Crans Group Alumni

Important News About Some of our Lab’s Recent Alumni!

Kate Kostenkova successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation and is now a Postdoctoral research associate at Prof. Aldrich’s lab at the University of Minnesota. Congratulations Kate and best of luck! – June 2023

Zeyad Arhouma successfully defnded his Ph.D. dissertation! Congratulations Zeyad and good luck! – May 2023

Sarah Sanders has successfully defended her M.S. thesis and is now a Chemist at Forte Analytical LLC in Fort Collins. Best of luck, Sarah! – May 2022

And she’s off! Dr. Kaitlin Doucette has left us for her postdoc position at UC- San Francisco! – January 2021

Dr. Kelly Hassell (co-advised with Prof. Mark A. Brown) graduated spring 2020. Good luck, Kelly! -May 2020

Dr. Cheryle Beuning was awarded a prestigious NRC research fellowship and a postdoc position at NIST. Good luck, Cheryle! – January 2020

Dr. Jim Carsella is now a professor at CSU Pueblo! Best of luck, Jim!

Dr. Jordan Koehn is now a post doc for the Weeks lab at UNC- Chapel Hill. We’ll miss you, Jordan! – May 2019

Dr. Ben Peters has left us for a post doc position in the Krusemark lab at Purdue University. Best of luck, Ben! – November 2018

Estela graduated this spring with a Master’s in Inorganic Chemistry. Good luck Estela! – May 2017

Estela is now employed by Homeland Security in Seattle.

Irma S├ínchez Lombardo , Post-doctoral researcher in the group and Fulbright Scholar is leaving to take a position at the Universidad Juarez Autonoma de Tabasco, Mexico beginning Spring 2016.  We wish you the best of luck Irma!


Kellie Woll, (right) is now in graduate school at the Department of Pharmacology, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and has received a National Science Foundation four year fellowship!

Jason Smee (not pictured) is now on the faculty at University of Texas, Tyler – received one of the University of Texas Systems 2013 Regents Outstanding Teaching Award!

Kate KostenkovaPh.D. Chemistry (2023)Postdoctoral Research Associate at Professor Aldrich’s Lab (University of Minnesota)
Heidi MurakamiPh.D. Chemistry (2023)
Maggi Braasch-TuriPh.D. Chemistry (2023Assistant Professor at Fort Hays State University (Fort Hays, Kansas)
Josef GrundyM.S. Chemistry (2022)Brewing Scientist at Weldwerks Brewing
(Greeley, CO)
Nathan GasparovicM. S. Chemistry (2022)Quality Control Technician at LightDeck Diagnostics  (Boulder, CO)
Sarah SandersM. S. Chemistry (2022)Research Associate and Lab Manager at Colorado State University
Cameron Van CleavePh. D. Chemistry (2021)Postdoctoral fellow in the Bianchi lab at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Institutes of Medicine
Sam Zhang M. S. Chemistry (2021)Industrial position in China
Gaia BublitzM. S. Biochemistry (2021)Ph. D. student in Biochemistry at the University of Colorado – Boulder
Kelly HassellPh. D. Cell and Molecular Biology (2021)Formulations CMC Post-Doc/Early-Stage Development Consultant at Indivior
Kaitlin DoucettePh. D. Cell and Molecular Biology (2020)Scientist at Brightseed (San Francisco, CA)
Cheryle BeuningPh. D. Chemistry (2020)Postdoctoral fellow at NIST (Boulder, CO) and the NRC postdoctoral fellowship recipient
Jordan KoehnPh. D. Chemistry (2019)ITCMS postdoctoral fellow at University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
James CarsellaPh. D. Chemistry (2018)Professor at Colorado State University (Pueblo)
Ben PetersPh. D. Chemistry (2018)DNA Encoded Scientist at Nurix Therapeutics
Estela MagallanesM. S. Chemistry (2017)The U. S. Department of Homeland Security in San Francisco, CA