Wooley Research Group

Department of Chemistry

Members

Principal Investigator

Professor Karen L. Wooley 

B.S., Chemistry, Oregon State University, 1988
Ph.D., Cornell University, 1993
1421 Chemistry | (979) 845-4077
wooley@chem.tamu.edu

W.T. Doherty-Welch Professor Chair and Distinguished Professor of Chemistry
Professor of Chemical Engineering
Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Director, TAMU Laboratory for Synthetic-Biologic Interactions
TIPS ETF Research Superiority Researcher


Karen L. Wooley is the W. T. Doherty-Welch Chair in Chemistry and a University Distinguished Professor at Texas A&M University, where she holds appointments in the Departments of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering. She also serves as Director of the Laboratory for Synthetic-Biologic Interactions. Research interests include the synthesis and characterization of degradable polymers derived from natural products, unique macromolecular architectures and complex polymer assemblies, and the design and development of well-defined nanostructured materials. The development of novel synthetic strategies, fundamental study of physicochemical and mechanical properties, and investigation of the functional performance of her materials in the diagnosis and treatment of disease, as non-toxic anti-biofouling or anti-icing coatings for the marine environment, as materials for microelectronics device applications, and as pollutant remediation systems are particular foci of her research activities. Her academic training included undergraduate study at Oregon State University (B.S., 1988) and graduate study under the direction of Professor Jean M. J. Fréchet at Cornell University (Ph.D., 1993). She began an academic career as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, was promoted in 1999 to Full Professor with tenure, was installed as a James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor in Arts & Sciences in 2006, and in 2009, Karen relocated to Texas A&M University. Recent awards include the American Chemical Society Award in Polymer Chemistry (2014), Royal Society of Chemistry Centenary Prize (2014), Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2014), Honorary Fellow of the Chinese Chemical Society (2014), Oesper Award (2015), and Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2015). Karen currently serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Chemical Society, among many other advisory roles within the broader scientific community.

Awards

  • Distinguished Research Achievement Award, Texas A&M University Association of Former Students, 2016
  • American Academy of Arts & Sciences Fellow, 2015 – present
  • Texas A&M University Distinguished Professor, 2011-present
  • Oesper Award, University of Cincinnati Department of Chemistry, 2015
  • Honorary Fellow of the Chinese Chemical Society, 2014-present
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, 2014-present
  • Royal Society of Chemistry Centenary Prize 2014
  • Texas A&M System Technology Commercialization Innovation Award, 2014
  • Associate Editor, J. Am. Chem. Soc, 2014-present
  • American Chemical Society Award in Polymer Chemistry, 2014
  • American Chemical Society, Polymer Chemistry Division, Herman F. Mark Scholar Award, 2009
  • Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award in Organic Chemistry, 2002

Staff

Dr. Mahmoud Elsabahy

Dr. Mahmoud Elsabahy

2011 - present
Assistant Director, Laboratory for Synthetic-Biologic Interactions
1031 Chemistry | (979) 862-6418
mahmoud.elsabahy@gmail.com


Sarosh Khan

Sarosh Khan

2014 - present
Lab Technician
1031 Chemistry | (979) 862-6418
sarosh.khan@chem.tamu.edu


Sherry Melton

Sherry Melton

2016 - present
Administrative Assistant
1422 Chemistry | (979) 862-3059
wooley_asst@chem.tamu.edu


Justin Smolen

Justin Smolen

2015 - present
Assistant Research Specialist
1031 Chemistry | (979) 862-3713
justin.smolen@chem.tamu.edu


Current Members


Senior Scientists


Dr. Soon-Mi Lim

Dr. Soon-Mi Lim

Senior Scientist
2014 - present
Ph.D., Texas A&M University, 2006
2527 Chemistry | (979) 845-1639
soonmi.lim@chem.tamu.edu


Dr. Guorong Sun

Dr. Guorong Sun

Senior Scientist
2010 - present
Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis, 2009
1429 Chemistry | (979) 845-3245
guorong.sun@chem.tamu.edu


Dr. ashlee_jahnke

Dr. Ashlee Jahnke

Assistant Senior Scientist
2014 - present
Ph.D., The University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2014
1428 Chemistry
ashlee.jahnke@chem.tamu.edu


Richen Li

Richen Li

2019 - present
1425 Chemistry
richen.li@chem.tamu.edu


Peter Wang

Peter Wang

2019 - present
1427 Chemistry
hpeterwang@gmail.com



Visiting Scholars


Dr. Marco Giles

Dr. Marco Giles

2015 - present
Ph.D., Tulane University, 2011
1427 Chemistry
marco.giles@chem.tamu.edu



Post-Doctoral Associates


Dr. Fuwu Zhang

Dr. Fuwu Zhang

2018 - present
Ph.D., Texas A&M University, 2015
1426 Chemistry
zhangfuwu@tamu.edu



Ph.D. Students


Benjamin Demor

Benjamin Demor

2017 - present
1427 Chemistry
bdemor@tamu.edu


Mei Dong

Mei Dong

2015 - present
1427 Chemistry
mei_dong@tamu.edu


Nari Kang

Nari Kang

2015 - present
1426 Chemistry
nari0320@tamu.edu


Chris Komatsu

Chris Komatsu

2014 - present
1427 Chemistry
chris.komatsu@chem.tamu.edu


Eric Leonhardt

Eric Leonhardt

2014 - present
1425 Chemistry
leonhaee@tamu.edu


Yen-nan Lin

Yen-nan Lin

2015 - present
1425 Chemistry
yenlin27@tamu.edu


Mahsa Minaeian

Mahsa Minaeian

2017 - present
1425 Chemistry
mminaeian@tamu.edu


Tan Nguyen

Tan Nguyen

2015 - present
1428 Chemistry
tan.nguyen@tamu.edu


Gina Ging Pang

Gina Ching Pang

2018 - present
1428 Chemistry
chingpang@tamu.edu


Yidan Shen

Yidan Shen

2018 - present
1428 Chemistry
yidan@tamu.edu


Yue Song

Yue Song

2015 - present
1427 Chemistry
ysong@tamu.edu


David Tran

David Tran

2017 - present
1427 Chemistry
david.khoi.tran@tamu.edu


Mariela Vazquez

Mariela Vazquez

2015 - present
1425 Chemistry
mariela.vazquez@tamu.edu



Undergraduate Students


Marta Pulfer

Marta Pulfer

2017 - present
1425 Chemistry
martapulfer@tamu.edu


Alexis Gooch

Keiani Smith

2019 - present
1426 Chemistry
k-smith2k14@tamu.edu


Menaka Tandon

Menaka Tandon

2017 - present
1425 Chemistry
mtandon@tamu.edu


Former Members

Former TAMU Visiting Scholars


Andrew P. Dove
Ph.D., University of Warwick, UK

Sussana Elkassih
REU Undergraduate Research Program, University of Texas, Dallas, TX

Bryan Tucker
REU Undergraduate Research Program, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA

Simcha Felder
REU Undergraduate Research Program, Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI

Former Post-Doctoral Associates


Rachel Letteri
2016 to 2018

Yingchao Chen
2015 to 2017

Lu Su
2014 to 2017

Marco Giles
2012 to 2015

Yannick Borguet
2013 to 2015

Amandine Noel
2013 to 2015

Tiffany P. Gustafson
2012 to 2014

Jeffery Raymond
2011 to 2014

Jiong Zou
2011 to 2014

Koichiro Mikami
2011 to 2012

Scott Zawko
2010 to 2011

Celine Besset
2010 to 2011

Christopher Fidge
2009 to 2011

Solène Cauët
2008 to 2010

Jennifer L. Sorrells
2008 to 2010

Wenjun (Eric) Du
2006 to 2009

Kenya T. Powell
2006 to 2008

Andreas Nystrom
2006 to 2008

Chong Cheng
2003 to 2007

Jinqi Xu
2005 to 2007

Gianluca De Leo
Project Manager & IT Specialist

Zihan Huang
2006

C. Marcus Ruda
2005 to 2006

Simon Harrisson
2003 to 2005

Laura Turculet
2003 to 2005

Rachel K. O'Reilly
2003 to 2005

Gerald O. Brown
2003 to 2005

Dipanjan Pan
2002 to 2005

Krishnamurthy Shanmuganandamurthy
1999 to 2001

Jianquan Liu
1999 to 2001

Daoji Gan
1998 to 2000

Timothy E. Baroni
1999 to 2000

Haiyong Huang
1996 to 1998

Andrei D. Stefanescu
1996 to 1998

Rolf Gertzmann
1995 to 1996

Thomas A. Straw
1994 to 1995

Former Graduate Students


Kevin Wacker
2013 to 2017

Xun He
2012 to 2017

Jeniree A. Flores Delgado
2011 to 2017

Samantha L. Kristufek
2011 to 2017

Jennifer Summerhill Zigmond
2011 to 2016

Jingwei Fan
2011 to 2016

Gyu Seong Heo
2008 to 2015

Kellie Seetho
2010 to 2015

Lauren Link
2012 to 2015

Adriana Pavia-Sanders
2010 to 2015

Fuwu Zhang
2010 to 2015

Sangho Cho
2010 to 2015

Young Lim
2011 to 2015

Kevin Pollack
2009 to 2014

Danielle Policarpio
2010 to 2013

Sandani Samarajeewa
2008 to 2013

Shiyi Zhang
2008 to 2013

Rita Shrestha
2007 to 2012

Ang Li
2007 to 2012

Philip M. Imbesi
2007 to 2012

Yun (Lily) Lin
2007 to 2012

Kenton Rauwerdink
2010 to 2012

Jennifer Streff
2009 to 2012

Nam S. Lee
2006 to 2011

Zhou Li
2006 to 2011

Chao Yang
2009 to 2011

Jun Ma
2005 to 2010

Rhiannon K. Iha
2005 to 2010

Jeremy W. Bartel
2005 to 2010

Ke Zhang
2004 to 2009

Yali Li
2004 to 2009

Zicheng Li
2004 to 2009

Guorong Sun
2004 to 2009

David S. Germack
2002 to 2007

Brooke A. Van Horn
2002 to 2007

Shrinivas Venkataraman
2002 to 2007

Zhiyun Chen
2002 to 2007

Glenna Anderson
2004 to 2006

Maisie J. Joralemon
2000 to 2005

Kai Qi
2000 to 2005

Jeffrey L. Turner
2000 to 2005

Chakravarthy Gudipati
1999 to 2004

Harvey R. Fields, Jr.
1994 to 2004

Matthew L. Becker
1998 to 2003

Christopher G. Clark, Jr.
1995 to 2002

Qinggao Ma
1997 to 2002

Minming Zhu
2000 to 2002

Jin Ma
1999 to 2001

Min Wang
1996 to 2001

Qi Zhang
1997 to 2001

Juli S. Allen
1998 to 2000

Cathleen Kolthoff
1998 to 2000

Daniel H. Bolton
1993 to 1997

Anja Mueller
1993 to 1998

Jennifer M. Weinberg
1993 to 1998

Bruce Thurmond II
1993 to 1998

Former Undergraduate Students


Texas A&M University

Alexis Gooch
2016 to 2017

Ryan Allen
2016

Amelia Gonzalez
2014 to 2016

Eric Vavra
2014 to 2015

Audrey Nelson
2014

Sarah Ward
2014 to 2015

Joel Russell     
2014 to 2015

Amelia Gonzalez
2014 to 2016

Sergio Estrada
2014

Sarah Leininger
2013

Tyler Kristufek
2013

Emily Emmons
2013

Matthew Svach
2013 to 2014

Virginia Vance
2013 to 2014

Perouza Parsamian
2012

Sussana Elkassih
2012

Daniel Dobbins
2012 to 2013

Ryan Zentay
2011 to 2013

Bryan Tucker
2011

Johnson Asi
2011

Corrie Clark
2010 to 2013

Stephanie Florez Pollack          
2010 to 2013

Pinyada Arkompituk
2010

Simcha Felder
2010

Washington University

Ying-Hsin Tsai
2009

Matthew Skinner
2009

Peter Billings
2008 to 2009

Jasmine Ng
2007

Katelin Mirkin
2006

Kevin Sullivan
2005 to 2008

Benjamin Stormo
2005

Jasmine Hunt
2003 to 2005

John B. Matson
2002 to 2004

Anne K. Nugent
2002 to 2004

Paul J. Endres
2002 to 2003

Jennifer Kennedy
2002

Jeremiah Johnson
2001 to 2004

Brad Dickinson
2001

Erin Brew
2001

Nichelle E. Torsiello
2000 to 2001

Rajas Pargaorkor
2000

Laura A. Meierhoff
2000

Michael Lefenfeld
2000

Katherine D. Wooley
1999

Courtney D. Hatch
1998, 1999

Jeffery A. Byers          
1998 to 2000

Andrew Cissell
1996

Jodee Collins
1996

Yoshitsugu Noguchi
1996 to 1997

Josh Yoburn
1995

Joel Silverman
1994 to 1995

Stephen Gitto
1994 to 1995

Imran Sheikh
1993 to 1994

Former Editorial Assistants


Jan Hunt
2004 to 2009

Former Lab Researchers


Ying-Hsin (Cindy) Tsai
2009 to 2009

Stephanie Florez Pollack
2010 to 2014

Former Lab Operations Technicians


Andy Moutray
2012 to 2015