Only externally funded postdoctoral applications can be considered at this time. Please send Dr. Bonizzoni your cover letter, CV, and publication list. I would also be glad to work with applicants in support of their funding applications to external agencies.
Nicholas J. White
B.S., Daemen College (2010)
Nick graduated from Daemen College with his BS in Natural Science in 2010. He attended graduate school at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA until the fall of 2013, when he transferred to the University of Alabama. Nick is currently working on studying various water soluble dendrite monomers to use in the investigation of fundamental interaction properties of the large dendritic polyelectrolytes widely used in the Bonizzoni group. Nick expects to graduate in Summer 2018.
B.S., Sun Yat-sen University (2010)
M.S., Stony Brook University (2011)
Xiaoli comes from Dongguan in southern China. Xiaoli attended one of the top ten universities in China, Sun Yat-sen University, where she worked on natural products with Prof. Lin Ma. During this time, she also worked as a quality assurance assistant at Amway Co. for 3 months, which further attracted her towards research. In 2010, Xiaoli was accepted to Stony Brook University (USA) as a graduate student, where she worked on dendronized polymers in Prof. Jonathan Rudick's group and earned an M.S. degree.
She then transferred to the University of Alabama's Ph.D. program and joined the Bonizzoni group in the Fall 2014, where she currently focuses on developing water-soluble sensors for saccharides based on dendronized boronic acids. While at UA, Xiaoli has been the recipient of the Outstanding Second Year Graduate Student Award and of the campus-wide Graduate Council Fellowship. She was also recognized at the 2017 Lester Andrews Graduate Research Symposium with a first prize award for her oral presentation. Together with Michael and Yifei, Xiaoli is organizing a symposium at the 2018 Fall National ACS meeting on Supramolecular Analytical Chemistry.
Michael H. Ihde
B.S., City University of New York - Queens (2011)
Michael joined the group in the Fall 2015 to work on fluorescence studies of the solubilization behavior of dendritic PAMAM polyelectrolytes towards polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Since his start in the group, his research interests have also turned towards the development of new array-based sensing methods for metal ions in water solution, using commercially available receptors and multivariate analysis.
Michael has been the recipient of the Outstanding Second Year Graduate Student Award from our Department, and of a GAANN (Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need) fellowship funded by the Department of Education, which supported his research in the 2017-18 academic year. He was also recognized at the 2017 Lester Andrews Graduate Research Symposium with a second prize award for his oral research presentation. Together with Xiaoli and Yifei, Michael is currently organizing a symposium at the upcoming 2018 Fall National ACS meeting on Supramolecular Analytical Chemistry.
B.S., Michigan State University (2016)
Yifei joined the group in the Spring 2016 to work on the development of array-based sensing methods for anions in water solution, with a particular focus on biologically relevant carboxylates and anionic antibiotics. Since then, Yifei has been able to present results from her research at the Southeastern Regional Meeting of the ACS in Fall 2017, i.e. very early in her graduate career at UA. Together with Michael and Xiaoli, Yifei is currently organizing a symposium at the upcoming 2018 Fall National ACS meeting on Supramolecular Analytical Chemistry.
B.S., Nankai University (2017)
Xiyuan started in the group in Spring 2018 on a project studying the thermodynamics of complexation of fatty acids and similar hydrophobic materials in carbohydrates (particularly starches) and other carbohydrate-based supramolecular receptors. Her work, in collaboration with Dr. Lingyan Kong in the Department of Human Nutrition at UA, will focus first on the determination of thermodynamic parameters for these interactions through isothermal titration calorimetry. We also plan to use these receptors to construct fingerprinting arrays for analytes of interest in nutrition science.
We are always looking for motivated graduate students to join our group! Please contact Dr. Bonizzoni for further information.
Expected Graduation: BCH in Chemistry, Spring 2019
Gabrielle is currently a junior majoring in Chemistry, with a minor in computer science. She started working in the Bonizzoni group in Fall 2017. She is currently working on the detection of metal ions using a series of rhodamine dyes provided by our collaborator, Prof. Karl Wallace from the University of Southern Mississippi. These dyes provide an intense turn-on response to the presence of metal ions, but they are currently too sensitive to moisture and possibly oxidizing agents, so we are working to developing improved conditions for analyte detection.
Expected Graduation: BS in Chemistry, Spring 2018
Addie is a Chemistry major (Biology minor) currently in her senior year. She started work in the group in Spring 2017. Addison has been studying the binding behavior of small-molecule analogues of PAMAM dendrimers to simple polyanionic probes in MeOH solution through H-NMR titrations. During her stay in her group, she was able to carry out a complete set of these time-consuming titrations on multiple analogues with a comprehensive series of anions.
Addison was recently selected to receive the prestigious 2018 Randall Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award, the top award for exceptional performance in undergraduate research across all disciplines awarded annually on the UA campus.
Are you interested in a research experience in our lab? We are always looking for motivated undergraduates to join our group. Please contact Dr. Bonizzoni for further information.
Former Group Members
- Madyson Brown (undergrad. researcher, Fall 2016 - Spring 2018)
- Flor Lozada Santiago (visiting undergraduate researcher from Puerto Rico, REU program); will join UA in fall 2018 as a graduate student.
- Dr. Michele Invernici (visiting grad. student, Jun. - Dec. 2016); returned to home institution (Università di Pavia, Italy); since graduated
- Cara Pridmore (undergrad. researcher, Summer 2016 - Spring 2017)
- Jake Brockwell (undergrad. researcher, Spring 2015 - Fall 2016)
- Dr. Alie Marie Mallet (grad. student, Dec. 2010 - Dec. 2015); currently employed at VWR
- Dr. Ashley Jolly Steelman (grad. student, Dec. 2010 - July 2015); currently Lecturer at the University of Kentucky (webpage)
- Kyle Glisson (undergrad. researcher, Summer 2014 - Fall 2015; recipient of UA's Randall Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award)
- Tu Minh Vo (undergrad. researcher, Spring 2015 - Fall 2015)
- Katheryn Adam (undergrad. researcher, Fall 2013 - Spring 2015)
- Madison Beck (undergrad. researcher, Fall 2014 - Spring 2015)
- Dr. Yuanli Liu (postdoc, Jan. 2013 - Oct. 2014); now Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Guilin University of Technology (China)
- James (J.T.) Vegrzyn (undergrad. researcher, Fall 2014)
- Allison Montgomery (undergrad. researcher, Fall 2013 - Spring 2014)
- Catherine Cofer (undergrad. researcher, Fall 2013 - Spring 2014)
- C. Grace Nichols (undergrad. researcher, Summer 2012 - Spring 2013); working as a Registered Nurse in cardiac ICU
- David Zagardo (undergrad. researcher, Summer 2012)
- Keegan McNally (undergrad. researcher, Fall 2011 - Spring 2012)
- Madeleine Angles (undergrad. researcher, Fall 2010 - Spring 2011); MBA from UAH (2014); working as Training Chemist at PAE