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We are  looking for multiple talented and motivated graduate students to join the team! 

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Summer 2023

From left to right, back row: Maxwell Bowles, Tyler Hobart, Kristy Witte, Sheba Gage (ACS SEED)

From left to right, front row: Caroline Proulx, Ellen Warner, Molly Carter, Skylar Harrelson (Beckman scholar), Keisy Prieto (NSF REU),  Karlee McKinney, Sasha Stark (Union College)

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Summer 2022

From left to right: Hailey Young, Maxwell Bowles, Sheba Gage (ACS SEED), Ellen Warner, Katie Cartrette (NSF REU), Meghan Broderick, Skylar Harrelson, Carolynn Davern, Caroline Proulx

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Summer 2022 - APS (post early career lectureship)

Left to right : Carolynn Davern, Quibria Guthrie, Caroline Proulx,  Hailey Young,  Maxwell Bowles, 

Graduate students

Previous group pictures - 2016 to 2021


Maxwell Bowles
Graduate student (

Maxwell was born in San Diego, CA but grew up in Cedar City, UT. He studied chemistry at Southern Utah University where he got he B.S. in May 2019. At SUU, he worked in the laboratory of Dr. Mackay Steffensen. He joined the Proulx lab in the Fall of 2019.  In his spare time, he enjoys rock climbing, snowboarding and biking.

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Ellen Warner
Graduate student (

Ellen is from Trinidad and Tobago, and graduated with a BS in chemistry from Davidson College. During her time at Davidson, she worked with Dr. Mitch Anstey on developing a new electrolyte for the redox flow battery that can deliver two electrons while being able to be charged and recharged multiple times. She joined the Proulx lab in 2020. She enjoys paddle boarding, kayaking, and going to the beach especially when she is back home. 

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Molly Carter
Graduate student (

Molly is from outside of Atlanta, Georgia. She studied chemistry at Wake Forest University and received her B.S. in Chemistry in May 2022. While at WFU, she worked with Dr. John Lukesh developing small molecule hydrogen selenide donors. Molly joined the Proulx lab in 2022. In her free time, Molly enjoys cooking and traveling to new places. 

Karlee McKinney
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Karlee is from Florence, Mississippi, and completed her undergraduate studies at Belhaven University. She graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry and Exercise Science with minors in Biology and Psychology. Karlee participated in a Physical Organic REU at Ole Miss and in research with Dr. Reid Bishop and Dr. Ariel Kelley at her undergrad institution. She is currently in the Chemistry of Life program at NC State and enjoys spending her free time reading and walking with her dog at Lake Johnson.


Kristiana Witte
Graduate student (

Kristy is from Arlington, VA, and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry and a minor in Spanish in May 2022. While at UNCW, she worked in Dr. Soon Goo Lee’s lab and was a member of the beach volleyball team. She is a current Chemistry of Life fellow and Warren-Wolfpack Club fellow. She enjoys playing beach volleyball and reading in her free time. 

Undergraduate students

Previous members

Carolynn Davern - Ph.D. 2023
Hailey Young - Ph.D. 2023
Meric Trombley - undergraduate student spring 2022- fall 2023
Skylar Harrelson - Beckman Scholar, undergraduate student co-mentored with Dr. Simpson 2022-2023

Meghan Broderick - Undergraduate student
Katelyn Cartrette - REU summer student (integrated Computational and Experimental), 2022
Sheba Gage 
- ACS Project SEED high school student, summer 2022.
Quibria Guthrie - Ph.D. 2021

Briley Humphrey - B.Sc. 2021, Titanium Award, given to a student that exhibits the strong and resilient properties of this metal in the classroom.
Adam Rosfi - B.Sc. 2021
Preston Gourville  - B.Sc. 2020, Senior Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Department of Chemistry.
Evan L. Willis - M.Sc. 2020.
Sophia Cornish  - ACS Project SEED high school student, summer 2019.
Michael McMechen - M.Sc. 2018
W. Tyler Price - 2016 - 2018
Brandon Lowe - REU summer student (integrated Computational and Experimental), 2019
Jazmine Lumpan - REU summer student (integrated Computational and Experimental), 2018
Carolynn Davern - REU summer student (integrated Computational and Experimental), 2017

Chris Howard
Undergraduate student (

Chris is from Wilmington NC. He is currently pursuing a B.S. in chemistry and hopes to continue studying chemistry and pursue a Ph.D. after he graduates. In his free time, he loves to workout, practice martial arts, and play sports.


Tyler Hobart
Graduate student (

Tyler moved around up and down the east coast throughout his life but calls Moneta, a small town in southwest Virginia, his home. He attended Hampden-Sydney College in central Virginia and graduated with a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology along with a minor in Classical Studies. At H-SC, he worked with Dr. Timothy Reichart synthesizing transmembrane domains of proteins found in the SARS-CoV-2 virus to target for inhibition. He has been a devoted outdoorsman his entire life and when he is not in the lab, he enjoys hiking, snowboarding, fishing, and whitewater rafting.

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