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Cech Research Group

Our Team
Nadja B. Cech, PhD
Associate Professor
Phone:   336.334.3017
Fax:   336.334.5402
Room 408 Sullivan Science Bldg.
nadja_cech@uncg.edu

 

Dr. Cech earned a BS degree in chemistry from Southern Oregon University at the age of 19.  This degree was funded in part a large crop of the plant medicine Echinacea, which she helped to cultivate on her family’s organic farm.  In 2001, Dr. Cech was awarded her PhD in Analytical Chemistry from the University of New Mexico, where she worked under the direction of Dr. Chris Enke, co-inventor of the triple quadrupole mass spectrometer.  Dr. Cech’s initial research efforts were focused on fundamental studies of electrospray ionization mass spectrometry, and her review on this topic is one of the most widely reference in this field. When she joined the faculty at the University of North Carolina Greensboro in 2001, Dr. Cech was excited to apply her theoretical studies of mass spectrometry to her long-dormant interest in medicinal plants.  In particular, she tackled the question, “How can mass spectrometry be used to study the synergistic interactions responsible for the biological activity of botanical medicines?”  This question has been the topic of 10 consecutive years of external funding from agencies including the National Institutes of Health (National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine).  Dr. Cech’s work in this area was recently covered by C&E News, and she was awarded the Jack L. Beal Award from the Journal of Natural Products for best paper by a young investigator in 2011.  She currently supervises a dynamic group of 12 undergraduates, graduate students, and post-doctoral research associates.  Dr. Cech has been recognized for both her teaching (with the 2008 University of North Carolina Greensboro College Teaching Award) and her research (with the 2011 University of North Carolina Greensboro Junior Research Excellence Award) and has published 34 peer-reviewed papers.

 

Current Lab Members
Owen Bussey III

R. Owen Bussey, III
PhD Student, Medicinal Biochemistry
robussey@uncg.edu

BS, Chemistry, Davidson College


Adam Brown

Adam Brown
PhD Student, Medicinal Biochemistry
arbrown2@uncg.edu

MS, Botany, University of Hawaii at Manoa
BS, Biology, minors in Chemistry and Archeology, Lycoming College, PA
AAS, Forest Technology, Pennsylvania College of Technology, PA

Daniel Todd

Daniel Todd
PhD Student, Medicinal Biochemistry
datodd3@uncg.edu

BS, Chemistry, North Carolina State University

Emily Britton

Emily Britton
PhD Student, Medicinal Biochemistry
erbritto@uncg.edu

BS, Chemistry, minor in Nutrition and Foods, Appalachian State University

Martha Leyte-Lugo, PhD

Martha Leyte-Lugo, PhD
Post Doctoral Student, Chemistry

PhD, Chemistry Science, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)

David Zich

David Zich
dbzich@gmail.com

BS, Biochemistry, UNC Greensboro

Clint Alfaro

Clint Alfaro
BS Student, Biochemistry and Biology
cmalfaro@uncg.edu

Joseph Egan

Joseph Egan
BS Student, Biochemistry
jmegan@uncg.edu

Agbo-Oma Uwakweh

Agbo-Oma Uwakweh
BS Student, Chemistry
aauwakwe@uncg.edu

Ashleigh Musso

Ashleigh Musso
BS Student, Biochemistry
ammusso@uncg.edu

Miranda Weavil

Miranda Weavil
BS Student, Chemistry with Research Concentration
mjweavil@uncg.edu

Daniel Foil

Daniel Foil
BS Student, German and Chemistry
dhfoil@uncg.edu

 

Recent Graduates from the Cech Laboratory
Hiyas Junio

Hiyas A. Junio, PhD
Assistant Professor
University of Philippines, Diliman

PhD, Medicinal Biochemistry, University of North Carolina Greensboro

Vamsikrishna Kandhi, PhD

Vamsikrishna Kandhi, PhD
Laboratory Manager, Mass Spectrometry Facility
North Carolina State University

PhD, Medicinal Biochemistry, University of North Carolina Greensboro

Keivan Ettefagh

Keivan Ettefagh, PhD
Certifying Scientist, Ameritox
Greensboro, NC

PhD, Medicinal Biochemistry, University of North Carolina Greensboro

Ashley Moody

Ashley Moody
Student, School of Pharmacy
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Alan Jarmusch

Alan K. Jarmusch
Graduate Research Assistant
Purdue University, Aston Labs

PhD Advisor: Dr. R. Graham Cooks

Jessica R. Bame

Jessica R. Bame
Graduate Research Assistant
University of Bristol

Amanda B. Roffman

Amanda B. Roffman
Graduate Research Assistant
University of Vermont

PhD Advisor: Matthew D. Liptak