Former Members

Post Doctoral Researchers


Research (Year)

Current Position

Chicheng Ma
Chicheng Ma

"Photochemical Cleavage and Release of Carboxylic Acids, Amino Acids, and Phenols from Substituted Alpha-Keto Amides"

M. Behera
Manoranjan Behera
"Synthesis of Tetraphenylmethane Derivatives, Dibenzylglycines and Allylated Aromatics Via The Suzuki-Miyaura Coupling Reaction"
Jong-Ill Lee
Jong-Ill Lee
Postdoctoral Fellow
Photolabile Cryptands


Assistant Professor of Chemistry
City University of New York

Mani Kotala
Mani Kotala
Postdoctoral Fellow
Photolabile Cryptands


Senior Scientific Officer
GVK Biosciences PVT LTD, India

Dr. Chi Zhang
Dr. Chi Zhang
PhD: Beijing University

2001- 2002

Department of Chemistry
Najig University, China
Postdoctoral Associate
Department of Chemistry
Munich, Germany

Dr. Andreas H. Jung
PhD: University of Duisburg



Jorg Weber
Dr. Jörg F. W. Weber
PhD: University of Duisburg


Research Scientist
Exxon Mobil Chemical Company
4999 Scenic Highway
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70805-3359

Dr. György Orosz
Ph.D.: University of Budapest

(1990-1993; joint with R. Schowen) Fulbright Fellow, Summer, 1998

Assoc. Professor Eötvös University
Department of Organic Chemistry

Dr. Sanjay Nimkar
Ph.D.: Emory University

(1989-1991; joint with Carlson)

Scientist Quintiles, Inc.
Kansas City, MO

Dr. Toshimasa Toyo'oka
Doctor of Pharmacy: University of Tokyo (1985)


Division of Environmental Chemistry
National Institute of Hygienic Sciences

Dr. Mirko Orlovic
Ph.D.: University of Belgrade

(1986-1988; joint with R. Schowen)


Dr. Lanny Venham
Ph. D.: Ohio State University (with Professor John Swenton, 1986)


Research Associate
Miles Laboratories

Dr. Nobuaki Hanaoka

(1986-1987; joint with Ted Kuwana)

Assistant Director, SYSMEX IUC Business Development TOA Medical Electronics Co. Ltd.

Dr. Hitesh Choksi
Ph.D. University of Georgia (with Prof. Pelletier)

(1985-1989; joint with Carlson)

Senior Scientist
Hoffman-LaRoche Formulation R & D

Dr. Kenichiro Nakashima
Ph.D. (Pharmacy, 1981) Kyushu University


Professor and Chairman
Analytical Chemistry
Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Nagasaki University

Dr. Nikhil Parekh
Ph.D. University of Georgia (with Prof. Rogers)

(1985-1987: joint with Harmony)

Senior Scientist
Procter & Gamble Company Cincinnati, OH

Dr. Kasturi Srinivasachar
Ph.D. University of Chicago (Ph.D. with Prof. N. C. Yang)

(1984; joint with Carlson)

FDA Laboratories

Dr. Sabbir Merchant
Ph.D.: University of Bombay



Dr. Robert Olsen
Ph.D.: University of Iowa (Ph.D. with Prof. R. Buckles)


Professor and Chair
Department of Chemistry
Wabash College

Dr. Philip Wylie
Ph.D.: University of California at Davis (Ph.D. with Prof. Ken Hancock)


Varian Associates

Dr. Nauseam Levi
Ph.D.: Technion University

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Dr. Lucjan Strekowski
Ph.D.: Adam Mickiewics University


Professor Department of Chemistry
Georgia State University

Dr. Sherry Ann Johnson
Ph.D.: University of Kansas (with Prof. Everett)


Department of Chemistry
San Jacinto Junior College

Dr. Bogdan Matuszewski
Ph.D.: Adam Mickiewics University

1970-71; 1974; 1981-1985

Director, Bioanalytical Research
Merck, Sharp and Dohme
Research Laboratories

Graduate Students


Research (Year)

Current Position

Viju Kammath
Viju Kammath
Visiting Student, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
Aug. – Oct. 2010
Continuing chemistry graduate student working for Professor Petr Klan at Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic.
Iwona Bownik
Iwona Bownik
Visiting Student, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
Aug. – Oct. 2010
Continuing chemistry graduate student working for Professor Petr Klan at Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic.
Chamani Perera
Chamani Perera


Post doctoral associate with Professor Blake Peterson, University of Kansas

Lovely Angel
Lovely Angel

Visiting Student, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
Aug. - Oct., 2009


Peter Sebej
Peter Sebej

Visiting Student, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
Aug. - Oct., 2009


Sanjeewa Senadheera
Sanjeewa Senadheera


Post doctoral associate with Professor Jane Aldrich, University of Kansas

Ken Stensrud
Ken Stensrud
Elizabeth Cope
Beth Cope
" Enolate Addition to an Amide: Synthesis of N-N-disubstatuted-2-(2'-Oxopropyl)benzamide Derivatives
Abraham L. Yousef
Abraham L. Yousef
Photostitches, Photoprotecting Groups
2001 - 2005
Pete Conrad
Pete G. Conrad II

Ph. D. Thesis Title: Photo Switches and Stitches: I. Mechanistic and Exploratory Studies of the p-Hydroxyphenacyl Cage. II. Crosslinking Collagen with Diazopyruvates.August 2001, Honors

Ph.D. Senior Scientist, Chemist, Genospectra, Inc Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Chemistry (J. Shea) , University of California at Irvine

Erick E. Honores

M. S. Thesis Title: Synthesis and Photochemistry of a New Conjugate Pair of Macromolecules for the Facile Photorelease of Metal Cations
January 2000, Honors


Wyeth-Ayers Pharmaceuticals

Leroy A. Chimilio



Postdoctoral Associate Department of Pharmaceutical Chenistry (V. Stella) Sinmons Bldg University of Kansas

Jeffrey Barnes

M.S. Thesis Title: Molecular Tools for the Investigation of Biological Processes: Desyl and its Derivatives as Photoprotecting Groups for Biologically Active Compounds. [5/18/1996(honors)]

Analytical chemist

Deepani Gunasekara

M. S. Thesis Title: The Chemiluminescence Reactions of Aryl Pyruvates (9/3/1994)

Assistant Professor Department of Chemistry University of Ruhuna
Ph.D. with Professor Andrew Bennett
Department of Chemistry, Simon Fraser University, Barnaby, British Columbia, Canada

L. William Kueper

Ph. D. Thesis Title: Chemistry and Light: I. Mechanistic Exploration of the Oxalate/H2O2 Chemiluminescent Reaction. II. Synthetic and Photochemical Investigations of Desyl Caged Nucleotides and Amino Acids. [9/29/1994 (Honors)]

Research Scientist
3M Corportation
Postdoctoral: Professor Gary Schuster

Jiang Chang

Thesis Title: Synthesis and chemiluminescence reactions of arylglyoxylate esters (1992)

Research Scientist Merck, Sharp and Dohme

Rominder Singh

Ph.D. Thesis Title: I. Electron Transfer Mediated Reduction of Alpha, Beta-Unsaturated Ketones. II. Photochemistry of Phosphate Esters: A Mechanic Study. (5/31/1991)

Research Scientist
Merck, Sharp and Dohme
Research Laboratories
Postdoctoral Student, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Washington with Professor William F. Trager
Former Employer:Burroughs Welcome

Young-Hee Park

Thesis Title: A Study on the Effect of Tertiary Amines on the Photoreduction of Two Unsaturated Ketones: A Comparative Study. (1990)


Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology Chemical Sector, Synthesis/Bio Lab.

Phil Athey

Ph.D. Thesis Title: The Synthesis and Photochemistry of Phosphate Esters: Unraveling the Mechanisms for the Photosubstitution and Photorearrangement Reactions of Phosphates. A New Phosphate Photoprotecting Group. (D) (4/12/1990)

Design Chemicals Research and Development
Postdoctoral Student, Dartmouth College with Professor David Lemal

Chanho Park

Ph. D. Thesis Title: The Synthesis and Photochemistry of Acetophenone Phototriggers for Nucleotides and Amino Acids. [12/96 (Honors)]

M.S. Thesis Title: Chemiluminescence from Reactions of bis(4-Carbomethoxy-2,6-difluorophenyl) oxalate, Hydrogen Peroxide, 9,10-Diphenylanthracene and Imida­zole: Kinetics and Mechanism. (1988)

Research Scientist
Q-SYS Co., Ltd.

Beauford W. Atwater, III

Ph.D. Thesis Title: Chemical Consequences of Photoinitiated Electron Transfer: Design and Denouement of Nucleophilic Displacements in Anion Radical Systems. [8/7/1985 (Honors)]

Senior Chemist
Postdoctoral: Jack Saltiel

Borys W. Hrinczenko

Ph.D. Thesis Title: Synthetic and Mechanistic Organic Photochemistry

Part I. Photo-CIDNP Studies of Aryl Sulfones and 2-Cyclopropyl cycloalkanones

Part II. Solution Photochemistry of Regioisomeric 3,6-Dihydro-1,2-oxazines and exo-2- Benzonorbornyl Benzyl Sulfone (8/22/1983)

Assistant Professor Department of Medicine Division of Hematology and Oncology University of Alabama at Birmingham
Postdoctoral with N. C. Yang, U. of Chicago
Former Position: Worked for National Starch and Chemical Co.

Madabusi K.Venkatramanan

M.S. Thesis Title: The Synthesis and Study of a Stacked Sensitizer-Acceptor Complex (1983)

Current Position: Senior Scientist
PhD with Dr. A. Padwa, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia (1987).

Dong Joon Choo

Ph.D. Thesis Title: Synthetic and Mechanistic Organic Photochemistry
Part I. Photochemical Synthesis of a Substituted Pyrrole.
Part II. Photochemical Rearrangements of 3-p-Methoxyphenylbicyclo[3.2.1]oct-2-en-7-one (10/14/1982)

Department of Chemistry
Kyung Hee University
Postdoctoral with Prof. G. Grunewald (University of Kansas)

William D. Gillaspey

Ph.D. Thesis Title: Mechanistic Organic Photochemistry
Part I. Acid-Catalyzed Rearrangements of Bicyclo[2.2.n]alkenylpropenoates
Part II. Photochemical Rearrangements of 3-Phenylbicyclo[3.2.1]oct-2-en-7-one (10/14/1981)

International Flavors and Fragrances, Inc.
1515 Highway 36
Union Beach, NJ 07735
Senior Project Leader
QO Chemicals, Inc.
Postdoctoral with Prof. W. Adam (University of Wurzberg)
Postdoctoral with Prof. P. Skell (Pennsylvania State University)

Jerry Hai-Shih Liu

Ph.D. Thesis Title: Mechanistic and Exploratory Studies: SO3 Photoextrusion and Beta, Gamma-Unsaturated Carbonyl Photochemistry (12/22/1980)

Ford Research Center
Postdoctoral with Prof. Richard Weiss
Postdoctoral with Prof. D. Neckers (Bowling Green University)

Woo Ki Chae

Ph.D. Thesis Title: Mechanistic Organic Photochemistry: Exploratory, Synthetic and Substituent Effects of Several Beta, Gamma-Unsaturated Chromophores (11/8/1977)

Department of Chemistry, School of Education
Seoul National University
Postdoctoral with Prof. Paul Engel (Rice University)

Rick L. Coffin

Ph.D. Thesis Title: Mechanistic Organic Photochemistry: Synthetic and Mechanistic Studies of the Photochemical Rearrangements of Beta, Gamma-Unsaturated Ketones (joint with R. G. Carlson) (5/12/1975)

Self employed

Charles V. Neywick

Ph.D. Thesis Title: Mechanistic Organic Photochemistry: Photodecarboxylation Reactions of Esters and Photorearrangements of Beta, Gamma- Unsaturated Ketones (8/27/1974 )

Formerly employed at Dow Chemical Co.. Organic Chemicals Division
Postdoctoral with Prof. N. C. Yang (University of Chicago)

Roger M. Bruning

M.S. Thesis Title: Synthesis and Biological Activity of a Conformationally Biased Des-Ether Muscarine Analog (1973)

Medical Doctor
Kansas City

Donald Rademacher

Ph.D. Thesis Title: Synthesis and Study of Desethermuscarine (8/20/1973)

Position: M.D., Greeley, CO
Medical School: University of Illinois

Sister Dolores A. Heidrick

M.S. Thesis Title: Studies of the Type I Photorearrangement (1971)


W. Frederick Oettle

Ph.D. Thesis Title: Photochemical Investigations: Photodecarboxylation of Benzyl Esters (8/5/1971 )

Self Employed
Postdoctoral with Prof. R. Breslow (Columbia)

Visiting Scholars

Michael Barbush
James Chapman
James Hohman
Naotaka Kuroda
Tom Lewis
M. Robert Stoner
Eric Trump
Jie-you Xue

B.Sc. Students

Galen Loving, 5/2003 (honors)
Roger Bardsley, 5/78
Sharon Blakeley, 5/84 (Honors)
Bruce Burton , 1/77
Kirk Dietz, 5/74
Greg Dudley, 5/95
Erik Farley, 5/78
Jay Gingrich, 5/83 (Honors)
Sarah Goodwin, 5/88 (Honors)
Mike Haire, 6/69
Janet Kongs (Hickman), 5/74
Tom Matches, 5/86 (Honors)

Richard McFadden, 5/72
Sandy Mecklenburg, 5/85 (Honors)
Dennis Morrell, 6/69
Richard Roberts5/87 (Honors)
Rod Schoonover, 8/86
Drew Speer, 5/84 (Honors)
Mark Steinmetz , 5/72 (Honors)
Laura Tanner, 5/78 (Honors)
Anne Tholen, 5/85 (Honors)
Joan Tholen, 5/81 (Honors)

B.A. Students, Summer Students

Mike Morrison 5/73
Doug Boehm 5/74
Mike Buening
(Benedictine) 5/90
Ed Carter 5/73John Clark 5/72
Morris Chang 5/88
Stacie Chiles (REU summer 2003)
John Dickerson 5/74
Jon Jones 5/78
Wesley Harvey 5/77
Jerry Hood 5/73
Bill Kerr 5/73
Dave Weidensaul 5/72
Barb Kobayashi 5/73
Connie Krause 5/71
Paul Krug 5/76
David Leung 5/75
Jerry Thedken.d. 
Joyce Jamesn.d.
Mark Mathis 5/88
Tom Fister (Georgetown College,Ky)5/88 
Tim Webb 5/88
William Kueper (Clarke College) 5/89
Paula Simmerlyn.d.
Mike Robinson 5/92
James Sands (Augustana, SD) 5/93
John Lord 5/94
Kathleen Prater (Texas A&M) 5/94
Karla Kitchen 5/96
Wenzell Bartlett 5/96
Russell Herpel 5/97
Sabine Amslinger 
John Nuss 5/80
George Jones (Grambling) 5/92
Lynn Pew 5/72
John Coe 3/68
Mrisa Sahai (REU Summer 2002)
Gary Sisler 5/75
Don Stejskal 5/74
John Saratellin. d.
Richard Stitt 10/75
Larry Talbott 6/74
Steve Wilbur 5/76
John Walsh 3/70
Cynthia Dewitt /78
Maggie Wallacen.d.
Arthur Cabrerra 5/87
George Robinson 5/90
Melissa Tracy 5/89
Suresh Paranjothi 5/89
Michael Buening 5/90
George Jones 5/89
Franklin Okumu (Oberlin)5/91
Diane Plihal 5/76
Shahid Murtuza (Michigan) 5/94
Billy Hudson 5/94
Adeyinka Adewale 5/96
Roy Greenway, Jr. (Harding University) 5/1998
Rachel Moses 5/2003

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