Research Group

Altman Research Group

From Left to Right: Ryan Altman, Francisco de Azambuja, Jacob Sorrentino, Sydney Lovrien, Bo Han, Doug Orsi, Jorge Berrios, Kim Behzad, Kedong Yuan, Krishna Sharma, Manikandan Selvaraju


Postdoctoral Research Associates


Manikandan Selvaraju

Manikandan Selvaraju

Fluorinated Peptidomimetics; Cu Catalysis

Ph.D. and Post-doc - Sun Group » (National Chiao-Tung University, Taiwan)


Krishna K. Sharma

Krishna K. Sharma

Fluorinated Peptidomimetics and Drug Discovery

Ph.D. Student - Jain Group » (National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Mohali, India)


Ravi Krishna Vallakati

Ravi Krishna Vallakati

Medicinal Chemistry; Fluorination Reactions

Research Associate ̶ Albany Molecular Research Institute

Ph.D. - May Group » (University of Houston, TX)


Graduate Research Associates

Jorge L. Berrios- Rivera

Jorge L. Berrios- Rivera

Fluorinations; Pd catalysis

PREP Scholar »

B.S. - PREM Scholar, (University of Puerto Rico at Cayey)


Bo Han

Bo Han

First Year

Metal Catalyzed Fluorination Reactions

B.S. Chemistry - Gohdes Group » (Pacific University, OR)


Doug Orsi

Doug Orsi

Fifth Year

Madison & Lila Self Graduate Fellow »

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society (KU Chapter)

Research Assistant - Gamble Group » (University of Otago, New Zealand)

B.A. - Wright Group » (Vanderbilt University, TN)


Jacob Sorrentino

Jacob Sorrentino

Second Year

Catalytic Reactions of Fluorinated Alkenes

B.S. - Woydziak Group » (Nevada State College, NV)


Undergraduate Research Associates

Kim Behzad Moghadam

Kim Behzad Moghadam

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Pre-Pharmacy


Abel Plotnikov

Abel Plotnikov

Undergraduate Research Assistant

First Year Pharmacy Student


Former Members

Name Years KU Position Post KU
Kedong Yuan 2017–2018 Postdoctoral Research Associate Associate Research Fellow, Tianjin University of Technology
Francisco de Azambuja 2016–2018 Postdoctoral Research Associate Postdoc, KU Leuven: Parac-Vogt »
Sydney Lovrien 2016–2017 Undergraduate Research Assistant N/A
Ming-Hsiu Yang 2011–2017 Graduate Research Assistant Postdoc, The Scripps Research Institute: Boger Group »
Brett Ambler 2011–2017 Graduate Research Assistant

Postdoc, University of Texas: Krische Group »

Discovery Chemsitry, Merck & Co., Inc.

Mohan Pal 2016–2017 Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Postdoc, University of Michigan Medical School: Nikolovska-Coleska Group »

Scientist, Paraza Pharma, Inc.

Venkateswararao Eeda 2015–2017 Postdoctoral Research Assistant Postdoc, University of Oklahoma Health Science Center
Amanda Maldonado 2016 Visiting Undergraduate Scholar Graduate School, University of Illinois, Chicago: Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy
Somnath Karad 2015–2016 Postdoctoral Research Assistant Marie Currie Fellowship, University of Nottingham: Lam Group »
Brandon Easley 2015–2016 Undergraduate Research Assistant Business School, The University of Kansas
Niusha Sharifi 2014 Visiting Scholar  
Yupu Qiao 2013–2014 Postdoctoral Research Assistant Postdoc, University of South Dakota: Wang Group »
Tuda Si 2013–2014 Undergraduate Research Assistant  
Lingui Zhu 2012–2014 Postdoctoral Research Assistant  
Shasha Liu 2012–2013 Visiting Scholar  
Santosh Peddi 2013 Visiting Undergraduate Scholar Graduate School, Alfred Mann Institute, University of Southern California
Siddharth Sai 2012 Visiting Undergraduate Scholar Graduate School, University of Otago: Gamble Group »

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