“The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.”

“Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”

“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.

--Vince Lombardi

Adam S. Duerfeldt, Ph.D.

Principle Investigator


  • B.A. in Chemistry, Central College (Pella, IA), 2006

  • Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry, University of Kansas (Lawrence, KS), 2011

  • American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellow, The Scripps Research Institute, (La Jolla, CA), 2014

Staff Scientists

Ziwei Hu, Ph.D.

Research Scientist 5
B.S. in Pharmacy, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (China)
Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, Guangzhou Institutes of Biomedicine and Health (China)

Graduate Students

Julia Lee

Graduate Student
B.S. in Chemistry, Tunghai University (Taiwan), 2016

Katelyn G. Stevens

Graduate Student
B.A. in (ACS) Chemistry, Augustana University, 2019

Mikki Twiggs

Graduate Student
B.S. in Chemistry, Brigham Young University, 2020

Bo Hu, PharmD

Graduate Student
B.S. in Molecular Toxicology, University of California Berkeley, 2011
Pharm.D., University of Minnesota, 2015

Alexis Stoorza

Graduate Student
B.S. in
Biochemistry, Northwest Nazarene University, 2021

Andrew Hunt

Graduate Student
B.S. in Biochemistry,
Bethel University, 2020

Group Alumni

Staff Scientists

Cat Bishop, Ph.D. - Instructor at University of Oklahoma

Dinesh Nath, Ph.D. - Senior Scientist II - Cambrex
Yangxiong Li, Ph.D. - Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Gopal Peddabuddi, Ph.D. - Research Scientist at Accele BioPharma

Graduate Students

Jessica Gardner, Ph.D.

Quentin Avila, Ph.D. - Research and Development Chemist at Goulston Technologies

April Aloway
Xiaozheng Dou, Ph.D. - Postdoctoral Research Associate at Notre Dame
Nathan P. Lavey, Ph.D. - Scientist I at FogPharma
Quentin Gibaut, M.S. - Graduate Student at Scripps Florida
Hailee Rau, M.S. - Quality Control Supervisor at Cytovance Biologics
Apryl Saunders, M.S. - Research Laboratory Manager at Stephenson Cancer Center

Jessica Knobbe - MD/PhD Student at the University of Iowa
Karla Bonic - Graduate Student at Oregon Health & Science University
Jesse Coker - Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Cleveland Clinic Center for Therapeutics Discovery
Yanji (Cici) Zhou - Medical Student at Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Tristan Lilley
Delaney Finn
Josie Smith
Ryan Johnston
Sean Nguyen
Erich Thalacker
Joshua Lujan - Medical Student at University of Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine
Dat Truong - Medical Student at UT Southwestern