Asheley Chapman is a second-year biochemistry PhD student in the lab of M.G. Finn. Her research focuses on the development and optimization of virus-like particle (VLP) glycoconjugate vaccines against bacterial, parasitic and cancer targets. So far, she has investigated the effect of molecular linkers on antigen immunogenicity conjugated to VLPs. She is currently working to develop a vaccine with potential efficacy against melanoma, and is beginning a project aimed at developing a vaccine for Chagas Disease. Asheley earned her B.A. in Religious Studies at Agnes Scott College, then switched paths and studied chemistry and biology at Georgia Southern University while conducting water quality research in Georgia and Africa under Dr. Asli Aslan.
When not in the lab, Asheley enjoys cooking, spending time with family, and attending concerts and football games!
Breanne is a Ph.D. candidate in Professor M.G. Finn’s lab and her project focuses on creating new membrane technologies for separations. Toward her overall goal of a highly robust water purification membranes, she has used the copper(I)-catalyzed alkyne-azide cycloaddition (CuAAC) reaction to develop new polymers that are stable to the harsh cleaning conditions of water purification. She is also working on casting these polymeric membranes onto solid supports for added mechanical robustness. Previously, Breanne received her B.S. in chemistry from Georgia Southern University and worked for Dr. Abid Shaikh.
Outside of research, Breanne enjoys couponing and spending time with her pets.
Sandy is a Ph.D. candidate in Professor John Reynolds' lab and her project focuses on understanding the fundamental structure-property relationships of conducting polymers. So far, she has developed projects in understanding the effects of incorporating chemical oxidants in the construction of conjugated polymer electrochemical devices and how the structure of dioxythiophene polymers relates to their film morphology, ability to be doped by chemical oxidants, and conduct charge. Previously, Sandy received a B.S. in chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and worked for Dr. Wilfredo Colón.
Outside of research, Sandy enjoys exploring the outdoors including hiking and kayaking.
Allison Geoghan Aioub
Allison is a Ph.D. candidate in Professor M.G. Finn’s lab and her project focuses on developing a new class of peptide ligands for the copper(I)-catalyzed alkyne-azide cycloaddition (CuAAC) reaction. She has developed a combinatorial approach to screening large libraries of peptides to identify active motifs and is working on optimizing different lead sequences. Previously, Allison received a B.S. in both chemistry and biology from Monmouth University and worked for Dr. Massimiliano Lamberto. She then completed her M.S. in Chemistry at Boston College under the direction of Professor Kian Tan.
Outside of the lab, Allison enjoys trying new restaurants, running, and drinking lots of coffee!
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