Research interests

Principal investigator


Michelle Arkin, PhD
Co-director, Small Molecule Discovery Center (SMDC)
Professor, Pharmaceutical Chemistry
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chemical biology, protein-protein interactions, screening, cancer, neurodegenerative disease, neglected diseases

Postdoctoral scholars

Sheng Chen, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar

[email protected]

synthetic chemistry, medicinal chemistry

Ziwen Jiang, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar

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chemical biology, protein-protein interactions

Yu-Hsuan Kuo, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar
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chemical biology, proteomics, protein-protein interactions

John Morrow, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar
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in silico drug discovery, cancer, protein-protein interactions, structural biology and dynamics, computational chemistry, high-performance computing

Graduate students

Marcus Chin, MPhil
PSPG Graduate Student
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high-throughput drug screening, Alzheimer’s disease, tau pathology

Dyana Kenanova
CCB Graduate Student
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protein-protein interactions, high throughput screening, metabolic disease, medicinal chemistry, and chemical biology
Holly Vickery
CCB Graduate Student
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chemical biology, high-throughput screening, cancer biology, protein-protein interactions

Senior scientists


Kenny Ang, PhD
Specialist, Biological Screening
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high-throughput screening, drug discovery

Paul Burroughs
Staff Research Associate
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chemical biology, drug discovery, aging/longevity, metabolic diseases, personalized medicine

Julia Davies
Cheminformatics Programmer
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cheminformatics, assay informatics, web application development, databases, bioassay ontology
Amos Espinosa
Junior Specialist
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drug discovery, high-throughput screening, cell-based assay development, toxicology, complex in vitro models

Greg Lee, PhD
Specialist, Biophysics
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structural biology, protein NMR, protein biophysics, protein dynamics, protein-protein and protein-ligand interactions

Jeff Neitz, PhD
Associate Adjunct Professor, Chemistry
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synthetic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, neurodegenerative disease, cancer

Grace Pohan, MS
Assistant Specialist
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high-throughput screening, cell-based assay development, drug liver-induced injury, early stage drug discovery


Chris Wilson, PhD
Associate Director, Screening
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Ninwe Maraha, PhD
Laboratory Manager
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Kazuko Olson
Administrative Officer
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Former team members




May H. Abdelaziz, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar

Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, TX

Ambika Bhagi-Damodaran, PhD Postdoctoral Scholar Assistant Professor, Chemistry, University of Minnesota
Yuliya Birman Graduate Student Research Associate, Biodesy

Stacie Bulfer, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar

Senior Scientist, Deciphera Pharmaceuticals, Lawrence, KS

Steven Chen Specialist GE
Shubhankar Dutta, PhD Postdoctoral Scholar  

Yao Fan, PhD


Senior Scientist, Boehringer Ingelheim

Ken Hallenbeck Graduate Student Senior Scientific Researcher, Genentech

Frantz Jean-Francois, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar

Scientist II, Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research, Frederick, MD

Auke Koops Graduate Student Intern  
Sarine Markossian, PhD Specialist  
Daniel Medina-Cleghorn, PhD Postdoctoral Scholar Scientist, Nurix Therapeutics

Connie Merron


Informatics Specialist, Recombinant Antibody Network, UCSF

Maxime van den Oetelaar Visitor Graduate  
Sam Pfaff, PhD Postdoctoral Scholar Scientist, Prolynx
Annet Saris Graduate Student Intern  
Takeshi Shida, PhD Postdoctoral Scholar  

Yinyan Tang, PhD


Scientist, Nektar Therapeutics, San Francisco, CA

Nupur Verma, PhD Postdoctoral Scholar  
Mengqi Zhong, PhD Postdoctoral Scholar Scientist, REVOLUTION Medicines