Group Members


Debbie Crans: Our Fearless Leader

Crans Lab Post-Docs

Edgar Del Carpio Garcia

  • Focus: VSolution Chemistry, Bioinorganic Chemistry, and Bioinformatics.
  • Skills: Analytical skills, enthusiasm for continuous learning, and hardworking
  • Origin: Venezuela
  • Education: Graduate in Chemistry from Central University of Venezuela, Master in Chemistry from Simón Bolívar University, Doctor in Chemistry from Simón Bolívar University, Post-Doctoral stay at the University of Gent.
  • Hobbies:  Walk outdoors, play soccer, computers and learn data science.
  • Year Joined: 2023


Zeyad Arhouma

  • Focus: Vanadium and polyoxometalates as anti-tuberculosis agents
  • Skills: Bacterial culturing, growth studies, vanadium NMR
  • Origin: Libya
  • Education: B. S. in Zoology from Benghazi University (Libya))
  • Hobbies:  pool, soccer
  • Year Joined: 2014

Crans Lab Graduate Students

Allison Haase

  • Focus: Analytical chemistry, bio-inorganic chemistry, impact of transition metals on bacteria.
  • Skills:  LC/MS, Skyline MS software, Originlab software, Langmuir monolayers.
  • Origin: Sugarland, TX.
  • Education: B.S. in Professional Chemistry from Sam Houston State University (TX)
  • Hobbies: Reading, video games, handicrafts
  • Year Joined: 2016

Andrew Bates

  • Focus: Organic Synthesis
  • Skills:  NMR spectroscopy, prep TLC
  • Origin: Bloomington, IL
  • Education: B.S. in Chemistry from Colorado State University; M.Sc. in Chemistry from Colorado State University
  • Hobbies: Hiking, Basketball, cooking, Music
  • Year Joined: 2020

Skyler Markham

Focus: organic and organometallic chemistry
Skills: Pd chemistry, anhydrous technique, NMR
Origin: Topeka, KS
Education: B. S. in Chemistry from Fort Hays State University (KS)
Hobbies: disc golf, finding new parks to take my daughter to
Year Joined: 2020

John Manganaro

  • Focus: synthesis, characterization, and biological testing of cytotoxic vanadium (V) catechol complexes, with the intention of discovering new, more effective chemotherapeutics
  • Skills: organic and inorganic synthesis utilizing air-free, moisture-free Schlenk techniques. Experience with gold (I) catalysis, porphyrin synthesis, total synthesis of natural products, and vanadium chemistry. Characterization of novel compounds using 1H/13C/51V NMR (1D and 2D), mass spec, and UV Vis. Collaboration with biochemists and analytical chemists.
  • Origin: born in Pensacola, FL, raised in Normal, IL
  • Education: B.S. in Chemistry at Miami University
  • Hobbies: rock climbing, lock picking, and reading
  • Year Joined: 2021 (formerly – Prof. Willams group)

Connor Dolan

  • Focus: Vanadium and oxidative stress on mitochondria, bio-inorganic interactions, enzymology, nutritional biochemistry, bioenergetics
  • Skills:  X-Ray Crstallography, 1D-NMR, Enzymatic Assays, O2K respirometry
  • Origin: Nekoosa, WI
  • Education: B. S. Biochemistry/Molecular Biology – University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
  • Hobbies: Running, Reading, Cooking, Card-games enthusiast, amateur coffee-snob
  • Year Joined: 2022

Kameron Klugh

  • Focus: Organic Synthesis
  • Skills:  NMR, Organic Synthesis, Vanadium Chemistry, Schlenk techniques
  • Origin: Little Rock, AR
  • Education: B.S. in Chemistry from Rhodes College
  • Hobbies: Hiking, Backpacking, Camping, Running, Playing Piano
  • Year Joined: 2022

Chris Chang

  • Focus: Inorganic catalysis, organometallic chemistry, synthetic chemistry, and coordination chemistry
  • Skills:  NMR, UV/vis spectroscopy, structural biology, protein engineering, enzyme assays, pharmacology, bacterial/yeast/mammalian cell culture
  • Origin: San Antonio, TX / North Shore MA / Upper Valley NH
  • Education: B.S. in Chemistry and Biology from Northeastern University
  • Hobbies: Anime, basketball, PC gaming, skiing, fishing, cooking, and eating
  • Year Joined: 2023

Drew Schlink

  • Focus: Organic Synthesis
  • Skills:  NMR, Prep TLC, Schlenk technique
  • Origin: Washington, IL
  • Education: B.S. in Biology from Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Hobbies: Hiking, Camping, Lykos (my dog), Reading
  • Year Joined: 2023