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G. Ekin Atilla Gokcumen (Ekin Atilla), J. Solo Associate Professor of Chemistry

  • B.S. Chemistry, Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey (2003)
  • Ph.D. Chemistry University of Pennsylvania (2008) Advisor: Eric Meggers
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Harvard Medical School/Dana Farber Cancer Institute (2009-2013) Advisor: Ulrike Eggert

ekinatil@buffalo.edu

CURRENT MEMBERS

Michelle Camdzic (Graduate student in Chemistry Ph.D program), joined February 2020

B.S. Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Texas, Arlington

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Alec Millner (Graduate student in Medicinal Chemistry Ph.D program), joined November 2017

B.S. Chemistry and Applied Biological Sciences, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

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Research Interests: My research is focused on inducing cellular senescence through drug therapy and studying the changes in the lipidome. I am particularly interested in changes in sphingolipids and their involvement in senescence.

Daniel Lu (Graduate student in Medicinal Chemistry M.S program), joined November 2018

B.S. in Chemistry, National Taiwan University

 

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Research Interests: My research focuses on the role of lipids in necroptosis. I am particularly interested in understanding the role of lipid-based protein post translational modifications during necroptotic cell death.

Shadi Khayyo (Graduate student in Medicinal Chemistry Ph.D program), joined November 2018

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Research Interests:  My research involves studying  ceramide synthases and analyzing the effects of their activity during different cellular processes.

Apoorva Pradhan (Graduate student in Medicinal Chemistry Ph.D program), joined November 2018

Bachelor of Pharmacy, Mumbai University

MS in Pharmaceutical and Medicinal chemistry, MCPHS University

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Research Interests: My research focus includes studying the changes in the lipidome during apoptosis, especially those affecting the lipid droplet assembly. Another of my research areas is studying the role of fatty acid acylation of proteins in necroptosis and its consequences on cell death.

Logan Running (Chemistry Ph.D. candidate; joint graduate student with the Aga group, Department of Chemistry, UB), joined November 2018

B. S. in Biochemistry, Potsdam College

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Research Interests: The main goals of my research is the use of LC-MS/MS to study endocrine disruption properties of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances  (PFAS).

Sarah Comer (undergraduate researcher, class of 2022)

Justin Bassett (undergraduate researcher, class of 2020)

LAB ALUMNI

Ph.D. Students:

Dr. Laura R. Parisi (Ph.D. in Chemistry, January 2020)

Dr. Darleny Y. Lizardo (Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry, September 2018); currently a postdoctoral fellow,  at the University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Eryn K. Matich (Ph.D. in Chemistry, September 2018); currently a postdoctoral fellow,  at the University of Arkansas Medical School

Dr. Nita Chavez (Ph.D. in Chemistry, May 2019); currently a research scientist at Merck)

Dr. Nasi Li Dr. Nita Chavez (Ph.D. in Chemistry, May 2019); currently a research scientist at Merck) (Ph.D. in Chemistry, September 2019); currently a research scientist at Vertex)

M.S. Students:

Isin Tuna Sakallioglu (M.S. in Medicinal Chemistry, May 2017); currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Nebraska

Laura Morrow (M.S. in Medicinal Chemistry, February 2019)

Alyssa Aldrich(M.S. in Medicinal Chemistry, May 2017, currently researcher at Roswell Park Cancer Institute)

Postdoctoral researcher:

Virginia Del Solar Fernandez (currently postdoctoral researcher in the Neelamegham lab in Chemical and Biological Engineering Department at UB)

Undergraduate researchers:

Nate Foley (class of 2022)

Alexis Cardarella (B.S. 2019)

Madison Mattheis (B.S. 2019)

Vichea Khoy (B.S. 2019)

Emily Chou (undergraduate researcher, Chemistry; joined Purdue University, Health Physics Graduate Program in Fall 2018)

Dorcas Nsumbu (undergraduate researcher, Chemistry)

Luke Izydorczak (undergraduate researcher, Medicinal Chemistry BS/MS)

Ming Zeng (currently associate scientist in Wuxi Apptec)

Jun Hui Yeoh (currently in UB Chemistry Graduate Program)

Ying San Leung, McNair Scholar, (Graduated 2016)

Mike Olyer (REU student, 2015)

Kasey Morrow (REU student, 2014)

Chris Brais  (currently in UB Chemistry Graduate Program)

 

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