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  •  Previous Research Assistants

    Dr. Patricia Cano-Sanchez

     Previous Research Associates and Postdoctoral Fellows

    Dr. Dan Arrieta
    Dr. Tony Yan
    Dr. Cédric Bernard
    Dr. Mingming Guo
    Dr. Anup Ray
    Dr. Amy Xiuhua Fang
    Dr. Wenlin Huang
    Dr. Samar Rizk
    Dr. Sayantani Sarkar
    Dr. Rufeng Wang
    Dr. Tong Zhang
    Dr. Cherryl Tihal-Antohi
    Dr. Feng Qiu
    Dr. Ka-Loh Li
    Dr. Hongwei Wu
    Dr. Xiaofang Cheng
    Dr. Junyan Zhong
    Dr. Bingwu Yu
    Dr. Xiaomin Yang

     Previous Staff & Extended Group Members

    Ms. Lorraine Brocato
    Ms. Monica deLeon
    Starkgroup in 2013

     Previous Graduate Students

    Dr. George Guohua Wu
    Ms. Liqing Jin
    Ms. Ping Ao
    Dr. Shiying Tian
    Mr. Zhantong Mao
    Mr. Qian Wang
    Dmitry Volfson, D.O.
    Dr. Fouad Francis
    Ms. Qing Cai
    Ms. Stephanie Milczarski
    Dr. Yan He
    Dr. Zhen-jia (Zane) Chen
    Dr. Rima Estephan
    Ms. Simone V. Tchouke
    Ms. Silmilly Toribio
    Dr. Adriana Vela
    Dr. Farah A. Jayman
    Dr. Weimin Wang
    Dr. Xudong Guan
    Ms. Nancy Medina

     Previous Undergraduate and High School Students

    Mr. Kevin Zhou
    Ms. Toni Eversley
    Ms. Theodora Johnson
    Mr. David Kam
    Ms. Sophia Zhang
    Mr. Glenn Yu
    Ms. Janni Lin
    Ms. Sindy Tan
    Mr. Eseosa Aiwerioghene
    Ms. Faiza Boukerche
    Mr. Matthew Zucker
    Ms. Julia Oktawiec
    Dr. Ruth Ding
    Mr. Albert Tai
    Ms. Linda Kallash
    Mr. Christopher Fuentes
    Ms. Selina Wang
    Ms. Yasmin Leigh
    Ms. Esther Jang
    Ms. Moyouri Bhattacharjee

    Dr. Patricia Cano-Sanchez

    MMA Research Assistant

  • Current Affiliation: Laboratory Manager in Biochemistry - National University of Mexico 2006
  • Dr. Dan Arrieta

    Education

  • BS Pharmacological Chemistry and Biology Mexico, 1995
  • MS Bio-Organic Chemistry Mexico, 1997
  • Ph.D., Biochemistry Sciences, National University of Mexico, 2002

    National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico, Research Associate & Manager for NMR and Mass Spectrometry
    Postdoctoral Fellow, National University of Mexico 2006

    RESEARCH INTEREST
  • Natural Products Biotechnology: Study and applications.

    CURRENT PROJECTS
  • Studies of the incorporation of the aromatic monomers in the suberin biosynthesis
  • Degradation of the suberin and analysis of the products by HPTLC, HPLC, NMR and MS.

    More informations in my personal webpage:http://mx.geocities.com/okidoski/daniel/daniel_eng.htm
  • Dr. Tony Yan

    Research Interest:

  • NMR Methods
  • Software design and system performance.
  • Current Affiliation: Citibank
  • Previous Affiliation: Principal Programmer/Analyst, Health Research Inc. Albany, NY
  • Dr. Cédric Bernard

    Sr. Research Associate

    Education

  • Ph.D. in Structural Biology, University of Aix-Marseille II, Marseille, France, 2002
  • M.S. in Structural Biology, University of Aix-Marseille II, Marseille, France, 1999
  • B.S. in Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of Aix-Marseille II, Marseille, France, 1997

    Research Interests:
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy
  • Protein structure determination in solution
  • Protein/Ligand and Protein/Protein interactions
  • Protein production and purification

    Projects in Stark Lab:
  • Studying fatty-acid binding proteins (FABPs) and their interaction with various ligands
  • Studying peroxysome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs) and their interaction with various proteins and ligands
  • Dr. Mingming Guo

    Polymer Science Institute The University of Akron

    Dr. Anup Ray
    Director of Pre-formulation, Impax Laboratory, Hayward, CA, USA.
    Dr. Amy Xiuhua Fang

    Postdoctoral Fellow, City University of New York

    Current Affiliation: Pharma Tech Specialist, Actavis Pharmaceuticals, Elizabeth, NJ

    Research Interests:

  • NMR, HPLC methods.
  • Dr. Wenlin Huang

    Postdoctoral Research Associate

    Education:

  • Ph.D. in Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Delaware, 2007
  • M.Phil. in Chemistry, the Graduate Center of CUNY, 2002
  • B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Hunan University, Changsha, China, 1990

    Research interests:
  • Investigating the key compounds in native skin of potato(Solanum tuberosum L.) tuber that participate in giving the russet phenotype and the potential biomarkers during wound-healing process in different varieties using NMR-based and/or LC-MS-based metabolomics study
  • Studying the composition and structure of suberin (biopolymer) and associated materials in native skin and wound-healing periderm of potatoes using solid state magic angle spinning NMR spectroscopy.

    Projects in Stark Lab:
  • Metabolites profiling of native skin and wound-healing periderm of potatoes in different varieties
  • Solid state NMR study of potato suberization in native skin and wound-healing periderm
  • Solid state NMR study of tomato cutins

    Affiliation: Senior Scientist, ICI Group
  • Dr. Samar Rizk

    Postdoctoral Research Associate

    Education

  • Ph.D. in Biochemistry, the Graduate Center of CUNY
  • Diplomat in Biochemical Analysis, Faculty of Pharmacy, Cairo University, Egypt
  • B.Sc. in Pharmaceutical Science, Faculty of Pharmacy, Cairo University, Egypt

    Research Interests:
  • NMR studies of protein protein interaction
  • Studying of PPAR protein structure analysis and PPAR-Ligand interaction using multi-dimensional NMR experiments
  • Dr. Sayantani Sarkar

    Education:

  • Ph.D. in Biochemistry, City University of New York - City College of New York, 2012
  • M.S. in Biochemistry, University of Calcutta
  • B.S. in Physiology, University of Calcutta

    Research Interests:
  • Biochemistry, Nutritional Chemistry, Biophysics
  • Dr. Rufeng Wang

    Postdoctoral Fellow

    Education

  • Ph.D. in Pharmacognosy, Peking University,China. 2003
  • M.S. in Botany, Shandong University,China. 1995

    Interests:
  • Liquid state NMR theory and application.
  • Natural Product Chemistry
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Dr. Tong Zhang

    Visiting Scholar
    Associate Professor, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China

  • Education: Ph.D. in Pharmacy (Traditional Chinese Medicine: TCM), Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China
  • B.S. in Chemistry, Nanjing University, China

    Research interest: natural products, pharmaceutics and quality standard of Chinese Materia Medica
  • Dr. Cherryl Tihal-Antohi
    Research Interest:
  • NMR Methods in natural products.
    Current Affiliation: Part-time teaching position in the Chemistry department at University of Texas, Arlington
  • Dr. Feng Qiu
    NMR spectroscopy. Current Affiliation: NMR leader of Hopewell Site in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co
    Dr. Ka-Loh Li
    Research Associate, University of Manchester (UK), Institute of Population HealthPrevious: Associate Specialist, Step IIDepartment of Radiology Magnetic Resonance Science Center University of California, San Francisco
    Dr. Hongwei Wu

    Research Assistant Professor and NMR Facility Manager, Indiana U.

    Education

  • B.S. in Biophysics, Nankai University, China, 1989.
  • Ph.D. in Biophysics, Beijing Medical University, China, 1995.

    Research Interests:
  • Various biophysical methods mainly including high-resolution NMR, also AFM, CD
  • Florescences technique etc. in protein solution structure analysis and protein-protein interaction.

    Projects in Stark Lab:
  • Studies of the behaviors of the isotropic bicelle as the membrane mimetic medium by 31-P NMR and AFM
  • PPAR protein solution structure analysis and PPAR-FABP interaction using multi-dimensional NMR.
  • Dr. Xiaofang Cheng
    Research interest: NMR Spectroscopy and plant polymers.
    Dr. Junyan Zhong

    Education

  • Ph.D. in NMR and polymer science, Clark University, Worcester, MA, 2005
  • B.S. in Chemistry, GanNan Normal university, Ganzhou, China, 1993

    Current affiliation:
  • NMR Scientist,Intertek Chemicals & Materials 2013
  • NMR Facility Manager, Old Dominion University 4/07
  • Research Associate Postdoctoral Research Associate

    Research Interests
  • Development and Implement of novel NMR pulse sequence and methodology, both solid and liquid state.
  • Structural elucidation of biopolymers by NMR.
    Projects in Stark Lab Structural elucidation of fungal melanin by means of isotope labeling of precursors and NMR techniques.
  • Dr. Bingwu Yu

    Quality Assurance Auditor

  • Education
  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica, Chinese Academy of Sciences. 2001
  • M.S. in Medicine, Henan University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. 1998

    Interests: 1. Solid/Liquid state NMR theory and application. 2. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. 3. Natural Product Chemistry
  • Stark Group Projects: HR/CP-MAS NMR Studies of Biopolymers from Hardening Potato (Solanum tuberosum) and Fungal Melanins
  • Past Affiliation: U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Email: bingwuyu@gmail.com
  • Current Affiliation: Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Deerfield, IL
  • Dr. Xiaomin Yang
    Education
  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, Peking University, P.R.China, 1996
  • B.S. in Chemistry, Lanzhou University, P.R.China, 1986

    Research Interests
  • High-resolution NMR methods in protein structure studies

    Current Projects
  • Studies of liver fatty acid binding protein structure at binding state (holo-structure) and unbinding state (apo-structure) via solution NMR multiple-dimension experiments.
  • Ms. Lorraine Brocato

    Current Affiliation: Liaison for Budget, Facilities, IT, Provost's Office, College of Staten Island, CUNY.

    Ms. Monica deLeon

    Administrative Assistant
    CUNY Institute for Macromolecular Assemblies
    The City College of New York

    Education:

  • R.D.H. Dental Hygiene, New York City College of Technology, CUNY 2014
  • B.S. Biology, City College of New York 2011
  • Starkgroup in 2013

    See attached.

    Dr. George Guohua Wu

    Ph.D., 2000, Polymer Chemistry, CUNY College of Staten Island

  • Research interest: NMR Spectroscopy and Polymers
    Current Affiliation: Supervising Scientist, Colorant Technical Group, Benjamin Moore Corporation
  • Ms. Liqing Jin

    Education

  • Ph.D. student in Biochemistry, CUNY, 2016
  • M.S. Chemistry of Natural Products, China Pharmaceutical University, Nanjing, P.R. China, 2011
  • B.S. Pharmacy, Hebei Medical University, Shijiazhuang, Hebei, P.R. China, 2008

    Research Interests:
  • Metabolomics of Periderm Wound Healing in Natural and Engineered Potatoes

    Current Affiliation: Staff Scientist, Bioanalytical Services, Frontage Laboratories, Exton, PA
  • Ms. Ping Ao

    Education

  • Ph.D. student in Polymer Chemistry, City University of New York
  • Pursuing Ph.D. in Medicine Material Chemistry, Peking Union Medicine University ,Beijing, China
  • M.S. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Chinese Medicine, Beijing, China
  • B.S.Pharmacy, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing, China

    Research Interest
  • Structural elucidation of fungal melanin by means of isotope labeling of precursors .
  • Dr. Shiying Tian

    Education

  • Ph.D., 2005, Polymer Chemistry
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, 2006

    Research interests
  • NMR spectroscopy
  • Organic Synthesis.

    Current Affiliation: Director of Quality Control and Analytical Services, Frontida Biopharm
  • Mr. Zhantong Mao

    Graduate student

    Education

  • Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry, CUNY, 2015, “Polymer Pen Printing: A Tool for Studying 2D Enzymatic Lithography and Printing 3D Carbon Features”

    Senior Scoentist, chemical industry
  • Mr. Qian Wang

    Education

  • Ph.D. student in Biochemistry, CUNY, 2017
  • B.S. Biotechnology, Yantai University, Yantai, P.R. China 2009

    Research Interests:
  • NMR studies of protein structure
  • Interactions in protein-protein and protein-ligand binding by NMR techniques
  • Current Affiliation: Postdoctoral Fellow, College of Staten Island
  • Dmitry Volfson, D.O.

    B.S., Chemistry, Honors College at The College of Staten Island, 2002

  • CUNY Salk Scholar, 2002
  • Current affiliation: Resident in Emergency Medicine, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Dr. Fouad Francis

    Education

  • B.S., Chemistry, CUNY College of Staten Island, 2001
  • Ph.D., Biochemistry, City University of New York, 2007

    Current Affiliation:
  • Ann Arundel School District, Maryland
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, NIH

    Research Interests:
  • High-resolution NMR methods in protein structural studies
  • Ms. Qing Cai

    Education

  • Ph.D. student in Chemistry, CUNY, 2016
  • B.S. Chemistry, Hunan University, Changsha, Hunan, P.R. China, 2011

    Research Interests:
  • Metabolomics and Solid-state NMR of Natural and Engineered Potato Periderm Biopolymers

    Current Affiliation: Staff Scientist, Lachman Institute for Pharmaceutical Analysis, Long Island U. - Brooklyn
  • Ms. Stephanie Milczarski

    Education

  • Ph.D. student in Physics, CUNY
  • M.S. Applied Physics, The New Jersey Institute of Technology, 2013
  • B.S. Applied Physics, The New Jersey Institute of Technology, 2008

    Research Interests
  • Characterizing fungal melanin using NMR spectroscopy
  • Dr. Yan He

    Senior Research Associate, Bristol-Meyers Squibb

    Education:

  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, City University of New York - College of Staten Island, 2000
  • M.S. in Chemical Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, 1990

    Research interests:
  • Protein tertiary structure determination by multi-dimensional NMR
  • Protein-ligand binding interaction studies by both NMR and molecular modeling
  • Computational chemistry on homology modeling, protein-to-target docking, and QSAR.
  • Dr. Zhen-jia (Zane) Chen
    Education
  • Ph.D., City University of New York - College of Staten Island
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, City University of New York - College of Staten Island

    Current Affiliation: Associate Director, AMRI-Singapore (retired)
  • Dr. Rima Estephan

    Ph.D., 2005, Biochemistry, CUNY College of Staten Island

  • Current affiliation:
  • NYC Board of Education
  • Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Staff Member
  • Ms. Simone V. Tchouke

    Education

  • M.S. Biochemistry, City College of New York, May 2014 (anticipated)
  • B.S. Biochemistry, City College of New York

    Research Interest:
  • NMR study of protein structure involve in DNA replication
  • Interactions of protein-protein and Ligang biding
  • Ms. Silmilly Toribio

    Education:

  • Ph.D. student in Biochemistry, CUNY (on leave)
  • M.S. Science Education-Chemistry, City College of New York, CUNY
  • B.S. Chemistry Honors in Biochemistry, City College of New York, CUNY
  • A.S. Liberal Arts in Science, Hostos Community College, CUNY

    Research Interest:
  • Use biophysical methods such as NMR to study protein-ligand interactions as an approach to better understand of biochemical pathways.
  • Dr. Adriana Vela

    B.S. in Chemistry, City University of New York, Honors College at the College of Staten Island, 2005

  • Bridge to the Doctorate student 2005 - 2007
  • Ph.D., Dept of Molecular Biology and Biophysics, Yale University (2013)

    Research Interest
  • Proteins and NMR spectroscopy; RNA-Protein Interactions

    Current Projects: Cancer Biology and Protein Biochemistry; Translational Research
  • Current affiliation: Postdoctoral Fellow, MSKCC
  • Dr. Farah A. Jayman

    Ph.D., 2007, Biochemistry, CUNY College of Staten Island

  • Current affiliation: CUNY Graduate Center, MAGNET Program
  • Dr. Weimin Wang

    Education

  • M.S., Polymer Materials, Beijing University of Chemical Technology
  • Ph.D., Polymer Chemistry (Biopolymers), City University of New York

    Current Affiliation:
  • Senior Scientists, Abon Pharmaceuticals, Northvale, NJ
  • Research staff, Rockefeller University

    Research Interests:
  • Analytical methods (HPLC, NMR, (MS)n)
  • polymeric materials
  • peptide synthesis.
  • Dr. Xudong Guan

    NMR specialist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Institute for Genomic Biology

    Education:

  • Ph.D. in Chemistry (Molecular Biophysics), CUNY, 2012
  • M.S. in Chemistry, Nankai University, Tianjin, P.R. China 2003
  • B.S. in Chemistry, Nankai University, Tianjin, P.R. China 1999

    Research Interests:
  • NMR applications in organic chemistry, material science and biomolecular assemblies
  • NMR technique development
  • Ms. Nancy Medina

    Education

  • Ph.D. candidate in Analytical Chemistry, CUNY

    Research Interests:
  • Metabolites in wound-healing potato tissue
  • Mr. Kevin Zhou

    Undergraduate Research Intern

    Education:

  • Macaulay Honors College, City College of New York, Chemical Engineering B.E., Class of 2014
  • Ms. Toni Eversley

    Education

  • B.S in Biochemistry, 2005, College of Staten Island
  • M.S. student in Pharmacology/Toxicology, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY

    Current project involves investigating the biosynthesis of suberin using the analytical methods HPLC and NMR spectroscopy.
  • Ms. Theodora Johnson

    Undergraduate Student

    Mr. David Kam

    Undergraduate Research Intern

    Education:

  • The College of New Jersey, Seven-Year BS/MD program, Class of 2016
  • Ms. Sophia Zhang

    High School Research Intern

    Education:

  • Hunter College High School, Class of 2017

    Cornell U., class of 2021
  • Mr. Glenn Yu

    High School Research Intern

    Education:

  • Hunter College High School, Class of 2015; Stanford U., Class of 2019
  • Ms. Janni Lin

    High School Research Intern

    Education:

  • Hunter College High School, Class of 2017

    Cornell U., class of 2021
  • Ms. Sindy Tan

    High School Research Intern

    Education:

  • Hunter College High School, Class of 2013
  • Harvard University, Class of 2017
  • Mr. Eseosa Aiwerioghene

    Undergraduate Research Intern

    Education:

  • City College of New York, Biochemistry B.S., Class of 2016
  • Ms. Faiza Boukerche

    Undergraduate Research Intern

    Education:

  • City College of New York, Biochemistry B.S., Class of 2015
  • Mr. Matthew Zucker

    High School Research Intern

    Education:

  • Hunter College High School, Class of 2017
  • Ms. Julia Oktawiec

    Ph.D. student in Chemistry, UC Berkeley

    Education:

  • Hunter College High School, Class of 2009
  • Columbia University, Class of 2013

    Research interest:
  • High School Research Intern: NMR studies of the cuticular waxes of tomatoes
  • High School Research Intern: AFM surveys of dewaxed tomato cuticles
  • Undergraduate student at Columbia U.: Inorganic and Materials Chemistry
  • Dr. Ruth Ding

    Education

  • SUNY Upstate Medical University, Class of 2013
  • Post-Baccalaureate student, Program in Premedical Studies, CUNY-City College, Fall 2006 - Fall 2008
  • B.A. in Economics, Rutgers University, 2001

    Research Interests
  • Metabolites in wound-healing potato tissue.
  • Mr. Albert Tai

    High School Research Intern

    Education:

  • Hunter College High School, Class of 2016
  • Ms. Linda Kallash

    Undergraduate Research Intern

    Education:

  • Macaulay Honors College, City College of New York, Biochemistry B.S., Class of 2015
  • Mr. Christopher Fuentes

    Undergraduate Research Intern

    Education:

  • City College of New York, Biology B.S., Class of 2017
  • Ms. Selina Wang

    High School Research Intern

    Education:

  • Hunter College High School, Class of 2016; Princeton U., Class of 2020
  • Ms. Yasmin Leigh

    Education:

  • B.A., Mass Communications and Sociology, Iona College, 2002
  • B.S., Biology, Minor: Biochemistry, December 2006, CUNY College Of Staten Island

    Research credits: LSAMP Research Assistant 2005-7; LSAMP Grad, 2009-
    Research Conferences: Undergraduate Chemistry Symposium at St. Johns University, Queens campus 2005
  • Title of research project: Rapid Screening of Potato Metabolites using High Performance Liquid Chromatography
  • Ms. Esther Jang

    High School Research Intern

    Education:

  • Hunter College High School, Class of 2010
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Class of 2014
  • Ms. Moyouri Bhattacharjee

    High School Research Intern

    Education:

  • Hunter College High School, Class of 2011
  • Cornell University, Class of 2015