Researchers

Dr. Saumen Chakraborty

Dr. Saumen Chakraborty

Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Email: saumenc@olemiss.edu
Department Profile

Graduate Students:

Sreya Malayalam Parambath

Sreya joined Chakraborty lab in fall 2018 to study biochemistry. She previously studied synthesis of metal organic frameworks (MOFs) and its catalytic applications, but is thrilled to explore the new areas of study.

Divyansh Prakash

Divyansh joined Chakraborty lab in fall 2019 to study bioinorganic chemistry. He believes in transformative challenges and interested in alternate energy research. During his masters a IIT Gandhinagar, Divyansh has acquired synthetic skills, and learned electrochemitry-related and spectroscopic techniques.

Katie Howie

I am interested in studying protein biochemistry with applications in cancer and development of new treatments. I have a Bachelors in biochemistry from Central Michigan University and a Masters in Pharmaceutical Science from UTHSC. My previous research has been in genetics and cell biology and I'm looking forward to developing further as a researcher.

Dipta Sarkar

I grew up in Madhaikhal, a small village under the Nageshwari Upazilla of Kurigram District in Bangladesh. I did my bachelors and masters from the University of Rajshahi. During my masters, I focused on synthetic organometallic chemistry, different spectroscopic techniques, thermal studies, and biological activities. I joined here as a Ph.D. candidate in Fall 2022. I am currently interested in protein design, bioinorganic chemistry, and catalysis. I welcome accepting the challenge of new areas in different fields. I love to explore new places, new cultures, and new cuisines. I also dabble in the kitchen, albeit with little success and many failures to my name.

Undergraduate Students:

Morgan Murphy

Class of 2023
Morgan is an Ole Miss Rebelette and B.S. Chemistry (emphasis: Biochemistry) student with minors in Mathematics and Spanish. She is excited to continue learning protein electrochemistry with Divyansh.

Allyson Bryant

Class of 2023
I am a BA Biochemistry major and premed, currently doing my Honors thesis research in the Chakraborty lab. I am learning peptide electrochemistry.

Windfield Swetman

Class of 2023
I am a BA Biochemistry major doing my thesis work in artificial H2 evolution. I plan to attend graduate school.

Mallory Williams

Class of 2026
I am majoring in Biochemistry with minors in Biology and Spanish. I am a Pre-Med student and is excited to get hands-on research experience and learn from the graduate students in Dr. Chakraborty's lab.

Fall 2019:

Fall 2019 Group Photo

(from left: Divyansh, Dhanashree, Brooks, Kaylee, Skyler, Palalvi, Parker, Suchitra, Saumen, Sreya, Zahra, Rose)

Spring 2018:

Spring 2018 Group Photo

(top, from left: Dr. Chakraborty, Richard Covington, Skyler Crane; middle- Greyson Keel, Leigh Sumner, Emory Wills, Rachel Wilkinson; bottom- Dhanashree Prasad, Suchitra Mitra, Pallavi Prasad; not pictured: Emily Wang)

Fall 2017:

Fall 2017 Group Photo (top, from left: Dr. Chakraborty, Skyler Crane, Lauren Greif, Pallavi Prasad, Rachel Wilkinson, Leigh Sumner; bottom: Emily Wang, Dhanashree Selvan, Suchitra Mitra)

Spring 2017:

Spring 2017 Group Photo (top, from left: Kirk Laughter, Blake Rueff, Dr. Chakraborty; bottom: Leigh Sumner, Hayley Schrock, Lauren Greif, Suchitra Mitra, Emily Wang)

Fall 2016:

Fall 2016 Group Photo (from left: Hayley Schrock, Leigh Sumner, Dr. Chakraborty, Emily Wang, Kirk Laughter)

Past Members

Year Student Degree Current Adventures
********Graduate Students and Postdocs********
Spring 2022 Dhanashree Selvan Ph.D. in Chemistry (Spring 2022) Research Scientist at Sarafan ChEM-H, Stanford University
Spring 2022 Pallavi Prasad Ph.D. in Chemistry (Spring 2022) Process Scientist at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals
Fall 2021 Suchitra Mitra Ph.D. in Chemistry (Spring 2022) Postdoctoral Scholar at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center
Fall 2019 Zahra Nazemi Postdoc Scientist at Roche
********Undergraduate Students********
Spring 2022 Aditya Surakanti (Honors Student) B.A. Biochemistry (Spring 2022) Amazon
Spring 2022 Walker Pedigo (Honors Student) B.A. Biochemistry (Spring 2022) Medical Student at the University of Tennesse School of Dentistry
Spring 2022 Maggie Smith (Honors Student) B.A. Biochemistry (Spring 2022) Medical Student at the University of Mississippi Dental School
Spring 2021 Rose Le (Honors Student) B.A. Biochemistry (Spring 2021) Medical Student at the University of Mississippi Medical Center
Spring 2020 Kaylee Holmes (Honors Student) B.S. Chemistry (Spring 2020) Medical Student at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine
Spring 2020 Skyler Crane (Honors Student; Recipient of ACS Biochemistry Course Award) B.S. Chemistry (Spring 2020) Mississippi Teacher Corps
Spring 2019 Greyson Keel (Honors Student and Taylor Medalist) B.S. Chemistry (Spring 2019) Medical Student at East Carolina Medical School
Spring 2019 Richard Covington (Honors Student) B.A. Biochemistry (Spring 2019) Medical Student at University of Mississippi Medical Center
Spring 2019 Emory Wills (Honors Student) B.S. Chemistry (Spring 2019)
Summer 2018 Liz Huynh (High School Student) MS School of Mathematics and Science senior Undergraduate Student at the University of Rochester
Summer 2018 Taina Turner (High School Student) MS School of Mathematics and Science senior
Summer 2018 Kiara Lugo REU Student
Spring 2018 Leigh Sumner (Honors Student; Recipient of ACS Biochemistry Research Award) B.S. Chemistry and B.A. Chinese - 2018 Medical Student at the Univerisity of Mississippi Medical Center
Spring 2018 Rachel Wilkinson B.A. Biology, Minor in Chemistry - 2018 M.S. Student at the University of Alabama
Fall 2017 Lauren Greif B.S. Chemical Engineering (tentative - 2019)
Summer 2017 Mariana Strawn MS School of Mathematics and Science senior
Summer 2017 Gary Nguyen MS School of Mathematics and Science senior Undergraduate Student at MIT
Summer 2017 Hayley Schrock B.A. Psychology - 2018 Medical Student at the University of Mississippi Medical Center
Spring 2017 Blake Rueff B.A. Biochemistry - 2018
Spring 2017 Kirk Laughter B.A. Chemistry - 2018