Current Research Group

Current Group Members


Visiting Professors and Research Scientists
Dr. Prabhuodeyara. M. Gurubasavaraj Dr. Prabhuodeyara. M. Gurubasavaraj
Visiting Professor

Hello, I am Dr. P. M. Gurubasavaraj (Guru) and I received my Master's and Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degrees from Gulbarga university, Gulbarga, India. I then moved to Gottingen University Germany to work on my Ph.D. under the supervision of Prof. Herbert W. Roesky, a Pioneer organometallic chemistry Scientist. In 2008, I received prestigious Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) postdoctoral Fellowship from Government of Japan. I worked at Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST) Nara, Japan. I then moved to University of Rochester, New York to work in the National Institute of Health (NIH) project on Bioinorganic chemistry. Currently I am on sabbatical from Rani Channamma University, Belgavi and working as a Raman Fellow in Prof. Hosmane's group. I have been married to my beautiful and supporting wife Nirmala and we have a son, Aditya.
Dr. Yinghuai Zhu Dr. Yinghuai Zhu
Visiting Professor

Dr Yinghuai Zhu received his Ph.D. degree in 1997. He has been doing boron chemistry and catalysis more than 22 years. His recent research interests include (1) synthesis of novel boron composites for boron neutron capture therapy and material chemistry; (2) development of novel catalysts for green chemistry and industry applications. He is continuing his boron research in Narayan S. Hosmane's group at NIU.

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Graduate Student Researchers
John Wozny John Wozny
Graduate Researcher

I received my Bachelor's of Science from Millikin University in August of 2009. I majored in Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry and after graduation I started working in the polymer industry. I am acting Research and Development Manager for Colors for Plastics, Inc. Shortly after joining Colors for Plastics, I started attending NIU in the Spring of 2012, as a part‐time student. In January of 2014, I joined Dr. Hosmane's research group and have focused my studies on the synthesis, characterization and functionalization of magnetic nanocomposites. I have been married to my beautiful and supporting wife Johanna Wozny for nine years. We have two daughters, Hailey and Natalya and expecting our third daughter in September of 2015.

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Visiting International Graduate Students
Okan Içten Okan Içten
Graduate Researcher

Hello! I am Okan Içten and I received my Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry from Cukurova University in Turkey. Now, I am a Research Assistant and Ph. D. student at Hacettepe University in Turkey. My department is nanotechnology and nanomedicine. I joined Dr. Hosmane's Lab in February 2011 as a visiting researcher. My research focuses on synthesis, characterization and functionalization of multifunctional nanoparticles for Biomedical Applications such as Boron and Gadolinium Capture Therapy as Cancer Treatment.

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Undergraduate Researchers
Thimoro Cheng Thimoro Cheng
Undergraduate Researcher

My name is Thimoro Cheng. I came from Cambodia in 2015 to pursue a degree in biochemistry. I am a Research Rookie and my project focuses on the synthesis and characterization of a drug delivery agent for neutron capture therapy. I really enjoy doing research with Dr. Hosmane and everyone in his lab. I look forward to learn so much more about chemistry and biology, especially cancer science, from our project.
Rebecca Dominguez Rebecca Dominguez
Undergraduate Researcher

I am a freshman at NIU and a Huskie Research Rookie. I am pursuing my Bachelor's in chemistry. I joined Dr. Hosmane's lab because I am interested in learning how the research process works. I am also interested in BNCT (Boron Neutron Capture Therapy) works and how it can be used to treat cancer.
Gabriela Fuentes Gabriela Fuentes
Undergraduate Researcher

My name is Gabriela Fuentes and I am currently a junior at NIU, I am majoring in Biology and double minoring in Chemistry and Spanish. I began working in Dr. Hosmane's lab in the fall 2015 academic semester and my research focuses on the synthesis of Boron Nitride Nanotubes. I plan to utilize my competitive nature and creativity in the lab and also look forward to learning from my instructors and peers.
Luc Kuzmanic Luc Kuzmanic
Undergraduate Researcher

My name is Luc Kuzmanic and I am a junior at NIU studying Biochemistry. I joined Dr. Hosmane's research group in summer 2015 and my project focuses on the use of liposomes in BCNT. Under the direction of Dr. Hosmane and the rest of his research group, I look forward to gaining invaluable experience in medicinal chemistry and the scientific process as a whole that will help prepare me for a career in medicine after I graduate from NIU.
Dmytro Lyutyk Dmytro Lyutyk
Undergraduate Researcher

I am Dmytro Lyutyk, and I am currently a sophomore at NIU. I am majoring in Biology and planning to attend med‐school after college. I will be working on Photo‐activated Styrene Star Polymers research.
Roxana Moraga Roxana Moraga
Undergraduate Researcher

My name is Roxana Moraga, and I am a junior Chemistry Pre‐Med major with a minor in Biology. This is my second year doing research, but my first semester working in Dr. Hosmane's lab. This year, my research will be focused on Boron Nitride Nanotubes (BNNTs) and their various biomedical applications.
Mark Nogalo Mark Nogalo
Undergraduate Researcher

Hi, my name is Mark Nogalo and I am a freshman attending Northern Illinois University. I am a Croatian‐American doing research under Dr. Narayan Hosmane about Boron Neutron Cancer Therapy. My project is the Synthesis and Characterization of Boron Biomolecules and I will be conducting research in the fall 2015 using different nucleic and amino acids as delivery agents, which need to be small enough for liposomes to encapsulate them.
Tom Vincent Tom Vincent
Undergraduate Researcher

Hi, my name is Tom Vincent. I received my associate in arts degree and my associates of science degree from Harper community college. I am currently pursuing a Bachelors of Science in chemistry. My background is in synthetic organic chemistry. I am currently working on magnetic nano particles for use in Boron Neutron Capture Therapy. I plan on functionalizing the nano particles with carborane through an amide linkage.
Lauren Zuidema Lauren Zuidema
Undergraduate Researcher

My name is Lauren Zuidema and I am a Junior majoring in Biochemistry and minoring in Biology. I joined Dr. Hosmane's lab in the Spring of 2016, and am working on the amine functionalization of graphene. I am excited to gain valuable experience with research while being a part of Dr. Hosmane's lab.

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Research Rookies
Leena Ghrayeb Leena Ghrayeb
Undergraduate Researcher

My name is Leena Ghrayeb and I am a freshman at NIU studying Industrial Engineering. I am a Research Rookie and my research this year will be focusing on creating bioboron compounds to be used in BNCT using serotonin and guanine. I'm excited to learn more about this type of cancer therapy, but also to gain more experience in research.
Alejandra Macias Alejandra Macias
Undergraduate Researcher

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IMSA
Nicholas Inocencio Nicholas Inocencio

My name is Nicholas Inocencio, a resident of Sycamore and a student at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. When I met Dr. Hosmane in the summer after my sophomore year, I was inspired by his words of motivation. He has graciously allowed me to work in his lab on the synthesis of a thiadiazole derivative for use in BNCT to treat cancer.

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