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: NMR leader of Hopewell Site in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co
    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 HeSenior Research Associate, Bristol-Meyers Squibb

  • 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
  • Email:
  • Current Affiliation: Boeringer Ingelheim
  • Ms. Julia OktawiecPh.D. student in Chemistry, UC Berkeley

  • 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
  • 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, Abon Pharmaceuticals, Northvale, NJ
  • 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

    Current 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)
  • 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, Queens, NY
  • 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