Benjamin Rudshteyn's picture Benjamin Rudshteyn
Webmaster Emeritus

Ben was a graduate student in the Batista Lab studying computational chemistry. Specifically, he applied 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 was passionate about lab safety, especially ergonomic safety. He acted 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 and graduated in 2018 with a PhD. He acknowledged the financial support of the NSFGRFP program. Ben served as webmaster from 2015-2018 and served as SCL Liaison from 2015-2017.

Ana Newton's picture Ana Newton, Ph.D.
President Emeritus

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.

Xiaoshen Ma's picture Xiaoshen Ma
Safety Officer Liaison for CRB Emeritus

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's picture Herman Nikolayevskiy

 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.

Kathryn Krueger's picture Kathryn Krueger

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.

Jacob Black's picture Jacob Black
Event Committee and Social Media Coordinator Emeritus

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.

Corporate/External Communication
Vinay Trivedi-Parmar's picture Vinay Trivedi-Parmar
Corporate/External Communication Committee

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.

Maria-Elena Liosi's picture Maria-Elena Liosi
Graduate School Student

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.

Education and Safety
Jihye Jo's picture Jihye Jo
Poster/Graphics Committee

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.

Julia Darcy's picture Julia Darcy
Poster/Graphics Committee

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).

Matthew Streeter's picture Matthew Streeter
Safety Officer Relations Project

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.

Seth Herzon's picture Seth Herzon, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry
Phone: +1 (203) 436-8571

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. 

Victor Beaumont's picture Victor Beaumont
President and Newsletter Committee

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.

Daria Kim's picture Daria Kim
Treasurer and Newsletter Committee

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.

Suzanne Szewczyk's picture Suzanne Szewczyk
Safety Officer, Newsletter Editor, Vice President of JST

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 B.A. degree in chemistry in 2012. She then received her M.S. in chemistry from the University of Scranton working under Dr. Michael Fennie on [3+2] dipolar cycloadditions in 2014 while working as a teaching fellow for undergraduate organic chemistry labs. Suzanne is currently a PhD candidate in organic chemistry at Yale working in the Newhouse laboratory.

Stephanie Craig's picture Stephanie Craig
Secretary and SCL Liaison

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.

Jessica Freeze's picture Jessica Freeze

1st year in the Batista Lab

B.S. Chemistry, B.A. Computer Science at the University of Rochester (2017)

Aneta Turlik's picture Aneta Turlik
CRB Liaison and Social/Outreach Committee
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's picture Dongyoung Kim
KCL Liaison and Corporate/External Communication Committee

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!

Yiren Zhong's picture Yiren Zhong
West Campus Liaison
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's picture Yueshen Wu
Graduate School Student
B.S. in Chemistry
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
3rd year in Hailiang Wang Lab