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Meet our Team

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Dr. Jim Simon

Dr. James Simon

Distinguished Professor
Department of Plant Biology

Dr. Qing-li Wu

Dr. Qing-li Wu

Associate Research Professor
Department of Plant Biology

Rodolfo Juliani

Dr. H. Rodolfo Juliani

Part-Time Lecturer
Department of Plant Biology

Dena Seidel

Science Communication and Food Systems Researcher
Department of Food Science

Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr. Yariv Ben-Naim

Post-Doctoral Associate

Plant Breeder and Plant Pathologist, Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel

Department of Plant Biology

Current Students

Kirsten Allen, PhD

Graduate Student
Department of Plant Biology

Alexander Barrett

Graduate Student
Department of Plant Biology

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Emma Bernstein

Graduate Student
Department of Medicinal Chemistry

Nisha Khanna

Graduate Student
Department of Plant Biology

Sarah Knowles

Graduate Student
Department of Plant Biology

Shashikant Kotwal

Graduate Student
Department of Plant Biology

Utshav Kumar

Graduate Student
Department of Plant Biology

Nanri Li

Graduate Student
Department of Food Chemistry & Nutrition Science

Robert Mattera

Robert Mattera

Graduate Student
Department of Plant Biology

Ava Modberry

Graduate Student
Department of Plant Biology

Guazabara (Maxx) Rivera

Graduate Student
Department of Plant Biology

Tori Rosen

Graduate Student
Department of Plant Biology

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Bernard Somers

Graduate Student
Department of Medicinal Chemistry

Anna Snyder

Graduate Student
Department of Medicinal Chemistry

Konrad Wysocki

Graduate Student
Department of Plant Biology

Zhiya Yin

Graduate Student
Department of Food Chemistry & Nutrition Science

Martin Zorde

Martin Zorde

Graduate Student
Department of Plant Biology

Former Students

Former Post Doctoral Researchers

Dr. Danyue Zhao

Dr. Danyue Zhao

Post-Doctoral Associate

Department of Plant Biology

Now Assistant Professor at Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Former Students

Lara Brindisi

Lara Brindisi, PhD

Graduate Student (graduated 2023)
Department of Plant Biology

David Byrnes

David Byrnes, PhD

Graduate Student (graduated 2018)
Department of Plant Biology

Eileen Carry, PhD

Graduate Student (graduated 2021)
Department of Medicinal Chemistry

Erik Gomes, PhD

Graduate Student (graduated 2024)
Department of Plant Biology

Kathryn Homa, PhD

Graduate Student (graduated)
Department of Plant Biology

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Katherine Jawarski, MS

Graduate Student (graduated 2021)
Department of Plant Biology

Anthony Lockhart, PhD

Graduate Student (graduated 2021)
Department of Medicinal Chemistry

Weiting Lyu, PhD

Graduate Student (graduated 2022)
Department of Medicinal Chemistry

Emily Merchant

Emily Merchant, PhD

Graduate Student (graduated 2023)
Department of Plant Biology

Harna Patel

Harna Patel, PhD

Graduate Student (graduated 2023)
Department of Plant Biology

Robert Pyne

Robert Pyne, PhD

Graduate Student (graduated 2016)
Department of Plant Biology

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William Reichert, PhD

Graduate Student (graduated 2018)
Department of Plant Biology

Mara Sanders

Mara Sanders, MS

Masters Student (graduated 2018)
Department of Plant Biology

Ariane Athena Vasilatis, PhD

Graduate Student (graduated 2021)
Department of Plant Biology

Thomas Villani, PhD

Graduate Student (graduated 2017)
Department of Medicinal Chemistry

Bo Yuan

Bo Yuan, PhD

Graduate Student (graduated 2020)
Department of Food Science