Dr. Jessica L. Rouge




Graduate Students

Saketh Gudipati

(University of Hyderabad, M.S., Chemistry)

Project: Enzyme-mediated assembly of RNA aptamers at nanoparticle surfaces through the synthesis of novel enzymatic substrates

Alyssa Hartmann

(Texas Tech University, B. S. Chemistry)

Project: DNA-nanoparticle in vitro selections for enhanced targeting to cell surface receptors

David Loe

(St. Olaf College, B. A. Chemistry)

Project: In vitro selection of stimuli responsive RNA aptamers

Josh Santiana

(University of New Haven, B. S. Chemistry & Forensic Science)

Project: Enzyme-guided assembly of peptides at nanoparticle surfaces


Mark Tolentino

(University of the Philippines – Diliman, BS Chemistry)

Ina De La Fuente

University of the Philippines – Diliman

Shraddha Sawant – Co-Advised with Dr. Alex Gorka

(University of Mumbai)


Emily Saccuzzo

UCONN Sophomore, Chemistry Major

Project: RNA aptamer based targeting of small molecule drugs using polymeric nanoparticles

Nicole Gomez

UCONN Sophomore, Chemistry Major


Halle Barber

UCONN Freshman, Chemistry Major

Kris Channa

UCONN Freshman, Molecular and Cell Biology Major, Bioinformatics Minor, Pre-Medical Student

High School Student Researchers

Tushar Sondhi –  Senior, Glastonbury High School –Advanced Research Mentorship (ARM) program.


Group Alumni

Dr. Joseph Awino – Postdoctoral Associate, currently a Chemistry Lecturer at Iowa State University.

Dr. Binglin Sui – Postdoctoral Associate, currently postdoc at Xu Lab, South Carolina College of Pharmacy.

Carolyn Brown –College of the Holy Cross Senior, Summer 2016 NSF-REU student, now a scientist at Sarepta Therapeutics.

Dominic Cairns-Gibson – Undergraduate Researcher – Exchange Program, Currently in the Medicinal and Biological Chemistry Master’s Program, The University of Edinburgh.

Jamie Cheung – Senior, Glastonbury High School –Advanced Research Mentorship (ARM) program.

Kelly Kruysman – Quinnipiac University, Summer 2017 NSF-REU student.

Maiena Kheyabani – Windham High School, ACS SEED High School Scholar.

Zaret Rodriguez – Windham High School, ACS SEED High School Scholar.