People

Leadership
Bio
Daria Kim
Treasurer and Newsletter Committee
daria.kim@yale.edu

Daria is a fourth-year graduate student in the Newhouse Lab. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in chemistry from the University of California, San Diego. Here at Yale she works on the total synthesis of natural products. She has been treasurer since 2016.

Victor Beaumont
President and Newsletter Committee
victor.beaumont@yale.edu

Victor completed his Bachelor’s Degree in chemistry and medicinal chemistry at the State University of New York at Buffalo. His undergraduate research focused on nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) pulse sequence development for large biomolecules under the supervision of Dr. Thomas Szyperski. Currently, Victor works in the laboratory of Dr. Patrick Loria to resolve the correlation of enzyme kinetics with loop dynamics of related protein tyrosine phosphatases using NMR as the primary technique. He has been supported by the NIH Biophysical Training Grant (2014 – 2016). Victor previously served as Secretary of the JST from 2015-2016 and 2016-2017.

Suzanne Szewczyk
Vice President and Poster/Graphics Committee and Newsletter Committee
suzanne.szewczyk@yale.edu

Suzanne was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and grew up in rural PA. She attended Wilkes University working with Dr. Donald Mencer on Diels-Alder reactions and obtained her bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 2012. She then received her master’s degree in chemistry from the University of Scranton working under Dr. Michael Fennie on [3+2] dipolar cycloadditions in 2014. Outside of lab, Suzanne enjoys running, yoga, and cooking.

Steph Craig
Secretary and SCL Liaison
stephanie.craig@yale.edu

Steph Craig is a 5th year graduate student in the Johnson lab. She finished her bachelor degrees in chemistry and math from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. In lab she focuses on spectroscopic characterization of activated small molecules, hydrogen bonding in small hydronium-based networks and development of the lab’s custom tandem time of flight photofragmentation mass spectrometer. Outside of lab Steph loves spinning, rock climbing, baking, eating everything she bakes, and wine.

Benjamin Rudshteyn
Webmaster
benjamin.rudshteyn@yale.edu
Website

Ben is a fifth-year graduate student in the Batista Lab studying computational chemistry. Specifically, he applies it to problems in alternative energy, specifically carbon dioxide mitigation and water splitting using the tools of DFT, EHT, and simulated vibrational spectroscopy. Despite not doing experiments, he is passionate about lab safety, especially ergonomic safety. He acts as both the liaison for SCL as well as the webmaster. He received his B.S. in chemistry from Brooklyn College/CUNY/Macaulay Honors College in 2013. He acknowledges the financial support of the NSFGRFP program. Ben has served as webmaster since 2015 and served as SCL Liaison from 2015-2017.

Seth Herzon, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry
seth.herzon@yale.edu
Phone: +1 (203) 436-8571
Website

Seth Herzon serves as the faculty member for the Yale Chemistry JST.  Seth obtained his BS from Temple University and his PhD from Harvard.  He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, before joining the Yale faculty in 2008. 

Liaison
Bio
Yiren Zhong
West Campus Liaison
yiren.zhong@yale.edu
M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering
Nankai University, Tianjin, China
 
B.S. in Chemistry
Nankai University, Tianjin, China
 
3rd year in Hailiang Wang Lab
Yueshen Wu
West Campus Liaison
yueshen.wu@yale.edu
B.S. in Chemistry
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
3rd year in Hailiang Wang Lab
Aneta Turlik
CRB Liaison and Social/Outreach Committee
aneta.turlik@yale.edu
Aneta is a 5th year graduate student, and a member of the Newhouse group. She is working on synthetic methodology and total synthesis. Outside of chemistry, she enjoys hiking and cooking. She served as the Vice President of the JST for the 2016-2017 academic year.
Dongyoung Kim
KCL Liaison and Corporate/External Communication Committee
dongyoung.kim@yale.edu

DK was born in Seoul, South Korea and grew up in Beijing, China before coming to US. He received B.S. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he had an undergraduate research under Prof. Fout on developing a cobalt catalyzed C-N cross coupling reaction. At Yale, he is currently a third year graduate student in Holland group.  His research focuses on understanding the mechanism of an iron catalyzed reductive olefin coupling reaction and identifying the active iron catalyst using Mössbauer spectroscopy. Outside of the lab, DK likes to think about interesting ideas to prank his friends and pranking them. He also thinks it’s fun to get drunk and loves Karaoke!

Education and Safety
Bio
Jihye Jo
Poster/Graphics Committee
jihye.jo@yale.edu

Jihye is a fifth-year graduate student in the Patrick Loria lab and in the Richard Baxter lab. She is determining the structure of drosophila and malaria parasite immune proteins using solution NMR. In her spare time, she enjoys drinking coffee, baking, and foodgram-ing.

Matthew Streeter
Safety Officer Relations Project
matthew.streeter@yale.edu

Matt hails from Huntingtown, MD. As a member of the Spiegel Lab, he is working towards the synthesis of advanced glycation endproducts, and hopes to help piece together their role in diabetic complications and aging. Outside of lab, Matt enjoys staying active by playing soccer, snowboarding, and hiking.

Julia Darcy
Poster/Graphics Committee
julia.darcy@yale.edu

Julia is a graduate student in the Mayer lab studying proton-coupled electron transfer in a variety of systems to gain fundamental insight into how PCET mechanisms affect biological systems. In her free time, she enjoys being outside, reading, and playing rugby. She previously served on the Safety Officer Relations Project (2016-2017).

Corporate/External Communication
Bio
Maria-Elena Liosi
Corporate/External Communication Committee
maria-elena.liosi@yale.edu

Maria-Elena holds a BS in chemistry and a MSc in synthetic pharmaceutical chemistry from University of Athens, Greece. Her undergraduate research was in synthesis of heterocyclic precursors of candidate PLA2 inhibitors. During her master’s studies, she conducted computer-aided design, cell assays and synthesis for the development of MYC inhibitors. Her interest for both in silico and synthetic medicinal chemistry led her to join the Jorgensen group at Yale, where she currently works on JAK inhibitors. Besides chemistry, Maria-Elena loves music and dogs. She spends her free time playing violin and guitar or reading books.

Vinay Trivedi-Parmar
Corporate/External Communication Committee
vinay.trivedi-parmar@yale.edu

Vinay received his B.A. from Skidmore College where he studied tandem intramolecular Diels-Alder chemistry. He currently works in the Jorgensen Lab synthesizing small molecules for the treatment of inflammatory disease. In his spare time, he enjoys tucking into a good book and making pottery at the community art studio. Vinay served as President of the JST from 2016-2017.

Alumni
Bio
Jacob Black
Event Committee and Social Media Coordinator Emeritus
jacob.black@yale.edu

Jake grew up in Littleton, Colorado on the edge of the great Rocky Mountains. Opting to leave this virtual paradise and explore the rest of the country, Jake attended Villanova University just outside Philadelphia, PA. While there he discovered his passion for chemistry and conducted research under the tutelage of Professor Kevin P. C. Minbiole, synthesizing antibacterial amphiphiles. At Yale, Jake joined the lab of Professor Ziad Ganim and now works on the development of new optical tweezers methods for performing single molecule infrared spectroscopy on transition metal catalysts. While not pondering the mysteries of the natural world, Jake enjoys the great outdoors, drinking beer, regretting not going to the gym, not regretting playing video games, pseudointellectual philosophical discussion, and buying new books to really fill out his bookshelf.

Xiaoshen Ma
Safety Officer Liaison for CRB Emeritus
xiaoshen.ma@yale.edu

Born and raised in Beijing, China, Xiaoshen received his undergraduate education at Peking University where he studied transition metal carbene chemistry under the mentorship of Professpr Jianbo Wang. After graduating, Xiaoshen decided to pursue his PhD in chemistry at Yale. Xiaoshen currently serves as an LSO liaison for the CRB building in the JST team. Aside from chemistry, Xiaoshen enjoys cooking, reading, and classical music.

Herman Nikolayevskiy
herman.nikolayevskiy@yale.edu

 BE, 2011, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

Herman was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan during the collapse of the Soviet regime. Escaping with his family to America allowed him to pursue his passion for science and math at the Bronx High School of Science. At the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, Herman studied chemical engineering. As an escape from the mathematics of his degree, Herman took interest in Organic Chemistry, working under Professor Ruben Savizky on benzyl guanidine analogs as inhibitors of the Tat-TAR interaction in HIV-1. Upon graduation, Herman decided to pursue total synthesis under Professor Seth B. Herzon at Yale University. Besides chemistry, Herman enjoys traveling, foreign foods and soccer. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at NIDDK/NIH.

Ana Newton, Ph.D.
President Emeritus
ana.newton@yale.edu
Website

Ana S. Newton, Ph.D. is a postdoctoral researcher at the Jorgensen Lab in the Department of Chemistry at Yale University. Dr. Newton helps develop small inhibitors to treat cancer and HIV using both computational and synthetic skills. She is currently leading two collaborative research projects to design potent small molecule inhibitors of DNMT3B, a protein whose inhibition has been shown to reduce or eliminate cancer growth, and CXCR4, a G-protein-coupled receptor associated with HIV. Dr. Newton holds a Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry and a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Lisbon.

Kathryn Krueger
kathryn.krueger@yale.edu

Katy is a graduate of Richard Baxter’s lab where she studied mosquito and fruit fly immune proteins. She enjoys being safe in lab and promoting JST events. In her spare time, she contra dances and makes ginger beer. She is currently research director of New Harvest.