Akhverdiyeva, Rena

Azim, Abul

It was great working in the lab of Prof Richard Gross. It is one of the best laboratories in the field of Biocatalysis where every idea is discussed in depth, converted into smart proposals and acted upon. Currently working in NAEJA Pharmaceuticals, Edmonton, Canada as a Senior Research Scientist.

Contact information:
NAEJA Pharmaceutical Inc.
4290-91A Street - Edmonton, Alberta Canada - T6E 5V2
Phone: (780) 462-4044 - Fax: (780) 461-0196

Ashby, Richard D

Current place of employment: Fats, Oils and Animal Coproducts Research Unit Agriculture Research Service United State Department of Agriculture
Title: Research Microbiologist
Current Work: I worked for Dr. Gross from 1994 to 1996 as a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Massachusetts - Lowell working in the area of the molecular weight control of poly(hydroxyalkanoates) using poly(ethylene glycol) media additives. Today, I continue to work on the biosynthesis and characterization of natural products using whole cell catalysis. I am specifically looking at lipidic feedstocks and inexpensive industrial coproducts (e.g. glycerol, soy molasses, fish byproducts) as carbon sources in the formation of biopolymers and biosurfactants by fermentative means and continue to look for potential industrial interest in these new materials. By using these materials it is hoped that production costs can be reduced and new outlets found for these coproducts in order to help subsidize the biodiesel, soy processing and Alaskan fishing industries.
How did your time in the group help in building your career? On a personal note, I really enjoyed my time with Dr. Gross. He was instrumental in my development as a scientist and I hope that as we progress in our respective responsibilities that we can continue to work cooperatively in current and future research projects when circumstances allow.

Contact information:
Richard D. Ashby
Fats, Oils and Animal Coproducts RU
600 E. Mermaid Ln.
Wyndmoor, PA 19038
Ph: 215-233-6483
Fax: 215-233-6795


Bansal, Rajesh

Born: Delhi, India
Education: University of Delhi
Reason for choosing the Gross group: Joined the Gross group 1999- as a Visiting Research Student to gain exposure and expertise in the use of enzymes in polymer synthesis
Research Focus during the Gross years: Synthesis of functionalized polylactides for biomedical application, microbial oxidation and reduction on polysaccahrides and Developing biocatalytic routes for the synthesis of well defined systems & modification of polymers for various applications.
Current place of employment: Research Faculty at Institute for Nano-Science Engineering and Technology and Center for Advanced Materials at UMass Lowell
Current work: Drug Delivery using Nano-Particles and Biodefence
How did your time in the group help in building your career: The training and experience with Prof. Gross helped a lot in acquiring the skills and knowledge in some of the hot and cutting edge areas of Research, which was very helpful in competing in this area of research. Professor Gross's constant encouragement, motivation for writing different grant proposals helped a lot in acquiring the skills for witing proposals.

Contact information:
Dr Rajesh Kumar
Center for Advanced Materials and Institute for Nano-Science Engineering and Technology
Department of Chemistry
University of Massachusetts
Lowell, MA 01853
Phone: 978-933-3708 (office)
Fax:: 978-358-9571

Bisht, Kirpal S

Current place of employment: University of South Florida
Title: Associate Professor
Current Work: Design and synthesize polymers for drug and gene delivery

Contact information:
Department of Chemistry
University of South Florida
4202 E. Fowler Avenue, CHE 205A
Tampa, FL 33620-5250
Office: (813) 974-0350, NES 408-A
Lab: (813) 974-0350, NES 407

Bhattacharya, Anupam

Barbuzzi, Tony

Born: Italy
Education: University of Catania
Reason for choosing the Gross group: Joined the Gross group 2002 as a Postdoctoral Fellow because of his work on biocatalysis
Research Focus during the Gross years: Incorporating crosslinkable groups into sugar based polyesters
Current place of employment: Post-doctoral fellow (Department of Chemistry - University of Catania)
Current work: I work on synthesis and characterization of copolymers obtained by transesterification process from their homopolymer. We characterize the polymers by MALDI-TOF /MS, NMR, to hydrolize or pyrolise them into monomers and oligomers and try to characterize the microstructure and the end-group.
How did your time in the group help in building your career: During my stay in Brooklyn, Prof. Gross introduced me to the world of enzymes. I've learned a lot from Prof. Gross and his group.

Contact information:
Dr.Tony Barbuzzi
Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche
c/o C.N.R. Polimeri
Viale Andrea Doria, 6 - zip 95125 - CATANIA (ITALY)
Tel +39.095.7385038
Fax +39.095. 221541

Bankova, Mania


Minmin Cai

Current Place of Employment: Logos Technologies Inc.
Title: Scientist/Chemist
Research Focus during the Gross Years: Characterization of various fatty acid methyl esters (FAME) with GC/MS qualitatively and quantitatively; Molecular weight distribution investigation and polymer branch analysis with GPC and light scattering/viscometer/RI (SEC-MALS) ; help to maintain and manager the Regna Lab – a biopolymer analytical laboratory.
How did your time in the group help in building your career? The experience and training I obtained from the Prof. Gross group really helped me to open the career path to my future. I am happy to be a member in such a great group.

Contact Information:
Logos Technologies Inc.
19955 Highland Vista Dr. Suite 130
Ashburn, VA 20147-2699
Tel: 703.637.4490

Chen, Xianhai

Born: Zhejiang, China
Education: BS in Chemistry and Ph.D. in Polymer Science. Both from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, P. R. China
Reason for choosing the Gross group: Joined group in June 1994-1997 as a Postdoctoral Fellow
Research Focus during the Gross years: New Biodegradable Polymer Design and Synthesis by Ring Opening Polymerization
Current place of employment: Photon Dynamics Inc., Flat Panel Display Division
Current work: I am in charge of PDLC (polymer dispersed liquid crystal) material and process development for our TFT array testing equipment.

Contact information:
Photon Dynamics Inc.
Flat Panel Display Division
6325 San Ignacio Ave
San Jose, CA 95119
Phone: 408 360 3051 (direct) or 408 226 9900 ext. 3051
Fax: 408 226 9910

Cromwick, Ann Mari

Charkarborty, Soma

Chen, Bo

Current place of employment: Univ. of California, San Francisco
Title: Postdoctoral Research fellow
Current Work: Design and synthesize polymers for drug and gene delivery

Contact information:
Biopharmaceutical Chemistry Department of UCSF
1145 HSE, Parnassus St, San Francisco, CA 94143


Dang, Feng

Born: P. R. China, Changzhou
Education: BS: Tonghua University (Shanghai, China); MS: Sam Houston State University (US)
Reason for choosing the Gross group: Joined Gross group August, 1993 as a graduate student because of his research field as well as his energy and enthusiasm
Research Focus during the Gross years: Enzyme and whole cell catalyzed polymerization
Current place of employment: Dial/Henkel in Phoenix. AZ
Current work: heading up the R&D innovation group for laundry care business
How did your time in the group help in building your career: Everyway

Contact information:
Fang (Frank) Deng, PhD
Manager, Laundry Care R&D

The Dial Corporation, a Henkel Company
15101 N. Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Ph: 480.754.6566

Dave, Rachna

Current place of employment: Bhabha Atomic Research Centre Facilities
Title: Postdoctoral Research fellow
Contact information:
Dr. Rachna Dave.
Post-Doctorate Fellow,
Biofilm and Bioprocess Section,
Water and Steam Chemistry Division,
Bhabha Atomic Reseach Centre Facilities,
Kalpakkam. TN. 603 102.


Farrell, Richard

Professional Biography: Richard holds a Ph.D. in Soil Chemistry from Iowa State University and is currently a research scientist in the Saskatchewan Centre for Soil Research and adjunct professor in the Dept. of Soil Science at the University of Saskatchewan. Prior to this Richard was a research scientist with the NSF–Biodegradable Polymer Research Center at the University of Massachusetts–Lowell and an adjunct professor in the Departments of Chemistry and Biology. Together with Dr. J. Diane Knight, he is co-leader of the joint U of S/SAFRR Strategic Research Program in Soil Biological Processes. The SRP consists of an inter-disciplinary team carrying out applied and fundamental research in soil biology & chemistry and environmental agronomy (nutrient cycling and the effects of agricultural practices on soil quality; greenhouse gas studies; phytoremediation of hydrocarbon contaminated soils; and the performance of environmentally degradable polymers in terrestrial environments). Richard is author or co-author of five book chapters and more than 30 refereed journal articles.

Contact information:
Richard Farrell
Department of Soil Science
University of Saskatchewan
51 Campus Drive Saskatoon,
SK Canada S7N 5A8
Voice: (306) 966-2772

Felse, Arthur

Current place of employment: Northwestern Univ.
Title: Lecturer
Current Work: Graduate and undergraduate teaching of Chemical Engineering and Biological Engineering courses; student advising; academic mentoring; student recruitment; research

Contact information:
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
2145, Sheridan Road, Room E136
Evanston, IL 60201.
Tel: (847) 491-7387
Fax: (847) 491-3728

Fu, Hongyong

Current place of employment: Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes Corp
Title: Scientist
Current Work: Developing resins for automotive and chemical coatings
How did your time in the group help in building your career? "The training and experience I got while I was working as a postdoctoral research associate in Prof. Gross's group laid a solid foundation for my career development"

Contact information:
Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes Corp.
4440 Warrensville Center Road
Warrensville Heights, OH 44128
Phone: (216)332-8685 (office)


Gilmanov, Vladimir

Giannos, Steven

Currently, I am the Vice President of New Product Development at Chrono Therapeutics, Inc., with over 20 years experience in medical device product development and innovative controlled release drug delivery technologies. I have been involved with noninvasive, transdermal and pulsatile drug delivery technologies, glucose biosensors for diabetes, as well as chronotherapeutics and peptide and protein drug delivery for pharmaceutical and medical device world leaders.

My career includes working on novel transdermal technologies at Novartis (formerly Ciba-Geigy) where I worked with many world leading transdermal scientists, as well as Lavipharm Corp., Sontra Medical (now Echo Therapeutics, Inc.), Boston Scientific and MIT working under Professor Robert Langer synthesizing and characterizing the polyanhydride family of polymers. My graduate work with Dr. Gross, 1988-1991, involved initiating the Poly (Gamma-Glutamic Acid) project for my thesis: Biosynthesis and characterization of Poly (Gamma-Glutamic Acid) produced by B. licheniformis (ATCC 9945A).

I am an active member in the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS), serving as Chair of the Dermatopharmaceutics Focus Group, and the Controlled Release Society (CRS) as Industrial Editor for the CRS Newsletter. Additionally, I hold 3 patents with several more pending and have authored a number of book chapters, publications and invited articles on new technologies for controlled release and transdermal drug delivery technologies.

Gao, Wei

Current place of employment: Rohm and Haas Company
Title: Senior Scientist
Current Work: Polymer separation/characterization in Central Analytical Support

Contact information:
Rohm and Haas Company, Spring House Technical Center.
727 Norristown Road. P. O. Box904
Spring House, PA 19477-0904.
Tel 215 619 5873

Gupta, Bhavna

Bhavna Gupta is working at Department of chemistry, University of Massachusetts, Lowell,Massachusetts. Her research area is focused on “Synthesis of pegylated polymers for biomedical applications.”

Contact information:
Contact no. 978-957-3967

Gothlich, Alexander

Dr. Alexander Goethlich worked as a post-doctoral fellow with Prof. Gross between 2002 – 2003 on projects related to Enzyme-catalyzed polymer-analogous esterification reactions. Currently Dr. Goethlich is working with BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. His work involves Strategic Planning & Portfolio Development.

Contact information:
Phone: +49 621 60-91622,
Mobile: +49 173 3799012,
Fax: +49 621 60-48462,


Henderson, Lori

Born: Detroit, MI
Reason for choosing the Gross group: I elected to work for Prof. Gross due to his extreme dedication and search for truth and discovery in the scientific field. At that time, he was managing many diverse research projects that encompassed a multidisciplinary approach and understanding to doing research. My dissertation project was challenging, unconventional and pioneering in of it self and hence provided me with a sound foundation in research techniques/principles. I knew then, that I would excel beyond the normal expectations due to his ability to inspire and create a stimulating working environment.
Research Focus during the Gross years: Biocatalysis of Macromolecules: Kinetic and mechanistic studies of enzyme-catalyzed polymerization reactions
Current place of employment: Program Director National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) in NIH
Current work: Drug and Gene Delivery Systems and Devices Program Area. The drug and gene delivery program supports the research and development of new and improved technologies for the controlled and targeted release of therapeutic agents. Areas of emphasis include: the development of new delivery vehicles such as nanoparticles and micellar systems; energy-assisted delivery using ultrasound, electroporation, etc.; and the integration of biosensing with controlled dosage delivery using BioMEMS and other emerging technologies.
How did your time in the group help in building your career: It was a significant turning point in my career. I've acquired and developed several interesting skills that transitioned me from the chemical industry into the world of biotechnology. I've acquired and continue to do so unique skills/knowledge that puts me in the forefront of my research endeavors. The technical challenges and instrumental techniques encountered during my Ph. D. studies ultimately enhanced my creativity, promoted innovative thinking and nourished my inquisitive mind. This was just the beginning!

Contact information:
Division of Discovery Science & Technology
Democracy Plaza Two Suite 200
6707 Democracy Boulevard
Bethesda, MD 20892
Phone: 301-451-4778

Hu, Shanghui

Hunsen, Mo

Born: Ethiopia
Education: Addis Ababa University (BS, MS) and Michigan State University (PhD)
Reason for choosing the Gross group: Joined the Gross group 2005 as a Visiting Scientist during my sabbatical to work on enzyme catalyzed reactions.
Research Focus during the Gross years: Investigating the potential of Humicola insolens Cutinase for polyesterification reactions. Studying acyl esterases catalyzed esterification of polyols.
Current place of employment: Associate Professor at Department of Chemistry, Kenyon College, Ohio and Visiting Scientist at the CASE Comprehensive Cancer center, CASE School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.
Current work: I am currently working on synthesis and biological activity studies of carbohydrate- and natural product-based anti-cancer, chemoprevention, and immune modulatory drugs.
How did your time in the group help in building your career: It was a great experience and I have learned a lot from Prof. Gross and his diverse group of scientists. I have learned a lot about enzyme catalyzed reactions in organic solvents and about polymer chemistry. I have greatly enjoyed the academic-industry collaborations as this really puts things in to perspective.

Contact information:
Dr. Mo Hunsen
Department of Chemistry
Kenyon College
Gambier, OH43022
Tel (740) 427-5091
Fax (740) 427-5731


Jiang, Zhaozhong

Current place of employment: Yale University, Faculty of Engineering
Title: Research Associate
Contact information:
55 Prospect Street
401C New Haven, CT 06511


Kalra, Bhanu

Born: India
Education: BS and MS, and Ph.D University of Delhi, India
Reason for choosing the Gross group: Because of versatile and extended nature of his research.
Research Focus during the Gross years: HRP catalyzed gel formation by covalent crosslinking of tyramine modified aspartamide, vinyl polymerizations. Lipase catalyzed a) ring-opening polymerization, b) polymerizations using hybrid catalyst (combination of lipase and a chemical catalyst) to produce unique copolymers, (III) combination of ring-opening and condensation polymerizations to synthesize unique terpolymers. Lipase catalyzed vinyl monomer synthesis, regioselective acrylation of ethyl glucoside, thymidine and adenosine at 5'-O position. These monomers were polymerized by conventional free radical as well as controlled radical (ATRP) polymerizations.
Current place of employment: Diagnostic System Labs
Current work: Senior Scientist I work in production and Research and Development I am involved in synthesis of conjugates of antigens, antibodies and steroids with enzymes (HRP and Alkaline Phosphatase) and other linkers. Besides this, I am involved in assay development and setting up EIA and ELISA immunoassays on chemiluminescence based techniques
How did your time in the group help in building your career: I got a lot of exposure by attending meetings and discussions. Working in his group enabled me to indulge in vast and extended areas of science. Working as a part of NSF-BBM has enabled to me to learn the industrial requirements of the work. My time in the group has been really enjoyablable and full of learning

Contact information:
Diagnostics System Labs,
445 Medical Center Blvd.
Webster Texas, 77598.
Phone: 281-332-9678,
Fax: 281 338 1895

Kandula, Jagannadha Rao

Born: Andhra Pradesh, India Education: Ph.D. (Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology) Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras, India
Reason for choosing the Gross group: To strengthen interdisciplinary knowledge in the areas of Biotechnology and Chemistry
Research Focus during the Gross years: Biological treatment of bilge water generated from US Navy Marine vessels by forced molecular evolution. Screening of carbohydrate oxidase producing microorganisms and microbial oxidation of polysaccharides. Fermentative production of microbial glycolipids and biosurfactants and their process optimization.
Current place of employment: Acambis, Inc. Canton, MA
Current work: Manager, Viral Production Fermentation Responsible for the management, maintenance and supervision of daily activities of viral production fermentation department for the production of viral vaccines Manager, Bacterial Fermentation Development Responsible for the management, maintenance and supervision of daily activities of bacterial vaccine development department and scale-up of viral and bacterial vaccines production into the large scale bioreactors.
How did your time in the group help in building your career: Learned excellent project scheduling and management skills from Prof. Gross. Also my tenure in Dr. Gross group helped to build up interdisciplinary teamwork relationship for successful reaching of project milestones. This period also exposed me and strengthens my knowledge in bio-organic catalysis area exhaustively.

Contact information:
Manager, Viral Production Fermentation
Acambis, Inc.
90 Shawmut Road
Canton, MA 02021
Phone: 781 302 2963
Fax: 781 828 0545

Kemnitzer, John

Born: Utica, NY
Education: BS, RIT Chemistry 1988 PhD, UMass Lowell 1993 Post-Doctoral, Rutgers University 1995
Reason for choosing the Gross group: Research Focus during the Gross years: Synthetic analogues of polyhydroxyalkanoates Current place of employment: Integra LifeSciences Corp, since 1996
Current work: Director Polymer R&D
How did your time in the group help in building your career: Critical thinking and free reign to pursue intellectual interests within the scope of the group's core focus. Relatively unencumbered academic pursuit of interests and broad principles, but with an eye for practical application(s) when warranted.

Contact information: John Kemnitzer Integra LifeSciences Corp 311 Enterprise Drive Plainsboro, New Jersey 08536 E-mail:

Kumar, Ajay

Born: India
Education: University of Delhi, India
Reason for choosing the Gross group: Leading Scientist in the field of Biocatalysis
Research Focus during the Gross years: i) the evaluation of enzymes systems that are active for monomer polymerizations, ii) the synthesis of new monomers and polymers, iii) detailed characterizations of monomer and polymer structure using advanced NMR techniques, iv) the development of new strategies to achieve enhanced enzyme-activity for desired reaction types, v) the development of new methods to achieve enzyme-catalyzed transesterifications between chains and vi) condensation polymerization to achieve sugar based polyesters.
Current place of employment: Diagnostics System Labs, Webster Texas, 77598.
Current work: Production of Immunogens, Tracers and biotin complexes, Steroids-Enzyme (HRP, ALP) conjugates, Hormones and Proteins. Development and Optimization of Steroids, Hormones and protein immunoassay. Management and supervision of team of R&D staff in organic division and Immunoassay development. Established ELISA and RIA based assay for many steroids and proteins biomarkers.
How did your time in the group help in building your career: It was a great learning curve and experience for me. It helped me attain state of the art knowledge in the field of enzyme in polymer science. It helped improve my presentation, group management and writing skills and I am proud of the group.

Contact information:
Ajay Kumar,
Director Research and Development,
Div. Of Organic Chemistry and Assay Development,
445 Medical Center Blvd. Webster,
Tel: 281-332-9678,

Kim, Oh-Young

Kulshrestha, Ankur

Current place of employment: Becton, Dickinson and Company
Title: Senior Scientist

Contact information:
Ankur S Kulshrestha, Ph.D
Senior Scientist
BD Medical Surgical Division
G318a, Becton Building
1 Becton Drive, Franklin Lakes
New Jersey, 07417

Kuma, Rajesh

Kaushik, Himanshu

I am now a Project Management Professional(PMP) and am working towards my MBA. Besides this I am a full time mom of lovely Alima who is almost 4 years old now. Also I am volunteering as Director of PDU Management for Project Management Institute Northern Alberta Chapter.

Kumar, Vineet

Kudesheva, Dina

Kunika, Masao

Dr. Masao Kunioka was born in 1962 in Japan. He obtained his Bachelors from Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1982 & Masters from Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1985. He got his Doctorate of engineering from Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1989. His doctor thesis is "Biodegradable bacterial copolyester" related to polymer chemistry. He entered to "Research Institute for Polymers and Textiles" after doctor course.

This institute and others have been reconstructed to "National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology". He was staying in USA as visiting scientist in Polytechnic University under Prof. Gross from 1998 to 2000. He became "Group Leader" of Renewable Plastics group since 2005.

His research activities are "Synthesis of biodegradable polymers", "International Standardization of biodegradation for polymers" and "Standardization of biomass carbon content measuring method".


Loos, Katja

Born: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Education: Ph.D. University of Bayreuth, Bayreuth, Germany
Reason for choosing the Gross group: The perfect chance to combine my research on surfaces and interfaces in Prof Ulman's group with the world of biomacromolecules.
Research Focus during the Gross years: Enzymes at defined interfaces.
Current place of employment: University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Current work: Assistant Professor (tenure track) of Polymer Chemistry in the Department of Polymer Thin Film and Surface Science at the Materials Science Centre, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
How did your time in the group help in building your career: Working in one of the "founding places" of polymer science in two well known groups on an interdisciplinary project is a unique experience and opens, in addition to the fact that I was funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Society, a lot of doors.

Contact information:
Department of Polymer Chemistry
Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials
University of Groningen
Nijenborgh 4
9747 AG Groningen
The Netherlands
Tel +31-50-3636867
Phone: +31-50-3636867,
Fax: +31-84-2236001

Liu, Shengsheng


Mei, Ying

Born: P.R.China
Education: Ph.D in Chemistry
Reason for choosing the Gross group: Green Chemistry and Biomaterials.
Research Focus during the Gross years: Enzymatic polymerization
Current place of employment: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Current Work: Development of the high throughput approaches for stem cell engineering
Current Title: Postdoctoral Researcher
How did your time in the group help in building your career: I had the chance to work in several different research areas and had wide view about the scientific achievement in the polymer society. I could work with the scientists in the industry and government labs. This could help me the choose the career that fit me best.

Contact information:
Langer Lab,
45 Carleton Street, E25-325,
Cambridge, MA 02142

MacDonald, Rensee

Mahapatro, Anil

Current place of employment: Norfolk State University
Title: Assistant Professor
Current Work: My research interests lie in two distinct but overlapping areas biocatalysis and biomaterials. My academic training in polymers lead to a keen research interest in materials. During my doctoral dissertation I worked on the synthesis of biodegradable polymers using biocatalysis. After my Ph.D. I decided to gain some experience in more applied materials research which led to post doctoral work in industrial immunoassay research as well as cardiovascular biomaterials research in an academic setting.

Contact information:
Anil Mahapatro, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor,
Center for Biotechnology and Biomedical Sciences
Department of Chemistry,
Norfolk State University,
700 Park Avenue,
Norfolk, VA 23504 USA
Tel: 757-823-8494

Mang, Harald

Current place of employment: Baxter Bioscience Vienna
Title: Quality Specialist
Current Work: Preparing submission documents together with the production team for various agencies (FDA, EMEA)

Contact information:
Dr. Harald Mang
Baxter BioScience
Licensing Support Management
Industriestr. 51 , 1220 Vienna, Austria
Phone: +43 1 20100 2876
Fax: + 43 1 20100 5131

Martin, Arthur

Current place of employment: Corning Incorporated
Title: Sr. Development Scientist

Contact information:
Arthur W. Martin, Ph.D.
Sr. Development Scientist
Life Science and Technology
One Science Center Road
Corning, NY 14831
Phone: 607-974-0425
Fax: 607-974-9268

Mishra Alpana


Nakaoki, Takahiko

Born: Osaka, Japan
Education: Osaka University, Japan
Reason for choosing the Gross group: Joined the Gross group 2000-2001 as a Visiting Research Scientist because of the many papers written concerning enzymatic polymerization
Research Focus during the Gross years: Enzymatic polymerization of lactones depending on matrix of immobilized lipases.
Current place of employment: Associate Professor at Ryukoku University, Japan
Current work: Enzymatic polymerization in supercritical CO2 Molecular structure formed in gel (solid state 13C NMR)
How did your time in the group help in building your career: The research done with Prof. Gross was new field for me. So it was the important opportunity to begin the research on enzymatic polymerization.

Contact information:
Ryukoku University
Seta, Otsu 520-2194, Japan
Tel: +81-77-543-7661
Fax: +81-77-543-7483


Parandoosh, Shoreh


Qin, Dongqi


Reeve, Michael S.

Education: St. Anselm College BS-Chemistry
Reason for choosing the Gross group: Joined 1988-Umass-Lowell as a graduate student. I chose the Gross group because he is a young energetic Professor with interesting ideas and directions
Research Focus during the Gross years: Design and characterization of degradable copolymers. PHB, PCL and PLA copolymers were the focus.
Current place of employment: R&D Group Leader at NeoResin US
Current work: Design and development of water based polyurethane dispersions (PUDs) and acrylic emulsions for use in the coatings, graphic arts and adhesives industries.
How did your time in the group help in building your career: Working in Prof. Gross and Prof. McCarthy's Consortium exposed me to industrial contacts and ways of thinking. I was prepared for transitioning to an industrial setting.

Contact information:
R&D Group Leader
NeoResins Inc.
730 MainStreet
Wilmington, MA 01887
Phone - 978-661-7457
Fax - 978-988-3918
E-mail -

Roesser, David


Scholz, Carmen

Born: East Germany
Education: Diploma (MS) and Doctorate (Dr. rer. nat.) from: University of TechnologyDresden
Reason for choosing the Gross group: Joined 1996 as a Postdoctoral Fellow because of research interest in biopolymers
Research Focus during the Gross years: Sophorolipids
Current place of employment: Associate Professor University of Alabama in Huntsville
Current work: Teaching undergraduate and graduate classes Research in biopolyesters Research in surface modifications
How did your time in the group help in building your career: Rich believed in me and my ability to become a faculty member

Contact information:
Dr. Carmen Scholz
Department of Chemistry
University of Alabama in Huntsville
Huntsville, AL 35899
Tel.: (256) 824 6188
Fax: (256) 824 6349

Shah, Devang

Shah, Vishal

Current place of employment: Dowling College, Department of Biology
Title: Assistant Professor
Current Work: Development of novel bioremediation techniques for soil and water treatment. Investigate the influence of polymers, nanoparticles and similar materials on the soil microbial diversity. In addition, his lab a collection of more than 200 microbial cultures that were isolated from the soil of Gamma Forest located in the Pine Barren Region of Long Island.

Contact information:
Vishal Shah
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
Dowling College,
Idle Hour Blvd,
Oakdale. NY 11769.
Ph : 631-244-3339
Fax: 631-244-1033

Shaik, Ahmad Ali

Born: Andhra Pradesh, India.
Education: Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT), Hyderabad, India
Reason for choosing the Prof. Gross group: Prof. Gross was one of the leading scientists in the area of biocatalysis. His contribution in the area of biocatalytic approaches for polymer synthesis and bio-based value added derivatives were enormous that’s the main reason for choosing Prof. Gross’s Group.
Research Focus during the Gross years: Synthesis of new class of monomers using biocatalytic approaches for polymeric applications. Enzyme based regioselective transformations. Enzymatic synthesis of surfactants.
Current place of employment: University of Minnesota.
Current work: Natural product based Cancer chemo preventive agents.
How did your time in the group help in building your career: Really it was a very nice experience working with Prof. Gross. My time at polytechnic university was memorable. The group I worked with was amazing; during my tenure I learned lot of new techniques and improved my problem solving ability. Most importantly Prof. Gross helped me to improve a lot on my presentation and managerial skills.

Contact Information:
Ahmad Ali Shaik, Ph. D.
Department of Medicinal Chemistry
University of Minnesota
8-139A Weaver Densford Hall
308 Harvard Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455,
Phone No: 612-626-5543.

Shi, Fengying

Sahoo, Bishwabhusan

Seufert, Michael

Born: Bavaria, Germany, City of Guenzburg
Education: 1986 - 1991 Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany 1992 - 1995 Max Planck Institute of Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany 1995 - 1996 UMASS at Lowell
Reason for choosing the Gross group: Existing Research "History" in polyglucans and related polymers. Preparation for future tasks within polymer research facility of BASF Aktiengesellschaft
Research Focus during the Gross years: Biodegradable, starch based surfactants
Current place of employment: BASF Venture Capital in Santa Barbara, CA
Current work: Venture Capital Investments for Corporate Venture Capital Group
How did your time in the group help in building your career: Working in an international surrounding is a long lasting experience. This experience provides certainly skills one can use in almost all manners of professional and daily life. The field of biodegradable polymers is an important field. Even if I left pure chemical research I'm continuously exposed to the theme. I can take advantage out of my knowledge almost every day in many ways.

Contact information:
Michael Seufert
P.O. Box 91954
Santa Barbara, CA 93067

Smith, Gilbert

Shi, Fengying


Thakur, Amit


Venkataraman, Sridhar

Vaidya, Alankar

Contact information:


Wallner, Sabine

Current place of employment: Boehringer Ingelheim Austria
Title: Project Manager
Current Work: Coordinating internal and external biotechnology based projects with respect to timelines and budget

Contact information:



Born: China
Education: Shanxi University, China, B.S. (1994) Peking University, China, Ph. D. (1999)
Reason for choosing the Gross group: Joined Gross group 2001-2002 as a Postdoctoral Fellow
Research Focus during the Gross years: Lipase-catalyzed amidation of poly(alkyl acrylate) Chemo-enzymatic syntheses of leupeptin analogues as calpain inhibitors
Current place of employment: The Scripps Research Institute
Current work: Biomedical research in general chemistry
How did your time in the group help in building your career: It is one of the most important areas in green chemistry to utilize enzymes for organic syntheses and polymer modification. My experience in NSF-BBM center at Polytechnic University has been very useful and helpful for my future in scientific research.

Contact information:
The Scripps Research Institute
10550 North Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA 92037
Mail BCC 338

Xu, Jin


Zhang, Jinwen

Current place of employment: Washington State University
Title: Assistant Professor
Current Work: Bio-based thermoplastic composites and foams Polymer toughening, reinforcement and micromechanics Biopolymer packaging materials Bio-based adhesives

Contact information:
Dr. Jinwen Zhang
Assistant Professor
Wood Materials and Engineering Laboratory
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164-1806
Phone: (509) 335-8723
FAX: (509) 335-5077