaffolds

Life after JMU: Christian is pursuing a PhD in analytical chemistry at Tufts University in Medford, MA.


D. Kyle Fitzgerald

JMU class of: 2005

Group member from: Fall 2003 through Spring 2005

Project: Amphiphilic catenanes

Life after JMU: Kyle took two years off, lived at the beach and recently interned with a dentist. He is currently in a post-baccalaureate program in physiology at Virginia Commonwealth University and applying to dental school.  Check back here for further updates!

 

 

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