BTI Cornell Chemistry

Schroeder Group - Current & Former Members
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Frank C. Schroeder | Principal Investigator

Associate Professor of Chemical Biology, BTI, and Adj. Associate Professor of Chemistry & Chemical Biology, Cornell University

OFFICE PHONE: 607 351 2720
CAMPUS ADDRESS: 533 Tower Rd., BTI/Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853

Postdocs and Research Associates

Hanno Andreas Ludewig | Research Associate

Free University Berlin/Max-Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, Ph.D. 2003.

Andreas investigates population density-dependent mechanisms of progeria and longevity in C. elegans.

Contact: hal44{at}

Alex Artyukhin | Senior Research Associate

Moscow State University, M.Sc. 1997; UC Davis, Ph.D. 2006.

Currently working on the connection between metabolism and behavior in worms. In his spare time - hiking, biking, road trips, structure elucidation from MS/MS spectra.

Contact: aba72{at}

Taehyung Won | Postdoctoral Associate

Seoul National University, Ph. D. 2015.

Tae Hyung is developing the structure elucidation module for a novel natural product discovery platform, as part of the genomes to natural products network (GNPN).

Contact: tw272{at}

Maximilian J. Helf | Postdoctoral Associate

University of Bonn, Diploma 2010; ETH Zurich, Dr. sc. 2015.

Max works on the impact of horizontal gene transfer events on the C. elegans metabolome and is involved with development of a semi-automatic structure elucidation module, as part of the genomes to natural products network (GNPN).

Contact: mjh438{at}

Bennett Fox | Postdoctoral Associate

Cornell University, B.S. 2008; University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ph.D. 2016.

Contact: bwf7{at}

Graduate Students

Pooja Gudibanda | Graduate Student, BMCB

University of Mumbai, B.S. 2009. SUNY Buffalo, M.S. 2012. Pooja is focused on understanding the protein biochemistry of dauer formation. She also works on identification of endogenous ligands for the nuclear receptor AHR. When not in lab designing cloning strategies, she enjoys paper quilling and mixing Bollywood music.

Contact: pg367{at}

Maro Kariya | Graduate Student, Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Stony Brook University, B.S. 2013. Maro is interested in using comparative metabolomics to discover novel compounds with therapeutic activity. Whenever possible, Maro enjoys producing music:

Contact: mjk355{at}

Jason Hoki | Graduate Student, Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Sonoma State University, B.A. 2013. Jason is currently working on the synthesis of small molecule signaling probes. Jason enjoys playing video games, reading, cooking, and rock climbing. He is also a settler (and occasional ruler) of Catan.

Contact: jsh339{at}



Henry H. Le | Graduate Student, Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Sonoma State University, B.A. 2012. Henry is interested in novel carbon-carbon bond forming mechanisms in fungal natural products biosynthesis. Henry enjoys star trek, building computers, and an excellent cup of coffee or green tea. .

Contact: hhl43{at}



Kitty Ying Zhang | Graduate Student, Chemistry and Chemical Biology

University of Michigan, B.S. 2013. Kitty is developing new approaches toward the selective synthesis of ascarosides and derivatives. She loves Japanese anime, singing, cosplay and cooking cute food.

Contact: yz787{at}



Russell Burkhardt | Graduate Student, Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Rochester Institute of Technology, B.S. 2015. Russ is developing synthetic approaches to interrogate steroid signaling in C. elegans.

Contact: rnb77{at}



Brian Curtis | Graduate Student, Chemistry and Chemical Biology


Contact: bc632{at}



Research Assistants

Dania Camila Pulido Barrera | Research Assistant

Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas, B.S. 2014. Universidad de los Andes M.Sc. 2017. Camila works on C. elegans aging processes and she is in charge of genotyping and keeping our worm strain collection.

Contact: dcp235{at}



Francisco Javier Tenjo | Research Assistant

Contact: fjt38{at}



Undergraduate Students

Karlie Mellot | Chemistry Major

Contact: km553{at}



Jazmin Aguilar-Romero | Chemistry Major

Contact: jea252{at}



Ezra Pak-Harvey | Chemistry Major

Contact: eip5{at}



Former Postdoctoral Associates

Stephan von Reuss

University of Hamburg, Ph.D. 2009. Stephan is now Professor at the Laboratoire de chimie bioanalytique at the Institut de chimie, Université de Neuchâtel.

Contact: stephan.vonreuss{@}

Axel Bethke

Baylor College of Medicine/Universität Osnabrück, Ph.D. 2009. Axel is interested in designing bio-activity assays to screen for nuclear receptor ligands in diverse organisms. He recently took a position at Natera, a start-up in the Bay Area.

Contact: axel.bethke{at}

Stephen Deyrup

Stetson University, B.S. 2001. University of Iowa, Ph.D. 2006. Steve is now an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Siena College.

Contact: std24{at}


Mohammed Abid

University of Massachusetts Boston, Ph.D. 2007. Abid is currently an Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry at Georgia Southern University.

Contact: malnu{at}

Former Graduate Students

Oishika Panda, Graduate Student | Chemistry and Chemical Biology

St. Stephen’s College, B.S. 2010. Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, M.S. 2012. Cornell University, Ph.D 2018. In the Schroeder Lab, Oishika utilized metabolomics and analytical chemistry to investigate small molecule signaling in C. elegans. Oishika is currently a postdoctoral associate at the Buck Institute.

Contact: op56{at}

Joshua Baccile

SUNY Cortland, B.S. 2011. Cornell University, Ph.D. 2016. In the Schroeder lab, Josh combined organic chemistry, biochemistry, and molecular biology to investigate fungal secondary metabolism. Josh is currently a postdoctoral associate at David Tirrell's lab in Caltech.

Contact: jab826{at}

Yevgeniy Izrayelit

Vassar College, B.A. 2006. Cornell University, Ph.D. 2014. In the Schroeder lab, Yevgeniy analyzed small moelcule signals in aging-relevant pathways in the model organism C. elegans using 2D NMR-based metabolomics. Yevgeniy was heavily involved with campus governance as part of the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly, and many of us remember him telling jokes/stories that you might have heard before (from him). Following a postdoc in Ian Wang's lab from 2014-2015, Yevgeniy in August 2015 joined Viewpoint Therapeutics, a new start-up company at UCSF founded by Jason Gestwicki.

Contact: yi62{at}

Joshua Judkins

Ohio Northern University, B.S. 2009. Cornell University, Ph.D. 2014. In the Schroeder lab, Joshua synthesized and functionally characterized steroidal ligands of nuclear hormone receptors in C. elegans. Josh is an amateur astronomer and very active in the LGBT community. Since 2014, Josh is a postdoctoral associate with Pfizer in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Contact: jj388{at}

Neelanjan Bose

Presidency College, B.S. 2006. Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, M.S. 2008. Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan-Kettering Ph.D 2013. In the Schroeder lab, Neelanjan investigated small molecule signaling in C. elegans and contributed to identifying several 100 new metabolites. Since 2014, Neelanjan is a postdoctoral associate in Pankaj Kapahi's lab at the Buck Institute.

Contact: nb323{at}


Parag Mahanti

St. Stephen’s College, B.S. 2006. University of Delhi M.S. 2008. Cornell University, Ph.D. 2013.

Parag is currently an associate consultant at IMS Consulting Group.

Contact: pm358{at}


Inish O'Doherty

University College Dublin, B.S. 2007. Cornell University, Ph.D. 2013.

In the Schroeder lab Inish spearheaded the development of new approaches for activity-based protein profiling. Inish is now a Principal Scientist at Pfizer.

Contact: imo3{at}


Ry Forseth

University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.S. 2007. Cornell University Ph.D. 2012.

As one of the first graduate students in the Schroeder lab, Ry founded the fungal metabolomics subgroup. Ry is now a scientist at Novartis.

Contact: rrf36{at}


Chirag Pungaliya

Cornell University, M.S. 2009.

Contact: cp245{at}


Jake Usery

University of Arkansas, B.S. 2013. Jake is interested in developing new approaches to treating autoimmune disorders. Jake enjoys football and basketball, hiking, and playing chess.

Contact: jau9{at}



Former Undergraduate Students/Research Assistants

Patrick Loi | Biology Major

Cornell University B.S. 2017. Patrick worked with with Pooja on identifying endogenous ligands that could activate the nuclear receptor, nhr-8. Patrick is currently pursuing his Ph.D. at Harvard University.

Contact: patrickloi95{at}



Chris Gomez | Chemistry Major

Cornell University, B.A. 2017. Chris worked with Josh Baccile on the isolation and characterization of fungal secondary metabolites. Chris is currently pursuing his Ph.D. at MIT.

Contact: cg454{at}



Marco Sanchez-Ayala | Chemistry Major

Marco worked with Kitty Zhang on synthesis of ascarosides. Marco is currently an undergraduate student at Cornell University.

Contact: mas773{at}



Staci Thornton, Research Assistant

Michigan Technological University, B.S. 2014; University of Connecticut, M.S. 2015.

Staci is in charge of C. elegans aging studies and our worm strain collection.

Contact: snt29{at}



Bobby Micikas, Research Assistant

Cornell University, B.A. 2013. Bobby is interested in natural product synthesis, in particular new carbon-carbon bond forming reactions and strategies for minimizing the use of protective groups. In 2015, he joined Amos Smith's lab at UPenn for his PhD.

Contact: rjm344{at}


Josh Yim, Research Assistant

Cornell University, B.A. 2010. In the Schroeder lab, Josh synthesizes small molecules found in C. elegans and other model nematode species for structural verification and biological testing. In 2014, Josh started his PhD at Stanford in the Chemical and Systems Biology Program.

Contact: jy263{at}



Christian Uruburo

Cornell University, B.A 2016. Christian syntehsizes small molecules newly identified from C. elegans and P. pacificus for structural verification and to study their signalling functions. If he is not seen in lab, he is either performing theater as a proud member of Ordinary People, dancing in the studio, or obsessing over tea. Oh yes, and not sleeping.

Contact: cu37{at}



Sydney Campbell, Research Assistant

Cornell University, B.A. 2013. Sydney worked with Yevgeniy on C. elegans metabolomics. Sydney is a native Texan, and knows all of the words to the Texas state song (but no, she will not sing it for you). In 2014, Sydney joined the graduate program at the Perelman School of Medicine at UPenn.

Contact: slc244{at}

Xiaohong Feng

Xiahong is currently working in Dr. Kutchan's lab at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.

Contact: xiaohong68{at}

Purba Mukerjee

Cornell University, B.A. 2008. Purba is now a law student at the University of California, Berkeley.

Contact: purba.mukerjee{at}

Srivalli Telikepalli

Cornell University, B.A. 2008. Srivalli is now a graduate student at University of Kansas in Pharmaceutical/Medicinal Chemistry.

Contact: sriv.telikepalli{at}

Bennett Fox

Cornell University, B.A. 2008. Bennett is currently a graduate student in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Kristen Seim

Cornell University, B.A. 2008. Kristen is currently a graduate student in the Department of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley.

Contact: kristen.seim{at}

Nur Qazi

Cornell University, B.A. 2007. Nur Qazi is currently a graduate student in the University of Michigan’s Cell and Developmental Biology department.

Contact: nur.qazi{at}

Anna Zimmerman

Mount Holyoke College, B.A. 2009. Anna is currently enrolled in the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Contact: amz45{at}

Aman Prasad

Cornell University, B.A. 2010. Aman is currently an M.D./Ph.D. student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Contact: ap358{at}

Jenna Bernstein

Cornell University, B.A. 2010. Jenna is currently attending the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.

Contact: jab345{at}

Julian Kang

Cornell University, B.A. 2010.

Contact: jjk67{at}

Rebecca Bae

Cornell University, B.S. 2011.

Contact: reb255{at}

Yekaterina Rokhlenko

Cornell University, B.A. 2011. Kat is currently attending Yale University for a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering.

Contact: yr54{at}

Daniel Gentile

Cornell University, B.A. 2012. Danny is attending UCSF for a Ph.D. degree in Chemical Biology.

Contact: drg93{at}

Zhihan Ye

Cornell University B.A. 2012. Z is currently studying for her Masters of Architecture at Cornell.

Contact: zy55{at}

Ken Kawamoto

Cornell University B.A. 2012. Ken is attending MIT for a Ph.D. in Chemistry.

Contact: kk542{at}