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May 17, 2017     Undergraduate student Ms. Anna-Catharina Wilhelm (BS, MTU, December, 2016) is accepted to the graduate program of University of British Columbia. She will start her study in the Fall semester of 2017.

May 11, 2017     Undergraduate researchers James Gooding and Travis Wigstrom published a paper with their mentor graduate student Shahien Shahsavari in Chemistry Select. The authors are Shahien Shahsavari, James Gooding, Travis Wigstrom, and Shiyue Fang. The title of the paper is Formation of Hindered Arylcarbamates using Alkyl Aryl Carbonates under Highly Reactive Conditions. The work is supported by NIH R15GM109288, NSF CHE111192, Portage Health Foundation, and MTU SURF

April 19, 2017     Graduate student Mr. Ashok Khanal wins the 2016-2017 Ray E. and Eleanor K. Cross Endowed Graduate Fellowship in Chemistry

April 19, 2017     Undergraduate student Mr. Patrick Kidwell wins the 2016-2017 Outstanding Lower-Division Chemistry Teaching Assistant Award and the 2016-2017 Undergraduate Award in Organic Chemistry sponsored by the American Chemical Society’s Division of Organic Chemistry

March 15, 2017     Undergraduate student Mr. James Gooding (Mentor, PhD student Mr. Shahien Shahsavari) is awarded the 2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (MTU SURF). His project is Formation of Hindered Aryl Carbamates under Highly Reactive Conditions

March 15, 2017     Undergraduate student Mr. Travis Wigstrom (Mentor, PhD student Mr. Shahien Shahsavari) is awarded the 2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (MTU SURF). His project is A Novel Carboxylic Acid Protecting Group Deprotectable Under Mild Neutral Conditions

March 5, 2017     Graduate student Mr. Shahien Shahsavari (Shawn) is awarded the 2017 Summer Portage Health Foundation Graduate Assistantship

March 3, 2017     Undergraduate students Mr. Zachary Smith joined our research group. PhD student Mr. Bhaskar Halami is his mentor

January 9, 2017     Graduate student Ms. Adikari Mudiyanselage Dhananjani Nisansala Eriyagama join our research group.  Dhananjani obtained her BS in University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

January 9, 2017     Undergraduate students Mr. Lucas Prehoda joined our research group. PhD student Mr. Bhaskar Halami is his mentor

January 9, 2017     Undergraduate students Mr. Chase McNamara, Ms. Emily Bromley, and Mr. Mark Sylvester joined our research group. PhD student Mr. Shahien Shahsavari is their mentor

September 1, 2016     Undergraduate student Mr. Zachary Nelson joined our research group. PhD student Mr. Bhaskar Halami is his mentor

September 1, 2016     Undergraduate student Mr. Christopher Sedenquist joined our research group. PhD student Mr. Shahien Shahsavari is his mentor

July 22, 2016     Postdoc, graduate and undergraduate researchers published a paper in the area of nucleic acid chemistry in Organic Letters. The authors are Xi Lin, Jinsen Chen, Shahien Shahsavari, Nathanael Green, Deepti Goyal and Shiyue Fang. The title is Synthesis of Oligodeoxynucleotides Containing Electrophilic Groups. Xi Lin, Jinsen Chen and Shahien Shahsavari contributed equally. The work is supported by NIH R15GM109288

July 20, 2016     Undergraduate researchers Travis Wigstrom, James Gooding, and Alexander Gauronskas published a paper in Tetrahedron Letters. The authors are Shahien Shahsavari, Jinsen Chen, Travis Wigstrom, James Gooding, Alexander Gauronskas, and Shiyue Fang. The title is Tritylation of Alcohols under Mild Conditions without Using Silver Salts. The work is supported by NIH R15GM109288

April 14, 2016     PhD candidate Mr. Ashok Khanal published his paper in the area of single-molecule mechanochemistry entitled Evidence of Splitting 1,2,3-Triazole into an Alkyne and Azide by Low Mechanical Force in the Presence of Other Covalent Bonds in the Chemistry—A European Journal. The authors are Ashok Khanal, Fei Long, Bin Cao, Reza Shahbazian-Yassar, and Shiyue Fang. Ashok and Fei made equal contributions to the work. Fei and Reza are our collaborators in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Mechanics of Michigan Tech. The work is supported by NSF 1225720

April 14, 2016     PhD student Mr. Ashok Khanal wins the 2015-2016 Outstanding Lower-Division Chemistry Teaching Assistant Award and the 2015-2016 Robert and Kathleen Lane Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award

April 14, 2016     Undergraduate student Ms. Ashley Schuman wins the 2016 Outstanding Senior Award

April 14, 2016     Undergraduate student Mr. Patrick Kidwell wins the 2016 Undergraduate Award in Organic Chemistry

March 25, 2016     Undergraduate student Mr. Travis Wigstrom is awarded the 2016 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF). His project is A Better Approach to Tritylation of Alcohols

March 25, 2016     Undergraduate student Ms. Ashley Schuman is expected to graduate from Michigan Tech in May, 2016. She will attend the graduate school of Purdue University in Fall, 2016 to pursue a PhD

January 1, 2016     Undergraduate student Mr. James Gooding joined our research group. PhD student Mr. Shahien Shahsavari is his mentor

December 1, 2015     Undergraduate student Mr. Patrick Kidwell joined our research group. PhD student Mr. Ashok Khanal is his mentor

October 15, 2015     Undergraduate student Mr. Alexander Gauronskas joined our research group. Alex is a student in the Chemical Engineering Department of Michigan Tech. PhD student Mr. Shahien Shahsavari is his mentor

May 1, 2015     Undergraduate student Mr. Travis Wigstrom joined our research group. PhD student Mr. Shahien Shahsavari is his mentor

April 10, 2015     Graduate student Mr. Durga Pokharel accepted a postdoc position in Dr. Michael Seidman’s research group at the Laboratory of Molecular Gerontology, National Institute on Aging, NIH after a short postdoc in our research group

April 10, 2015     Undergraduate student Mr. Nicholas Carlson joined our research group. Nicholas is a student in the Chemical Engineering Department of Michigan Tech. Postdoc Dr. Jinsen Chen is his mentor

January 19, 2015     Dr. Jinsen Chen joined our research group as a postdoc researcher. He obtained his PhD from Nanjing University, China

January 1, 2015     Graduate student Mr. Bhaskar Halami joined our research group

December 12, 2014     Graduate student Mr. Durga Pokharel successfully defended his PhD dissertation

December 5, 2014     Graduate student Mr. Suntara (Boat) Fueangfung successfully defended his PhD dissertation

November 12, 2014     Graduate student Mr. Suntara (Boat) Fueangfung won the Chemistry Division Superior Presenter Medal for his poster presentation at the 2014 Sigma Xi Annual Meeting & International Research Conference, Glendale, AZ, November 7-9, 2014. His presentation title is Purification of Synthetic Oligodeoxynucleotides via Catching by Polymerization (https://www.sigmaxi.org/news/article/2014/11/10/student-winners-announced-in-international-research-conference)

October 27, 2014     Group alumnus Dr. Garrett Gibbons (MTU 2008 BS) obtained his PhD from Professor Zaneta Nikolovska-Coleska’s research group in the Department of Pathology at University of Michigan. He is moving to Professors Virginia Lee and John Trojanowski’s research group at the Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research (CNDR) at the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine to carry out his postdoc study

October 15, 2014     Group alumna Dr. Xi (Sissi) Lin (MTU 2013 PhD) assumed a Postdoc Researcher position in Professor Teo Yin Nah’s Research Group in Molecular Engineering Laboratory at A*Star in Singapore

September 16, 2014     Group alumnus Dr. Xiang Zhang (MTU 2011 PhD) completed his postdoc study in Professor Zhude Tu’s laboratory in Washington University St. Louis. He recently assumed a position in the Imaging Probe Development Center of National Institutes of Health. In addition, based on his work in Washington University, Xiang made two oral presentations in the 2014 Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) conference, and both won awards. They are the first place Young Professional Committee Award in basic research and the Berson-Yalow Award (http://www.snmmi.org/Membership/Content.aspx?ItemNumber=5850)

August 15, 2014     Group alumna Dr. Wei Tang (MTU 2008 BS) obtained her PhD from Professor Richard Silverman’s research group in Northwestern University and has assumed a Scientist position in CHEMIR in St. Louis

July 15, 2014     Undergraduate student Ms. Ashley Schuman joined our research group. PhD student Mr. Ashok Khanal is her mentor

May 1, 2014     Graduate student Mr. Durga Pokharel wins the 2014 Michigan Tech Bhakta Rath Research Award

April 28, 2014    Undergraduate student Ms. Anna-Catharina Wilhelm wins the 2014 Sandretto Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship

April 28, 2014     Graduate student Mr. Durga Pokharel wins the 2014 Chemistry Department Outstanding Graduate Student Award

April 11, 2014     Undergraduate student Mr. Nathanael Green is expected to graduate from Michigan Tech in May, 2014. He plans attend the graduate school of Baylor College of Medicine in Fall, 2014 to pursue a PhD

April 8, 2014     Undergraduate student Mr. Sean LeRolland-Wagner joined our research group

March 30, 2014     Graduate student Mr. Suntara (Boat) Fueangfung won the First Place Award for his poster presentation at ACS Upper Peninsula Student Research Symposium held at Northern Michigan University on March 29, 2014. His presentation title is Purification of Synthetic Oligodeoxynucleotides via Catching by Polymerization

March 30, 2014     Graduate student Mr. Ashok Khanal won the First Place Award for his poster presentation at ACS Upper Peninsula Student Research Symposium held at Northern Michigan University on March 29, 2014. His presentation title is Single-Molecule Probe Modification Using Copper-Catalyzed Click Chemistry

March 14, 2014     Undergraduate student Mr. Nathanael Green is awarded the Undergraduate Award in Organic Chemistry by the American Chemical Society’s Division of Organic Chemistry

February 14, 2014     Our paper published in Organic Letters and entitled Purification of Synthetic Peptides Using a Catching Full-Length Sequence by Polymerization Approach (http://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/ol403426u) is covered in Michigan Tech News http://www.mtu.edu/news/stories/2014/february/story103114.html

January 15, 2014     Graduate student Mr. Shahien Shahsavari joined our research group. Shahien obtained his BS from University of California-San Diego

January 15, 2014     Undergraduate student Ms. Anna-Catharina Wilhelm joined our research group

December 13, 2013     Graduate student Ms. Xi (Sissi) Lin successfully defended her PhD dissertation

November 20, 2013     Graduate student Mr. Suntara Fueangfung is awarded the 2014 Spring Semester Graduate School Doctoral Finishing Fellowship

September 5, 2013     Undergraduate student Ms. Lucia Li joined our research group. Lucia is a student in the Chemical Engineering Department of Michigan Tech

May 23, 2013     Undergraduate student Mr. Matt Strong participated in our NSF-supported non-chromatographic peptide purification project in the summer of 2013. Matt is a student from Finlandia University. He is supported by funding from NSF

May 22, 2013     Undergraduate Ms. Chinyelu Umeokolo participated in our projects in the nucleic acid chemistry area in the summer of 2013. Chinyelu is from Wayne County Community College. She is supported by MiCUP (Michigan College and University Partnership) program. The MiCUP program is a collaborative effort between three Michigan community colleges (Delta College, Grand Rapids Community College, and Wayne County Community College District) and Michigan Tech. Its goal includes encouraging students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields

April 18, 2013     Graduate student Mr. Suntara Fueangfung is named the Chemistry Department 2012-2013 Outstanding Lower Division Chemistry Teaching Assistant

April 18, 2013     Undergraduate student Mr. Nathanael Green is awarded the Chemistry Department Outstanding Senior Award and named the Chemistry Department 2012-2013 Departmental Scholar

April 18, 2013     Undergraduate student Mr. Christopher Thomas is awarded the Chemistry Department 2012-2013 Outstanding Senior Research Award and the Undergraduate Award in Inorganic Chemistry

March 22, 2013     Group alumnus Dr. Muralidhara Thimmaiah (MTU 2008 PhD) will assume a Senior Lecturer position in Washington University in September 2013

March 18, 2013     Undergraduate student Mr. Christopher Thomas is expected to graduate from Michigan Tech in May, 2013. He will attend the graduate school of University of Wisconsin-Madison in Fall, 2013 to pursue a PhD in its pharmaceutical science program

March 1, 2013     Undergraduate student Mr. Nathanael Green is awarded the Michigan Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate Research Fellowship

July 23, 2012     Dr. Bin Cao joined our research group as a postdoctoral researcher from Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

April 23, 2012     Graduate student Ms. Xi (Sissi) Lin is awarded the 2012 Ray E. and Eleanor K. Cross Endowed Graduate Fellowship and the 2012 Chemistry Department Lower Division Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

April 23, 2012     Undergraduate student Mr. Nathanael Green is awarded the 2012 David J. and Valeria L. Pruett Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

April 23, 2012     Undergraduate student Ms. Kaitlin Codere-Lanouette will participate in our NSF-supported non-chromatographic peptide purification project in the coming summer. Kaitlin is a student from Finlandia University. She is supported by funding from NSF

April 19, 2012     Graduate student Mr. Durga Pokharel successfully defended his Original Research Proposal. He has also finished the Cumulative Exams in this semester. As a result, he will enter the research-only mode in the coming summer

April 3, 2012     Undergraduate students Mr. Nathanael Green and Mr. Christopher Thomas joined our research group. They will start their research in the summer and fall semesters of 2012, respectively

February 12, 2012     Group alumnus Dr. Xiang Zhang (PhD 2011) assumed a postdoctoral researcher position in School of Medicine, Washington University, St. Louis

February 5, 2012     Graduate student Ms. Xi (Sissi) Lin is awarded the first place prize in Michigan Tech Graduate Research Colloquium Poster & Presentation Competition for her poster “Pt (II)-Catalyzed Isomerization of Oxo-Alkynes”. The poster is authored by graduate students Xi Lin and Zezhou Wang, and associate professors Rudy L. Luck and Shiyue Fang; and is presented on February 2, 2012

February 5, 2012     Graduate student Mr. Suntara (Boat) Fueangfung presented his poster entitled “Purification of Synthetic Oligodeoxynucleotides via Catching by Polymerization” at Michigan Tech Graduate Research Colloquium Poster & Presentation Competition on February 2, 2012. The authors of the poster are Suntara Fueangfung and Shiyue Fang

February 5, 2012     Dr. Mingcui Zhang joined our research group as a postdoctoral researcher from Anhui Normal University, China

January 8, 2012     Graduate student Mr. Ashok Khanal joined our research group. Ashok obtained his BS and MS degrees from Tribhuwan University, Nepal

November 24, 2011     Our Chemical Communications (2011, 47, 1345-1347) and Organic Letters (2010, 12, 3720-3723) papers on synthetic DNA purification are included in www.labome.org. Click the following link http://www.labome.org//expert/usa/michigan/fang/shiyue-fang-1638645.html

April 28, 2011     Undergraduate student Mr. Matthew Schultz joined our research group. Matt is supported by the 2011 David J. and Valeria L. Pruett Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

April 25, 2011     Undergraduate student Mr. John Hausman joined our research group

April 23, 2011     Undergraduate student Mr. Travis Olds was selected as the Chemistry Department Scholar

April 5, 2011     Graduate student Mr. Xiang Zhang successfully defended his PhD dissertation

March 22, 2011     Undergraduate student Ms. Brigitte Koerner is admitted to the graduate program of School of Pharmacy in Concordia University in Mequon, WI

October 12, 2010     Undergraduate student Ms. Kyrie Pappas published a paper with graduate student Mr. Xiang Zhang, and Associate Professor Shiyue Fang in Letters in Organic Chemistry. The title is “Selective Acylation of Polyamines with Acid Anhydrides and Acid Chlorides in Water”

July 28, 2010     Our paper published in Organic Letters and entitled Scalable Synthetic Oligodeoxynucleotide Purification with Use of a Catching by Polymerization, Washing and Releasing Approach (http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ol101316g) is covered in Michigan Tech News http://www.mtu.edu/news/stories/2010/july/story29758.html; American Chemical Society, Chemical and Engineering News http://pubs.acs.org/cen/news/88/i31/8831news4.html (printed version, August 2, 2010 issue); Faculty of 1000 Biology http://f1000biology.com/article/id/4324976#cite; National Science Foundation, Science360 News Services: http://news.science360.gov/archives/20100726; and Omicron Technology Limited—PhysOrg: http://www.physorg.com/news199086389.html

July 22, 2010     Graduate student Xiang Zhang is awarded a finishing fellowship by the Biotechnology Research Center of Michigan Tech to support his research in the Fall semester of 2010

May 1, 2010     Undergraduate student Mr. Travis Olds joined our research group

April 19, 2010     Undergraduate student Ms. Kyrie Pappas won the first place award in the 9th annual MTU Undergraduate Research Expo, which took place on April 15, 2010. Graduate student Mr. Xiang Zhang was a co-author of the poster. He was responsible for teaching Kyrie lab skills for her project

April 1, 2010     Undergraduate student Ms. Kyrie Pappas is expected to graduate from Michigan Tech in May, 2010. She will attend the graduate school of Columbia University in Fall, 2010 to pursue a PhD

January 10, 2010     Graduate student Mr. Durga Pokharel joined our research group from Nepal

August 24, 2009     Undergraduate students Kyrie Pappas and Wei Tang published a paper with graduate student Xiang Zhang and assistant professor Shiyue Fang in Tetrahedron Letters, 2009, 50, 5741-5743. The title is “phenyl esters, preferred reagents for mono-acylation of polyamines in the presence of water”

May 5, 2009     Undergraduate student Mr. Brock Jackman joined our research group

May 1, 2009     Undergraduate student Ms. Brigitte Koerner joined our research group

April 8, 2009     Undergraduate student Ms. Kyrie Pappas is awarded the 2009 Michigan Tech Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (MTU SURF) for her proposal “Selective Acylation of Polyamines at Ambient Temperature”

December 26, 2008     Undergraduate student Mr. Garrett Gibbons co-authored a paper with graduate students Mr. Zezhou Wang and Ms. Xi Lin, and professors Rudy Luck and Shiyue Fang. It is entitled “Synthesis of Cyclic Allyl Vinyl Ethers Using Pt(II)-Catalyzed Isomerization of Oxo-Alkynes” and is accepted for publication in Tetrahedron. Garrett was supported by 2006 and 2007 Michigan Tech Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships

November 1, 2008     Graduate student Mr. Suntara Fueangfung (BS, Thammasat University, Thailand) joined our research group. Suntara will be supported by the Royal Thai Government Scholarship

August 26, 2008     Undergraduate student Ms. Kyrie Pappas joined our research group

August 5, 2008      Undergraduate student Ms. Wei Tang’s paper “Mono-acylation of symmetric diamines in the presence of water” with Dr. Shiyue Fang is accepted for publication in Tetrahedron Letters. Wei’s work was partially supported by 2007 Michigan Tech Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (MTU SURF)

April 6, 2008     Undergraduate student Ms. Wei Tang is expected to graduate from Michigan Tech in May, 2008. She will attend the graduate school of Northwestern University in Fall, 2008 to pursue a PhD

April 6, 2008     Undergraduate student Mr. Garrett Gibbons is expected to graduate from Michigan Tech in May, 2008. He will attend the graduate school of University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in Fall, 2008 to pursue a PhD

March 5, 2008     Graduate student Mr. Muralidhara Thimmaiah successfully defended his PhD dissertation and started to work as a postdoctoral research associate in Professor Kerry McPhail’s research group in Oregon State University on March 1, 2008

February 25, 2008     Dr. Wenpeng Mai joined our research group as a postdoctoral researcher. Dr. Mai received his PhD from Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2007

January 14, 2008     Undergraduate student Mr. Tyler Soenen joined our research group. Tyler is a student in the Chemical Engineering Department of Michigan Tech

October 18, 2007     Graduate student Ms. Xi Lin joined our research group. Xi was admitted to our graduate program in Fall 2007. She obtained her BS from Southwest University in P. R. China

October 18, 2007     Graduate student Mr. Muralidhara Thimmaiah is awarded the Fall 2007 Finishing Fellowship by the graduate school of Michigan Tech. We congratulate Murali for the achievement and thank the graduate school and its sponsors for the generous award

October 7, 2007     Undergraduate student Ms. Melanija Obsenica joined our research group

May 05, 2007     PhD candidate Muralidhara Thimmaiah won the 2007 Michigan Tech Chemistry Department Outstanding Graduate Student Award

April 10, 2007     Garrett Gibbons and Wei Tang won the 2007 Michigan Tech Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (MTU SURF) to support their research on “Soft Lewis Acid-Catalyzed Cycloisomerization Reactions” and “Mono-acylation of Symmetric Diamines”, respectively

 

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