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: 617.358.0934
  • 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.  Han will be joining the BU-CMD as Analytical Core Manager this month.


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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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KADDY CAMARA

CMD Postdoctoral Researcher

  • phone: 617.358.0934
  • email: kcamara

Dr. Camara received her B.S. in biology from Rust College in 2009 and her Ph.D. in organic chemistry from UCONN under the supervision of Prof. Amy R. Howell in 2015. She is currently involved in the design and synthesis of small molecules as targets for Alzheimer’s disease. She joined BU-CMD in May, 2015 as a postdoctoral researcher.


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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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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.