Current Group Members

 

Graduate Students


Ian Crouch  (BS - University of Oklahoma)

5th year doctoral student


Project: Novel applications of enol triflates as powerful building blocks in synthetic organic chemistry towards 1,3-dienes and chiral allenes.



Hector Aguilar  (BS - University of Texas Pan American)

5th year doctoral student


Project: Development of small molecule probes capable of inducing differentiation (cardiogenic and neurogenic) in both adult and embryonic stem cells. Medicinal chemistry efforts to optimize these probes for potency, tractability and pharmacokinetic profile (PK) for proof of concept studies in relevant animal models.




David Babinski  (BS - Purdue University)

4th year doctoral student


Projects: Applications of enol triflates towards practical syntheses of heterocycles and non-traditional pathways towards valuable building blocks via late-transition metal mediated reactions.  Also, the discovery and mechanistic understanding of the aromatic Cope rearrangement.





Amanda Nolan  (BS - Stephen F. Austin State Univ.)

2nd year doctoral student


Project: Discovery and development of new natural products and synthetic analogs capable of controlling the fate mechanisms in stem cells or that selectively target specific cancer cell lines (or cancer stem cells).  She is also involved in establishing the new cell culture lab within the Frantz group.





Bobbi Neff  (BS - Univ. of Texas @ San Antonio)

1st year doctoral student



Project: Novel applications of enol triflates as powerful building blocks in synthetic organic chemistry towards 1,3-dienes and chiral allenes.






Raymond Still  (BS - University of Texas San Antonio)

3rd year masters student


Project: New Fe(II)-catalyzed cross-coupling reactions of activated enol carbamates with Grignard reagents.


In collaboration with Dr. Zach Tonzetich at UTSA.







Undergraduate Students


Marie El Arba (Chemistry Major - UTSA)


Project: Mechanistic studies involving the energetic of the aromatic Cope rearrangement.




Ana Cristina Parra Rivera (Chemistry Major - UTSA)


Honor Thesis Project: Medicinal chemistry optimization of small molecule probes capable of inducing differentiation (cardiogenic and neurogenic) in both adult and embryonic stem cells.




Shane Appel (Biology Major/ Pre-Med - UTSA)


Honor Thesis Project: Medicinal chemistry optimization of small molecule probes capable of inducing differentiation (cardiogenic and neurogenic) in both adult and embryonic stem cells.



Jesus Jimenez (Biology Major/ Pre-Med - UTSA)


Honor Thesis Project: Discovery and development of anti-visceral leishmaniasis compounds.







Kristina Marques (Chemistry Major - UTSA)


Project: Development of new pathways towards stereodefined vinyl azides and exploring their differential activity.