A research and development position which utilizes my skills in synthetic organic and inorganic chemistry as well as array development techniques in a insert company.
Synthesis, purification and characterization of organic and inorganic compounds
Assay design and chemosensor array development
Molecular mechanics calculations (MacroModel)
Peptide synthesis and characterization
Spectroscopic techniques (Fluorescence, UV-Vis, IR), electrochemistry
Advisor: Professor Eric Anslyn
Research Focus: (1) Development of chemosensor arrays for saccharides, peptides and explosive compounds and (2) In Collaboration with Beacon Sciences: Development of chemiluminescence-based assays use in environmental testing, life science research and clinical diagnostics.
Advisors: Professors Kendall Houk and Mahdi Abu-Omar
Dissertation Title: High valent corrole complexes of manganese and chromium, design and progress towards the synthesis of a water-soluble hemicarcerand, and pyridine-based cavitands for acid and carboxylate recognition
Development of calixarene-based sensors for anions
Development of small molecules which act as diagnostic and therapeutic agents for various diseases
General Chemistry, Introductory Chemistry, Organic Chemistry (lecture and lab modules)
Serve as Undergraduate Research Committee Chair, Campus Research Symposium Organizer, Science and Multi-Cultural Club Co-Advisors,
Taught general Chemistry, introductory chemistry, analytical chemistry(lecture and lab modules) and instrumental analysis
Designed and synthesized boronic-acid based peptidic receptors for the identification and discrimination of sugars and alternative sweeteners
Designed and synthesized metallated peptidic receptors for the identification and discrimination of peptides and phosphorylated peptides
Designed and synthesized cyclodextrin-based receptors for the discrimination of nitroaromatic-based explosive compounds.
Developed chemiluminescence-based assays for use in detection kits for applications ranging from the environment to personal care.
Synthesized high valent manganese and chromium corroles for use as nitrogen transfer agents in organic reactions such as aziridinations
Characterized corroles with a full suite of spectroscopic techniques (UV-Vis, NMR, Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR)) and Cyclic Voltammetry
Designed and made progress towards the synthesis of a pyridine-based water-soluble hemicarcerand for use as a drug-delivery agent.
Synthesized pyridine-based cavitands for use as acid and anion receptors.
served as teaching assistant for general Chemistry, organic chemistry (lab and lecture modules), advanced inorganic chemistry
Performed analytical tests on narcotics and toxicology samples.
performed the synthesis, isolation and dehydrogenation studies of various fullerene hydrides such as, C60H2, C60H4, C60H18 and C60H36.
Penn State Worthington Scranton, Greater Scranton Penn State Chapter Faculty Research Grant, 2011-2012
Penn State Worthington Scranton, Dr. & Mrs. Richard J. Matthews Research Grant, 2011-2012
HHMI Preparing Future Faculty Training Grant Area of Concentration: Undergraduate Mentorship, Summer 2003
NSF-Research Experience for Undergraduates Grant, Summers 1997 and 1998
U.S.A. Permanent Resident (Green Card)
organic and inorganic synthesis; peptides; sensors; molecular mechanics calculations; NMR;IR; UV-ViS; electrochemistry; fluorescence; saccharides; explosives
Companies Worked For:
Job Titles Held: