Current Research Group

Current Group Members

Visiting Professors and Research Scientists
Vijayaraghavan Kalavakunda Vijayaraghavan Kalavakunda
Visiting Research Scientist

Associate Professor and a Visiting Raman Fellow with support from 21st century Obama-Singh knowledge exchange initiative, working on protein tagged liposomal encapsulation of boron compounds for BNCT in Dr. Hosmane’s Group.

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Graduate Student Researchers
Eyrusalam Bedasso Eyrusalam Bedasso
Ph.D. Candidate

I received my Bachelor's Degree in May 2011 in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I started my graduate program at NIU and joined Dr. Hosmane's group in spring 2012. My research focuses on synthesis and functionalization of boron nanorods.
Sura Menda Ginting Sura Menda Ginting
Graduate Researcher

I am a Fulbright Scholar from Indonesia pursuing my Ph.D. Degree under the supervision of Professor Hosmane and my research will be involved "Nanotechnology-driven Boron Chemistry for Catalytic Applications².
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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Undergraduate Researchers
Kylee Ackland Kylee Ackland
Undergraduate Researcher

My name is Kylee Ackland and I am a sophomore at NIU studying biochemistry. This is my second semester working with Dr. Hosmane on BNCT. I am looking forward to learning from Dr. Hosmane and I am very grateful to be a part of his team.
Wasay Ahmad Wasay Ahmad
Undergraduate Researcher

I am currently a sophomore at NIU and I am working with Dr. Narayan Hosmane in his reach with BNCT (Boron Neutron Capture Theory). I am more focused in researching with liposomes and I have learned quite a bit in just my first two weeks here. I look forward to continuing this research with Dr. Hosmane.
Manas Chug Manas Chug
Undergraduate Researcher

I am a Junior Biology Major with a Chemistry Minor working on the functionalization of the silica coated boron nano particles. I was always interested in cancer treatments, and when I learned more about Dr. Hosmane's research with BNCT I had to be a part of it! All this hands on work in the lab has thought me so much and is definitely going to be a valuable tool moving forward. I'm much honored to be a part of Dr. Hosmone's group and can't wait till next semester to continue my 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.
Nathanielle Monique Guevarra Nathanielle Monique Guevarra
Undergraduate Researcher

I am Nathanielle Monique Guevarra, an undergraduate student an NIU pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. I was born and raised in the Philippines and immigrated to America in 2007. I started working with Dr. Hosmane the fall of 2014, and I have learned so much from Dr. Hosmane. I am currently working on the projects related to synthesis of boron-based nanomaterials.
Brianna Harper Brianna Harper
Undergraduate Researcher

This is Brianna Harper. I have joined Prof. Hosmane’s research team as a Research Rookie. It will give me research experience and allow me to see what my field looks like and allow me to be a step ahead for graduate school. I am working on synthesis and functionalization of boron-based magnetic nanoparticles. I like to read, watch movies, hangout with my friends and play noncompetitive sports. In my free time I am usually taking a break from homework which involves searching the web or watching television. One fun fact about me is that I lived in Texas for 10 years of my life before moving back to Illinois to take care of my grandparents.
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.
Abe LaMontagne Abe LaMontagne
Undergraduate Researcher

I am a junior at NIU studying Biochemistry. I am from Marengo Il, and really got into the sciences in college. I have been working in Dr. Hosmane's lab learning Boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) and how to synthesis medicines to do it with.
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.
Gina Poci Gina Poci
Undergraduate Researcher

I graduated from Loyola University Chicago in May 2013. I am trying to further her scientific knowledge by taking classes at NIU. Currently, I am working on the liposome project in Dr. Hosmane's lab.

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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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