Angela Russo, PHD

Research Assistant Professor


Angela got her PHD from UNC Chapel Hill and was a postdoc at UIC in Pharmacology. She is working on molecular mechanisms of ovarian tumor



Adam Li

postdoctoral fellow


Adam got his Master's and PHD from Urbana and is currently working on exosomes and phytoprogestins.


Julia Austin

PHD graduate student


Julia came to the Med Chem program from Arkansas. She is working on phytoprogestins and is a recipient of the T32 in natural products.


Tova Bergsten

MD/PHD graduate student


Tova got her BA from Princeton and trained in industry in New York before coming to UIC for the MSTP program.  She is imaging chemical communication in ovarian metastasis.

Tara Spencer

research specialist

Tara received her B.S. from U. of Alabama.  She is working on screening natural products for anti-cancer action and for natural progestins. She is also keeping us organized and well stocked!


Brenna Kirkpatrick

MD/PHD rotation student


Brenna is a recent graduate of the U. of Kentucky in Lexington.  She was recently accepted to the MSTP program and is doing her first rotation in our lab. She was both a SURF and tech in the lab.

Aliya Mirza

undergraduate researcher

Aliya is a Pharmacy GPPA student at UIC majoring in Biological Sciences. She is mentored by Amanda.


Amrita Salvi, PHD

postdoctoral fellow


Amrita got her BS and MS from U. of Mumbai and her PHD from Nanyang Technological University. She is working on PHYs in ovarian cancer and PAX8.


Jose Colina

PHD graduate student


Jose came to the Med Chem program from Ohio State.  He is working on PAX2 and androgens.


Amanda Maldonado

PHD graduate student


Amanda received her B.S. from Florida International University in 2017 before coming to UIC to join the department. She is working on novel natural products for cancer.

Vedant Bodke

PHD graduate student


Vedant received his BS from U. of Wisconsin-Madison before he was recruited as a University Fellow to UIC. He will be engineering microfluidics to study ovarian cancer.

Daniel Lantvit

research specialist


Dan is the guru of all things related to animal work.  He is currently managing the animal colony, assisting students and postdocs, and training for marathons and triathlons.

Djeneba Diakite

undergraduate researcher

Djeneba is a senior student at UIC in the Honor's College and a Chicago Check scholar. She is working with Adam on phytohormones in the reproductive system.