The Kosenkov Group

Physical Chemistry at Monmouth University

Group Members

Prof. Dmytro Kosenkov

Dr. Dmytro Kosenkov
E-mail: dkosenkov@monmouth.edu

Our research is focused on the understanding of fundamental molecular interactions in complex biological systems for future applications in chemistry and medicine. I enjoy teaching physical and computational chemistry courses. You can find more information about our activities at Faces of Monmouth.

Favorite quote:
The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas. —Linus Pauling

Students

Noor Abouchakra
Noor Abouchakra

Research project:
Computer Aided Anticancer Drug Design: Selectivity of Organic Ligands Binding to DNA

I am currently a senior at Monmouth University majoring in Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry. Following graduation I plan to attend graduate school. From this research experience, I hope to further my knowledge in chemistry as well as make a positive influence in the world.

Favorite quote:
The important thing is to never stop questioning. —Albert Einstein

Qawi Carmack
Qawi Carmack

Research project:
Computer Aided Anticancer Drug Design: Selectivity of Organic Ligands Binding to DNA

Hello, my name is Qawi Carmack. I am a student at Monmouth University and I am majoring in Chemistry. I also am a part of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) program at Rutgers University New Brunswick. I plan on joining the military after college. I hope to use the knowledge from this research opportunity to make a positive impact in the world around me.

Favorite quote:
Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence. —Colin Powell

Julia_Farnan
Julia Farnan
President of Panhellenic Council,
Monmouth University School of Science

Research project:
Dynamics of Exciton Energy Transfer in Complex Biomolecular Systems

I am currently a senior majoring chemistry with a concentration in biochemistry and a minor in physics. I interned with Novartis pharmaceuticals this summer and hope to attend grad school to obtain my PhD in biochemistry. I am very passionate about chemistry, microbiology and physics. As much as I love science I am also a patron of the arts, my favorite artists being Monet, Van Gogh and Renoir. I look forward to obtaining practical research experience and to learning more about the structure and behavior of human DNA.

Favorite quote:
Normality is a paved road: Itís comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it. —Vincent van Gogh

Grant_Gillan
Grant Gillan

Research projects:
Computer Aided Anticancer Drug Design: Selectivity of Organic Ligands Binding to DNA;
Exciton Energy Trasnfer in Pigment-Protein Complexes

I am currently a Junior at Monmouth University majoring in Biology with a concentration in Molecular Cell Physiology while also pursuing a minor in Chemistry. After graduation, I plan on attending medical school with the goal of becoming a surgeon. I am excited to use this research as an opportunity to expand my proficiency in the field of science in a hands-on and constructive environment.

Favorite quote:
The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it. —Neil deGrasse Tyson

Sierra Neuman
Sierra Lynn Neuman

Research project:
Computer Aided Anticancer Drug Design: Selectivity of Organic Ligands Binding to DNA

I am a rising senior at Monmouth University, majoring in Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry. I am a passionate person and I give my all in everything that I do: from family matters, and animals, to school and furthering my learning experiences. I never back down from whatever tasks are laid out in front of me. I love movies, animals, archery, camping, reading, and there is much more to me than meets the eye.

Favorite quotes:
You must not only aim right, but draw the bow with all your might. —Henry David Thoreau
Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm. —Winston Churchill

Devyn Streisel
Devyn Streisel

Research project:
Computer Aided Anticancer Drug Design: Selectivity of Organic Ligands Binding to DNA

I am a senior at Monmouth University studying advanced Chemistry. Following graduation, I would like to work in a lab during my gap year and then move on to medical school to study anesthesiology. My life goal is to help as many people as I can.

Favorite quotes:
Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas. —Marie Curie

Former Group Members

Sydney Lavan'17
Katlynn Muratore'17
Erin Hoag'17
Danielle Valdez'17
Matthew DeFilippo'17
Marie Furda'17
Crystal Diaz'17
Michael DeFilippo'16
Jessica Howe'16
Rachel Khanuk'16
Brittany Reed'16
James Shaw'16
Jennifer Zuczek'16
Amir Eldin'15
Nicole Famularo'15
Rylee McBride'15
Sammy Saka'15
Philip Donahue'14
Erik Braunstein'14
Omkaran Menon'14
Gary Prato'14
Samantha Silvent'14
Kevin Wioland'14
Sarah-Pearl Siganporia'14
Scott Nicholson, Visiting student, Summer 2013
Anthony Cappadona'13
Scott Anton'13