Meet the Meanwell Lab Members
The Meanwell Lab welcomes students from across the world. We value hard work and creativity and appreciate teamwork. Check out current and past members below and see just some of the fun activities we get up to. We don't just work hard, we also play hard too!
Photo: A group photo of the Meanwell Lab outside of the University of Alberta North Campus. From left to right, Michael, Jacinth, Dinithi, Subhojit, Soumik, and Jason
Ping Pong Tournament
Soumik and Subhojit battle it out for bragging rights on the ping pong table.
Dr. Gautam Kumar
Gautam hails from India where he was born and raised. He completed his Doctorate at the Indian Institute of Technology Ropar (IIT Ropar, INDIA), where he worked on the Main Group Lewis Acid catalyzed reactions for the functionalization of unsaturated compounds under Dr. Indranil Chatterjee. Gautam joined the Meanwell lab in the summer of 2023 as a Postdoctoral Fellow. For his Postdoc research work, he is working on development of novel nucleosides analogues using Synthetic Organic Chemistry techniques. Outside of chemistry, Gautam likes playing Badminton and being active on social media.
Dr. Thirupathi Nuligonda
Thirupathi is from India, where he was born and raised. He completed his Ph.D. from Central Drug Research Institute Lucknow, India, where he worked on the synthesis of medicinally interesting heterocycles via electrophilic cyclization of functionalized alkynes. Before joining the Meanwell research group, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto, on the design and synthesis of metalloporphyrin catalysts and their applications for the electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide. His current research focuses development of practical and concise synthetic routes for the synthesis of nucleoside analogs. Outside of chemistry, he is fond of listening to music and playing badminton.
Subhojit was born and raised in Belur, West Bengal, India. In 2020, he received his B.Sc. in Chemistry from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, where he worked with Prof. Sujoy Baitalik and explored the field of ligand synthesis. He then joined Prof. Samaresh Bhattacharya's group at the same university for his Master's Dissertation Project, which focused on Ru-based catalyst synthesis and its application. Following this, he began his Ph.D. studies at the University of Alberta in the Meanwell lab in Fall 2022, where he is concentrating on electrochemical organic synthesis via C-F activation. He has a passion for photography, so you might just happen to see him around town searching for the perfect picture. Outside of the lab, his hobbies include playing cricket, football (soccer), and table tennis. He is also an excellent chef, and you may just be lucky enough to try one of his many delicious, authentic Indian dishes.
Soumik hails from Kolkata, India. He completed his B.Sc. with Honours in Chemistry from the University of Calcutta and then pursued his Masters in organic chemistry at Savitribai Phule Pune University. Later, he joined the University of Calcutta as a Junior Research Fellow, where he worked on the design and synthesis of Photoswitchable Antibiotics under Dr. Subhas Samanta. Soumik joined the Meanwell lab in the Fall of 2022 as a Ph.D. student and is currently focused on the electrochemical reduction of organic molecules. Outside the lab, you may find Soumik enjoying the views from atop mountain peaks.
Dinithi Rajapaksha was born and raised in Sri Lanka. She completed her BSc at the University of Peradeniya, where she conducted her undergraduate research on the biological activity evaluation of Exacum trinervium under the supervision of Dr. Dimanthi Uduwela. Upon joining the Meanwell lab in the Fall of 2022, she began working on the de novo synthesis of nucleoside analogues for her PhD project. Dinithi enjoys traveling and nature photography in her spare time. She is particularly captivated by Edmonton's Aurora Chasing!
Jacinth is from the "Helen of the West," Saint Lucia. She completed her BSc in Chemistry with a Specialization at the University of the West Indies. For her BSc thesis, she studied various synthetic methods of Azetidines under Professor Gurdial Singh. Jacinth joined the Meanwell lab in the fall of 2022 as a Master's student in Organic Chemistry. Her current research focuses on developing new nucleoside analogs and exploring their applications in the anti-viral and anti-cancer industries. Her hobbies include reading, watching Korean dramas, and occasionally engaging in nature photography.
Undergraduate - Chemistry Honours Major
Ryan has been an Edmontonian for almost all of his life, immigrating to Canada when he was three years old. Currently, he is completing his BSc Major in Chemistry and Minor in Biological Sciences. Previously, Ryan was working on the synthesis of macrocyclic peptides with affinity to albumin and PKM2 in the Derda Lab here at the University of Alberta. Ryan joined the Meanwell lab in September 2023 as part of a CHEM 401/403 research class. Currently, he is working on developing photocatalytic methods for accessing nucleoside analogs and sulfonamides. When he's not in the lab, you can find him playing CS2 (finally released!), playing badminton, fishing in the summers, and skiing in the mountains in the winters!
Boris Stevanovic - BSc Student, CHEM 401 Honours Project
Eric Butler - BSc Student, CHEM 399
High School Students
Bailey Anderson - WISEST Program
Elizabeth Chen - HYRS Program