Group Members


Debbie Crans: Our Fearless Leader

Graduate Student Bios:


Zeyad Arhouma

Focus: Vanadium and polyoxometalates as anti-tuberculosis agents
Skills: bacterial culturing, growth studies, vanadium NMR
Origin: Libya
Education: B. S. in Zoology from Benghazi University (Libya)
Hobbies: pool, soccer
Year Joined: 2014


Kaitlin Doucette

Focus: Characterization of electrochemical properties of menaquinone, growth studies of Mycobacterium tuberculosis
Skills: Electrochemistry, protein purification, membrane studies, cell culturing, liposomes
Origin: Big Lake, MN
Education: BS from Winona State University (MN) in Biochemistry/Spanish (double major)
Interests: baking, long-distance running and biking, driving the speed limit, and spontaneous adventures
Year Joined: July 2015

Kelly Hassell

Focus: Flow cytometry assay development for metallocage drug delivery monitoring
Skills: Flow cytometry, metallocages
Origin: NW corridor of Philadelphia, PA
Education: M.S. from Rutgers University (NJ), M.Ed.
Interests: Camping, hiking, stargazing with her dogs, snuggling with her cat
Year Joined: 2015

Cameron Van Cleave

Focus: Model membrane studies and bioinorganic chemistry
Skills: Langmuir monolayer studies, FT-IR, EPR
Origin: the mountains of New Mexico
Education: B.A. in Biochemistry – Earlham College (IN)
Interests: drawing, music (especially voice!), all the visual arts, languages, volunteering at Animal Friends Alliance
Year Joined: December 2016

Allison Haase

Focus: Analytical chemistry, bio-inorganic chemistry, impact of transition metals on bacteria.
Skills: LC/MS, Skyline MS software, Originlab software, Langmuir monolayers.
Origin: Sugarland, TX.
Education: B.S. in Professional Chemistry from Sam Houston State University (TX)
Interests: Reading, video games, handicrafts
Year Joined: 2016

Heide Murakami

Focus: organic and inorganic synthesis, anticancer compounds
Skills: NMR spectroscopy, EPR spectroscopy, speciation
Origin: Hawai’i
Education: B. S. in Chemistry from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa
Hobbies: video games, D&D, reading, sleep
Year Joined: 2016

Kate Kostenkova

Focus: synthesis, characterization and biological applications of vanadium-based anticancer compounds and lipid electron carriers
Skills: vanadium chemistry, inorganic and organic synthesis, NMR spectroscopy (1D and 2D), EPR spectroscopy
Origin: Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine -> New Salem, ND -> Spokane, WA
Education: B. S. Chemistry (with Biology minor) – Whitworth University (WA)
Hobbies: running, hiking, skiing, cooking, traveling
Year Joined: 2018

Sam Zhang
Focus: biochemical analysis on inorganic compounds in vivo
Skills: LC/MS, TOF-MS, cell culture
Origin: Beijing, China
Education: B. S. in Professional Chemistry from St. Olaf College (MN)
Hobbies: archery, traveling
Year Joined: 2019

Nate Gasparovic
Focus: using NMR techniques to address environmental issues
Skills: NMR spectroscopy, Gaussian09 simulations
Origin: Pittsburgh, PA
Education: B. S. in Chemistry form Mercyhurst University
Hobbies: Movies, music, and museums
Year Joined: 2020