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.


Viktoriya Berdan
Undergraduate Student


Email: vyb206@nyu.edu

Viktoriya was born in Moldova, a small country nestled between Romania and Ukraine, and grew up in Charlotte. With her "dream goal to one day work in a lab" now been achieved, she is focused on the next big step of moving on to graduate school.

 


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.


Brooke Bullock
Research Associate

B.S. Chemistry, University of South Carolina
Ph.D. Chemistry, New York University

Email: bnb220@nyu.edu

Brooke is a native South Carolinian but is rapidly becoming a Yankee. When not being a social butterfly, she targets PPIs with oxopiperazine helix mimetics.


Igor Maksimovic
Undergraduate Student


Email: im846@nyu.edu

Igor, a Serbian national, was born and raised in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, where he is rumored to have personally known Cecil, the lion. Although his major is chemistry, his true value lies in his ability to reach high shelves in the laboratory. Igor is currently impressing the denizens of NYU with his fancy accent and skills in organic chemistry.



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.


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.

 

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.



Huabin Wu
Graduate Student


B.S. Chemistry, Xiamen University
M.S. Chemistry, Xiamen University
Email: hw753@nyu.edu

Huabin was born in an old town in southeast China, and spent 7 years in Xiamen University where he got his bachelor and master degrees. He likes watching movies and listening to music during his spare time.

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.