Team

The Campillo-Alvarado Lab is proud to host undergraduate, postdoctoral, and visiting researchers interested in generating novel organic materials for energy, separations, healthcare, and electronics. If you are interested in joining our research team, reach out to Gonzalo to find out ongoing opportunities and projects.

DanielLoya

Dr. Daniel Loya is a Scholar in Residence in the Department of Chemistry and in our group. Dr. Loya harvests the power of non-covalent interactions for the design of polymers and improved pharmaceutical solids. He obtained his PhD from Texas Tech University with Dr. Kristin Hutchins, and was s postdoctoral scholar in Cornell University with Dr. Brett Fors.

Nicholas Lutz ’23 is a Postbaccalaureate Researcher in our group and our X-ray diffraction manager. Nicholas works on the synthesis, characterization, and evaluation of molecular sponges for the purpose of performing hopefully more efficient chemical separations. These sponges are organic crystals built on non-covalent interactions and have controllable dynamic properties capable of specific molecular recognition.

Outside the lab, Nicholas enjoys: Video games, photography, and learning lots of weird & interesting facts.
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JosieBicknell

Josie Bicknell (Class of 2024) is a Biology senior working on her interdisciplinary thesis on pharmaceutical cocrystals with bioinspired architectures that mimic biological responses. She aims to study cococrystals to fight antibiotic resistance and other diseases.

Outside the lab, Josie enjoys trail running, listening to science podcasts (Radiolab and this Podcast Will Kill You are her favorites) and watercolor painting.

Casandrah Catterton (Class of 2024) is a Chemistry senior working on her thesis (co-advised by Gonzalo and Dr. Daniel Loya) involving the synthesis of polymeric molecular sponges for the purpose of separating organic solvents.

Outside the lab, Casandrah likes wandering around new places, starting crafting projects, and listening to TV while attempting recipes with varying success.

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Grey Schneider (Class of 2024) is a Chemistry senior working on their thesis that involves the synthesis of molecular sponges for the purpose of separating organic solvents. It is an energy-efficient alternative to separation via distillation.

Outside the lab, Grey enjoys Watching TV with friends and reading Russian literature.

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John Stoehr

Johnny Stoehr (Class of 2024) is a Biochemistry senior working on his thesis on pharmaceutical formulations to treat type 2 diabetes. The formulations seek to improve the first-line oral blood glucose lowering agents for type 2 diabetes management.

Outside the lab, Johnny enjoys Barbell sports, coaching, surfing, trail running, and swimming. Also, a good game of fetch with the dog.

Shota Wetlesen (Class of 2024) is a Biochemistry senior working on his thesis on mechanochemistry methods to synthesize pharmaceutical formulations of anticoagulant medications.

When he is not in the lab, Shota enjoys going to the gym, doing kendo, and playing games.

Shota Wetlesen
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Deepika Shingwekar (Class of 2024) is a Chemistry senior working on her thesis (co-advised by Dr. Daniel Loya and Dr. Jay Mellies) on making a more sustainable alternative for PET plastic recycling. Currently, she is exploring whether the glycolysis product solid structure has an effect on microbial degradation, and find the most biologically accessible polymorph of the glycolysis product.

When she is not in the lab, Deepika enjoys dancing, painting (the paint by numbers kind), and exploring new coffee shops.

Isabella Jupiter (Class of 2025) is a Biochemistry junior and research assistant in the lab. Her project focuses on using crystalline boron adducts to capture and separate common chemical solvents.

In her free time, Isabella likes to read and scrapbook.

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Sid Agarwal

Sidhaesh Agarwal (Class of 2025) is a Chemistry junior and research assistant in the lab. His research focuses on the use of boron derivatives such as boric acid, boroxines and boronic esters in molecular crystals. Specifically he aims to explore the various effects of using boron derivatives in the synthesis of crystals with respect to their structure, inter-molecular interactions, morphology, and polymorph selectivity.

Sid is a I am a massive cinephile and can watch movies for hours on end. He loves playing squash and watching cricket with his friends.

Paulina Sittinger is an international exchange student (Chemistry major) from Freie Universität Berlin doing Independent Study Research in the lab. In her project, Paulina is aiming to find new cocrystals made of a recently approved antidepressant as well as a GRAS co-former. Through that, I hope to improve its therapeutic effect.

Outside the lab, Paulina enjoys ultimate Frisbee, hiking, music and meeting friends.

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ASM - Anahi Sanchez Marcial

Anahi Sánchez Marcial (Class of 2025) is a Neuroscience junior studying the cocrystallization of mesalamine, a drug often prescribed for Crohn’s disease. Her goal is to investigate a more effective formulation of mesalamine to improve treatment for millions of people.

Outside the lab, you will find Anahi plant shopping, painting for her friends and familia, or trying out new coffee through out PDX!

Willem Weber is an international exchange student (Biochemistry major) from Freie Universität Berlin doing Independent Study Research in the lab on pharmaceutical cocrystallization of HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors.

Thesis Hall of Fame

Kyle Petersen '23, Chemistry, Calibr Research Tech
Henry Holleb '23, Biochemistry, PhD student, Durham Univ. (UK)
Amelia Schaeffer '23, Physics-Chemistry, PhD student, Cornell Univ.