Loyola University Chicago

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry


Congratulations to our PhD graduates!

Congratulations to our PhD graduates!

L-R: Elizabeth, Arseniy, Jaina, Adriana, Thahani, and Philip

Congratulations to Drs. Jaina Bhayani, Arseniy Butrin, Thahani Shifna Habeeb Mohnmmad, Elizabeth Ann Jamka, Adriana Marie Lugosan, and Philip Charles Nahlik who earn their PhDs and celebrate during commencement ceremony in May 2022. They have made original contributions to knowledge, presented skill and persistence necessary to earn a PhD from Loyola. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is so proud of each of them. Well done and you all deserve it!  

Jaina Bhayani
Thesis title: Structural and Functional Studies of Bacterial ADP-Glucose Pyrophosphorylases (Advisor: Dr. Miguel Ballicora)

Arseniy Butrin
Thesis title: Structural and Transient Kinetic Analysis on Mechanism-Based Inactivators of Human Ornithine Aminotransferase (Advisor: Dr. Dali Liu)

Thahani Shifna Habeeb Mohnmmad
Thesis title: Development of Small Molecule Inhibitors of Therapeutic Target Enzymes: Paths to Discover Novel Antimicrobials (Advisor: Dr. Daniel Becker)

Elizabeth Ann Jamka
Thesis title: Investigation of Carbon Dioxide Oxidation Reaction Pathways on Rh(111) via Fourier-Transfer Infrared (FTIR) Spectroscopy (Advisor: Dr. Daniel Killelea)

Adriana Marie Lugosan
Thesis title: Applications of Novel Transition Metal Complexes for Catalysis and Active Site Modeling (Advisor: Dr. Wei-Tsung Lee)

Philip Charles Nahlik
Thesis title: Empowering Teachers through a Culture of Green Chemistry: The Diffusion of Pedagogical Content Knowledge in the Leas Teacher Program (Advisor: Dr. Patrick Daubenmire)