People

Principle Investigator

Amanda Hargrove headshotAmanda E. Hargrove, Ph.D.

Education

Ph.D. Organic Chemistry, University of Texas at Austin
B.S. Chemistry and Spanish, Trinity University

Experience

2020-present Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Department of Biochemistry, Duke University
2013-2020  Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Department of Biochemistry, Duke University
2010-2013 NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, California Institute of Technology

Select Academic and Professional Honors

2022  Kavli Fellow
2021  American Chemical Society Women Chemist Committee Rising Star Award
2021  Cram Lehn Pedersen Prize in Supramolecular Chemistry
2020  Sloan Research Fellowship
2019  MedChemComm Emerging Investigator Lectureship
2018  National Science Foundation CAREER Award
2017  Cottrell Scholar Award
2015  Prostate Cancer Foundation Young Investigator Award
2014  Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award
2011  National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellowship
2010  Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program Postdoctoral Fellowship
2008  P.E.O. International Scholar Award
2004  NSF-IGERT Fellowship, University of Texas at Austin
2004  Dean’s Excellence Award Chemistry Dept. Fellowship, University of Texas at Austin
2004  Trinity University Chemistry Dept. McGavock Award for Outstanding Research
2003  Phi Beta Kappa
2003  Barry M. Goldwater Scholar
1999  National Merit Scholar

Contact: amanda.hargrove@duke.edu
CV (pdf)

Graduate Students

Mikey Kwon, 5th year PhD Candidate, Chemistry
B.A. Chemical Biology
kitae.kwon@duke.edu

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Alex (Zhengguo) Cai, 5th year PhD Candidate, Chemistry
B.S. Chemistry, Tsinghua University, China
zhengguo.cai@duke.edu

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Kamillah Kassam, 4th year PhD Candidate, Chemistry
B.S. Biochemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology
kamillah.kassam@duke.edu

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James Falese, 4th year PhD Candidate, Biochemistry
B.S. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Wake Forest University
james.falese@duke.edu

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Emily Swanson, 3rd year PhD Candidate, Chemistry
B.S. Chemistry and Mathematics, Elon University
emily.swanson@duke.edu

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Justin Martyr, 3rd year PhD Candidate, Biochemistry
B.A. Biochemistry, University of Colorado at Boulder
justin.martyr@duke.edu

Antonia Bruce, 2nd year PhD Student, Chemistry
B.S. Chemical Engineering, NC Agricultural & Technical State
 antonia.bruce@duke.edu

TinTin Luu, 2nd year PhD Student, Chemistry
B.A. Biochemistry, University of San Diego
tintin.luu@duke.edu

Daniel Santana G., 2nd year PhD Student, Chemistry
B.S. Chemistry, Wake Forest University
daniel.s.garcia@duke.edu

Marek Zorawski, MD/PHD Student, Biochemistry
B.A. Chemistry, Pomona College
marek.zorawski@duke.edu

Postdoctoral Scholars

Dr. Greta Bagnolini, Postdoctoral Associate, Chemistry
PhD, Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), Italy
M.D. Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology, University of Bologna, Italy
greta.bagnolini@duke.edu

Visiting Scientist

Dr. Shinya Suzuki, Visiting Scientist, Chemistry
PhD, University of Shizuoka, Japan
shinya.suzuki@duke.edu

Undergraduate Students

Dhanasheel Muralidharan (Duke 2023)
Kashyap Sreeram (Duke 2024)
Nadeska Montalvan (Duke 2025)
David Han (Duke 2025)

Alumni

PhD Students

Dr. Martina Zafferani (PhD), Current: Research Scientist, Pfizer Cambridge, MA
Dr. Aline Umuhire Juru (PhD), Current: Postdoctoral Research Associate, NIH, Bethesda, MD
Dr. Sarah Wicks (PhD), Current: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
Dr. Emily J. McFadden (PhD), Current: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Yale University, New Haven, CT
Dr. Anita Donlic (PhD), Current: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
Dr. Christopher Eubanks (PhD), Current: Scientist I, KBI Biopharma, Durham, NC
Dr. Brittany Morgan (PhD), Current: May-Walt Life Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Michigan Life Sciences Fellow Program, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Postdoctoral Scholars

Dr. Giacomo Padroni (PhD), Current: Postdoctoral Research Associate, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
Dr. Sean Piwarski (PhD), Current: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Duke Cancer Institute – GU Oncology, Durham, NC
Dr. Neeraj Patwardhan (PhD), Current: Senior Scientist, Guide Therapeutics, Atlanta, GA
Dr. Gary Kapral (Postdoctoral Associate), Current: PhD Posters

Undergraduate Students

Adeline Monaghan (Duke 2022)
Alex Wilson (Duke 2020), Current: Analyst, ClearView Healthcare Partners, New York, NY
Rachel Dveirin (Duke 2020), Current: PhD Student, John Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Shantal Jayawickreme, Current: Student, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC
Angela Liu (Duke 2019), Current: Orthopedic Surgery Intern, Stetson Powell Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Los Angeles, CA
Bilva Sanaba (Duke 2019), Current: Software Engineer, Amazon, San Francisco, CA
Malavika Puri (Duke 2019), Current: Gruber Science Fellow and PhD Student, Yale University, New Haven, CT
Noey Boldizsar (Duke 2021)
Colby Newson (Duke 2018)
Diane Karloff (Duke 2018), Current: PhD student, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Carlos Roble (Duke 2018)
Adina Jan (Duke 2018)
Jordan Forte (Duke 2015, Research Associate), Current: Student, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston Salem, NC
Rebecca Culver (Duke 2017), Current: PhD student, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Jason Xu (Duke 2017), Current: Student, University of California Irwine School of Medicine, Irwine, CA
Akshay Patel (NCSSM 2017)
Dillan Casanova (Duke 2016); Current: Student, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, Pittsburgh, PA
Rozalina Abramov (Queens College 2016); Current: Student, Long Island University School of Pharmacy, Brooklyn, NY
David Jones (Duke 2015), Current: Student, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC
Vihasa Govada (Duke 2017), Current: Student, Florida Atlantic University School of Medicine, Boca Raton, FL
Barbara Blachut (Duke 2015); Current: Student, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
Young-Hyun Moon (Duke 2016)