Group Members

         Principal Investigator

Hassan Beyzavi, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas | since 2017 |  i. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (CHBC), ii. Cell & Molecular Biology Program (CEMB), iii. Microelectronics & Photonics Program (microEP).

  • Research Associate, Harvard University | 2015–2017 | Prof. Tobias Ritter (Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University) in collaboration with Prof. Jacob Hooker (Harvard Medical School).
  • Postdoctoral Research Awardee | Northwestern University | 2013–2015 | Prof. Joseph Hupp in collaboration with Prof. Sir Fraser Stoddart (2016 Nobel Prize Laureate) | International Institute for Nanotechnology (IIN) and Center for the Chemistry of Integrated Systems (CCIS), Department of Chemistry.
  • Ph.D. (summa cum laude) | Freie Universität Berlin, Germany  | 2010–2013 | Prof. Hans Reissig in collaboration with Biolitec Research GmbH (a biomedical company on cancer therapy) | Institute for Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Visiting Professors

Ahmad Reza Khosropour, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry at the University of Isfahan

  • Research interests: Organic Synthesis, Nanomaterials, Catalysis, Porous Systems
  • Hometown: Shiraz, Iran
  • Email: akhosrop@uark.edu
Hamid Reza Shahsavari, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences (IASBS)     

  • Research interests: Organometallic Chemistry,  Inorganic Chemistry, Catalysis
  • Hometown: Shiraz, Iran
  • Email: hrshahsa@uark.edu

Postdoctoral Scholars

Suraj Gupta, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Scholar      

  • Indian Institute of Science Education and Research-Bhopal | Ph.D. 2017 | Chemistry | Dr. Joyanta Choudhury
  • Research interests: Fluorination Chemistry, Covalent Organic Frameworks, Positron Emission Tomography
  • Hometown: Mohammadi, India
  • Email: skg004@uark.edu
Jiyun Hu, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Scholar        

  • Peking University | Ph.D. 2017 | Chemistry | Dr. Jun-Long Zhang
  • Research interests: Nanomaterials, Catalysis, Porous Systems
  • Hometown: Chongqing, China
  • Email: jiyunhu@uark.edu
Kartik Maity, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Scholar      

  • Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur | Ph.D. 2019 | Chemistry | Dr. Kumar Biradha
  • Research interests: Porous Materials, Covalent Organic Frameworks, Photocatalysis
  • Hometown: Haldia, India
  • Email: kmaity@uark.edu
Imann Mosleh, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Scholar (joint with Dr. Bob Beitle)      

  • University of the Arkansas | Ph.D. 2019 | Chemical Engineering | Dr. Bob Beitle
  • Research interests: Nanoparticles synthesis, Peptides and Proteins, Catalysis
  • Hometown: Shiraz, Iran
  • Email: imosleh@uark.edu

Graduate Students

Zainab Almansaf, M.Sc.

Graduate Student    

  • University of Arkansas | MS 2016 | Organic Chemistry | Dr. Wei Shi
  • Research interests: Synthesis, Catalysis, Nanomaterials
  • Hometown: Alahsa, Saudi Arabia
  • Email: zaalmans@uark.edu
Joseph Duffield, B.Sc.

Graduate Student  

  • University of the Sciences | BS 2017 | Chemistry | Dr. John Tomsho
  • Research interests: Nanomaterials, Catalysis, Synthesis
  • Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Email: jduffiel@uark.edu
John Ozdemir, B.Sc.

Graduate Student    

  • University of Arkansas | BS 2016 | Chemistry | Dr. Peter Pulay
  • Research interests: Nanomaterials, Catalysis, Porous Systems
  • Hometown: Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Email: jozdemir@uark.edu
Joshua Phipps, B.Sc.

Graduate Student  

  • Southwest Baptist University | BS 2016 | Dr. John Patton
  • Research interests: Enzyme Mimicry, Bio-Nanomaterials, Cancer Therapy
  • Hometown: Bolivar, Missouri
  • Email: jp053@uark.edu
Yoshie Sakamaki, B. Pharm.

Graduate Student  

  • Tokyo University | BPharm 2016 | Dr. Takanori Kanazawa
  • Research interests: Cancer Therapy, Bio-Nanomaterials, Synthesis
  • Hometown: Tokyo, Japan
  • Email: ysakamak@uark.edu

Undergraduate Students

Mia Alshami

Undergraduate Student  

 

  • University of Arkansas | BS Candidate 2022 | Biochemistry | Fulbright Honors College Sturgis Fellow
  • Research interests: Cancer Therapy, Medicinal Chemistry, Organometallics
  • Hometown: Little Rock, AR
  • Email: malshami@uark.edu
Yumi Ha

Undergraduate Student    

  • University of Arkansas | BS Candidate 2020 | Biochemistry | Fulbright Honors College
  • Research interests: Nanomaterials, Catalysis, Small Molecule Activation
  • Hometown: Little Rock, AR
  • Email: yumiha@uark.edu
Sydney Morgan

Undergraduate Student      

 

  • University of Arkansas | BS Candidate 2020 | Biology | Fulbright Honors College
  • Research Interests: Bio-Nanomaterials, Catalysis, Enzyme Mimicry
  • Hometown: Maumelle, AR
  • Email: srm026@uark.edu
Barrett Weidman

Undergraduate Student  

  • University of Arkansas | BS Candidate 2022 | Chemical Engineering | Honors College
  • Research interests: Sustainable Biofuels, Nanomaterials, Cancer Therapy
  • Hometown: Fort Smith, AR
  • Email: beweidma@uark.edu
Zackery Brown

Undergraduate Student      

 

  • University of Arkansas | BS Candidate 2021 | Chemistry | Fulbright Honors College
  • Research Interests: Nanomaterials, Catalysis, Synthesis
  • Hometown: Fort Smith, AR
  • Email: zdbrown@uark.edu
Benjamin Kampmeyer

Undergraduate Student  

 

  • University of Arkansas | BS Candidate 2020 | Biochemistry | Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences
  • Research interests: Nanomaterials, Catalysis, Synthesis
  • Hometown: Tulsa, OK
  • Email: btkampme@uark.edu
Dania Rahal

Undergraduate Student  

 

  • University of Arkansas | BS Candidate 2022 | Biochemsitry | Fulbright Honors College
  • Research interests: Cancer Therapy, Medicinal Chemistry, Organometallics
  • Hometown: Fort Smith, AR
  • Email: darahal@uark.edu
Samantha Wijeweera

Undergraduate Student  

  • University of Arkansas | BS Candidate 2021 | Chemistry
  • Research interests: Cancer therapy, Catalysis, Synthesis, Nanomaterials
  • Hometown: St. Louis, MO
  • Email: skwijewe@uark.edu
Faizan Cheema

Undergraduate Student  

 

  • University of Arkansas | BS Candidate 2020 | Biochemistry | Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences
  • Research interests: Cancer Therapy, Nanomaterials, Synthesis
  • Hometown: Conway, AR
  • Email: facheema@uark.edu
Patricia Lambe

Undergraduate Student  

  • University of Arkansas | BA Candidate 2021 | Biochemistry | Fulbright Honors College
  • Research interests: Catalysis, Nanomaterials, Cancer therapy
  • Hometown: Conway, AR
  • Email: palambe@uark.edu
Chris Salmon

Undergraduate Student    

 

  • University of Arkansas | BS Candidate 2021| Biology| Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences
  • Research interests: Bio-nanomaterials ,Cancer Therapy, Synthesis
  • Hometown: Delray Beach, FL
  • Email: clsalmon@uark.edu
Dylan Dominguez

Undergraduate Student  

 

  • University of Arkansas | BS Candidate 2020 | Biology | Fulbright Honors College
  • Research interests: Cancer Therapy, Medicinal Chemistry, Organometallics
  • Hometown: Hot Springs, AR
  • Email: dtdoming@uark.edu
Valerie Lomonte

Undergraduate Student      

 

  • University of Arkansas | BA Candidate 2021 | Biology | Fulbright Honors College
  • Research Interests: Cancer Therapy, Enzyme Mimicry, Nanomaterials
  • Hometown: Katy, TX
  • Email: valomont@uark.edu
Miu Tsuji

Undergraduate Student    

  • University of Arkansas | BS Candidate 2020 | Biochemistry | Fulbright Honors College
  • Research interests: Cancer therapy, Bio-Nanomaterials, Synthesis
  • Hometown: Tokyo, Japan
  • Email: miutsuji@email.uark.edu
Connor Donovan

Undergraduate Student      

  • University of Arkansas | BS Candidate 2020 | Biochemistry | Fulbright Honors College
  • Research Interests: Cancer Therapy, Enzyme Mimicry, Nanotechnology
  • Hometown: St. Louis, MO
  • Email: cldonova@uark.edu
Bilal Momand

Undergraduate Student  

 

  • University of Arkansas | BS Candidate 2022 | Biochemistry | Fulbright Honors College
  • Research interests: Nanomaterials, Cancer Therapy, Synthesis
  • Hometown: Fort Smith, AR
  • Email: bhmomand@uark.edu
Olivia Watson

Undergraduate Student  

  • University of Arkansas | BS Candidate 2020 | Biochemistry | Fulbright Honors College
  • Research interests: Cancer therapy, Catalysis, Nanomaterials
  • Hometown: Dallas, TX
  • Email: ow003@uark.edu

Alumni

Anthony Azzun

Undergraduate Student  

  • University of Arkansas | BS 2019 | Biochemistry | Fulbright Honors College
  • Research interests: Catalysis, Nanomaterials, Synthesis
  • Hometown: Bolivar, MO
  • Email: adazzun@uark.edu
Jessica Price

Undergraduate Student      

  • University of Arkansas | BS 2019 | Biology | Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences
  • Research Interests: Cancer Therapy, Enzyme Mimicry, Catalysis
  • Hometown: Lewisville, TX
  • Email: jap033@uark.edu
David Fugitt

Undergraduate Student  

  • University of Arkansas | BS 2019 | Biology | Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences
  • Research interests: Cancer therapy, Synthesis, Nanomaterials
  • Hometown: Bryant, Arkansas
  • Email: dhfugitt@uark.edu
Kaynat Shahzad

Undergraduate Student  

  • Visiting Student at U Arkansas
  • Stony Brook University | BS Candidate 2018 | Chemistry
  • Research interests: Nano-porous Materials, Synthesis
  • Hometown: Lahore, Pakistan
  • Email: kaynat.shahzad@stonybrook.edu
Jordan Flower

Undergraduate Visiting Student    

  • REU Student University of Arkansas Summer 2019
  • Northeastern State University | BS Candidate 2020 | Biochemistry and Mathematics | Honors College
  • Research interests: Nanoparticles, Nanomaterials, Synthesis
  • Hometown: Broken Arrow, OK
  • Email: jmf025@uark.edu
Rudy Timm

Undergraduate Student      

  • University of Arkansas | BS 2019 | Biochemistry | Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences
  • Research interests: Cancer therapy, Nanomaterials, Synthesis
  • Hometown: Natchez, MS
  • Email: rudytimm@uark.edu
Zach Heidrick

Undergraduate Student    

  • University of Arkansas | BS 2019 | Biology | Fulbright Honors College
  • Research interests: Nanomaterials, Cancer therapy,  Catalysis
  • Hometown: Olathe, KS
  • Email: zhheidri@uark.edu
James Webb

Undergraduate Student  

  • University of Arkansas | BS 2019 | Biochemistry | Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences
  • Research interests: Cancer therapy, Synthesis, Nanomaterials
  • Hometown: Bartlesville, OK
  • Email: jew026@email.uark.edu
Zach McConnell

Undergraduate Student    

  • University of Arkansas | BS 2019 | Biology | Fulbright Honors College
  • Research interests: Cancer therapy, Nanomaterials, Synthesis
  • Hometown: Bryant, AR
  • Email: zamcconn@uark.edu

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