Dr. Jessica L. Rouge

Postdoctoral Associates

Dr. Yudhistira Tesla

(Ph.D. Chemistry, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Postdoctoral Training, University of Strasbourg)

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

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

(University of Mumbai)

Jenna Cannata

(Southern Connecticut State University)


Patrick Corrigan

UConn Freshman, Chemistry Major

High School Student Researchers

Cassie George –  Senior, Glastonbury High School –Advanced Research Mentorship (ARM) program.

Dina Allam – Senior, Glastonbury High School –Advanced Research Mentorship (ARM) program.

Group Alumni

Dr. Alyssa Hartmann, Graduate Student, Postdoctoral Associate at the National Cancer Institute, Frederick MD.

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

Dr. Md Arifuzzaman – Postdoctoral Associate, currently Postdoctoral Associate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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

Halle Barber, UConn Undergraduate Chemistry Major (2020), currently PhD student at McGill University.

Alex Fisher – UConn Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering Major (2020), currently working at Medtronic

Nicole Gomez – UConn Undergraduate Chemistry Major (2018). Currently Postgraduate Research Associate, Testani Lab, Yale School of Medicine.

Emily Saccuzzo – UConn Undergraduate Chemistry Major (2018). Currently PhD student at Georgia Institute of Technology, Lieberman Group.

Dominic Cairns-Gibson – Undergraduate Researcher – UConn-Edinburgh Exchange Program (2017), Currently PhD candidate at The University of Edinburgh.

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

Kris Channa –UConn undergraduate, Molecular and Cell Biology Major, Bioinformatics Minor, Pre-Medical Student

Tushar Sondhi –  Senior, Glastonbury High School –Advanced Research Mentorship (ARM) program. Currently Undergraduate at University of California, Berkeley.

Jamie Cheung – Senior, Glastonbury High School –Advanced Research Mentorship (ARM) program, currently undergraduate at the University of Pittsburgh.

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.