The West group firmly believes in diversity and inclusion.  This applies to scientific hypotheses:  group members are urged to think for themselves, and challenge the supervisor’s dogma. In fact, being proven wrong is a supervisor’s best metric for students’ scientific and intellectual growth.  Creativity comes from asking “dumb” questions, which are often really just questions that no one has seriously considered previously.  We all take pride in the intellectual ownership that students and postdocs take in their projects. 

The group also values the principles of diversity and inclusion when it comes to our personnel. Group members come from all over the world, and each brings a unique perspective and experience base.  We welcome all enthusiastic, motivated, and serious young scientists to consider joining us and pursuing our research in organic and medicinal chemistry, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or physical disability.

Post-doctoral fellows

Dr. Shaohui Yu

Research Associate
Graduate students

Previous Group Members

Dr. William Turnbull

PhD, University of Western Ontario (2018)

PDF, F.G. West, University of Alberta.

Current position: Research Scientist, Fusion Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Dr. Yury Karpov

PhD, F.G. West, University of Alberta (2020)

Current position: NuChem Therapeutics

Dr. Ahmed Elmenoufy

PhD, F.G. West, University of Alberta (2020)

Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences (B Pharm), Misr University for Science and Technology (2011), Egypt.

 MSc, Pharmaceutical Engineering, Huazhong University for Science and Technology (2015), China.

Current position: Research Scientist (organic and Medicinal Chemistry), Dalriada Drug Discovery Inc.

Mr. Yaseen  Almehmadi

MSc, F.G. West, University of Alberta (2019)

Current position: DPhil , University of Oxford, UK.

Dr. Claudia Weilbeer

PhD, University of Leipzig (2015)

PDF, Leibniz-Institute for Catalysis in Rostock (2015-2016)

PDF, F.G. West, University of Alberta

Dr. Shorena Gelozia

PhD, F.G. West, University of Alberta (2018)

current position: Paraza Pharma, Inc.

Dr. Thomas Scully

PhD, F.G. West, University of Alberta (2017)

PDF, F.G. West, University of Alberta

Dr. Seyedeh Nargess Hosseini

PhD, F.G. West, University of Alberta (2016)

PDF, F.G. West, University of Alberta

Dr. Olivier Mohamad Soueidan

PhD, Paris-Sud 11 University (2008)
PDF with Yvan Sic, ICSN (2009)
PDF with Lydie Pelinski, ENSCI (2010)
PDF with F. G. West, University of Alberta (2011-2014)
Research Associate, F.G. West, University of Alberta (2014-2017)
Current position: IntelliSyn Pharma (2017)

Dr. Venkata Pavan Kumar Kondapi

MSc, IIT Bombay (2009)
BSc, Nagarjuna University (2006)
PhD, F.G. West, University of Alberta (2016)
PDF, F.G. West, University of Alberta (2016-2017)

Current position: Hexion (2017)
 

Dr. Peter Ghaly

BSc, German University in Cairo (GUC), Egypt (2012)
PhD, University of Alberta (2017)

Dr. Zhenhua Jia

Year: 2016

PhD, A.S.C. Chan & C.-J. Li, Sun Yat-sen University & McGill University (2013)

PDF, Marquette University (2013-2014)

PDF, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (2014-2016)

PDF, F.G. West, University of Alberta (2016-2017)

Dr. Rongrong Mandy Lin

BSc, University of Alberta (2009) 
PhD, University of Alberta (2017)
Current position: TC Scientific

Dr. Bren Jordan Atienza

BSc, University of Santo Tomas, Philippines (2009)

PhD, F.G. West University of Alberta (2016)

Current position: PDF, F.Williams University of Alberta (2016)

Dr. Verner Lofstrand

BSc, University of Alberta (2009)

PhD, F.G. West University of Alberta (2015)

PDF, Corey Stephenson, University of Michigan (2015-2016)

PDF, F.G. West University of Alberta (2016)

Current position:  Xenon Pharmaceuticals

Sida Zhou

BSc, University of Saskatchewan (2012)

MSc, F.G. West University of Alberta (2015)

Tianmin Niu

B.Eng., Yanshan University, China (2008)

MSc, Zhejiang University, China (2011)

MSc, F.G. West University of Alberta (2015)

Dr. Yonghoon Kwon

BSc, Kyungpook National University (2009)

PhD, F.G. West University of Alberta (2015)

PDF, Alois Fürstner, Max-Planck Institute Mulheim Germany

Dr. Christine Dunbar

BSc, University of British Columbia (2009)

PhD, F.G. West University of Alberta (2015)

PDF, Christopher Cramer, University of Minnesota

Dr. Owen Scadeng

BSc, University of British Columbia (2008)

PhD, F.G.West University of Alberta (2014)

PDF, University of Alberta (2014-2015)

Dr. Ryan Fradette

BSc, University of Alberta (2007)

PhD, F.G.West University of Alberta (2014)

PDF, University of Alberta (2014-2016)

Dr. Alexander Belovodskiy

PhD with E. E. Shults, Novosibirsk Institute of Organic Chemistry, Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences (2011)

PDF with Louis Fensterbank, UPMC (2011)

PDF with F.G. West, University of Alberta (2012-2013)

Current Position: University of Alberta (2013-)

Dr. Shaon Joy

BSc, University of Calcutta (2005)

MSc, IITg (2007)

PhD with F. G. West, University of Alberta (2013)

PDF, University of Alberta (2013-)

Dr. Yen-Ku Wu

BSc,  National Tsing Hua University (2004)

MSc, National Tsing Hua University (2006)

PhD with F. G. West, University of Alberta (2013)

PDF with Viresh Rawal, University of Chicago (2013-)

Dr. Sara Bonderoff

BSc, University of Saskatchewan (2006)

PhD with F. G. West, University of Alberta (2012)

PDF with Albert Padwa, Emory University (2012-)

Dr. Graham Murphy

PhD with F. G. West, University of Alberta (2006)

PDF with Masahiro Hirama, Tohoku University (2006-2007)

PDF with John Wood, Colorado State University (2007-2010)

PDF with F. G. West, University of Alberta (2010-2011)

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Waterloo (2011-)

Dr. Tina Bott

BSc, University of Western Ontario (2005)

PhD with F. G. West, University of Alberta (2011)

Current Position: PDF with Raymond Andersen, University of British Columbia (2011-)

Linghui Yu

BSc, Wilfrid Laurier University (2007)

MSc with F. G. West (2011)

Current Position: ChemRoutes, Edmonton, Alberta (2012-)

Dr. Tina Grant

BSc, University of Western Ontario (2002)

PhD with F. G. West, University of Alberta (2007)

PDF with F. G. West, University of Alberta (2007-2011)

Current Position: Edmonton, Alberta

Dr. Jef Johnston

BSc, University of Saskatchewan (2004)

PhD with F. G. West, University of Alberta (2011)

PDF with Tom Rovis, Colorado State University (2011-2012)

Current Position: Edmonton, Alberta

Dr. Lei Li

PhD with F. G. West, University of Alberta (2008)

PDF with F. G. West, University of Alberta (2009-2010)

Current Position: Gilead Alberta Ulc (2010-)

Dr. Jeff Henderson

PhD with Brian Keay, University of Calgary (2009)

PDF with F. G. West, University of Alberta (2009-2010)

Current Position: Calgary, Alberta

Dr. Curtis Reider

BSc, University of Saskatchewan (2005)

PhD with F. G. West, University of Alberta (2010)

PDF with Keith Woerpel, New York University (2010-2012)

Current Position: Gilead Alberta Ulc (2012-)

Dr. Liya Cao

PhD with F. G. West, University of Alberta (2009)

Current Position: Senior Research Chemist, Shanghai Chemexplorer, China

Dr. Dhananjay Kendre

PDF with F. G. West, University of Alberta (2008-2010)

Current Position: Edmonton, Alberta

Dr. Craig Stewart

PhD with F. G. West, University of Alberta (2009)

PDF with Marcus Tius, University of Hawaii (2010-2011)

Current Position: Chemist I, Process R&D at Apotex Pharmachem Inc. (2011-)

Dr. Waka Nakanishi

PDF with F. G. West, University of Alberta (2008-2009)

Current Position: Senior Lecture, H. Isobe Laboratory, University of Tohoku, Japan (2009-)

Nina Vo

MSc with F. G. West, University of Alberta (2007)

Dr. Chantel Benson

PhD with F. G. West, University of Alberta (2007)

PDF with F. G. West, University of Alberta (2011)

Current Position: Gilead Alberta Ulc (2011-)

Dr. Song Dong

PhD with F. G. West, University of Alberta (2007)

Dr. Karl Winberg

PDF with F. G. West, University of Alberta (2006)

Damian Sowa

MSc with F. G. West, University of Alberta (2006)

Ali Rostami

MSc with F. G. West, University of Alberta (2008)

Current Position: Graduate Student with Mark Taylor, University of Toronto (2008-)

Dr. Hayley Wan

PhD with Andrew Whiting, Durham University

PDF with F. G. West, University of Alberta (2005)

Current Position: Organic Lab Director, University of Alberta (2009-)

Xuan Liu

MSc with F. G. West, University of Alberta (2005)