Chemistry Ph.D. recipients for the 2019 – 2020 school year


The following is a list of chemistry Ph.D. recipients for the 2019 – 2020 school year.

Master's students

First name Last name Advisor(s) Thesis
Chris  Acquah Brock  
Rasoul Daliri Asbforoushani Rodgers  
Malawara Arachchige Tharindu  Nimanthaka Karunaratne Winter  
Iftekher  Mahmud Ahn  
Susan A.  White Kodanko  
Pietro  Geisler Pflum  
Sandeep  Nadella Kodanko  

Doctorate students

First name Last name Advisor(s) Thesis
Kumuduni Tauni  Dissanayake Rabuffetti Synthesis, Structure, and Luminescenproperties of Rare-Earth-Doped Alkaline-Earth Fluorohalide Upconverting Nanocrystals
Prabuddha Madubashitha  Dodanduwa Waduge Chow Exploring the Binding of Aminoglyosides and Effect of Peptides on Functionally Important Regions of the Ribosome
Nour  El Harakeh Verani Investigation of Mechanism in 3D-Containing Electro/Photocatalysts for Proton/Water Reduction
Kudamaduwage Inosha  Dilani Gomes Pflum Substrate Trapping to Discover the Role of Histone Deacetylase Proteins Beyond Epigenetics
Lucas Ash  Hamlow Rodgers Modification of Bruker Amazon ETD and Solarix Mass Spectrometers Towards Infrared Multiple Photon Dissociation: Structural Characterization of Modified Nucleosides
Bett  Kimutai Chow Non-Canonical Targets, Reaction Kinetics, and Cellular Potency of Amino Acid-Linked Platinum(II) Compounds
Samuel Itumo  Mutinda Brock Synthesis and Characterization Of The Ternary Phase Co2-xRhxP Nanoparticles and Their Composition-dependent Electrocatalytic Activity Towards The Oxygen Evolution and Hydrogen Evolution Reactions, and Their Performance in Overall Water Splitting
Samarage Sameera  Prasad Perera Rabuffetti Rare-Earth-Activated Group VI d0metal Oxides as Thermosensitive Phosphors
Michael Gabriel  Pirrone Crich Influence of Conformational Restriction on the Antibacterial Activity and Ribosomal Selectivity of Aminoglycoside Antibiotics
Udumbara Menike  Rathnayake Hendrickson Functional Characterization of Accessory Proteins and Novel Activities in Direct and Indirect Trna Aminoacylation
Ruixi  Wang Cherynak Nonadiabatic Dynamics: A Semiclassical Approach
Madusha Lakshani  Watuthanthrige Perera Bhagwat Use of Alkoxyamines to Quantify and Map Uracils and to Kill B Cell Cancers
Whitney  Wood Hendrickson TRNA Aminoacylation: New Protein Players and New Reactions
Guanyu  Yang Crich Modification of 4,5-Aminoglycosides to Overcome Drug Resistance Bacteria and Toxic Side Effect

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