Former Group Members

Ph.D. Students

Matt Dent

  • Group member: 2014-2019
  • B.S. Chemistry, 2014, James Madison University
  • Post-doctoral Scientist, Gladwin Laboratory, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center

Hannah Bowman

  • Group member: 2010 – 2016
  • B.S. Chemistry, 2010, Purdue University
  • Study Abroad, 2009, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
  • Post-doctoral Scientist, Eli Lilly and Co. TS/MS E. coli platform API

Judy Hines

  •  Group member: 2009 – 2015
  •  B.S Chemistry, 2009, Harvey Mudd College
  •  Study Abroad, 2007, Trinity College, Dublin, Rebuplic of Ireland

Yang Su

  • Group member: 2007 – 2014
  • B.S. Nanjing University
  • M.S. Nanjing University
  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Postdoctoral Associate, Springer laboratory, Harvard Medical School

Katherine Paulsen

  • Group member: 2007 – 2013
  • B.S. Gannon University
  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Senior Applications Scientist, ThermoFisher Scientific

Aaron Smith

  • Group member: 2007 – 2012
  • B.S. Boston University
  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Maryland-Baltimore County

Michael Santiago-Cintròn

  • Group member: 2002 – 2009
  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.S. University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras
  • Research Chemist, USDA-ARS

Katherine (Rees) Marvin

  • Group member: 2002 – 2008
  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.S. Ball State University
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Hendrix University

Diane Nutbrown

  • Group member: 2002 – 2008
  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.S. Allegheny College
  • Science Instructor, The Neighborhood Academy

Melisa Cherney

  • Group member: 2000 – 2007
  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.S. University of Minnesota-Duluth
  • Assistant Professor, University of Northern Iowa

Bhavesh Gandhi

  • Group member: 2004 – 2007
  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.S. Boston College
  • Global Product Technical Specialist, Delrin®, DuPont

Andrea Lee

  • Group member: 2001 – 2007
  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.S. Northwestern University
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, University of Vermont

Samuel Pazicni

  • Group member: 2001 – 2006
  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.S. Washington and Jefferson College
  • Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Robert Clark

  • Group member: 2000 – 2005
  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.S. Central Michigan University
  • Associate Professor, Valparaiso University

Omar Green

  • Group member: 2000 – 2005
  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B. Sc. University of Toronto
  • Chief Operating and Scientific Officer, Ionica Sciences

Brett Bodsgard

  • Group member: 1997 – 2002
  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.S. Carleton College
  • Associate Professor & Chair, St. Mary’s University of Minnesota

Ryan Parks

  • Group member: 1995 – 2002
  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.S. Kenyon College
  • Interference Analyst, Epic Systems

Ta-Sheng Andrew Tseng

  • Group member: 1995 – 2002
  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • M.B.A. University of Michigan
  • B.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Marketing Manager, NPI and Portfolio Planning, 3M Health Care, Shanghai, China

Jeffrey Hirsch

  • Group member: 1997 – 2001
  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.S. Rutgers University
  • Manager, Research & Advanced Technology, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Michael Kavana

  • Group member: 1994 – 2001
  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.S. Princeton University
  • Director, Biochemistry & Biophysics, Merck

Heather Carr

  • Group member: 1995 – 2000
  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.S. Salisbury University
  • Senior Research Associate, University of Texas-Houston

Gregory Polzin

  • Group member: 1994 – 2000
  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.S. Saginaw Valley State University
  • (deceased 2011) Scientist, Centers for Disease Control

Mark Reynolds

  • Group member: 1993 – 1999
  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.S. Grinnell College
  • Associate Professor, St. Joseph’s University

Eric Hegg

  • Group member: 1991 – 1996
  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.A. Kalamazoo College
  • Professor, Michigan State University

Elizabeth Dierks

  • Group member: 1990 – 1995
  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.S. Penn State University
  • Principal Scientist, Bristol-Myers Squibb

Anita (Yu) Szjaek

  • Group member: 1990 – 1993
  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.S. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Scientific Review Officer, Center for Scientific Review, NIH

Kim Deal

  • Group member: 1990 – 1993
  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.S. Albion College
  • Chief Research Officer, CNA Corporation

Thomas Kim

  • Group member: 1990 – 1993
  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.S. Loyola College
  • Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, St. Fisher College

Masters Students


 Eli Miller

  • Group member: 2013 – 2015
  • MST, Transportation Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Sc. Chemistry with Specialization in Biochemistry, 2013, University of Virginia
  • Transportation Manager, Rail Operations at the Chicago Transit Authority

Natalie (Hoover) Phanstiel

  • Group member: 2005 – 2007
  • S. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.A. Santa Clara University
  • S. Trinity University
  • Senior Consultant, Enterey Life Sciences Consulting

Jocelyn Pinkert

  • Group member: 2003 – 2006
  • S. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • S. University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse
  • Teaching Certification
  • Chemistry Teacher, Little Chute High School

Hairong (Angela) Zhou

  • Group member: 1990 – 1992
  • S. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • S. & M.S. Shandong University, China
  • Senior Sourcing Manager, Genentech

Undergraduate Students


Jocelyn Ruiz

  • Group member: 2018-2019
  • B.S. Chemistry, 2019, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Certificate in Chicano/a and Latino/a studies

Michael Milbauer

  • Group member: 2016-2018
  • B.S. Chemistry, 2018, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Graduate Student, Sanford Group, University of Michigan

Sin Chan

  • Group member: 2013 – 2015
  • 2011-2012, Beloit College
  • B.S. Biochemistry, 2015, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • University of Maryland, School of Pharmacy

 Luke Viall

  • Group member: 2013 – 2015
  • B.S. Biochemistry, 2015, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • University of Minnesota School of Dentistry

 Jessica Barahona

  • Group member: 2013 – 2013
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison