Current Members

William Buhro

Chair, Department of Chemistry
George E. Pake Professor in Arts & Sciences
Professor, Department of Chemistry

Research Specialization

Synthetic inorganic and materials chemistry; optical properties of semiconductor nanocrystals, including quantum wires, belts and platelets; metallic nanoparticles; magic-size nanoclusters; nanopart

Justin Shapiro

Graduate Student, Organic Division

Justin is studying siderophores produced by pathogenic Acinetobacter baumannii including acinetobactin which undergoes a curious nonenzymatic isomerization after cleavage from the NRPS assembly line.

Jason Schaffer

Graduate Student, Organic Division

Jason is investigating the biosynthesis and mechanism of action of obafluorin, a beta-lactone from Pseudomonas fluorescens.  Outside of the lab, Jason enjoys playing and watching sports, playing board games, and exploring the St.

Kayla Swiatek

Undergraduate, Kentucky Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network Fellow, HHMI Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow, 2014-

Lin-Feng Li

Research Scientist

My primary research interest concerns the genetic basis of evolution in plants. Much of this work focuses on the origin and domestication of crops (e.g., banana, rice and ginseng) and adaptive speciation of columbine. My current work includes a large-scale search for associations of genetic/epigenetic variations at candidate genes with phenotypic traits.

David Goad

Ph.D. Student

I am interested in studying the evolution of weeds and other agriculturally relevant plants with a combination of approaces including population genetics, quantitative genetics, and bioinformatics.


Leah Schultz

Graduate Student

Leah is a fourth-year graduate student at WashU.

Cynthia Holland

Graduate Student - Plant & Microbial Biosciences Program, NSF Graduate Research Fellow, William H. Danforth Plant Science Fellow, 2014-

Holland CK, Jez JM (2018) Arabidopsis: the original plant chassis organism.  Plant Cell Rep (in press)

Samantha Powers

Graduate Student (Co-Advisor) - Plant & Microbial Biosciences Graduate Program, William H. Danforth Plant Science Fellow, NSF-GRFP Honorable Mention, 2014-

Powers SK, Strader LC (2016) Up in the air: untethered factors of auxin response.  F1000Research 5:133