The Pinney Group

Group Members


Dr. Kevin G. Pinney

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Professor of Chemistry
Education: B.A. Chemistry, Ohio Wesleyan University (1983);
B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois, Champaign (1985);
Ph.D. Organic Chemistry, University of Illinois, Champaign (1990);
NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of South Carolina (1990-1993);
Appointed to Faculty, Baylor University (1993)
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Graduate Students


Laxman Devkota

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Education:
M.S. Organic Chemistry, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal, 2005;
Currently pursuing Ph.D. Chemistry

Experience: Lecturer in Chemistry, Kathmandu University, Nepal, 2006-2009

Current project: Design and Synthesis of Vascular Disrupting Agents.



Christine Herdman

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Education:
B.S. Chemistry, St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana, 2008;
Currently pursuing Ph.D. Organic Chemistry


Current project:Synthesis of benzosuberenes, benzocyclooctenes, and dihydronaphthalene compounds for use as potential VDA's.



Chen-Ming "Eric" Lin

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Education:
B.S. Pharmaceutical Science, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, 2005;
Currently pursuing Ph.D. Organic Chemistry

Current project: Design and Synthesis of Vascular Disrupting Agents.



Matt MacDonough

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Education:
B.S. Biochemistry, Baylor University, 2009;
Currently pursuing Ph.D. Organic Chemistry

Current Project: Design and synthesis of novel vascular disrupting agents (VDAs) as anti-tumor chemotherapeutic drugs resulting in the cytotoxic inhibition of tubulin polymerization in cancer cell lines.



Casey Maguire

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Education:
B.S. Biochemistry, St. Edward's University, 2012;
Currently pursuing Ph.D. Chemistry

Current project: Targeting Small-Molecule Anticancer Agents for Enhanced Chemotherapeutic Efficacy



Haichan Niu

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Education:
B.S. Chemistry, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China, 2012;
Currently pursuing Ph.D. Organic Chemistry

Current project: Small-Molecule inhibitors of cathespsin L as potential antimetastatic agents for cancer treatment



Erica Parker

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Education:
B.S. Chemistry, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2009;
Currently pursuing Ph.D. Organic Chemistry

Current project: Small-Molecule inhibitors of cathespsin L as potential antimetastatic agents for cancer treatment



Zhe Shi

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Education:
B.S. Chemistry, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China, 2010;
M.A. Biochemistry Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, 2012.
Currently pursuing Ph.D. Organic Chemistry


Current project: Synthetic Methodology for Conjugated Diene Formation and the Discovery of New Small-Molecule Vascular Disrupting Agents (VDAs)



Blake Winn

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Education:
B.S. Chemistry, Westmont College , California;
Currently pursuing Ph.D. Chemistry

Current project: The design and synthesis of bioreductively activatable prodrug conjugates (BAPCs) designed to target tumor hypoxia



Undergraduate Students


Jimmy Kuhn

University Scholar
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Jarrod Tunnel

University Scholar
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Administrative Associate


Hannah Mahan

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Hannah Mahan Education:
B.A. English, Minor in Secondary Education, Stephen F. Austin University 2010



Former Group Members


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