Members

Faculty


Eugene Douglass has training in physical and organic chemistry, immunology and computational biology. In his undergraduate work (Worcester Polytechnic Institute) he worked with physicists and chemists and published first and second author publications in medical-diagnostics and photovoltaics, respectively. During his doctoral work (Yale University) he designed, synthesized and tested small-molecule immunotherapies and fluorescent sensors. In addition, he derived a closed form solution for a drug-kinetics problem that had remained unsolved for 70 years. As a postdoctoral researcher, he helped build drug-screening and RNA-sequencing infrastructure that supported several clinical trials at Columbia University.

Outside of science Eugene is a competitive distance runner. As an undergraduate he ran Cross Country and focused on the 5k and 10k in Track and Field. During graduate school he co-founded the New Haven Road Runners which grew to be one of the top ranking post-collegiate teams in Connecticut.

Students


Ashley Ray is originally from Marietta, GA. She completed her B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Mercer University and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences at University of Georgia. After graduate school, Ashley would like to launch her career in pharmaceutical industry working within cancer, multidrug resistance and drug transporter fields. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering with her church in addition to walking the nature trails and viewing the flower gardens at the State Botanical Garden in Athens.

Elizabeth (“Liz”) Hughes is originally from Savannah, Georgia. She completed her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Georgia. She worked for two years in R&D specializing in product development and process development before returning to UGA to start her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Science. After completing her Ph.D., Liz would like to become a professor at a university and specialize her research in synthetic drug design focusing on overcoming MDR in cancer stem cells. In her spare time, Liz loves reading, traveling, finding the best restaurants in Athens, and is in the process of becoming certified to teach yoga.

George Johnson, is from Athens, Georgia. He is currently a Sophomore at UGA majoring in Exercise and Sports Science. After obtaining his B.S. George plans to go to medical school and focus on pediatric oncology. In his free time George enjoys playing basketball, binging shows and working out.

Bill Bastian is originally from Snellville, Ga. He completed his B.S. in Biological Engineering from the University of Georgia and is currently pursuing his PhD in Bioinformatics. During undergrad, he worked on mathematical models of viral intracellular dynamics before switching gears to cancer immunology. After his PhD, he plans to pursue an industry role dealing with AI/ML applications in oncology. Outside of the lab, he enjoys reading, running, and weightlifting.

Lindsay Davenport is originally from Colfax, NC. She completed her B.S. in Biology with a concentration in Cellular and Molecular Biology and her M.S. in Cellular Biology at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences at University of Georgia. After graduate school, Lindsay would like to continue doing cancer research and teaching. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family in addition to getting to explore her love of photography.

Chinmay Joshi is originally from Marietta, GA. He is a second year at UGA majoring in Genetics and Computer Science. After completing his degrees, he plans on going to medical school, specializing in either neurology or immunology. He hopes to apply computational techniques to clinical research in the future, potentially as a physician-scientist. In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis, hiking, and running.

Hello, my name is Shravan Patel. I’m a third year from Milton, GA. I am studying Biology and Psychology with a minor in Spanish. My professional aspirations include being a MD-PhD medical scientist in cancer biology and surgery. My hobbies include playing the violin, listening to and composing music, cooking, working out, and playing pool (billiards).

Srisneha Vallabhajosyula is from Cumming, GA. She is a third-year undergraduate majoring in Applied Biotechnology. She aims to attend medical school, preferably specializing in Oncology. Her hobbies include playing chess, singing Indian classical songs, and going out for drives.

Jamie Le is originally from Snellville, GA. She is currently a P3 at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy. After completing her Pharm.D., Jamie is eager to pursue a fellowship or residency to gain advanced experience in the development and regulatory landscape of cancer therapy. Driven by a passion for translating scientific research into refined patient care solutions, Jamie aspires to carve a niche in oncology medical affairs within the pharmaceutical industry. In her spare time, Jamie loves traveling, reading, playing piano, and undertaking creative projects in art and photography.