The Team

Dr. Maduka Ogba

Maduka is currently an assistant professor of chemistry in Schmid College of Science and Technology at Chapman University.

In 2011, Maduka obtained his B.S. in computer science and minor in chemistry at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. In 2016, he was awarded his Ph.D. in chemistry at Oregon State University under the tutelage of Professor Paul Ha-Yeon Cheong. He conducted his Robbins Postdoctoral Fellowship (2016–2018) at Pomona College, California working with Professor Daniel J. O'Leary.

Maduka enjoys working with students in his research lab to (i) uncover the underlying interactions that govern molecular structure and organocatalyzed reactions, and (ii) to develop software and informatics tools for rapid mining, analysis, and visualization of chemical data. Maduka enjoys teaching students the fundamental theories in organic chemistry, as well as applied work in computational chemistry, and cheminformatics.

When not staring at his laptop screen, Maduka can be found reading a fantastic piece of literary fiction, watching a theatre production, or dancing to live music in a concert hall. Some also say that my laughter can be heard across buildings(!) – more data points needed in this regard.

Feel free to contact me via email: ogba(at)chapman(dot)edu, or visit my LinkedIn page.

Matthew Nwerem, Class of 2020

Matthew Nwerem is majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology, with a minor in computer science at Chapman University. Since beginning college in the fall of 2016, Matthew has performed research in two labs, along with a summer research internship at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU).

Matthew’s love for science sprouted from his love for American football and its affects on the body. Outside of school, Matthew loves to read books (his current favorite author is David Sedaris), argue about sports, and stay up to date regarding the latest streetwear.

Feel free to contact me via email: nwere100(at)mail(dot)chapman(dot)edu, or visit my LinkedIn page.

Lindsay Zumwalt, Class of 2020

Lindsay is currently in her junior year at Chapman University majoring in biological sciences with an emphasis in molecular biology and minoring in health sciences. Her career ambition is to attend medical school and specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation.

She was first introduced to research at the Barrow Neurological Institute during the summer of 2018 studying a protein potentially linked to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

She is very excited to be joining this lab and will be studying the mechanism for the oxidation of the protein Tldp caused specifically by bleach (HOCl), secreted by immune cells during inflammation. This interaction results in a chemoattractant swimming response of the bacteria commonly associated with stomach ulcers; Helicobacter Pylori.

When not in class or in the lab, Lindsay is most likely playing beach volleyball, petting any dog she sees, or laughing with friends.