Our Team

Nadja B. Cech, PhD

Patricia A. Sullivan Distinguished Professor of Chemistry

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

Joshua Kellogg, Ph.D

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

Lindsay Caesar

PhD Student, Medicinal Biochemistry

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

Derick D. Jones, Jr.

Graduate Ph.D Student, Medicinal Biochemistry

MS, Chemistry, North Carolina A&T State University
BS, Human Biology, North Carolina State University

Chantal Pelzer

Post-Bac Student, Biochemistry

B.S. Public Health, East Carolina University

Madeline Tillman

Undergraduate, Biochemistry

William Crandall

BS Chemistry Student

Sabiba Hossain

BS Student, Biochemisty

Luis Meija Cruz

MS student, Chemistry

BS, Chemistry, University of North Carolina Greensboro

Ali Shahbandi

BS, Biochemistry, Lloyd International Honors College


Alyssa Sanchez

Biochemistry Major | Pre-Pharmacy

UNC Greensboro | College of Arts and Sciences ’19 Full Honors, Lloyd International Honors College

Heather Winter

PhD Student, Medicinal Biochemistry

BS, Nutritional Sciences, minor in Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Connecticut
AA, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Manchester Community College

Manead Khin

BS Student, Chemistry

Diane Wallace

BS Student, Biochemistry

Recent Graduates

  • Cassy Naphen - PhD Student, Medicinal Biochemistry cnnaphen@uncg.edu BS, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of California Santa Cruz
  • Michaela Harris - Biology Major With a concentration in Pre-Medicine mlharr26@uncg.edu Bachelor of Science Program African American Studies and Chemistry Minor Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated., Committee Chair
  • J Stempin - Scientist at Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies Previous Biochemistry Major
  • Sabina Nogo - Student, Eastern Carolina University Medical School Previous Post-baccalaureate Student BA, Economics and Political Science, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
  • Matt Wright - Senior Assoc. Scientist at Catalent Pharma Solutions MS Chemistry, UNC Greensboro BS Chemistry, UNC Greensboro
  • Nese Okut, PhD - Previous Visiting Scholar from Turkey MS and PhD, Crop Sciences, Yuzuncu Yil University, Turkey BS, Plant Protection Yuzuncu Yil University, Turkey  
  • Bety Rostandy - Student, School of Mathematics, UNC Greensboro Previous PhD Student, Medicinal Biochemistry b_rostan@uncg.edu BA, Chemistry, University of Minnesota Twin Cities BS, Mass Communication, minor in Theatre, St. Cloud State University
  • 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
  • Sochima Anike - Previous Biochemistry Major
  • Nadjali Chung - Student, School of Pharmacy, Vanderbilt University Previous Biochemistry Major
  • Daniel Foil - Previous Research Scientist BS German and Chemistry, UNC Greensboro
  • Joseph Egan - Graduate Research Assistant, Simon Fraser University
  • David Zich - Analytical Chemist, ITG Brands
  • Adam Brown, PhD - Chemistry Lecturer, Frostburg State University
  • Emily Britton - Food and Natural Product Manager at Waters Corp Previous PhD Student, Medicinal Biochemistry BS, Chemistry, minor in Nutrition and Foods, Appalachian State University