Research interests

Principal investigator

Arkin Lab - Michelle A

Michelle Arkin, PhD

Thomas William and Frederick John MacWilliam Distinguished Professor

Codirector, Small Molecule Discovery Center (SMDC)

Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry

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chemical biology, protein-protein interactions, screening, cancer, neurodegenerative disease, neglected diseases

Postdoctoral scholars

Andrew Ambrose, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar
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drug discovery, molecular biology, HTS assay development, neurodegenerative disease, chemical biology
Arkin lab - Jinsu

Jinsu Bae, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar

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Drug design, Medicinal chemistry, Drug discovery and development, Biophysical assays, Uveal Melanoma, Gaq/11 Inhibitors
Arkin lab - suvankar B

Suvankar Bera, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar

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Multistep Organic Synthesis, Organometallic & Medicinal Chemistry, Drug Design,

Discovery of highly selective small molecule inhibitor for PARP1 over PARP2 in cancer therapy.

Arkin lab Ziwen

Ziwen Jiang, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar
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chemical biology, protein-protein interactions
Arkin lab - Markella K

Markella Konstantinidou, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar
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Drug design, medicinal chemistry, fragment-based screening, biophysical assays, modulation of PPIs with molecular glues

Arkin lab- Deepthi R

Deepthi Ramesh, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar

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Medicinal chemistry, Synthetic chemistry, Drug design, Cancer, Virology

Graduate students

Chad Altobelli
CCB Graduate Student
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genetic disorders, protein-protein interactions, structural biology, medicinal chemistry

Robert Amongre

PSPG Graduate Student

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drug discovery, Neurodegenerative disease, Chemical and molecular biology
Arkin lab - Holly
Holly Vickery
CCB Graduate Student
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chemical biology, high-throughput screening, cancer biology, protein-protein interactions
Arkin lab - Johanna

Johanna Virta

CCB Graduate Student

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protein-protein interactions, developmental disorders, high-throughput screening, chemical biology, molecular biology, cell biology

Staff scientists

Arkin lab - Zain

Zain Alam

Jr. Specialist

BS in biochemistry

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drug discovery, high-throughput screening, assay development, cancer, chemical biology

Arkin lab Kentaro

Kentaro IImura, MSc


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synthetic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, chemical biology, molecular glue development, high-throughput screening, cancer

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

Amanda P

Amanda Paulson, PhD

Specialist, Informatics

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cheminformatics, data science, machine learning for drug discovery, high throughput screening
Arkin lab - Maryam

Maryam Pearson

Jr. Specialist

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drug discovery, chemical biology, neurodegenerative disease, molecular biology

Jezrael Lafuente Revalde, PhD


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high-throughput screening, cell-based assay development, drug liver-induced injury, early stage drug discovery


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

Kenny Ang, PhD Specialist  
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

Paul Burroughs Staff Research Associate Graduate Student, UCSF
Sheng Chen, PhD Postdoctoral Scholar  
Steven Chen Specialist GE
Julia Davies Senior Scientist  
Shubhankar Dutta, PhD Postdoctoral Scholar  

Jether Amos Espinosa

Junior Specialist

Graduate Student, Yale University

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 PhD Student, Eindohoven University of Technology
Greg Lee, PhD Specialist Senior Scientist, Quanta Therapeutics
Sarine Markossian, PhD Specialist Editor in Chief, Assay Guidance Manual, Scientific program manager, Early translation, NCATS/NIH
Daniel Medina-Cleghorn, PhD Postdoctoral Scholar Scientist, Nurix Therapeutics

Connie Merron


Associate director, Research Informatics, NGM Biopharmaceuticals

Maxime van den Oetelaar Visitor Graduate PhD Student, Eindohoven University of Technology
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  
Chris Wilson, PhD Associate Directory  
Mengqi Zhong, PhD Postdoctoral Scholar Scientist, REVOLUTION Medicines