The Ball Research Group

Past Group Members

Olbelina Ulloa

Olbelina was a Weiss Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Chemistry. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2015. She is currently an instructional assistant professor at Texas A&M University at Galveston.

Jane Coughlin
Lab: GRB E219

Jane was a Welch Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Chemistry. She received her Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her research at Rice involved prolyl isomerase assay development.

Brian Popp
Lab: GRB E219

Brian obtained an assistant professorship at West Virginia University.
Brian's faculty website.

Graduate Students

Matt Minus

Matt worked on the development of metalloinhibitors for STAT3. He earned his PH.D. in June 2017.

Claire Coogan

Farrukh Vohidov
Lab: GRB E220

Farrukh worked on selective protein modification and earned his Ph.D. in May 2016.

Ramya Sambasivan
Lab: GRB E219

Ramya's work focused on peptide-based ligands for stereoselective catalysis.

Rob Ferguson
Lab: GRB E227

Rob worked on conjugating dirhodium acetate to PIN1 enzyme inihibitors.

Rituparna Kundu
Lab: GRB E219

Ritu earned her Ph.D. in December 2012.

Jessica Herron
Lab: GRB E227

Jessica earned her Ph.D. in April 2012. She is working as a postdoc with Dr. Suzanne Blum at University of California, Irvine.

Alexander Zaykov
Lab: GRB E219

Alex earned his Ph.D. in September 2012. He is now a postdoc at Indiana University with Richard DiMarchi working on insulin analogues for the treatment of diabetes.

Vincenzo Russo
Lab: GRB E227

Vincenzo earned his MA in 2009.

Cara Bovet
Lab: GRB E227

Zhen Chen
Lab: GRB E219

Zhen earned his MA in 2012. He is now in New York at the Rockefeller Univ./ Weill Cornell/ Sloan-Kettering Cancer Res. Inst. Tri-Institutional Training Program in Chemical Biology.


Morgan Abernathy

Morgan joined the lab in 2015. She is a current graduate student at the California Institute of Technology.

Alex Marzec

Alex joined the lab in 2015. He is a current medical student at Baylor College of Medicine.

Morgen Smith
Lab: GRB E227

Morgen joined the lab during the Summer of 2014.

Lachezar Hristov
Lab: GRB E227

Lach joined the lab during the Spring 2013 semester. He was exploring routes for synthetic modification of natural products.

Caleb Karmel
Lab: GRB E219

Caleb joined the lab during the Summer of 2013. He was exploring protein inhibition using peptide rhodium complexes.

Nikita Petukhov
Lab: GRB E227

Nikita joined the lab during the Summer of 2013. He was working on the conjugation of small molecules to rhodium.

Owais Syed
Lab: GRB E219

Owais joined the lab during the Spring of 2014.

Julian Cooper
Lab: GRB E227

Julian joined the lab during the Summer of 2012. He worked on synthesizing STAT3 inhibitor analogues to explore the viability of organometallic STAT3 inhibitors.

Matthew Stampfl
Lab: GRB E220

Matthew joined the lab in 2012. He worked on protein expression for metallopeptide modification studies.

Chen Yao
Lab: GRB E219

Chen joined the lab during the Spring 2013 semester. She worked on the synthesis of STAT3 inhibitor analogues.

Julian Voll
Lab: GRB E227

Michael Yu
Lab: GRB E219

Fei Tong
Lab: GRB E219

Fei is obtaining a Doctorate of Pharmacy in Minnesota.

Enrique Vasquez
Lab: GRB E219

Dillon Miles
Lab: GRB E219

Jeremy Larus-Stone
Lab: GRB E227

Rice Department of Chemistry