Staff Scientists

Co-Directors Daniel Romo (left) and John L. Wood (right)

Professor Daniel Romo:

Schotts Professor of Chemistry (2015-present)
Co-Director, CPRIT Synthesis and Drug-Lead Discovery Laboratory (2015-present)
Director of The Baylor Undergraduate MiniPharma (2016-present)
Gradipore Professor of Chemistry (2014-2015), Texas A&M
Director, Natural Products LINCHPIN Laboratory (2010-2015), Texas A&M
Director of Chemistry, TAMU Undergraduate MiniPharma (2010-present), Texas A&M
Education: B.A., Chemistry/Biology, Texas A&M University
Ph. D., Chemistry, Colorado State University (w/ Prof. Albert I. Meyers)
Amer. Cancer Soc. Post-Doctoral Fellow, Harvard University (w/ Prof. Stuart L. Schreiber)

Professor John L. Wood:

Robert A. Welch Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas Scholar, Baylor University (2013-present)
A. I. Meyers Professor of Chemistry, Colorado State University (2006-2013)
Professor of Chemistry with Tenure, Yale University (1998-2006)
Associate Professor of Chemistry (non tenured), Yale University (1997-1998)
Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Yale University (1993-1997)
American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University (w/ Prof. Stuart L. Schreiber)
Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania, (w/ Prof. Amos B. Smith, III)

Assistant Director Kenneth G. Hull

Assistant Director, CPRIT Synthesis and Drug-Lead Discovery Lab (2015-present)
Co-Director, Natural Products LINCHPIN Laboratory (2013-2015)
Experience: AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals R&D, Infection iMED, Boston, MA: Principal Scientist (2002-2012), Scientist (1998-2002); Hoffmann-La Roche Pharmaceuticals, Principal Scientist, Oncology (1998); Associate Res. Investigator (1994-1997) then Senior Scientist (1996-1997), Inflammation/Autoimmune Diseases; Senior Scientist, Bronchopulmonary Research (1991-1994)
Education: Post-Doctoral, University of Pennsylvania (w/ Prof. Amos B. Smith, III)
Ph. D., Organic Chemistry, University of Georgia (w/ Prof. George Majetich)
B.S., Chemistry, University of Georgia

Assistant Director Ke Kong

Assistant Director, CPRIT Synthesis and Drug-Lead Discovery Lab (2014-present)
Scientist, Amgen (2011- 2013)
Postdoctoral Fellow, Colorado State University (w/ Prof. John L. Wood)
Ph. D., Organic Chemistry. Texas A&M University, TX (w/ Prof. Daniel Romo)
B. S., Chemistry, Tsinghua University, China

Senior Research Associate Mingzhao Zhu

Senior Research Associate, CPRIT Synthesis and Drug-Lead Discovery Lab (2015-present)
Research Associate, Natural Products LINCHPIN Laboratory (2011-2015)
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR (2009-2010)
Background: Wenner-Gren Postdoctoral Fellow – University of Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden (April 2007 – March 2009)
Postdoctoral Fellow – Leibniz University of Hanover, Hanover, Germany (Feb. 2006- March. 2007) Natural product synthesis
Ph.D. – Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, Halle, Germany (Oct. 2001-Dec. 2005)
M.S. – Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, China
B.S. – Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, China

Post-Doctoral Associate Yu-Wen Huang

Post-doctoral associate, CPRIT Synthesis and Drug-Lead Discovery Lab (2016-present)
Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, University of Rochester (w/ Prof. Alison J. Frontier) (Sep. 2009-Mar. 2016)
Research Assistant, Genomic Research Center, Academia Sinica, Taiwan (w/ Prof. Shang-Cheng Hung) (Nov. 2008-Jul. 2009)
M.S., Organic Chemistry, National Tsing Hua University (w/ Prof. Shang-Cheng Hung) (Jul. 2005-Jun. 2007)
B.S., Chemistry, National Cheng Kung University (Sep. 2001-Jun. 2005)

Fulbright Scholar Kenneth Eyong

Fulbright Scholar, Baylor University, CPRIT Synthesis and Drug-Lead Discovery Lab (2016-present)
Senior Lecturer, Department of Organic Chemistry The University of Yaounde I, Cameroon 2010-Present
Assistant Lecturer, Department of Organic Chemistry, The University of Yaounde I, Cameroon (2008-2010).
Post-Doc: Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) Chennai, India (2007-2013)
Post Doc: TU Dortmund, Germany (2009)
PhD: TU Paderborn, Germany (2002-2005)
MSc: The University of Yaounde I, Cameroon (2009-2001)
BSc. The University of Buea, Cameroon (1994-1997)