Our Students

Our students are engaged in research that requires a deep understanding of molecular structure, properties and synthesis, but that is often aimed at solving larger, mission-based societal problems that often extend beyond the boundaries of traditional chemistry and biochemistry. Graduate students are offered a wide range of research experiences, from working with individual faculty members to working in collaborative groups involving several faculty members, on research that is focused on larger transdisciplinary areas that extend beyond the traditional disciplines. Reflecting the international nature of modern science, our graduate students come from academic institutions worldwide.


  • Claire V. Crowther(Mark Hayes Group) Received 2018 AES Blue Fingers Student Award

  • Guangzhong Ma (Nongjing Tao Group)
    J Am Chem Soc. 2018 Aug 29. doi: 10.1021/jacs.8b07461. [Epub ahead of print]
    “Measuring Ligand Binding Kinetics to Membrane Proteins Using Virion Nano-oscillators”
    Ma G, Syu GD, Shan X, Henson B, Wang S, Desai PJ, Zhu H, Tao N.

  • SMS Graduate Students and Professor Travel to France for  Beamline Experiment at SOLEIL
    SMS graduate students Brian L. Wadsworth and Diana Khusnutdinova, working with SMS professor Gary F. Moore, were awarded synchrotron beam time at the SOLEIL Synchrotron, located just outside of Paris, France. The three of them will travel there this Fall to perform in situ x-ray absorption measurements aimed at investigating the structural and electronic properties of a binuclear copper(II) fused porphyrin complex that their team has described in a recent publication of the Journal ACS Catalysis. The complex achieves one of the highest maximum turnover frequencies reported for a homogeneous hydrogen evolution reaction catalyst. Their group is now exploring how to extend this chemistry to heterogenous architectures that can be deposited as catalytic thin-film layers on solid-state supports. Correlations between the active catalysts’ structural properties and hydrogen evolution activity will provide an improved understanding of the structure-function relationships governing these assemblies.

    Diana Khusnutdinova
    , Brian Lawrence Wadsworth, Anna Mary Beiler and Edgar Alejandro Reyes Cruz
    (Gary Moore Group)
    ACS Catal., Just Accepted Manuscript DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.8b01776 Publication Date (Web): August 14, 2018
    "Electrocatalytic Properties of Binuclear Cu(II) Fused Porphyrins for Hydrogen Evolution"
    Diana Khusnutdinova, Brian Lawrence Wadsworth, Marco Flores, Anna Mary Beiler, Edgar Alejandro Reyes Cruz, Yegor Zenkov, and Gary F. Moore

  • Moore and Group Publish in Special Themed Issue of Materials Chemistry A: Emerging Investigators in Materials Chemistry
    This summer, SMS graduate students Brian L. Wadsworth and Diana Khusnutdinova, working with professor Gary F. Moore, published a highlight article titled, Polymeric Coatings for Applications in Electrocatalytic and Photoelectrosynthetic Fuel Production in the Journal of Materials Chemistry A. The publication highlights selected examples of advancements in utilizing polymeric materials to prepare hybrid heterogeneous–homogeneous assemblies that drive multielectron, multiproton half-reactions pertinent to renewable energy and solar-fuels generation. In addition to providing a foundation for interfacing soft materials onto solid supports, polymers afford opportunities to develop hybrid constructs with properties difficult to achieve using monolayer-based chemical modification methods. Their highlight article appears in a special themed issue on “Emerging Investigators in Materials Chemistry”.

  • Nicholas Sisco and Jacob Hilton (Wade Van Horn Group)
    J Biol Chem. 2018 Jun 15;293(24):9423-9434. doi: 10.1074/jbc.RA118.003563. Epub 2018 May 3.
    “Phosphoinositide-interacting regulator of TRP (PIRT) has opposing effects on human and mouse TRPM8 ion channels”
    Hilton JK, Salehpour T, Sisco NJ, Rath P, Van Horn WD

  • Manas Mondal, Renjie Liao, Christopher D. Nazaroff, Adam D. Samuel (Jia Guo Group)
    Chem Sci. 2018 Mar 21; 9(11): 2909–2917.
    Published online 2018 Feb 13. doi:  10.1039/c7sc05089e
    “Highly multiplexed single-cell in situ RNA and DNA analysis with bioorthogonal cleavable fluorescent oligonucleotides
    Manas Mondal,  Renjie Liao,Christopher D. Nazaroff, Adam D. Samuel,and Jia Guo
  • Ehsan Gharib-Nezhad
    Nature Communications volume 9, Article number: 908 (2018)
    “A light carbon isotope composition for the Sun”
    James R. Lyons, Ehsan Gharib-Nezhad  &  Thomas R. Ayres 




Shibom Basu talks about interdisciplinary research at ASU, where he had 15 high impact publications including Nature and Science with more than 400 total citations. PhD completed in Fall 2015, Petra Fromme, Advisor.

Apar Prasad talks about the PhD program and his interdisciplinary research in Everett Shock’s lab.

Chelsie Conrad talks about "Femtosecond Crystallography" research in Petra Fromme’s lab - PhD completed Fall 2016.

Fall 2014 Outstanding Doctoral Student Michael Vaughn discusses his research in a video that was shown at the commencement ceremony. Petra Fromme and Thomas Moore, Co-Advisors.

Yanyang Tang, a PhD student in Joshua LaBaer’s lab, discusses her research in lung cancer antibody screening.

Ziming Yang, a summer 2014 PhD graduate discusses his collaborative interdisciplinary research under the guidance of Everett Shock and Ian Gould.

David Jennings talks about what led him to choose ASU. Anne Jones, Advisor.

Chengchen Guo discusses his research under Jeff Yarger in the Magnetic Resonance Research Center. PhD completed Spring 2017.

Ara Austin discusses her experience as a PhD student.

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Our PhD programs train and prepare students to be successful and independent scientists in a world where the boundaries between the traditional chemical disciplines are rapidly disappearing. After graduation, many of our students have gone on to do postdoctoral work at prestigious universities and institutes and have taken jobs in research and other positions in industry; some recent examples are summarized below.

Postdoctoral Appointments At:

  • Stanford
  • Yale
  • Cal Tech
  • NIH
  • Sandia National Lab
  • Pacific Northwest National Lab
  • Roche
  • Oak Ridge National Lab
  • University of Washington
  • Washington University
  • MIT
  • UC Berkeley
  • UC San Francisco
  • Paul Sherrer Institute
  • EPA

Industrial Positions At:

  • Intel
  • Henkel
  • The Clorox Company
  • IBM
  • GE
  • 3M
  • Gowan
  • Heliae
  • Waters Corporation
  • KBI Biopharma
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Lam Research
  • ARUP Laboratories
  • Air Products

International Students 

The School of Molecular Sciences at ASU is home to a large number of international graduate students from prestigious institutions all over the world and more than 12 different countries in Asia, North, Central and South America and Europe. International students are actively involved both in their classwork and research groups, and also in School social life.

 ASU has several useful resources for international students:

International Student Center at ASU - Visa Information
Graduate College International Applicants
International Students Organizations at ASU

Shibom Basu talks about interdisciplinary research at ASU, where he had 15 high impact publications including Nature and Science with total citations of more than 400. PhD completed in Fall 2015, Petra Fromme, Advisor

Yuhe (Renee) Yang describes her research using DNA nanostructures as scaffold to study and create artificial biological systems in The Biodesign Institute Center for Molecular Design and Biomimetics with Hao Yan. PhD completed Spring 2016.

David Jennings, a student from Oxford University, talks about what led him to choose ASU and his research in the field of Bioinorganic Chemistry. Anne Jones, Advisor.

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