Nishi Patel

(Undergraduate – NSF-REU student Summer 2021)

Nishi lives in Salem, Virginia; however, was born and raised in India. She is trilingual in English, Hindi, and Gujarati. Nishi graduated from Salem High School in 2020 and then continued at Virginia Western Community College to pursue an Associate’s degree in Science. Following her research experience in the Lambert group on thiol oxidations during the summer of 2021 as part of the department’s NSF-REU program, she began attending the University of Virginia to pursue Bachelor’s degrees in Biology and South Asian Studies. Nishi has a keen interest in sciences, especially chemistry and biology and we wish her luck in her future studies and her aspiration to become an Orthodontist!

Conor McCormick

(Undergraduate – Visiting Student Summer 2021)

Conor joined the Lambert group during the Summer of 2021 after finishing his junior year at Christopher Newport University and conducted research developing new methods to access nitrogen heterocycles. His hobbies include Drawing, Ice Skating, Running, Video Games, and Mixing Cocktails. Conor obtained his B.S. Degree in Chemistry at CNU as part of the Presidential Leadership Program spring of 2022. He is now pursuing a PhD in Chemistry in the Castellano group at North Carolina State University. We wish you luck in graduate school!

Eric Hayes

(Undergraduate – Spring 2021 – Spring 2022)

Eric joined the Lambert group in the Spring of 2021 and conducted research on thiol oxidations prior to being re-stationed in San Diego. His interest is in organic chemistry with medicinal applications. Eric’s hobbies include golfing, skiing, and woodworking. He is currently a United States Navy helicopter pilot and will be attending medical school at Eastern Virginia Medical School in the fall of 2023 with aspirations of becoming a physician. Eric we wish you luck at EVMS this fall and enjoy the warm weather in San Diego!

Ramsey Ritter

(Graduate – Fall 2020 – Summer 2021)

Undergraduate: Old Dominion University
Degree: B.S. in Biochemistry

Ramsey joined the Lambert group in the Fall of 2020 after completing his undergraduate studies in Biochemistry at Old Dominion University, where he served as the Community Outreach Officer of the Student Veteran Association. Prior to his undergraduate studies, Ramsey served in the United States Army as a Healthcare Specialist from 2012-2016. His hobbies include: painting, playing bass guitar, and brewing beer. We wish Ramsey good luck as he pursues his PhD with the Bender Research Group.

Olivia White

(Undergraduate – Spring 2021 – Summer 2021)

Olivia joined the Lambert research group to pursue organic chemistry research while pursing a degree in Biochemistry at Old Dominion University. After graduating, Olivia plans to pursue medicine as a physician. Away from school Olivia enjoys serving the community as an EMT.

Robert (Arbor) Reynolds

(Undergraduate – Spring 2021 – Spring 2022)

Arbor joined the Lambert group in the Spring of 2021, after which receiving an ACS Division of Organic Chemistry SURF fellowship to complete research over the summer of 2021. After experiencing chemical research and changing major’s into chemistry, Arbor is now pursuing a Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry at Northwestern University. Arbor joined the Mercouri Kanatzidis group investigating the synthesis and incorporation of organic molecules into new perovskite materials.

Kellen McGuire

(Graduate – Summer 2021 – Fall 2022)

Kellen joined the Lambert group in the Summer of 2021 after completing his undergraduate studies in biochemistry, biography, and Spanish. His efforts resulted in one publication in the Journal of Chemical Education, 2022[Link] and he presented his work at the ACS national meeting in the spring of 2022 in San Diego, California. Kellen is currently pursuing opportunities in his home state of Ohio.

John “Jack” Schrider

(Undergraduate – Spring 2022 – Spring 2023)

Undergraduate Major: Chemistry and Biochemistry

Jack is a graduating senior chemistry undergraduate student at Old Dominion University, who joined the Lambert research group summer of 2022. He is interested in further pursuing a chemistry Ph.D in organic synthesis. On his free time, Jack enjoys listening to music and cooking.

Gessica Adorato

(Post Baccalaureate – Spring 2022 – Spring 2023)

Undergraduate Major: Classics

Gessica joined the Lambert group in Spring 2022. She holds a bachelor’s degree in classics from the University of Washington – Seattle where she studied Latin, Ancient Greek, and Sanskrit. Gessica completed her studies in the spring of 2023 and is now currently pursuing a Ph.D in Chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh working in the area of computational chemistry. In her free time she enjoys figure skating, art, and sewing.