Meet the Team
I am a third year graduate student from Bangladesh. I joined the group in Dec and have been working on the development of methodologies. Before that, I served as a faculty in chemistry department at Dhaka university of Engineering and Technology, Gazipur. I am here to finish my Ph.D. on leave study. I completed my chemistry undergraduate and graduate degree from Jahangirnagar University. I am a dedicated student and want to leave a good legacy in the group. The unique thing about me is that I always say what I mean. I love to explore underlying thoughts in chemistry.
I was born in JiuJiang, China. I received my B.S. in chemistry from Xiamen University. After graduation, I moved to Shanghai University, where I worked with Prof. Gong's group on nickel-catalyzed reductive cross coupling reaction of two electrophiles. Upon obtaining my M.S. degree, I worked in WuXi AppTec on several medicinal chemistry projects. In 2016, driven by my interest in organic synthesis and watching an NBA game live, I decided to join Dr. Li's group. When not in lab, I enjoy watching movies, playing badminton, and reading.
I was born in Eheliyagoda, Sri Lanka. I completed my B.S from University of Ruhuna-Sri Lanka. I started my Ph.D. at the University of Toledo from Fall 2016. I am happy to be a member in Dr. Wei Li's group. Currently, I am working on some interesting chemistry with an aim of developing catalytic strategies to fixate CO2 as a C1 source in order to synthesize important starting materials for industrial chemical production. Outside of the lab, I enjoy cooking , traveling to different places.
Born and brought up in India, I did my B.S. in chemistry from University of Delhi and M.S. in Forensic Science & Criminology from Panjab University. I worked on a benzodiazepines project under the supervision of Dr. R. S. Verma. During the time of my project and coursework, I was a trainee in National and State Forensic Science Laboratories. It was then I developed a predilection of doing research and decided to pursue a Ph.D. I am really excited and looking forward to expand my knowledge and skills under the guidance of Dr. Li. After Ph.D., I plan to explore career options in the industry. One fun fact about me: I cannot get enough of roller coaster rides!
Hi, my name is Maureen Kennell, but feel free to call me Mo. I was born and raised in Hermitage, Pennsylvania. I earned my B.S. degree from Gannon University in May of 2018. I am pursuing my M.S. degree here at UT and am thrilled to begin research in Dr. Li's group. I have a passion for organic chemistry, yoga, and cooking. In my free time I enjoy roller blading, playing guitar/ukulele/video games, and singing.
I am a junior here at the University of Toledo and an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Li’s lab. I’m originally from the Cincinnati area. I am double majoring in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry and will graduate in 2018, with the intention of heading on to grad school. Research-wise, I’m focused on photoredox catalysis, like Dr. Li. Non-research-wise, I love reading books of all kinds and really wish I had more time to sleep (but don’t we all?).
My name is Sara Colombo. I am a senior at the University of Toledo majoring in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. Working in a chemistry lab and getting involved in research is great fit for me because I enjoy working with my hands and love feeling productive. In my spare time, I enjoy running, as it is a mental game as much as it is physical! I am an aspiring physician and am applying to medical school.
Hello all! My name is Charleese Hillary. Born and raised in Brandywine, MD. I’m a Junior here at the University of Toledo currently majoring in Biology. I gained an interest in chemistry while taking organic chemistry classes and I enjoyed how chemistry is filled with a variety of mysteries. I have aspirations to go to grad school after my time here at Toledo to become a Laboratory Epidemiologist and a Cancer researcher. I would consider myself a very ambitious and driven person. In my spare time, I like to cook and hang out with my friends and family
Hello! My name is Daniel Patricio-Agosto. I am a second year student at UT working on two majors in Biology and Spanish in hopes of going to medical school post graduation in Fall of 2020. One of the best classes that I have taken here is Organic Chemistry I with Dr. Wei Li. Ever since then, I have been interested in the field and its development! When not studying or working as a medical scribe, I play soccer and basketball at the Rec center!!
My name is Omar Bassiouni. I’m a 4th year finance major at the University of Toledo. I switched career paths halfway through college to focus on premedical classes. Under Dr. Li, I will help develop bioluminescent drug molecules that will make pharmaceutical research easier. I grew up in Oregon Ohio. In my free time I like to mountain bike, fence, and read. Currently I’m spending a lot of time reading about theology and history.
Hello! My name is Sonya Brooks and I'm a first year student studying Pre-Med and Biochemistry. I was born and raised in Lafayette, Indiana, but I came to Ohio to pursue my dream to be a cardiovascular surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic. In terms of research, I will be focused on chemistry with bioluminescence. A fun fact about me is that I have had seven rats (four currently) all named after STEM courses!
My name is Zoë Kinney and I am a freshman studying Biochemistry pre-med and Cosmetic Science. I am also a part of a few organizations, such as Alpha Chi Omega, the University YMCA, and I am a counselor for Freshman Camp 2018. In my very small amount of free time, I like to draw and play video games, (while avoiding my homework)!
My name is Olivia Lee. I am a Pre-Med sophomore at UT majoring in Biology and minoring in Chemistry. I am involved in the health preprofessional honor society, Alpha Epsilon Delta, as well as Global Medical Brigades in which I will be traveling to Honduras for a medical mission trip.
My name is Steuart Andrew Besly and I’m doing the undergraduate coursework for medical school. I have a B.A. in psychology from the University of Toledo and am interested in chemistry, biology, and science more broadly. I enjoy reading books about all sorts of topics from evolution and genetics to fiction written by Stephen King, George R.R. Martin and JK Rowling. I live with my twin brother and my younger sister, both of whom also go to the University of Toledo, and are studying to get in medical school. I love helping other people and teaching anything I know.