Luesch Group Members

Principal Investigator

Hendrik Luesch

Hendrik Luesch Ph.D.

Professor And Chair, Debbie And Sylvia DeSantis Chair In Natural Products Drug Discovery And Development
Department: Medicinal Chemistry
Phone: (352) 273-7738

Research Assistant Professors

Qi-Yin Chen

Qi-Yin Chen Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor
Department: Medicinal Chemistry
Phone: (352) 273-7739
Ranjala Ratnayake

Ranjala Ratnayake Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor
Department: Medicinal Chemistry
Phone: (352) 627-9220

Graduate Students

David Brumley

David Brumley
M.S. Chemistry, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
B.S. Biochemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology
David.brumley@ufl.edu

Lobna Elsadek

Lobna Elsadek
B.S. Pharmacy, Cairo University, Egypt
lobna.elsadek@ufl.edu

Staff

Kalina Rosenova Atanasova
Biological Scientist

PhD. Veterinary virology, Ghent University, Belgium
DVM, University of Forestry, Sofia, Bulgaria
katanasova@cop.ufl.edu

Visiting Students

Harmie

Harmie N. Luyao
M.S. Chemistry, Mindanao State University, Iligan Institute of Technology, Philippines
B.S. Chemistry, Mindanao State University, Iligan Institute of Technology, Philippines
harmie.luyao@ufl.edu

Yusoph

Yusoph C. Manalundong II
MBS in Biotechnology and Genomics, Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA
M.S. Chemistry, Mindanao State University, Iligan Institute of Technology, Philippines
B.S. Chemistry, Mindanao State University, Main Campus, Philippines
ymanalundong@ufl.edu

Undergraduate Students

varvara

Varvara Folimonova
Undergraduate
vfolimonova@ufl.edu

Daniel Enriquez Poutou
Undergraduate
d.enriquezpoutou@ufl.edu

Visiting Scholar

NA

Na Liu, Ph.D.
Visiting Scholar
Ph.D. Natural Product Chemistry,Shandong University-School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, China
B.S. Biological Pharmacy, Nanjing Normal University-Honors College
Chinaliu.na@ufl.edu

Alumni

Graduate Students:

  • Kanchan Taori, 2006–2008 (M.S., 2008)
  • Jason Kwan, 2005–2010 (Ph.D., 2010)
  • Kamolrat Metavarayuth, 2010–2012 (M.S., 2012)
  • Rui Wang, 2007–2012 (Ph.D., 2012)
  • Lilibeth Salvador, 2008–2013 (Ph.D., 2013)
  • Rana Montaser, 2008–2013 (Ph.D., 2013)
  • Michelle Bousquet, 2010–2015 (Ph.D., 2015)
  • Khanh Ha, 2014–2016 (Ph.D., 2016, Chemistry)
  • Lorelie Imperial, 2014–2016 (M.S., 2016)
  • Fatma Al-Awadhi, 2012–2017 (Ph.D., 2017)
  • Weijing Cai, 2012–2017 (Ph.D., 2017)
  • Kara Spencer, 2015–2017 (M.S., 2017)
  • Danmeng Luo, 2013–2018 (Ph.D., 2018)
  • Xiao Liang, 2014–2019 (Ph.D., 2019)

International Visiting Students:

  • Dheran Ladwa, University of Bath (Pharmacy), UK, 2007
  • Ludwig Angermeier, University of Regensburg (Pharmacy), Germany, 2008–2009
  • Gudrun Schlegel, University of Regensburg (Pharmacy), Germany, 2009–2010
  • Michael Fürst, University of Erlangen (Pharmacy), Germany, 2011–2012
  • Raphael Wiedey, Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf (Pharmacy), Germany, 2013–2014
  • Birthe Förster, Friedrich Schiller University Jena (Chemical Biology), Germany, 2014
  • Anna Sandner, Philipps-University Marburg (Pharmacy, Chemistry), Germany, 2014–2015
  • Katharina Lamm, Technical University of Munich (Biochemistry), Germany, 2015
  • Simon Dolles, University of Erlangen (Pharmacy), Germany, 2016
  • Sabine Kuznia, UF/University of Greifswald (Diplomarbeit, Pharmacy), Germany, 2015–2016 (Diplom Pharmacist, 2016)

Postdoctoral Associates and Assistant Scientists:

  • Susan Matthew, Ph.D., 2006–2009
  • Yanxia Liu, Ph.D., 2006–2014
  • Pamela Havre, Ph.D., 2014–2015
  • Dimitris Kallifidas, Ph.D., 2013–2017
  • James Matthews, Ph.D., 2015–2018
  • Atsushi Kawamura, Ph.D., 2018-2019

Undergraduate Students:

  • Kathrina Gonzales, University of Florida (Biology), 2008–2009
  • Kristen Lee, University of Florida (Biochemistry), 2009
  • Gabriel Jerkins, University of Florida (Chemistry) 2012–2013
  • Samantha Riccini, University of Florida (Pre-Pharmacy), 2014
  • Duyen Truong, University of Florida (Pre-Pharmacy), 2017–2018

Visiting Scholars:

  • Wei Zhang, Ph.D., Fudan University, Shanghai, China, 2012–2013
  • Mylene Uy, Ph.D., Mindanao State University-Iligan, Iligan City, Philippines, 2014
  • Mariangela Soares de Azevedo, Ph.D., Universidade Federal de Rondônia, Brazil, 2014–2015
  • Yoshiharu Okuno, Ph.D., Wakayama College, Japan, 2017–2018
  • Ahmad Mostafa, Ph.D., Al-Azhar University, Egypt, 2018
  • Masteria PutraPh.D., Indonesian Institute of Sciences, Indonesia, 2018
  • Rita de Cássia Ribeiro Gonçalves, Ph.D., , Federal University of Espirito Santo, UFES, Vitoria, Brazil, 2018–2019
  • Rodrigo Rezende Kitagawa, Ph.D., Federal University of Espirito Santo, UFES, Vitoria, Brazil, 2018–2019

Pharm.D. Students:

  • Chudi Onyiuke, University of Florida, 2010
  • Jennifer Corder, University of Florida, 2014
  • Latoy Waite, University of Florida, 2016–2017
  • Arsany Makhar, Rutgers University, 2018

High School Students:

  • Jessica Lee, Eastside High School (Gainesville), 2013–2014