Madhu Reddy |

Madhu originally hails from Andhra Pradesh, India. He received his bachelor’s from S.V. University and master’s from S.K. University. He chose his scientific career as a doctoral research fellow in Dr. Rambabu Gundla’s group at GITAM university, where his research interest revolved around developing the novel imidazopyridine, pyrimidine, and spiro derivatives as new anti-cancer agents. He associated with Jubilant Chemsys (India) and Curia global (India & USA) industries. In May 2023, Madhu joined the BukhGroup as a post-doctoral research associate. He is enthusiastic about developing organic materials, including polymers. He enjoys taking walks and watching movies, and T.V. shows in his spare time.

Graduate Students

Shirley Hernandez | | 4th year

Shirley was born in Havana Cuba and immigrated to the United States, specifically New Jersey, with my immediate family back in 2000. I later moved to Florida in 2005 and became interested in organic chemistry when I entered high school at Jose Marti MAST 6-12 Academy. I went to FIU to get my Bachelor’s where I worked with one of Dr. Lima’s postdocs to examine the structural complexity of the ubiquitin C-terminal hydrolase (UCH) knot protein using Trapped Ion Mobility Spectroscopy-Mass Spectrometry (TIMS MS) with the goal of learning and using analytical tools and strategies to characterize biomolecules. After working with them for a year and graduating in Fall 2019, I returned to FIU once more to pursue my Ph.D. degree, this time working under Dr. Bukhryakov’s group. Currently, I am in the process of developing new transition metal catalysts for use in olefin metathesis. In my spare time, I enjoy taking short walks, watching movies and TV shows, and reading comics.

Carlos Acosta | | 3rd year

Carlos was a born and raised native Floridian who began his higher education at Miami Dade College. He eventually found himself at FIU and joined a research group under Dr. Konstantin Bukhryakov. Carlos plans to obtain his Ph.D. in chemistry once he completes his bachelor’s degree and use his knowledge to synthesize new antibiotics to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria. While not studying, Carlos enjoys reading, playing basketball, and long walks on the beach.

Vasilisa Krivovicheva | | 1st year

Originally born in South Bend (Indiana), Vasya grew up in Saint Petersburg, Russia. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Saint Petersburg State University. During her master’s, she worked on various medicinal chemistry and synthetic projects as part of Prof. Krasavin’s research group. In August 2023, she relocated to Florida to join Prof. Bukhryakov’s team and explore the world of organometallic chemistry in general and olefin metathesis in particular. She is enthusiastic about conducting meaningful research. In her free time, Vasya enjoys activities like reading, hiking, and learning new things, such as playing guitar and painting.

Twitter @vasyananan


Samuel Aguero | | 1st year

Undergraduate Students

Celine Gomez |

Andy Lamur |

Rachel Perez |

Jonathan Chinique |

Luis Lara |


Graduate Students

Dr. Gabriela Tejeda (2018-2023) − MS&T Specialist II at Teva Pharmaceuticals


Dr. Dmitry Belov (2019-2022) − Scientist I at Sanegene Bio USA, Inc

Dr. Victor Desyatkin (2020-2021) − Postdoctoral Fellow at Case Western Reserve University

Master students

Sergei Chuprin (2019-2021)

Undergraduate students

Ashleigh Sherman (2023)

Rene Perez (2023)

Carlos Escobar (2022)

Eber Mendez (2022)

Gabriel Moljo (2021)

Bryson Orosa (2020)

Alejandro Palmero (2019)

Summer Internship Program for high school students

Christian Feliciello (2023)

Faith Rubi (2023)

Jayden Sacasa (2022)

Nicole Mederos (2021)

Ana Pereira (2019)

Aaliyah Fuller (2019)