Our Team

Dr. Mitchell P. Croatt

Department Head, Associate Professor

Phone: 336.334.3785
Fax: 336.334.5402
Room: 406 Sullivan Science Bldg.
Email: mpcroatt@uncg.edu

Mitch was born in 1980 in the town of New Prague, Minnesota. He went to the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in 1998 and earned his B.S. in Chemistry after doing research in the research group of Professor George A. O’Doherty. In 2002, Mitch then went to Stanford University to pursue a Ph.D. in Chemistry in the group of Professor Paul A. Wender. He focused his graduate research on the design and development of new transition metal-catalyzed reactions and successfully defended his thesis in 2007. Mitch then went overseas to Zurich, Switzerland to study in the group of Professor Erick M. Carreira at ETH-Zurich. There he made semi-synthetic analogs of Amphotericin B to help study its mechanism of action. In 2010, Mitch started his independent academic career at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, was promoted to Associate Professor in 2015, and became Department Head in 2017.

Current Members

Elvis McFee

MS Student

Elvis obtained his B.S. in Chemistry at North Carolina Central University where He conducted research in Inorganic Chemistry and Material Science. After starting at UNCG in the Fall of 2019, He joined the group with an interest in Transition Metal Catalysis and Medicinal Chemistry. After graduation in the Spring of 2021, He plans to obtain his PhD with the same focus.

Mary-Margaret Crabb


Mary-Margaret is a post-baccalaureate student at UNCG after receiving her undergraduate degree in History from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2019. She is a Pre-Medical student interested in medicinal chemistry and its oncological applications. She joined the Croatt Group in January 2020.

Ashley Brown


Ashley K. Brown is an undergraduate student obtaining her B.S. in Biochemistry and Marketing. She joined the group Spring 2020 with aspirations of obtaining great wisdom and knowledge by the inspiring work of the Croatt Reseach Group.

Khyarul Alam “Fahim”

Research Scientist

Dr. Alam completed his BSc and MS degree in Chemistry from Shahjalal University of Science and Technology in Bangladesh. In 2018, he received his PhD in Organic Chemistry under the supervision of Dr. Jin Kyoon Park at Pusan National University in South Korea. His doctoral research was focused on the synthesis of  N-heterocycles and N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs). He joined the Croatt Group in 2019.

David Von Dohlen


David is a senior undergraduate completing his B.A. in Chemistry. With an interest in organic synthesis and medicinal chemistry, he plans to continue his education in chemistry and research following graduation.

Rachel Hodges


Rachel is an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Biochemistry with a minor in Spanish. She aspires to attend medical school following graduation. Rachel started working in Dr. Sherri McFarland’s lab in the Fall of 2018. When Dr. McFarland moved to Texas in the Fall of 2019, Rachel continued working for her remotely. She joined the Croatt group in the Fall of 2019.

Tian Li

Ph.D. Student

Tian received his B.S. in Chemistry from Adelphi University in 2018 and came to UNCG based on the sage wisdom from Dr. I. F. Dempsey Hyatt (Croatt Group alumnus).

Philip West


Philip is getting his B.S. in Chemistry and is planning to pursue graduate or professional school since he is interested in medicine and chemistry of the human body.  He joined the Croatt Group in Fall of 2018.

Charles Crawford


Charles joined the group his freshman year (Spring 2018) and is working towards his B.S. in Chemistry with a Concentration in Research. He is planning to pursue a Ph.D in Nanoscience and is interested in polymer/materials science and electrochemistry.

Abraham Ustoyev

Ph.D. Student

Abe received his B.S. in Biochemistry from Adelphi University in 2017 and came to UNCG based on the sage wisdom from Dr. I. F. Dempsey Hyatt (Croatt Group alumnus).

Saad Sohail

M.S. Student

Saad received his B.S. degree from UNCG in 2018 and continued in the group as a M.S. student.

Jarrod Stanley

M.S. Student

Jarrod is an M.S. student after finishing his undergraduate degree in Chemistry in 2019 from UNCG. He originally joined the Croatt group Summer of 2016.



  • Kristen Gettys - Terminal Masters Degree in 2013-Pursuing her PhD in Chemistry at Purdue University
  • Lorraine Norris - Terminal Masters Degree in 2013 and is teaching at UNCG, GTCC, and Forsyth Tech
  • Sommayah Sayed - Terminal Masters Degree in 2016 - Applying to Dental School


  • Manahil Abdalhameed - PhD in 2015 - Pursuing a postdoc
  • Lara Fakhouri - PhD in 2015 - Academic Position in Jordan
  • Hanan Althagafy - PhD Degree in 2013 - Academic Position in Saudia Arabia
  • Ghina’a Abu Deiab - PhD in 2017 - Academic Position in Jordan


  • Crystal Odom - Preparing to apply to Dental Schools.
  • Adam Nehls - Attending Graduate School at Marshall University.  
  • Bashir Deeb - Pursuing his Master's Degree in Chemical Engineering from NC A&T State University
  • Christine Joliat - Pursuing her MD at Ross University School of Medicine
  • Paige Daniel - Pursuing her PhD in Chemistry at Duke University
  • Emma Nagy - Pursuing her PhD in Biology at Harvard University
  • Silas Cardwell - Pursing his MD at the University of Michigan
  • Philip Ramirez - Pursuing his MD at UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Vasili Katsadouros - Attending Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • Zach Sullivan - Pursuing his MD at Duke University


  • Ivan Fabe Dempsey Hyatt - Assistant Professor at Adelphi University
  • Maria Elena Meza Avina - Currently helping at her daughter's school in Greensboro
  • Dr. Mohammed Al-Huniti - Staff Scientist at Patheon, by Thermo Fisher Scientific


  • Madison Reynolds - Finishing her undergraduate degree
  • Celine Kisimba - Finishing her undergraduate degree
  • Daniel Naderi - Finishing his undergrad degree
  • Hajar Tadili - Attended the MED Program at Chapel Hill
  • Michael Spano - 2017 Graduate - Pursuing his Ph.D. at UC-Irvine
  • Jamison Breeding - Finishing his undergraduate degree
  • Oluwatobiloba (Tobi) Jimoh - 2019 Graduate Apply for Medical School
  • Mark Perez - 2018 Graduate-Working as a scribe at a pediatrics emergency department
  • Kevin Doheny - Finishing his undergraduate degree
  • Brandon King - 2018 Graduate-Pursuing MD
  • Juan Polanco Francisco - 2016 Graduate - Applying for positions
  • James Carson - Finishing his undergraduate degree
  • Bobbi Love -   Finishing her undergraduate degree
  • Katsuya Colon - 2018 Graduate-Pursuing his PhD at Caltech
  • Matthew Garr - 2019 Graduate-Applying to MD/DO Schools
  • Rupa Vummalaneni - Finishing her undergraduate degree
  • Michael Brandon Schroder Spano - Returned to Brazil to finish his undergrad degree
  • Buthainah Al Rifaie - 2015 Graduate - Research position at Pharmacore, currently pursuing her PhD at the University of Utah
  • Laura Johnson - 2015 Graduate - Pursuing her PhD in Biochemistry at Rutgers
  • Michael Maxwell - 2015 Graduate - Pursuing his PhD in Chemistry at Florida State
  • Kristen Gettys - 2011 Graduate-UNCG Graduate School
  • Shawn Yeazell - 2011 Graduate Cum laude-UNC Chapel Hill Medical School
  • Thomas Dietz - 2011 Graduate-Pharmacy School at UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy
  • Cylivia Lee - 2012 Graduate-Currently working at Greer Labs in Lenoir
  • Mudita Patel - 2012 Graduate-Pursuing her Medical Degree at West Virginia School of Medicine
  • Stephen Frempong - 2012 Graduate-Pursuing his Medical Degree at the University of Virginia
  • Dipti Paudel - 2013 Graduate-Pursuing her PhD in Biochemistry at NC State
  • Daniel Nasrallah - 2015 Graduate - Pursuing his PhD in Chemistry at the University of Michigan
  • Sommayah Sayed - 2014 Graduate-Pursuing her MS in Chemistry
  • Luke Olsen - 2017 Graduate - Working
  • Zachary Adkins - Finishing his undergraduate degree
  • Peter Matusik - Finishing his undergraduate degree
  • Angela Hairston - Finishing her undergraduate degree
  • Matt Philips - 2016 Graduate - Applying to graduate programs
  • Christopher Cook - 2016 Graduate - Pursuing his PhD at Baylor University
  • Patricia Pittman - 2016 Graduate - Applying to Professional Schools