The Kosenkov Group

Physical Chemistry at Monmouth University

Group Members

Prof. Dmitri Kosenkov

Dr. Dmitri 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
Dr. Yana Kholod Kosenkov

Dr. Yana Kholod Kosenkov
E-mail: ykosenkov@monmouth.edu

Students

Amanda Prascsak
Amanda Prascsak

Research projects:
Modeling Impact of Intermolecular Interactions of LPG-Alcohol Mixtures on Stability of Phyllosilicates: Towards Improvement of Drilling Fluids
Dynamics of Exciton Energy Transfer in Complex Biomolecular Systems
Computer Aided Anticancer Drug Design: Selectivity of Organic Ligands Binding to DNA

I am currently a second-semester sophomore at Monmouth University where I am majoring in Advanced Chemistry and pursuing a minor in Physics. After graduating from MU, I plan on attending graduate school to earn my Ph.D. in Computational Chemistry. I like performing research because it provides me with an opportunity, in addition to the traditional laboratory courses, to practically apply all the skills and concepts I've learned in the classroom, which compels me to think critically, creatively, and "outside the box." Therefore, this paramount idea of diving into the unknown with that simplistic desire for curiosity ultimately propels us to a discovery--the most exciting part of the research for any scientist. I'm particularly passionate about Computational Chemistry since it allows me to build molecules and model interactions that have not yet been synthesized or studied in your typical wet lab. Thus, in a sense, we Theoretical Chemists are actually right at the forefront of groundbreaking, cutting-edge research and development!
During the summer months, I love venturing out to Sandy Hook Beach to watch the sunset over the New York City Skyline. I also enjoy watching old films, listening to classical music, going to the ballet (especially those composed by Tchaikovsky) and traveling.

Favorite quote:
Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it's a day you've had everything to do and you've done it.—Margaret Thatcher

Santino Timpani
Santino Timpani

Research projects:
Modeling Impact of Intermolecular Interactions of LPG-Alcohol Mixtures on Stability of Phyllosilicates: Towards Improvement of Drilling Fluids
Dynamics of Exciton Energy Transfer in Complex Biomolecular Systems
Computer Aided Anticancer Drug Design: Selectivity of Organic Ligands Binding to DNA

I am currently a Junior at Monmouth University majoring in Chemistry with a concentration in Advanced Chemistry while also pursuing a minor in Statistics. After graduation, I plan on attending graduate school in hopes of becoming a Chemical Engineer. I am humbled by the opportunity this research has given me and am motivated to further my studies in the field of Chemistry.

Favorite quote:
Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world. —Albert Einstein

Tom Melfi
Tom Melfi

Research project:
Modeling Impact of Intermolecular Interactions of LPG - Alcohol Mixtures on Stability of Phyllosilicates: Towards Improvement of Drilling Fluids

I am a senior at Monmouth majoring in chemistry with a concentration in advanced chemistry. I started off as a computer science major at brookdale community college, but switched to chemistry my second semester and then transferred to Monmouth University after getting my associate degree in chemistry. I plan to go to graduate school and earn a master's or Ph.D. degree in chemistry and then become either a professor at a community college or do full time research in the field of computational chemistry.

Favorite quote:
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing —Edmund Burke
Roxy Nicoletti
Roxy Nicoletti

Research project:
Modeling Impact of Intermolecular Interactions of LPG - Alcohol Mixtures on Stability of Phyllosilicates: Towards Improvement of Drilling Fluids

I am currently a junior at Monmouth University majoring in Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry. After graduation, I plan to attend a biochemistry PhD program. My ultimate goal in life is to make a difference in the world through research, and to help advance humanity's understanding of biological and chemical processes. In my spare time I serve as Treasurer of Monmouth University's SPECTRUM Club, and as a College Liaison for JerseySTEM.

Favorite quote:
Luck is where opportunity meets preparation —Seneca

Jessica Digregorio
Jessica Digregorio

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

I am currently a junior majoring in advanced chemistry. After graduation, I hope to continue studying and obtain a masters degree in molecular chemistry. I enjoy listening, learning, and collaborating.

Favorite quote:
If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.—Dalai Lama

Omar Shah
Omar Shah

Research projects:
Exploring Oxazole- and Thiazole-based Macrocycle Binding to DNA

I am currently a Junior at Monmouth University majoring in Chemistry with a Concentration in Biochemistry and a minor in Physics. My goal in life is to help as many people as I can. This desire to help started ever since I was young. My research project allows me to follow this passion. In my Computational Chemistry research, I am focused on trying to find anti-cancer drugs through molecular modeling that could eventually be used to protect patients. In addition, by working on this project I am able to gain valuable experience that would be of great benefit to me in the future. When I have free time, I love working out at the gym and playing basketball.
Favorite quotes:
Don't count the days, make the days count.—Muhammad Ali

Kanwal Alam
Kanwal Alam

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

Former Group Members

Noor Abouchakra'18
Julia Farnan'18
Grant Gillan'18
Sierra Neuman'18
Devyn Streisel'18
Julia Farnan,'18
Qawi Carmack,'18
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