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Oberlies Research Group

Our Team
Nicholas Oberlies Nicholas H. Oberlies, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Phone:   336.334.5474
Fax:   336.334.5402
   
nicholas_oberlies@uncg.edu

 

Nicholas Oberlies received his B.S. in Chemistry from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) in 1992 and his Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy from Purdue University (West Lafayette, Indiana) in 1997, where he studied under Professor Jerry L. McLaughlin. He then spent a year as a postdoctoral chemist at American Cyanamid (Princeton, New Jersey), where he investigated leads with insecticidal, herbicidal, and fungicidal properties from natural sources. In 1998, he joined the Natural Products Laboratory at Research Triangle Institute (RTI) in North Carolina, specifically to be mentored by Dr. Mansukh C. Wani and the now late, Dr. Monroe E. Wall, who are most well known as the co-discoverers of taxol and camptothecin. He rose progressively through the ranks of RTI and eventually directed the Natural Products Laboratory. In 2009, he moved his research group to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has received several awards that speak to his accomplishments, including the Matt Suffness Young Investigator Award from the American Society of Pharmacognosy, the 40 under 40 Leadership Award from the Triangle Business Journal, and the North Carolina Distinguished Speaker Award from the NC Section of the American Chemical Society.

 

Staff/Postdoctoral Fellows
Dr. Amninder (Amni) Kaur

Dr. Amninder (Amni) Kaur
Postdoctoral Fellow
a_kaur@uncg.edu

Dr. Kaur earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Iowa in 2012, where she worked with Dr. Jim Gloer. She obtained her B.S and M.S. in Chemistry from Panjab University, Chandigarh, India in 2002 and 2005, respectively. 

Tyler Graf

Tyler Graf
Research Scientist
tngraf@uncg.edu

Tyler received his M.S. in Biochemistry from Duke University in 2000. He obtained his B.S. in Chemistry from Emory University in 1995. He started working with Dr. Oberlies in 2000 and moved with him to UNCG from the Research Triangle Institute.

Danielle Hayes

Danielle Hayes
Laboratory Specialist
d_hayes@uncg.edu

Danielle received her B.S. in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2010. She works on a joint project between researchers in the Chemistry and Biology departments. 

Huzefa Raja

Dr. Huzefa Raja
Postdoctoral Fellow
haraja@uncg.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Huzefa received his Ph.D. in Plant Biology (Mycology) from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign in 2007. He obtained his M.Phil. in Botany (with specialization in Mycology) from the University of Madras, India in 1999. 

 

Graduate Students
Karen VanderMolen

Karen VanderMolen
Medicinal Biochemistry Ph.D.
kmvander@uncg.edu

Karen received a B.S. in Chemistry from Davidson College in 2009.

Vincent Sica

Vincent Sica
Medicinal Biochemistry Ph.D.
v_sica@uncg.edu

Vincent received a M.S. in Organic Chemistry from Binghamton University in 2011 and a B.A. in Chemistry from SUNY Geneseo in 2008.

Tamam El-Elimat

Tamam El-Elimat
Medicinal Biochemistry Ph.D.
tmelelim@uncg.edu 

Tamam received a M.S. in Natural Products Chemistry in 2004 and a B.A. in Pharmacy in 1996, both from Jordan University of Science and Technology. 

Noemi Paguigan

Noemi Paguigan
Medicinal Biochemistry Ph.D.
ndpaguig@uncg.edu 

Noemi received her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of the Philippines-Diliman in 2006.

Ericca Smith

Ericca Smith
Biochemistry M.S.
edsmith3@uncg.edu

Ericca received her BS in Biology and BA in Chemistry from High Point University in 2008.

Hanan Althagafy

Hanan Althagafy
Medicinal Biochemistry Ph.D.
hsalthag@uncg.edu

Hanan received a M.S. in Biochemistry from the University of King Abdulaziz in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in 2003.

Rabia Bukhari

Rabia Bukhari
Chemistry M.S.
rmbukhar@uncg.edu

Rabia received a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Waikato, New Zealand in 2002.

   

 

Undergraduate Students
Robin Tate Uhl

Robin Tate Uhl
Sophomore student
tcuhl@uncg.edu

Robin transferred to UNCG from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is studying Chemistry with a concentration in research.

Sarah Winters

Sarah Winters

Sarah transferred to UNCG from Coastal Carolina Community College and is studying biochemistry.

Edem Tchegnon

Edem Tchegnon

Edem transferred to UNCG from Central Piedmont Community College and is studying biology.

Mark Voncannon

Mark Voncannon

Mark transferred to UNCG from Forsyth Technical Community College and is studying biochemistry.

Joshua White-Sizer

Joshua White-Sizer

Josh is studying biochemistry at UNCG

 

 

 

Alumni
Sloan Ayers

 

Dr. Sloan Ayers
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2010-2011
sloan_ayers@msn.com

Sloan is a Senior Research Scientist at Bristol-Myers Squibb in New Brunswick, NJ. He received his Ph.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2003, and his B.S. in Chemistry from James Madison University in 1993.

Cherilyn Strader

Cherilyn Strader
Biochemistry M.S. Degree, Spring 2012
cherilyn.strader@syngenta.com

Cherilyn received a B.S. in Chemistry from Greensboro College in 2007 and earned her M.S. in Biochemistry at UNCG in the Spring of 2012. Currently, she is a Regulatory Specialist at Syngenta Crop Protection in Greensboro, NC.

Thomas Johnston

Thomas Johnston
Biochemistry M.S. Degree, Spring 2012
tjohnston@dhmri.org

Tom received a B.S. in Biology and B.A. in Chemistry from the University of NC-Wilmington in 2007 and earned his M.S. in Biochemistry at UNCG in the Spring of 2012. Currently, he is a Staff Scientist in Analytical Sciences/Metabolomics at the David H. Murdock Research Institute (DHMRI) in Kannapolis, NC.

Arlene Sy-Cordero

Dr. Arlene Sy-Cordero
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2008-2012
Arlene.Sy-Cordero@microbac.com

Arlene received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Iowa in 2007. She was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Oberlies Research Group first at the Research Triangle Institute and then at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Currently, she is the Analytical/R&D Lab Manager for Qvape Juice, LLC of Raleigh, NC.

Mario Figuero

Dr. Mario Figueroa
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2010-2012
mafiguer@unam.mx

Dr. Figueroa is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Chemistry at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).