Members

Principal Investigator

Youngjae You, Ph.D.

Professor of Empire Innovation

360 Pharmacy Building

Buffalo, NY 14214

(716) 645-4843

yjyou@buffalo.edu

2019- Professor of Empire Innovation, Dept. of Pharm. Sci., SUNY at Buffalo

2018-2019 PHF Presidential Professor, Dept. of Pharmaceutical Sciences, OU

2018- Professor, Dept. of Pharmaceutical Sciences, OU

2014- Asso. Prof. with Tenure, Dept. of Pharmaceutical Sciences, OU

2011- Member, Peggy and Charles Stephenson Cancer Center, OU

2010- Asso. Prof., Dept. of Pharmaceutical Sciences, OU

2010- Adjunct Asso. Prof. Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry, OU

2006-2010 Ass. Prof., Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry, SDSU

2005-2006 Res. Ass. Prof., Dept. of Chemistry, SUNY at Buffalo

2002-2004 Postdoc, Dept. of Chemistry, SUNY at Buffalo

2001 Ph.D. Medicinal Chemistry, Chungnam Natl. Univ., Korea

1997 M.S. Medicinal Chemistry, Chungnam Natl. Univ., Korea

1994 B.S. Pharmacy, Chungnam Natl. Univ., Korea

Postdoctoral Fellows and Research Personnel

Ganesh Bist, PhD

Postdoc

2021-

Prabhanjan Giram, PhD

Postdoc

2021-

Graduate Students

Kazi Md Mahabubur Rahman

Graduate Research Assistant

2018 -

Undergraduate Students

Adam Choi

2021-

Gregory Hawuczyk

2021-

Jarvis Hsu

2022-

PharmD Students

Beauty Kolade

2021-

Former Lab Members

Ryan Watley


PhD Student

2010-2014

Thesis Title: Design, synthesis, and application of dual functioning BODIPY photosensitizers: a theranostic photodynamic approach for cancer therapy

Current: CEO of Go Forward Pine Bluff

Gregory Nkepang


PhD Student

2008-2013

Thesis Title: Development of a new synthetic scheme for vinyl diethers and synthesis of prodrugs for targeted delivery and visible/NIR light-triggered release

Current: Research Associate at OUHSC

Pallavi Rajaputra


PhD Student

2007-2013

Thesis Title: Biological Evaluation of Mitochondria-targeting Photosensitizers and Site-specific Prodrugs

Current: West Pharmaceutical Services

Samuel Awuah


PhD Student

2008-2013

Thesis Title: Design and Synthesis of Near-Infra Red (NIR) BODIPY Dyes for in vivo Fluorescence Imaging and Photodynamic Therapy Treatment (PDT)

Current: Assistant Professor at University of Kentucky

Moses Bio


PhD Student

2007-2012

Thesis Title: A New Strategy for Photo-triggered Release of Drugs by Visible/Near IR Light: Photo-unclick Chemistry

Current: Granules Pharmaceutical Inc

Ethel Ngen


PhD Student

2006-2010

Thesis Title: Mitochondria-targeting for Improved Photodynamic Therapy

Current: Research Associate at Johns Hopkins Medical School

Jason Polreis


M.S. Student

2007-2009

Current: Research Associate at Sanford Research/ USD

Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr. Nguyen T. Luong

2017-2021

Current: PostEra


Dr. Mengjie Li

2015-2021

Current: Nektar Therapeutics


Dr. Moses Bio

2013-2017

Current: Granules Pharmaceutical Inc


Dr. Pallavi Rajaputra

2014-2018

Current: West Pharmaceutical Services


Dr. Pritam Thapa

2014-2017

Current: Research Scientist at Kansas City VA Medical Center


Dr. Gregory Nekpang

2014

Current: Research Associate at OUHSC


Dr. Abugafar Hossion

2011-2013

Current: Faculty at Cloud County CC, KS


Dr. Bibbin T. Paul

2009-2011

Current: Instructor at University of Connecticut


Dr. Praveen P. Kumar

2008-2010

Current: Senior Scientist at 1Globe Health Institut


Dr. Rajesh Murthy

2006-2008

Current: Manager at Medicines Patent Pool


Graduate T/R Assistants/Associate and Undergraduates

Matthew Slief, MD student

Research Assistant

2017 Summer


Christopher Garner

REU student

2017 Summer


Radha Karki, PhD

Research Associate

2015


Bomaonye R. Tienabeso, B.S.

Research Assistant

Mar. 2016


Irene Lim

Undergraduate Student (Chemistry Major, Williams College)

2014 Summer

Nataalie Patten

PharmD student (University of Oklahoma)

2014 summer


Bomaonye R. Tienabeso, B.S.

Undergraduate Student

2013 summer


Vidya Birdar

Graduate teaching assistant

2009-2010

Current: graduate student at University of Oklahoma/ Chemistry and Biochemistry


Srinath Pashkanthi

Research assistant

2008

Current: Assitant Professor at University of Idaho


Christopher Johnson

Undergraduate student

2008-2009


Diana Miulleryte

Current: graduate student at Roswell Park Cancer Institute @ Buffalo

Undergraduate student

2008-2009


Alex Bohlmann

Undergraduate student

2009-2010

High School Students

Allen Chen

High School Student (Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics)

2015 Summer


Kevin Wang

High School Student (Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics)

2014 Summer