Staff

LISA HOLIK

CMD Center Administrator

  • phone: 617.353.2515
  • email: lholik

Ms. Lisa Holik received her B.A. from McMaster University and her CSS in Business Administration and Management from Harvard University. She has several years experience at Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health and the University of California, Irvine. Before working in academia she worked in the private sector. She joined BU-CMD as the Center Administrator in September, 2013.


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HAN YUEH

CMD Analytical Core Scientist/Manager

  • phone: 617.358.4161
  • email:  yueh

Han received his B.S. from National Central University and M.S. in Chemistry from National Taiwan University where he investigated the applications of coumarin derivatives in fluorescent sensors based on PET mechanism under the supervision of Professor Chao-Tsen Chen. He was then working as a research assistant in Institute of Chemistry, Academia Sinica with Dr. Chin-Ti Chen on the development of novel blue organic light-emitting diodes. He pursued his Ph.D. under the supervision of Professor Larry W. McLaughlin at Boston College where he synthesized and studied rigidified nucleoside analogues. He then joined Professor Aaron B. Beeler’s group at Boston University as a postdoctoral researcher and worked on photo chemistry, flow chemistry and medicinal chemistry projects. Han joined BU-CMD as a postdoctoral researcher in October, 2015.  He joined the BU-CMD as Analytical Core Scientist/Manager in April 2017.


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RICHARD TRILLES

CMD Organic Sythesis Specialist

Mr. Trilles was a Scientist in the Discovery Group at Pfizer Global Research and Development in Groton, CT. His research focused on the area of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases. Before Pfizer, he worked at Hoffmann-La Roche in Nutley, NJ, as a medicinal chemist in their Preclinical Department. Mr. Trilles received a B.A. in Chemistry from Rutgers University in NJ.  He joined BU-CMD in June, 2010.


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DAVID HUANG

CMD Postdoctoral Researcher

  • phone: 617.358.0934
  • email:  huangds

David earned his B.S. from the University of California, Berkeley and M.S. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where he conducted research on transition-metal catalyzed reactions under Prof. F. Dean Toste and Prof. John F. Hartwig respectively.  He earned his Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Minnesota, Twin-Cities under Prof. Gunda I. Georg where his research focused on synthesizing analogs of the natural product pironetin.  David joined BU-CMD in October, 2016.


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EDITH NAGY

CMD Postdoctoral Researcher

  • phone: 617.358.8049

Edith began her chemistry training at Florida Atlantic University where she received her Bachelor’s degree. She then continued her PhD studies at the same institution (2012) working with Dr. Salvatore D. Lepore as a NSF graduate research fellow. As part of her PhD work, she developed new methods for the synthesis of isoxazolines and pyrazolines and performed detailed studies on the mechanisms of these transformations. During the summers of 2014 and 2015, Edith went for an internship to Eli Lilly & Co. in Indianapolis where she worked on a diabetes related project in the R&D division. She joined BU-CMD as a postdoctoral fellow in November 2017.


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NANDINI VALLAVOJU

CMD Postdoctoral Researcher

Nandini obtained her Masters degree in Chemistry from A.V. College, Osmania University, India. After working in pharmaceutical company, she moved to North Dakota State University (2010) to pursue her Ph.D. under the guidance of Prof. Jayaraman Sivaguru. Her doctoral thesis is focused on stereospecific photochemical transformations of atropisomeric chromophores and organo-photocatalysis using thiourea templates. She joined BU-CMD in March, 2016.


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WENQING XU

CMD Postdoctoral Researcher

  • phone: 617.358.0934
  • email: wqx

Dr. Xu received a B.S. in chemistry from University of Science and Technology of China in 2008 and his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from University of Colorado at Boulder in 2014. After working in Texas for 1 year, he joined BU-CMD in March, 2016.


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WENHAN ZHANG

CMD Postdoctoral Researcher

Wenhan did his undergraduate research in Prof. Bo Liu’s group at Sichuan University, where he focused on total syntheses of heliespirones and hirsutellone B. After he received his B.S. from Sichuan University, Wenhan moved to University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas to pursue his Ph.D. There, he worked on the syntheses and applications of aryl ynol ethers as well as total syntheses of dictyodendrins F, H, and I under the guidance of Prof. Joseph Ready. He is now investigating a medicinal chemistry project using the analogs of rocaglates against HCV.  He joined BU-CMD as a postdoctoral fellow in October, 2016.


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JOHN KAVOURIS

CMD Graduate Student

Mr. Kavouris received his BA in chemistry from Boston University in 2011. In 2014, he received his MS in organic chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh and returned to Boston University as a research fellow for BU-CMD. His current project focuses on the design and synthesis of antileishmanial compounds as part of a collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline.


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JULIE SUN

CMD Graduate Student

  • phone: 617.358.0934
  • email: zsun

Julie is a 2nd year graduate student from Dr. Sandor Vajda’s Structural Bioinformatics Lab at the Biomedical Engineering Department. Her current research focuses on synthesizing small molecules for fragment-based drug design.


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ANDREW CYR

CMD Undergraduate Student

  • phone: 617.358.0933
  • email: amcyr

Mr. Cyr is a senior at Boston University. He expects to receive a B.A. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and a M.A. in Biotechnology in Fall 2018. His current project focuses on the design and synthesis of novel amino rocaglate compounds. He joined the CMD in May 2016 as an undergraduate research assistant.


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ERIK McAULEY

CMD Undergraduate Student

  • phone: 617.358.0934
  • email: erikm

Erik is a sophomore at Boston University in the Department of Chemistry. He expects to receive their B.A. in Chemistry: Biochemistry in 2020. His current project focuses on the large scale synthesis of an antipox viral chemotype. He joined the CMD in June 2017 as an undergraduate research assistant.


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DIANNEMARIE T. OMIRE-MAYOR

  • phone: 617.358.0934
  • email: domirem

Ms. DianneMarie Omire-Mayor is a senior at Boston University in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She expects to receive her B.A. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology in May 2018.  Her current project focuses on the design and synthesis of macrocycles of various substrates.  She joined the CMD in Fall 2016 as an undergraduate research assistant.


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CHRISTOPHER SUAREZ

Christopher is a sophomore at Boston University in the Department of Chemistry. He expects to receive his B.A. in Chemistry in 2021. His current project involves the large-scale synthesis and characterization of novel rocagalate compounds. He joined the BU-CMD in June 2018 as an undergraduate researcher.