Current Members

Xizheng (Colin) Diao

Bio

Xizheng started college at Sun Yet-Sen University before transferring to Hong Kong Polytechnic University where he received his B.S. degree in Chemistry in 2015. He then received his Master’s degree in Materials Science & Engineering at UF in 2017 before joining the Chemistry Ph.D. program at UF. Xizheng joined the Prentice Group in the fall of 2018.

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Julia Bonney

Bio

Julia received her B.S. degree in Chemistry from Gordon College in 2018. While there, she worked with Professor Irv Levy to create and develop greener lab procedures for the Friedel-Crafts Acylation. Julia is interested in areas of research that include not only working with instrumentation, but also exploring biomedical applications. These interests led her to pursue her Ph.D. at UF, starting in the fall of 2018 working under Professor Prentice.

Presentations

  • Julia Bonney and Irvin J. Levy, “Greener Friedel-Crafts Reaction Using a Deep Eutectic Solvent: An Undergraduate Laboratory Method,” American Chemical Society, New Orleans, LA, March 2018.

Awards

  • UF Graduate Student Funding Award (GSFA) fellowship (2018-present)

Teaching Experience

  • TA- General Chemistry I Engineering Lab (UF, Fall 2018)
  • TA- Honors General Chemistry II (UF, Spring 2019)

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Jonathan Specker

Bio

Jonathan received his B.S. in Chemistry from Indiana University in 2017 with a minor in German. While at IU, he was a research assistant in Professor Mu-Hyun Baik ‘s lab where he investigated mechanisms underlying organometallic catalysts for CO2 reduction using chemical simulations and density functional theory (DFT). He then became a research assistant under the supervision of Professor Megan Thielges where he studied the structure of proteins expressed with non-native amino acid vibrational probes using FTIR spectroscopy. Following graduation, he served as a laboratory technician in the Thielges lab from 2017-2018 where he worked on cyano-labeled cyctochrome P450 variant protein expression and purification. Jonathan joined the Prentice Group in the fall of 2018.

Awards

  • Robert & Marjorie Mann Summer Research Grant (2016)
  • UF Grinter Fellowship (2018-present)

Teaching

  • TA- CHM3120L Analytical Chemistry Lab (UF, Spring 2019)

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Yuzhuo (Gina) Ji

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Gina received her B.S. in Resource Science and Development of Traditional Chinese Medicine from China Pharmaceutical University followed by her M.S. in Medicinal Chemistry from Peking University. Gina joined the Prentice Group in the fall of 2019.

Publications

  • Yuzhuo Ji, Jiali Yang, Li Wu, Lijia Yu, and Xinjing Tang, “Photochemical regulation of gene expression using caged siRNAs with single terminal vitamin E modification.” Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2016, 55, 2152-2156.
  • Jiali Yang, Lijia Yu, Liangliang Zhang, Xingsu Long, Yuzhuo Ji, and Xinjing Tang, “Synthesis and Evaluation of Caged siRNA with Terminal Single Vitamin E Modification.” Current Protocols in Nucleic Acid Chemistry 2016, 67, 16-6.
  • Wengang Ji, Yuzhuo Ji, Qingqing Jin, Qingxiao Tong, and Xinjing Tang, “Heavy atom quenched coumarin probes for sensitive and selective detection of biothiols in living cells.” Analyst 2015, 140, 4379-4383.
  • Long Li, Yuzhuo Ji, and Xinjing Tang, “Quaternary ammonium promoted ultra-selective and sensitive fluorescence detection of fluoride ion in water and living cells.” Analytical Chemistry 2014, 86, 10006-10009.
  • Peng Wang, Yuzhuo Ji, Zhixuan Wang, Xinjing Tang, “Supramolecular self-assembly for delivery of oligonucleotides and its phototriggered unpacking in living cells.” Journal of Chinese Pharmaceutical Sciences 2014, 23, 454–462.

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Woo-Young Kang

Bio

Woo-Young received his B.S. degree in Applied Chemistry from Sejong University in Korea and his M.S. in Chemistry from Sejong University in Korea. He then served as a research scientist in the Chemical Analysis Center at the Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology in Daejeon, Korea under the advisement of Dr. Jonghyuk Kim from 2011-2012.  After stops at the University of Louisville (Louisville, KY) and BioSpectrum, Inc. (Gyeonggi-do, Korea), he became a research scholar in the resource center for stable isotope-resolved metabolomics (RC-SIRM) at the Markey Cancer Center at the University of Kentucky under the direction of Prof. Richard M. Higashi from 2016-2019.  Woo-Young joined the Prentice Group in the fall of 2019.

Publications

  • Yuntong Li, Teresa W.M. Fan, Andrew N. Lane, Woo-Young Kang, Susanne M. Arnold, Arnold J. Stromberg, Chi Wang and Li Chen, “SDA: a semi-parametric differential abundance analysis method for metabolomics and proteomics data.” BMC Bioinformatics 2019, 20, 501.
  • Woo-Young Kang, Patrick T. Thompson, Salim S. El-Amouri, Teresa W.M. Fan, Andrew N. Lane, Richard M. Higashi, “Improved segmented-scan spectral stitching for stable isotope resolved metabolomics (SIRM) by ultra-high-resolution Fourier transform mass spectrometry.” Analytica Chimica Acta 2019, 1080, 104-115.

  • Teresa W.M. Fan, Xiaofei Zhang, Chi Wang, Ye Yang, Woo-Young Kang, Susanne Arnold, Richard M. Higashi, Jinze Liu, Andrew N. Lane, “Exosomal Lipids for Classifying Early and Late Stage Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer.” Analytica Chimica Acta 2018, 1037, 256-264.
  • Woo Young Kang, Seol Hyun Kim, Young Kee Chae, “Stress Adaptation of Saccharomyces cerevisiae as Monitored via Metabolites by Using Two Dimensional NMR Spectroscopy.” FEMS Yeast Research  2012, 12, 608-616.
  • Young Kee Chae, Woo Young Kang, Joong-Hee Jang, Sung-Seen Choi, “A Simple NMR Method to Measure Crosslink Density of Natural Rubber Composite.” Polymer Testing 2010, 29, 953-957.

  • Woo-Young Kang, Young Kee Chae, “Stationary phase expression, purification, and characterization of XorKI, a restriction endonuclease from Xanthomonas oryzae pv. Oryzae.” Protein & Peptide Letters 2010, 17, 381-385.
  • Young Kee Chae, Woo-Young Kang, Seong Hwan Kim, Jong Eun Joo, Joon Kil Han, Boo Whan Hong, “Combining Information of Common Metabolites Reveals Global Differences between Colorectal Cancerous and Normal Tissues.” Bulletin of the Korean Chemical Society 2010, 31, 379-383.

Awards

  • UF Graduate Student Funding Award (GSFA) fellowship (2019-present)
  • University Fellowship (University of Louisville, 2013)
  • Dean’s Honor Scholarships (Sejong University, 2007 & 2008)
  • Honors Scholarships (Sejong University, 2002 & 2003)

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Julie Liang

Bio

Julie received her B.S in Chemistry with honors from New York University Shanghai in 2019. During her time at NYU Shanghai, she conducted research in Professor John Zhang’s lab investigating computational drug screening. She also interned at Nanjing Agile, a biotech company developing heparin electrochemical sensors. Julie joined the Prentice group in fall 2019.

Awards

  • UF Grinter Fellowship (2019)

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Chelsey Mertens

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Chelsey received her B.S. in Psychology in 2013 and her B.S. in Biochemistry in 2018, both from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.  While a psychology undergrad, she studied olfactory senses in end stage renal failure patients in collaboration with the Chemistry Department.  When Chelsey returned to obtain a BS in Biochemistry, she studied pyrimidine degradative pathways in Pseudomonas syringae.  She joined the Prentice group in fall of 2019.

Awards

  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant (2018)
  • Westbrook Research Scholar (2018)
  • Clarence T. Jones Observatory Service Award (2018)
  • Marvin L. Anthony Service Award (2018-2018)

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Tingting Yan

Bio

Tingting graduated from Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT) with a B.S. degree in Chemistry in 2015. She then received her M.S. degree in Chemical Engineering and Technology at BUCT in 2018. Her previous research focused on the synthesis of nanomaterials for applications in catalysis. Currently, she is interested in mass spectrometry, which drew her to the Prentice group in fall 2019.

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Nicholas Ellin

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Nick is an second year undergraduate pre-medical student majoring in Biochemistry. During a physician shadowing experience with a pediatric orthopedic surgeon, he learned the proper techniques for reading X-rays and MRIs, piquing his interest in biomedical imaging. Nick is particularly interested in the biomedical applications of imaging mass spectrometry.

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