Our Team

Nadja B. Cech, PhD


Phone: 336.334.3017
Fax: 336.334.5402
Room: 408 Sullivan Science Bldg.
Email: nadja_cech@uncg.edu

Dr. Cech earned a BS degree in chemistry from Southern Oregon University at the age of 19.  This degree was funded in part a large crop of the plant medicine Echinacea, which she helped to cultivate on her family’s organic farm.  In 2001, Dr. Cech was awarded her PhD in Analytical Chemistry from the University of New Mexico, where she worked under the direction of Dr. Chris Enke, co-inventor of the triple quadrupole mass spectrometer.  Dr. Cech’s initial research efforts were focused on fundamental studies of electrospray ionization mass spectrometry, and her review on this topic is one of the most widely reference in this field. When she joined the faculty at the University of North Carolina Greensboro in 2001, Dr. Cech was excited to apply her theoretical studies of mass spectrometry to her long-dormant interest in medicinal plants.  In particular, she tackled the question, “How can mass spectrometry be used to study the synergistic interactions responsible for the biological activity of botanical medicines?”  This question has been the topic of 10 consecutive years of external funding from agencies including the National Institutes of Health (National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine).  Dr. Cech’s work in this area was recently covered by C&E News, and she was awarded the Jack L. Beal Award from the Journal of Natural Products for best paper by a young investigator in 2011.  She currently supervises a dynamic group of 12 undergraduates, graduate students, and post-doctoral research associates.  Dr. Cech has been recognized for both her teaching (with the 2008 University of North Carolina Greensboro College Teaching Award) and her research (with the 2011 University of North Carolina Greensboro Junior Research Excellence Award) and has published 34 peer-reviewed papers.


Current Members

Manead Khin

BS Student, Chemistry

Diane Wallace

BS Student, Biochemistry

J Stempin

BS Student, Biochemistry

Sabina Nogo

Post-baccalaureate Student

BA, Economics and Political Science, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Matt Wright

MS student, Biochemistry

BS, Chemistry, University of North Carolina Greensboro

Nese Okut, PhD

Visiting Scholar

MS and PhD, Crop Sciences, Yuzuncu Yil University, Turkey
BS, Plant Protection Yuzuncu Yil University, Turkey


Bety Rostandy

PhD Student, Medicinal Biochemistry

BA, Chemistry, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
BS, Mass Communication, minor in Theatre, St. Cloud State University

Cassy Naphen

PhD Student, Medicinal Biochemistry

BS, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of California Santa Cruz

Sochima Anike

BS Student, Biochemistry

Nadjali Chung

BS Student, Biochemistry

Daniel Foil

Research Scientist

BS German and Chemistry, University of North Carolina Greensboro

Josh Kellogg, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Associate

PhD, Food Science, North Carolina State University
MS, Natural Resources and Environmental Science, UofI, Urbana-Champaign
BS, Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley

Emily Britton

PhD Student, Medicinal Biochemistry

BS, Chemistry, minor in Nutrition and Foods, Appalachian State University

Lindsay Caesar

PhD Student, Medicinal Biochemistry

MS, Plant and Environmental Science, Clemson University
BS, Biology, Furman University

Recent Graduates

  • Ashleigh Musso - BS Student, Biochemistry, UNC Greensboro
  • Alan K. Jarmusch - Graduate Research Assistant, Purdue University, Aston Labs
  • Amanda B. Roffman - Graduate Research Assistant, University of Vermont
  • Jessica R. Bame - Graduate Research Assistant, University of Bristol
  • Ashley Moody - Student, School of Pharmacy, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
  • Keivan Ettefagh, PhD - Certifying Scientist, Ameritox, Greensboro, NC
  • Vamsikrishna Kandhi, PhD - Scientist, KBI Biopharma
  • Hiyas A. Junio, PhD - Assistant Professor, University of Philippines, Diliman
  • Clint Alfaro - Graduate Research Assistant, Purdue University, Aston Labs
  • Agbo-Oma Uwakweh - Graduate Student, UNC Greensboro
  • R. Owen Bussey, III, PhD - Research Scientist, RJ Reynolds
  • Martha Leyte-Lugo, PhD - Research Scientist, Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán
  • Daniel Todd - Mass Spectrometry Facility Director UNC Greensboro
  • Sam Stangl - Lab Technician, Ennis-Flint
  • Joseph Egan - Graduate Research Assistant, Simon Fraser University
  • David Zich - Analytical Chemist, ITG Brands
  • Adam Brown, PhD - Chemistry Lecturer, Frostburg State University