Tan Research Group Members

Tan Group Spring 2012 -
Left to right: Back row; Tom Blaisdell, Zachary Giustra, Phillip Lam, Kevin Thompson, Xixi Sun, Sunggi Lee, and Kian Tan. Front row; Pinar Kasaplar, Carrie Stephani, Hyelee Lee, Karen Nguyen, Candice Joe, Amanda Worthy, and Allison Geoghan.

Tan Group Spring 2012 - Left to right: Kian Tan, Tom Blaisdell, Kevin Thompson, Phillip Lam, Zachary Giustra, Xixi Sun, Sunggi Lee, Karen Nguyen, Hyelee Lee, Candice Joe, Carrie Stephani, Pinar Kasaplar, Allison Geoghan, and Amanda Worthy.


Candice Joe
5th Year Graduate Student

Candice was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. Deciding to give the East Coast a try, Candice attended Haverford College where she graduated, with honors, with a B.S. in Chemistry and a minor in East Asian Studies. Under the direction of Dr. Terry Newirth, she conducted her undergraduate research on the total synthesis of an analogue to betanin, the compound that gives beets their red color. In her free time, Candice enjoys watching the Los Angeles Lakers.

Xixi Sun
5th Year Graduate Student

Xixi was born in a mountainous city in Southwest China, where he became broadly interested in different sports. He attended both Math and Physics Olympics but at last he dramatically found himself in chemistry. He did Organocatalysis in undergraduate and received his B.S. in University of Science and Technology of China.

Thomas Blaisdell
3rd Year Graduate Student

Tom was born in Boston and raised in Cambridge, MA.  He attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute as an undergrad.  During those years, he was lucky enough to have internships at Novartis, Infinity Pharmaceuticals and VivoPath.  He graduated from WPI with honors in Chemistry, with a concentration in Medicinal Chemistry. In his free time, Tom enjoys playing basketball and rooting for the many Boston area sports teams. Tom can be contacted at: blaisdet@bc.edu

Zachary Giustra
3rd year Graduate Student

Zachary was born on the North Shore and hasn't strayed out of New England since. He majored in chemistry at Middelbury College in Vermont while working under Dr. Jeff H. Byers on potential reactions between N-heterocyclic carbenes and carbon-based radicals. In his free time, Zachary enjoys catching up on the latest anime and manga and working through his collection of unfinished video games.


Allison Geoghan
2nd year Graduate Student

Allison was born and raised in Maryland.  She received a B.S. in chemistry and biology with a concentration in molecular cell biology with honors from Monmouth University in New Jersey.  While there, she did her undergraduate research under the direction of Dr. Massimiliano Lamberto on the synthesis of novel ligands that inhibit the enzyme telomerase by DNA G-quadruplex.  She also participated in division I lacrosse during her four years at Monmouth.  In her free time, she enjoys exploring the city and traveling.


Hyelee Lee
2nd year Graduate Student

Hyelee was born and raised in Incheon, South Korea. She received a B.S. in chemistry in Chung-Ang University, Seoul, South Korea. Having enthusiasm for studying abroad, she came to the US in 2009 and received her M.S. in 2011 under the guidance of Professor Ernesto Abel-Santos at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her research was on synthesis of chemical probes for identification of germination receptor proteins of Bacillus anthracis, by employing click chemistry mediated activity-based protein profiling. She enjoys swimming and snowboarding in her spare time.


Karen Nguyen
2nd year Graduate Student

Karen was born and raised in Long Beach, California where there was the perfect mix of smog and sunshine. She received her B.S. in chemistry from the University of California, San Diego with a minor in Art History. While at UCSD she spent her junior year interning at a small pharmaceutical company named Receptos (formerly Apoptos) working on allosteric agonist molecules that specifically target the S1P1 receptor. She also spent another year and a half working for Professor Theodorakis on self-calibrating fluorescent ratiometric viscosity sensors in the molecular rotors project. She loves to bake muffins, cupcakes and other desserts in her spare time while watching far too much television.


Carolynn Stephani
2nd year Graduate Student

Carrie grew up in the best city Minnesota has to offer, Minneapolis. She received a B.A. in Chemistry at the University of Minnesota. While there, she did research in surface passivation of silicon nanoparticles, as well as determining the concentration dependence of diblock copolymers in squalane. Before coming to Boston College, she worked at the American Red Cross for two years. In her free time, Carrie enjoys reading a plethora of novels and listening to jams.




Former Students

Name Location email  
Graduate Students
Omar DePaolis Johnson Matthey Pharma Services odepaolis@jmusa.com M.S. (2011)
Kwame Frimpong Eli Lily Company   M.S. (2011)
Moriah Gagnon AstraZeneca moriah.gagnon@gmail.com M.S. (2009)
Ted Lightburn Darrow School   Ph.D. (2011)
Amanda Worthy Northwestern University   Ph.D. (2012)
Undergraduate Students
Dennis Cheng     B.S. (2012)
Michael Dombrowski Broad Institute   B.S. (2009)
Matt Hutchinson      
Scott Joseph Universal Display Corporation   B.S. (2008)
Eric Marro     B.S. (2011)
Christopher Nauser     B.S. (2010)
Du Park     B.S. (2010)