Dr. Moore joined the faculty at UIC in August 2013 as an assistant professor of medicinal chemistry in the College of Pharmacy. His Ph.D. is in chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he worked with Dr. John Katzenellenbogen on small-molecule coactivator binding inhibitors. His postdoctoral studies in drug discovery and development were carried out at Emory University under the direction of Drs. Dennis Liotta and Jim Snyder. His lab at UIC focuses on synthetic medicinal chemistry, drug discovery and chemical biology.
Dr. Phil Lazzara is a postdoc in the lab. He has a Ph.D. in synthetic methodology from the Chemistry Department at Loyola University, where he worked with Chad Eichman. His project focuses on developing novel heterocyclic compounds to inhibit the Keap1/Nrf2 interaction.
Dr. Phil Lazzara (LinkedIn)
Benjamin Graylin Richardson received his B.A. in Chemistry from the University of Chicago and joined the Moore Lab in Spring 2014. His project focuses on developing chemical probes to study the Nrf2/Keap1 interaction. He enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee, Basketball, and Volleyball. His favorite superhero is Nightwing.
Ben Richardson (LinkedIn)
Tom completed a B.S./M.S. program in biochemistry at DePaul University before joining the Moore Lab in the Spring of 2014. He is interested in developing molecules capable of disrupting therapeutically significant protein-protein interactions. The aim of his current research project is to design cell permeable peptide-based inhibitors of the estrogen receptor/steroid receptor co-activator interaction. His lab-work comprises synthetic organic chemistry, solid phase peptide synthesis, and photo-affinity protein profiling. Outside of the lab Tom enjoys golfing and swimming in the summer and playing
hockey in the winter.
Tom Speltz (LinkedIn)
Brian received his B.S. in Biochemistry from Siena College in Loudonville, NY and joined the Moore Lab in Spring 2015. His work encompasses the use of synthetic organic chemistry, solid phase peptide synthesis and photoaffinity protein profiling as he is involved with studying the Nrf2/Keap1 and the estrogen receptor/ steroid receptor coactivator interactions. Specifically, the design of cyclic peptide inhibitors is the main focus of Brian’s project. He is a fan of the Minnesota Timberwolves and enjoys listening to the Kings of Leon, Matt and Kim, and Tiesto.
Brian David (LinkedIn)
Zamia is a PharmD/PhD student in the Moore Lab. She earned her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering with a biochemical engineering concentration from UIC in 2016.
Kenneth is an undergraduate student at UIC majoring in biological sciences and is a member of the UIC Honors College. He works closely with Brian David on making biologically active organic molecules.
Kenneth Booker (LinkedIn)
Amanda is a first-year medicinal chemistry graduate student rotating in the Moore Lab. She has a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Florida International University.
Amanda Maldonado (LinkedIn)
Kornelia is a rotation student in the lab. She is a first-year graduate student in medicinal chemistry. Her undergraduate degree is from Roosevelt University in Chicago.
Kirthi Bellamkonda, undergraduate research assistant (2014-2015; currently MD student at Yale University; formerly MSc student at Oxford University, UK; LinkedIn)
Karolina Blaszcuk, undergraduate lab assistant (2013-2014; currently undergraduate student at UIC; LinkedIn)
Ewelina Choma, Riback Fellow (2016; currently PharmD student at UIC)
Rohit De, ResearcHStart fellow (2016-2017; currently National Merit Scholar and undergraduate student at University of Texas at Dallas)
Jasmine Harris, ResearcHStart fellow (2017; currently undergraduate student at UIC)
Atul Jain, postdoc (2013-2016; currently Staff Scientist at Northwestern University Center for Molecular Innovation and Drug Discovery; LinkedIn)
Tahnee Muller (2016; currently undergraduate student at University of Chicago)
Patrick Nwanah, undergraduate research assistant (2016; currently undergraduate student at UIC; LinkedIn)
Ishmael Ochir, undergraduate research assistant (2015; currently PharmD student at Roosevelt University; LinkedIn)
Zohra Sattar, ASPET Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow (2017; currently undergraduate student at Northern Illinois University; LinkedIn)
Andriana Scencirro, undergraduate lab assistant (2013; currently MPH student at The George Washington University; LinkedIn)
Darshil Shah, research assistant (2013; currently PhD student at Long Island University; LinkedIn)