Our People

Directors

Director

Maren Roman
Associate Professor
Dept. of Sustainable Biomaterials
Virginia Tech
maren.roman@vt.edu

Associate Director

Robert J. Woods
Professor
Complex Carbohydrate Research Center
Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Dept. of Chemistry
University of Georgia
rwoods@ccrc.uga.edu

Managing Director

Linda C. Caudill
Managing Director
Fralin Life Sciences Institute
Virginia Tech
lcaudill@vt.edu

Director of Education and Outreach

Alan R. Esker
Professor and Chair
Dept. of Chemistry
Virginia Tech
aesker@vt.edu

Director of Analytical Services

Parastoo Azadi
Technical Director, Analytical Services and Training
Senior Research Scientist
Complex Carbohydrate Research Center
Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
University of Georgia
azadi@uga.edu

Director of Synthesis Services

Richard Helm
Associate Professor
Dept. of Biochemistry
Director, Mass Spectrometry Incubator
Virginia Tech
helmrf@vt.edu

Research Team Leads

Ab Initio Modeling

Daniel Crawford
University Distinguished Professor
Ethyl Chair of Chemistry
Director, Molecular Sciences Software Institute
Dept. of Chemistry
Virginia Tech
crawdad@vt.edu

Mesoscale Modeling

Sanket Deshmukh
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Chemical Engineering
Virginia Tech
sanketad@vt.edu

Polysaccharide Chemistry

Kevin Edgar
Professor
Dept. of Sustainable Biomaterials
Virginia Tech
kjedgar@vt.edu

Machine Learning for Data Analysis

Pengyu Hong
Professor
Dept. of Computer Science
Brandeis University
hongpeng@brandeis.edu

Process Automation

Blake Johnson
Assistant Professor
Grado Dept. of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Virginia Tech
bnj@vt.edu

Machine Learning for Process Optimization

Zhenyu “James” Kong
Professor
Grado Dept. of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Virginia Tech
zkong@vt.edu

Chemoenzymatic Synthesis

Robert J. Linhardt
Ann and John H. Broadbent, Jr. ’59 Sr Constellation Professor of Biocatalysis & Metabolic Engineering
Depts of Chemistry & Chemical Biology, Biology, Chemical & Biological Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
linhar@rpi.edu

Medicinal Chemistry

Jian Liu
John & Deborah McNeill, Jr. Distinguished Professor
Division of Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry
Eshelman School of Pharmacy
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
liuj@email.unc.edu

Polymer Synthesis

John Matson
Associate Professor
Dept. of Chemistry
Virginia Tech
jbmatson@vt.edu

Polymer Morphology

Robert Moore
Professor
Dept. of Chemistry
Virginia Tech
rbmoore3@vt.edu

Materials Synthesis

Michael Schulz
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry
Virginia Tech
mdschulz@vt.edu

Atomistic Modeling

Valerie Welborn
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry
Virginia Tech
vwelborn@vt.edu

Glycobiology and Glycoengineering

Fuming Zhang
Research Professor
Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
zhangf2@rpi.edu

Support Staff

Mark Baine
In-House Research Coordinator
Complex Carbohydrate Research Center
University of Georgia
mbaine@uga.edu
Lauren Mills
Program Coordinator
Fralin Life Sciences Institute
Virginia Tech
millsls@vt.edu

External Advisory Committee

Natalie Arnett
Associate Professor
Dept. of Chemistry
Florida A&M University
Natnael Behabtu
Global Technology Leader – Biomaterials
International Flavor and Fragrances (IFF)
Roger A. Laine
Professor
Depts. of Biological Sciences, and Chemistry
Louisiana State University
Crystal Schrof
Senior Program Manager
Strata-G
Todd Talashek
Director of Fundamental Sciences
CP Kelco
Katherine Vorvolakos
Deputy Director
U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)