The Achim Lab

Former Group Members

(in order by date of departure)

Postdoctoral Fellows

Dinesh Bhunia 2014-2015
Haribabu Yaramap 2006-2008
Yury Skorik 2005-2006
Dipesh Ghosh
Goutam Patra Nov 2002 – Dec 2003

Graduate Students

Name Year Last Known Position
Jing Kong (Ph.D.) 2008-2014 Adjunct faculty at Duquesne University and Carnegie Mellon University
Sarah Menio (BS/MS) 2011-2013 Graduate Student at University of Maryland, College Park
Arnie de Leon (Ph.D.) 2007-2012 Postdoctoral Associate, Vanderbilt University
Zhijie Ma (Ph.D.) 2005-2011 Postdoctoral Fellow, Georgia Tech
Silvia Bezer Bratu (Ph.D.) 2005-2010 Scientist PPG, Pittsburgh
Meimei Chen (M.Sc.) 2007-2011  
Kurt Sweely (M.Sc.) 2009-2011 R&D Chemist at Penn Color, Inc. Annandale, New Jersey
Wei He (Ph.D.) 2004–2009 Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, San Diego
Paul Lund (M.Sc.) 2004–2007 Graduate Student, Chemical Biology Doctoral Program at University of Michigan
Richard M. Watson (Ph.D.) 2002–2008 Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. Chemistry, University of Rochester
Alina D. Andrasi (Ph.D.) 2001–2007 Postdoctoral Fellow, Florida State University
Delia L. Popescu (M.Sc.) 2001–2002 Assistant Professor, University of Bucharest
Terry Parolin (M.Sc) 2001–2002 unknown

Visiting Researchers

Name Year Last Known Position
Raphael Franzini 2005 Assistant Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, The University of Utah

Undergraduate Students

Name Year Last Known Position
Kacey Idouchi 2013-2015 Postbac Fellow at National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Reyna Pacis 2013 Researcher, Procter and Gamble
Dominic Akerele 2014 CMU Undergraduate
Stephanie Blotner 2012-2013 Technical Writer at Ooyala
SURF 2012
Darlene Reid 2011-2013 Surface/Materials Scientist, Analytical Answers in Boston
HHMI Fellow 2011, 2012
Yookyung Bae 2010-2012 graduate student, Carnegie Mellon University
Frank Olechnowicz 2009-2011 graduate student, University of Chicago
Ashlie Prioleau 2010-2011 Consultant, The Advisory Board Company in
Washington, D.C.
Bang Ju Kim 2010-2011 graduate student, Medical School in Korea
Tiffany Cheng 2010-2011 Chemistry Teacher, Campbell Union School District,
San Francisco, CA.
Zachary Urbach 2011 senior, Carnegie Mellon University
Alyssa Chinen 2011 graduate student, Northwestern University
2012 NSF Honorable Mention, 2013 NDSEG Fellowship
Anisha Vaswani 2011 chemist, Epic, Madison, WI
Alyssa Montanaro 2009 senior, Carnegie Mellon University
Shaina Stacy 2009 graduate student, University of Pittsburgh, Environmental Health
Michelle Young Hyun Noh 2009 unknown
Daniel Kwak 2009 graduate student, University of Pittsburgh
Avanti Desphande 2008-2009 graduate student, Carnegie Mellon University
ChangSek Oh 2008 unknown
Laura Kocsis 2007-2009 graduate student, University of Pittsburgh, Chemistry
Allen Sha 2007-2008 graduate student, Princeton University, Chemistry
2009 NSF Honorable Mention
Perihan Ulema 2007-2008 Univ. Medicine & Dentistry, New Jersey State Univ.
Siobhan Toal 2007 unknown
Kathleen Burke 2006-2008 graduate student, University of West Virginia
Mark Langille 2006-2008 graduate student, Northwestern University
Jessica Banks 2006 graduate student, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
Cara Abondandolo 2005-2006 School of Medicine, University of Maryland
Warun Bubna 2005-2006 Team India Managers Ltd.
Hye Yon Houm 2004-2005 chemist, Merck
Yoriko Kawaratani 2004 Assoc. Chemist, L’Oreal, New Jersey
Karin Quissell 2004-2005 Staff, L’Oreal, New Jersey
Maia Comsa 2004 Icon Research, Philadelphia, PA
Natalia Ivanova 2003 unknown
Jonathan Dorando 2003-2004 graduate student, Cornell University
Raphael Franzini 2002-2003 Postdoctoral Fellow, ETH in Zürich, Switzerland
Laura Vaillancourt 2002-2003 graduate student, Boston University
Aarian McDonald 2002-2003 unknown
Mary Kosinski 2002-2003 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Washington, DC
Thomas Watson 2002 unknown

Research Projects
Supramolecular Assemblies Containing Transition Metal Ions
Magneto-electronics of Transition-metal Clusters


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