Previous Group Members

Dr. Mingming Guo
Polymer Science Institute The University of Akron
Dr. Amy Xiuhua Fang
Postdoctoral Fellow, City University of New York

Current Affiliation: Pharma Tech Specialist, Actavis

Research Interests:
  • NMR, HPLC methods.
  • Dr. Xiaomin YangEducation
  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, Peking University, P.R.China, 1996
  • B.S. in Chemistry, Lanzhou University, P.R.China, 1986

    Research Interests
  • High-resolution NMR methods in protein structure studies

    Current Projects
  • Studies of liver fatty acid binding protein structure at binding state (holo-structure) and unbinding state (apo-structure) via solution NMR multiple-dimension experiments.
  • Ms. Ping Ao
  • Ph.D. student in Polymer Chemistry, City University of New York
  • Pursuing Ph.D. in Medicine Material Chemistry, Peking Union Medicine University ,Beijing, China
  • M.S. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Chinese Medicine, Beijing, China
  • B.S.Pharmacy, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing, China

    Research Interest
  • Structural elucidation of fungal melanin by means of isotope labeling of precursors .
  • Dmitry Volfson, D.O.
    B.S., Chemistry, Honors College at The College of Staten Island, 2002
  • CUNY Salk Scholar, 2002
  • Current affiliation: Regional Medical Director at CITYMD Urgent Care, NYC
  • Dr. Cherryl Tihal-AntohiResearch Interest:
  • NMR Methods in natural products.
    Current Affiliation: Part-time teaching position in the Chemistry department at University of Texas, Arlington
  • Ms. Theodora JohnsonUndergraduate Student
    Dr. Bin Yan
    NMR Methods
  • Software design and system performance.
  • Current Affiliation: Principal Programmer/Analyst, Health Research Inc. Albany, NY
  • Dr. Feng Qiu
    NMR spectroscopy. Current Affiliation: CEO, AIT Qualytics, Warminster, PA
    Dr. Rufeng Wang
    Postdoctoral Fellow

  • Ph.D. in Pharmacognosy, Peking University,China. 2003
  • M.S. in Botany, Shandong University,China. 1995

  • Liquid state NMR theory and application.
  • Natural Product Chemistry
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Ms. Yasmin Leigh
  • B.A., Mass Communications and Sociology, Iona College, 2002
  • B.S., Biology, Minor: Biochemistry, December 2006, CUNY College Of Staten Island

    Research credits: LSAMP Research Assistant 2005-7; LSAMP Grad, 2009-
    Research Conferences: Undergraduate Chemistry Symposium at St. Johns University, Queens campus 2005
  • Title of research project: Rapid Screening of Potato Metabolites using High Performance Liquid Chromatography
  • Mr. Zhantong MaoGraduate student

  • Ph.D. candidate in Chemistry, CUNY
  • Ms. Esther Jang
    High School Research Intern

  • Hunter College High School, Class of 2010
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Class of 2014
  • Dr. George Guohua WuPh.D., 2000, Polymer Chemistry, CUNY College of Staten Island
  • Research interest: NMR Spectroscopy and Polymers
    Current Affiliation: Supervising Scientist, Colorant Technical Group, Benjamin Moore Corporation
  • Dr. Tong ZhangVisiting Scholar
    Associate Professor, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China
  • Education: Ph.D. in Pharmacy (Traditional Chinese Medicine: TCM), Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China
  • B.S. in Chemistry, Nanjing University, China

    Research interest: natural products, pharmaceutics and quality standard of Chinese Materia Medica
  • Dr. Sayantani SarkarEducation:
  • Ph.D. in Biochemistry, City University of New York - City College of New York, 2012
  • M.S. in Biochemistry, University of Calcutta
  • B.S. in Physiology, University of Calcutta

    Research Interests:
  • Biochemistry, Nutritional Chemistry, Biophysics
  • Dr. Hongwei WuResearch Assistant Professor and NMR Facility Manager, Indiana U.

  • B.S. in Biophysics, Nankai University, China, 1989.
  • Ph.D. in Biophysics, Beijing Medical University, China, 1995.

    Research Interests:
  • Various biophysical methods mainly including high-resolution NMR, also AFM, CD
  • Florescences technique etc. in protein solution structure analysis and protein-protein interaction.

    Projects in Stark Lab:
  • Studies of the behaviors of the isotropic bicelle as the membrane mimetic medium by 31-P NMR and AFM
  • PPAR protein solution structure analysis and PPAR-FABP interaction using multi-dimensional NMR.
  • Dr. Yan HePrincipal Research Scientist, Abbvie Pharma, North Chicago, IL

  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, City University of New York - College of Staten Island, 2000
  • M.S. in Chemical Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, 1990

    Research interests:
  • Protein tertiary structure determination by multi-dimensional NMR
  • Protein-ligand binding interaction studies by both NMR and molecular modeling
  • Computational chemistry on homology modeling, protein-to-target docking, and QSAR.
  • Dr. Bingwu YuSr. Associate Director, Regulatory Affairs CMC
  • Education
  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica, Chinese Academy of Sciences. 2001
  • M.S. in Medicine, Henan University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. 1998

    Interests: 1. Solid/Liquid state NMR theory and application. 2. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. 3. Natural Product Chemistry
  • Stark Group Projects: HR/CP-MAS NMR Studies of Biopolymers from Hardening Potato (Solanum tuberosum) and Fungal Melanins
  • Past Affiliation: U.S. Food and Drug Administration
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  • Current Affiliation: Boeringer Ingelheim
  • Ms. Julia OktawiecPostdoctoral Fellow, Northwestern U.

  • Hunter College High School, Class of 2009
  • Columbia University, Class of 2013

    Research interest:
  • High School Research Intern: NMR studies of the cuticular waxes of tomatoes
  • High School Research Intern: AFM surveys of dewaxed tomato cuticles
  • Undergraduate student at Columbia U.: Inorganic and Materials Chemistry
  • Ph.D., Chemistry, UC Berkeley.
  • Dr. Junyan ZhongEducation
  • Ph.D. in NMR and polymer science, Clark University, Worcester, MA, 2005
  • B.S. in Chemistry, GanNan Normal university, Ganzhou, China, 1993

    Current affiliation:
  • NMR Scientist,Intertek Chemicals & Materials 2013
  • NMR Facility Manager, Old Dominion University 4/07
  • Research Associate Postdoctoral Research Associate

    Research Interests
  • Development and Implement of novel NMR pulse sequence and methodology, both solid and liquid state.
  • Structural elucidation of biopolymers by NMR.
    Projects in Stark Lab Structural elucidation of fungal melanin by means of isotope labeling of precursors and NMR techniques.
  • Dr. Fouad FrancisEducation
  • B.S., Chemistry, CUNY College of Staten Island, 2001
  • Ph.D., Biochemistry, City University of New York, 2007

    Current Affiliation:
  • Ann Arundel School District, Maryland
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, NIH

    Research Interests:
  • High-resolution NMR methods in protein structural studies
  • Dr. Shiying TianPh.D., 2005, Polymer Chemistry
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, 2006

    Research interests
  • NMR spectroscopy
  • Organic Synthesis.

    Current Affiliation: Senior Scientist, Frontida Biopharm
  • Dr. Weimin WangEducation
  • M.S., Polymer Materials, Beijing University of Chemical Technology
  • Ph.D., Polymer Chemistry (Biopolymers), City University of New York

    Current Affiliation:
  • Senior Scientists, Abon Pharmaceuticals, Northvale, NJ
  • Research staff, Rockefeller University

    Research Interests:
  • Analytical methods (HPLC, NMR, (MS)n)
  • polymeric materials
  • peptide synthesis.
  • Dr. Adriana VelaB.S. in Chemistry, City University of New York, Honors College at the College of Staten Island, 2005
  • Bridge to the Doctorate student 2005 - 2007

    Research Interest
  • Proteins and NMR spectroscopy

    Project: Investigating protein-ligand binding interactions using multi-dimensional NMR spectroscopy.
  • Current affiliation: Ph.D., Dept of Molecular Biology and Biophysics, Yale University (2007-13).
  • Current affiliation: Director, Medical Affairs Team, Pharma in NYC
  • Dr. Rima EstephanPh.D., 2005, Biochemistry, CUNY College of Staten Island
  • Current affiliation:
  • NYC Board of Education
  • Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Staff Member
  • Ms. Toni EversleyEducation
  • B.S in Biochemistry, 2005, College of Staten Island
  • M.S. student in Pharmacology/Toxicology, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY

    Current project involves investigating the biosynthesis of suberin using the analytical methods HPLC and NMR spectroscopy.
  • Ms. Lorraine BrocatoCurrent Affiliation: Liaison for Budget, Facilities, IT, Provost's Office, College of Staten Island, CUNY.
    Dr. Ka-Loh LiResearch Associate, University of Manchester (UK), Institute of Population Health. Previous: Associate Specialist, Step II, Department of Radiology Magnetic Resonance Science Center University of California, San Francisco
    Dr. Farah A. JaymanPh.D., 2007, Biochemistry, CUNY College of Staten Island
  • Current affiliation: U.S. Food & Drug Administration
  • Ms. Silmilly ToribioCurrent affiliation: Laboratory Manager, Iona College
  • Education:
  • Ph.D. student in Biochemistry, CUNY
  • M.S. Science Education-Chemistry, City College of New York, CUNY
  • B.S. Chemistry Honors in Biochemistry, City College of New York, CUNY
  • A.S. Liberal Arts in Science, Hostos Community College, CUNY

    Research Interest:
  • Use biophysical methods such as NMR to study protein-ligand interactions as an approach to better understand of biochemical pathways.
  • Ms. Nancy MedinaPh.D. candidate in Analytical Chemistry, CUNY

    Research Interests:
  • Metabolites in wound-healing potato tissue
  • Mr. David KamUndergraduate Research Intern

  • The College of New Jersey, Seven-Year BS/MD program, Class of 2016
  • Ms. Sindy TanHunter College High School, Class of 2013
  • Harvard University, Class of 2017
  • Dr. Patricia Cano-SanchezMMA Research Assistant

  • Current Affiliation: Laboratory Manager in Biochemistry - National University of Mexico 2006
  • Dr. Xudong GuanNMR specialist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Institute for Genomic Biology

  • Ph.D. in Chemistry (Molecular Biophysics), CUNY, 2012
  • M.S. in Chemistry, Nankai University, Tianjin, P.R. China 2003
  • B.S. in Chemistry, Nankai University, Tianjin, P.R. China 1999

    Research Interests:
  • NMR applications in organic chemistry, material science and biomolecular assemblies
  • NMR technique development
  • Dr. Ruth DingEducation
  • SUNY Upstate Medical University, Class of 2013
  • Post-Baccalaureate student, Program in Premedical Studies, CUNY-City College, Fall 2006 - Fall 2008
  • B.A. in Economics, Rutgers University, 2001

    Research Interests
  • Metabolites in wound-healing potato tissue.
  • Dr. Dan ArrietaEducation
  • BS Pharmacological Chemistry and Biology Mexico, 1995
  • MS Bio-Organic Chemistry Mexico, 1997
  • Ph.D., Biochemistry Sciences, National University of Mexico, 2002

    National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico, Research Associate & Manager for NMR and Mass Spectrometry
    Postdoctoral Fellow, National University of Mexico 2006

  • Natural Products Biotechnology: Study and applications.

  • Studies of the incorporation of the aromatic monomers in the suberin biosynthesis
  • Degradation of the suberin and analysis of the products by HPTLC, HPLC, NMR and MS.

    More informations in my personal webpage:
  • Dr. Qian WangPh.D., 2017, Biochemistry, CUNY & CCNY
    Current Affiliation:
    Postdoctoral Fellow, CUNY College of Staten Island
    Dr. Keyvan Dastmalchi
    Senior Research Associate


    Ph.D. in Pharmacy, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland, 2008
    Master of Pharmacy, Hamdard University, New Delhi, India, 2000
    Bachelor of Pharmacy, Hamdard University, New Delhi, India, 1998

    Research interests:

    Activity guided fractionation and identification of phytochemical substancesLC-MS and NMR based metabolomics analysis of natural products
    Determination of the architecture of macromolecular assemblies

    Projects in the Stark Lab:

    Metabolomics study of wound healing process in different potato varieties
    Structural studies of cuticular biopolymers and fungal melanins
    Current Affiliation: Assistant Director, MabPlex USA, Inc., La Jolla, CA
    Dr. John E. KellyPostdoctoral Fellow

    Ph.D. in Chemistry, U. of Calif., Irvine, 2018

    Research Interests: Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy of Biological Solids
    Current Affiliation: Biomolecular NMR Facility Manager, UC Irvine
    Ms. Angeles AnunagbaAdministrative Assistant
    CUNY Institute for Macromolecular Assemblies
    The City College of New York