Meet the Group

Principle Investigator

Michael D. Schulz

Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Virginia Tech
Research Interests: Antiviral materials, metal extraction, catalyst design, treatment of bacterial infections with toxin-binding compounds, novel polymer synthesis approaches, and chemotherapeutic capture agents.

mdschulz@vt.edu | Office: 313-D Davidson Hall | CV | Google Scholar


Graduate Students

Ophelia Wadsworth

M.A. Chemistry – Fisk University 
B.S. Chemistry – University of the Virgin Islands
5th Year Ph.D. Candidate in Chemistry

Research Interests: Surface engineering of materials for DOX capture.
Email: jwoph17@vt.edu

Ryan Archer

B.S. Chemistry – Western Carolina University
B.S. Forensic Science
– Western Carolina University
5th Year Ph.D. Candidate in Chemistry

Research Interests: Synthesis of polymer platforms capable of extracting critical metals from solutions.  Design of olefin metathesis catalysts capable of producing polymers with precise architectures.
Email: willra1@vt.edu

Tiffany Thompson

M.A. Chemistry – Fisk University
B.S. Chemistry –
Fisk University
4th Year Ph.D. Student in Macromolecular Science and Engineering

Research Interests: Development of radiation sensitive self-immolative polymer systems for applications in cancer therapy, signal amplification and smart materials.
Email: tnthomp1@vt.edu

Rachel Bianculli

B.S. Chemistry – Bowling Green State University 
4th Year Ph.D. Candidate in Chemistry

Research Interests: Synthesis of antiviral polymer therapeutics.
Email: rbiancu@vt.edu

Hanan Almuzaini

M.S. Chemistry – Middle Tennessee State University
B.S. Chemistry –
Princess Nourah Bint Abdul Rahman University
4th Year Ph.D. Candidate in Chemistry

Research Interests:
Email: hanana@vt.edu

Jonathan Mase

B.S. Biochemistry – Bowling Green State University

3rd Year Phd Candidate

Research Interests: Synthesis of antiviral polymer therapeutics.
Email: jdmase1991@vt.edu

Nuren Iftekhar

B.Sc. Applied Chemistry and Chemical Engineering – University of Dhaka
3rd Year Ph.D. Student in Chemistry

Research Interests: Development of polymer for the sequestration rare-earth metals.
Email: nureniftekhar@vt.edu

Meagan Mazza

B.S. Chemistry – College of William and Mary
3rd Year Ph.D. Student in Macromolecular Science and Engineering

Research Interests:
Email: megay@vt.edu

Connor Gallagher

B.S. Chemistry – Western Washington University

2nd Year Ph.D. Student in Chemistry

Research Interests: Metal chelating polymers.

Email:cgallagher@vt.edu

Zhen Shi

B.S. Polymer Science and Engineering– Shenzhen University

M.S. Polymer Science– The University of Akron

1st Year Ph.D. Student in Chemistry

Research Interests: Antivial Polymers

Email: szhen@vt.edu

Gillian Su

B.S. Chemistry- SUNY Binghamton University

1st Year Ph.D. Student in Chemistry

Research Interests: Development of materials for the capture of chemotherapy drugs.

Email: gillians@vt.edu


Undergraduate Students

Grace Dinges

Agustin Fiorito

Piper MacNicol

Alex Coley

Javier Ortiz