Graduate Students

Gabriela Tejeda | | 4th year

Gaby was born and raised in beautiful Ciudad de la Habana, Cuba. She immigrated with her family to Miami in 2008, and here she became interested in Chemistry. As an undergraduate student at FIU, Gaby worked with Dr. O’Shea on the singlet oxygenation of pharmaceuticals such as Lipitor and Lescol as a way to remediate their persistence in the environment. After working as a precious metal assayer for a year, she decided to join FIU once more to pursue a Ph.D. degree in Chemistry. In her free time, she goes to visit her family, takes care of her dog, and her collection of orchid plants. 

Shirley Hernandez | | 2nd 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 | | 1st 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.

Alejandra Sofia Motta-Viera | | 1st year

Alejandra Sofia was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and moved to Miami in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria with her family at 18. She had been interested in pursuing an undergraduate degree in chemistry since high school and began her degree at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), Rio Piedras Campus. Even after Hurricane Maria devastated her homeland, she still completed her first year at the UPR and then transferred to FIU to continue her undergraduate studies. In her second semester at FIU, she took her first organic chemistry course–taught by Dr. Bukhryakov–and became particularly interested in the subject. She started working at Dr. Bukhryakov’s lab in the Fall of 2020 and plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Chemistry once she graduates. In her free time, she enjoys reading, going to the beach, and spending time with her loved ones.

Undergraduate Students

Eber Mendez |

Celine Gomez |

Ashleigh Sherman |

Carlos Escobar |



Dr. Dmitry Belov (2019-2022)

Dr. Victor Desyatkin (2020-2021)

Master students

Sergei Chuprin (2019-2021)

Undergraduate students

Gabriel Moljo (2021)

Bryson Orosa (2020)

Alejandro Palmero (2019)

Summer Internship Program for high school students

Nicole Mederos (John A. Ferguson Senior High School, 2021)

Ana Pereira (John A. Ferguson Senior High School, 2019)

Aaliyah Fuller (M.A.S.T.@Homestead, 2019)