Current Research Group

Current Group Members


Visiting Professors and Research Scientists
Dr. Fatima Abi-Ghaida Dr. Fatima Abi-Ghaida
Fullbright Scholar

Greetings, I am Dr. Fatima ABI-GHAIDA and I received my PhD from the University of Montpellier (France) in collaboration with the Lebanese University (Lebanon) in 2014. I joined the Lebanese University in 2015 as a teaching and research associate and I am currently a Fulbright scholar awardee at Dr. Hosmane's research group at NIU. My research interests include the synthesis of novel closo‐decaborate precursors for BNCT applications and the development of carborane derivatives applicable in materials.
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
Mohammed Kaleem
Graduate Researcher
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.
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.
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.
Eunice Oladesu Eunice Oladesu
Undergraduate Researcher
Nathan Scanlon Nathan Scanlon
Undergraduate Researcher

I am a junior chemistry major applied math minor working with Dr. Hosmane in my first year of research. My research focus is on Magnetic Cationic Liposomes. The goal of this is to perfect drug delivery systems for Boron Neutron Capture Therapy. I'm excited to learn more about organometallic chemistry and nanochemistry with it's future applications to cancer research.
Oreana Teran Oreana Teran
Undergraduate Researcher

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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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