Dr. May

Dr. Jeremy May

  • 2015-present: Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, U. Houston

  • 2009–2015:  Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, U. Houston

  • 2008–2009:  Research Assistant Professor in Department of Chemistry (U. Houston)

  • 2005–2008 NIH Postdoctoral Fellow (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center) in the lab of Dr. Samuel J. Danishefsky. 

  • Research Topics: The synthesis of analogs of UCS-1025A, a reported telomerase inhibitor. The synthesis of Eudesmanolide 4. The synthesis of Aplykurodinone A.

  • 2006 Ph.D. in Chemistry (California Institute of Technology) in the lab of Professor Brian M. Stoltz.

  • Thesis:I. Synthesis and Utilization of Diazocompounds for Applications in Solution-Phase and Gas-Phase Chemistry II. Progress toward the Communesin Alkaloids

  • 2000 Bachelor of Science cum laude in Chemistry (University of Utah). Research Advisor: Professor Peter Beal


  • 2014 National Science Foundation CAREER Award
  • 2012 Teaching Excellence Award, University of Houston

  • 2005  NIH/NCI Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellow

  • 2004 Bristol-Myers Squibb Graduate Fellow

  • 2003 American Chemical Society Organic Division Graduate Fellow

  • 2002 Abbott Labs Fellow

  • 2001 NSF Graduate Fellowship Honorable Mention

  • 2000 Graduated cum laude

  • 2000 American Institute of Chemists Undergraduate Award for outstanding senior

  • 2000 Elected to Phi Beta Kappa

  • 1999 Kennecott Copper Corporation Scholarship

  • 1999 Elected to Phi Kappa Phi

  • 1999 Pfizer Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship

  • 1999 Elected to Golden Key National Honor Society

  • 1999 Mack Thomas Rozelle Scholarship

  • 1998 Leon Watters Memorial Award

  • 1996 National Merit Scholarship


Current members


Truong Nguyen (5th year)


Truong was born in Viet Nam in 1991. He obtained B.E. degree in Chemical Engineering at HCMC University of Technology (2009-2014). In Fall 2014, he joined May Group at University of Houston as a graduate student. His hobbies are science fiction films, soccer, and chess.


Hiroyuki Hattori (5th year)

Aleksandra (Sasha) Oleynichenko (4th year)


Sasha was born in Moscow. She got her BS In Chemistry from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois in 2013. She came to UH in 2015, and there, joined the May group. Her favorite things, besides chemistry, are cats, video games,  and music festivals.

Qinxuan (Steven) Wang (3rd year)


Qinxuan (Steven) Wang was born in China in 1993. He received his B.S. In Chemistry from Fudan University in Shanghai, China in 2016. In the summer of 2015, he attended Prof. Dr. F. Ekkehardt Hahn's group for a short-term research in University of Münster, Germany. In December 2016, he joined Dr. May’s research group at University of Houston for graduate study. He has lots of hobbies besides Chemistry. He loves playing basketball and billiards, listening to musics, watching sports and movies.


Amy Boylan (3rd year)


She was born in Texas and raised in Dallas. She obtained a B.S. degree from Baylor University from 2012 to 2016 in Chemistry.Then in the summer of 2016, she joined the May Group. In her free time, she enjoys running and doing

outdoor actvities.

Davis Plasko (2nd year)


Davis was born in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1995. He received his BS in Chemistry from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. In the Fall of 2017 he joined the May group as a graduate student at the University of Houston. His favorite hobbies are snowboarding, skydiving, going to the range, flight simulator, and of course organic chemistry.


Jirong Luo (Eric) (2nd year)

Jirong was born in China in 1995. He received his B.S. In Chemistry from Southeast University in Nanjing China, in 2017. He joined Dr. May's group at University of Houston for graduate study the same year. He loves everything about total synthesis.

Bailey Brooks (1st year)
Bailey grew up in Texas and received her BS in Chemistry from Texas Tech University in 2018. She worked in Dr. May's research group throughout the following summer, and officially joined the group in October of 2018. Bailey loves organic chemistry but a few hobbies outside of the lab include traveling, exercising, and hanging out with her dog.

Po An Chen, PhD

Currently: postdoc, Dr. Thummel, University of Houston, TX
PhD: University of Houston, Houston TX (2013-2018)

Krit Setthakarn, PhD
Currently: Faculty, Silpakorn University, Thailand
University of Houston, USA (2013-2018)

Jian-Yuan Li

Currently: Staff Scientist, Baylor College of Medicine

Ph.D. Purdue University, Indianapolis, IN, USA (2009 – 2014)

Jiun-Le Shih, PhD

Current: Oak Ridge National Labs

B.Sc: Department of Chemistry, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung City, Taiwan, Republic of China (2003 – 2007)

PhD: University of Houston, Houston, TX, USA (2011-2015)

Emma Kuo

MS: University of Houston

Ravikrisna Vallakati, PhD


PhD: University of Houston, USA (2010-2015)

Current position : Senior Research Assistant at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Phong Le, PhD


BS degree: University of Science, Hochiminh City, Vietnam (2004-2008)

PhD degree: University of Houston, Houston, TX, USA (2010-2015)

Thien Nguyen, PhD


BS degree: University of Science Hochiminh City, Vietnam (2004-2008)

PhD: University of Houston, USA (2010-2015)

Santa Jansone-Popova, PhD

Current: Oak Ridge National Labs

BS degree: University of Latvia (2004-2008)

PhD degree: University of Houston (2009-2014)



Brian J. Lundy


Dr. Christabel Tanifum (Postdoc)

Dong Hyun Koo



Hong Pham
Joined 2018



Karlo Sales

Currently: Graduate Student, Drexler University, PA, Martinez-Solorio Group

Morris Olumba
Currently: Graduate Student, University of Houston, Teets Group
BS: University of Houston, 2018

Christopher Huynh


Swetha Kotamraju

Kevin Vo