Team

“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

Background

  • 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)
huz@umn.edu

Graduate Students

Julia Lee

Graduate Student
B.S. in Chemistry, Tunghai University (Taiwan), 2016
lee03421@umn.edu

Katelyn G. Stevens

Graduate Student
B.A. in (ACS) Chemistry, Augustana University, 2019
stev0868@umn.edu

Mikki Twiggs

Graduate Student
B.S. in Chemistry, Brigham Young University, 2020
twigg022@umn.edu

Bo Hu, PharmD

Graduate Student
B.S. in Molecular Toxicology, University of California Berkeley, 2011
Pharm.D., University of Minnesota, 2015
huxxx442@umn.edu

Alexis Stoorza

Graduate Student
B.S. in
Biochemistry, Northwest Nazarene University, 2021
stoor002@umn.edu

Andrew Hunt

Graduate Student
B.S. in Biochemistry,
Bethel University, 2020
huntx334@umn.edu

Group Alumni

Staff Scientists

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

Postdocs
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

Undergraduates
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