Group Members

Paramjit Arora
Principal Investigator
B.S. Chemistry University of California at Berkeley
Ph.D. Chemistry University of California at Irvine
Postdoctoral Fellow California Institute of Technology


Email: arora@nyu.edu

The PI was born in New Delhi and raised in the friendly confines of the San Fernando Valley. When not in the lab, he fights battles of good versus evil with Adais.



Stephanie Barros
Postdoctoral Fellow

B.S. Chemistry & Biochemistry, Montclair State University
Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania


Email: stephanie.barros@nyu.edu

Stephanie was born and raised in New Jersey. She moved to Philadelphia for her Ph.D. where she worked on targeting nucleic acid junctions with small molecules. Steph is excited to now be in NYC working on targeting PPIs and RNA. When not in lab, she enjoys reading and spending time with her nephews.


Sarah Blosser
Graduate Student
B.S. Chemistry, The College of Wooster
Email: slb566@nyu.edu

Sarah Blosser hails from a small Connecticut beach town about an hour away from NYC. Sarah spent her undergrad years in rural Ohio where she became accustomed to livestock smells, and farm equipment traffic. Excited to finally be living in a city, Sarah looks forward to cultivating an NYC life while targeting PPIs.

Gordon Brown
Graduate Student


M.Sc Medicinal Chemistry, Queens University, Belfast
M.Sc Chemical Biology, NCCR Chemical Biology, University of Geneva
Email: gcb302@nyu.edu

Our own General Hux seeks to bring order to the galaxy by building a molecular Starkiller weapon to regulate cellular activity. His current quest, though, centers on locating a good mug of Guinness in NYC.


Handoko
Graduate Student

B.Sc. Chemistry, National Taiwan University
M.Sc. Chemistry, National Taiwan University

Email: handoko@nyu.edu

Handoko was born in Medan, Indonesia. When not experimenting with catalysts, he likes to cook.

 

Seong Ho "Johnny" Hong
Graduate Student
B.S. Chemistry. Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison

Email: shh435@nyu.edu

Johnny was born in South Korea, but he spent most of his teens in Kentucky and Madison. At Wisonsi-Madison, he failed to become a true badger fan by choosing working at Sam Gellman's lab over watching college football. But he never regrets it since it helped him to find what he likes to do. He's also a Korean Army veteran, so he needs to go back and fight if war breaks out. But for now, he wants to become a true scientist at NYU.


Ganesh Jedhe
Postdoctoral Fellow

M.Sc. Organic Chemistry, University of Pune, India
Ph.D. Chemistry, CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, India

Email: gj655@nyu.edu

Ganesh was born and raised in a rural are in the State of Maharashtra, India.  His doctoral research focused on reverse turn mimetic of angiotensin II and combretastatin analogues under the supervision of Dr. G. J. Sanjayan. At NYU, he is developing PPI inhibitors for HPV-mediated cancers. When not in lab he enjoys exploring new places and watching movies.


Haley Merritt
Graduate Student

B.A. Chemistry, Vassar College
Email: him209@nyu.edu

Haley was born and raised on the North Shore of Long Island. After attending Vassar College where she researched inorganic chemistry, she has come to NYU to switch gears and learn about PPIs. One of her lofty goals during her time at NYU is to run into one of the Real Housewives of New York City on the street. When not in the lab, she likes to cook and has the scars to prove it.

Ashley Modell
Graduate Student

B.A. Chemistry, Boston University
Email: aem564@nyu.edu

Born and raised in New York City, Ashley decided to return here after going to school in Boston. In the lab, she combines her skills of chemistry and biology. When not in the lab, she enjoys cooking and doing yoga.


Jonathan Kwok
Graduate Student


B.S. Chemistry, Temple University
Email: jgk298@nyu.edu

Jon's appreciation for a good cup of tea and coffee led him away from the City of Brotherly Love to pursue science in NYC. When over-caffeinated, Jon works on the synthesis of hydrogen bond surrogates to target RNA in a structure specific manner and the synthesis of oxopiperazine helix mimic isosteres. When under-caffeinated, he tries to figure out a way to stay awake during group meetings.


Sandy Oh
Undergraduate Student


Email: sjo289@nyu.edu

Sandy was born in Busan, Korea, and lived in more than six places before coming to New York University. According to a fortune teller, she is either going to become a doctor or a murderer. Instead of becoming a medical doctor, she plans on earning a PhD in Chemistry. Let’s hope that this satisfies the prophesy.

 

Giovanna Romero
Graduate Student

B.A. Chemistry, CUNY-Hunter College
Email: gr1227@nyu.edu

Giovanna was born and raised in New York City where she completed her undergrad degree and is now working on her graduate degree. When not in the lab, you can find her reading, running, or plotting her next escape from the Big Apple.


Satish Sakilam
Postdoctoral Fellow

Ph.D. Organic Chemistry, University of Hyderabad, India
Postdoctoral Fellow, Organic Chemistry, City College New York

Email: satish.sakilam@nyu.edu

Satish was born in Jammikunta, a small town in the newly formed state Telangana, India. He performed asymmetric synthesis and catalysis for his Ph.D. studies and worked as a research scientist in industry before pursuing a postdoctoral position at City College of New York. He is now applying his synthetic skills to develop beta-strand inhibitors of protein-protein interactions.


Nicholas Sawyer
Postdoctoral Fellow

B.S. Biochemistry, Rutgers University
Ph.D. Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Yale University

Email: ns3634@nyu.edu

Nick was born and raised in the Garden State, where he researched buried charges in a cellulose-degrading enzyme under Prof. Peter Kahn at Rutgers University. He earned his Ph.D. from Yale University, where he studied the design of phosphospecific protein-protein interactions under Prof. Lynne Regan. In lab, Nick’s research focuses on various aspects of hydrogen bond surrogate (HBS) technology. Outside of lab, he enjoys hiking and brewing darn good beer.


Arunima Singh
Postdoctoral Fellow

Ph.D. Computational Biology, University of Georgia
Email: singh.arunima@nyu.edu

Arunima obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Georgia, and is currently a Postdoctoral researcher at NYU. A computational structural biologist by training, she enjoys traveling, reading, and the process of mastering new cuisines in her spare time. Having lived in several culturally diverse cities while growing up in India, she loves being a part of this rich scientific, cultural, and social hub called New York!

Justin Torner
Graduate Student


B.S. Chemistry, Florida International University
Email: jmt555@nyu.edu

Justin comes from Miami where he studied base excision repair at FIU. After switching gears, he is now working on using peptides to bind protein and RNA targets. He spends his free time climbing, biking around the city, and brewing beer.



Michael Wuo
Graduate Student


B.S. Chemistry, UCSD
M.S. Chemistry, UCSD
Email: mww254@nyu.edu

Mike hails from the Golden State. Before translocating to NYU, he spent two years learning about intricacies of coenzyme A biochemistry in Mike Burkart's group. As an idea man, Mike is constantly searching for that one project that will make him rich and famous. The search continues....


Yuwei Yang
Graduate Student


B.S. Chemical Biology, Stevens Institute of Technology
Email: yy1274@nyu.edu

Yuwei was born and raised in the Ice City of China, therefore, NYC is too hot for her even in the winter. After conducting two years of computational chemistry oriented research, she decided to get her hands dirty. When not in the lab, she enjoys exploring new restaurants. Asian food and green colored juices are her favorites.

 

Daniel Yoo
Graduate Student

B.S. Bioengineering, University of California, Berkeley
M.S. Biomedical Engineering, NYU-Poly
Email: dyy214@nyu.edu

Daniel was born and raised in Southern California. After his time spent in engineering, he decided to study a real science and joined the NYU Chemistry department. He hopes to eventually combine both disciplines in his future career. Upon moving to New York, he saw snowfall for the first time in his life and realized the true difference between West (Best) and East (Beast) coast weather.