Chemistry and Biochemistry

Castle Lab

The Castle Group 2016
(L to R): Jintao Jiang, Ankur Jalan, Kei Webber, Steven Castle, Yu Cai, Sia Im, Blake Christensen, David Kastner
Not Pictured: Mary Jackman, Collin Sanderson 

(L to R): Sia Im, James Burton, Amanda Garrity, Concordia Lo, Kei Webber, Steven Castle, Seth Bohman, Yu Cai, Ankur Jalan, Blake Christensen, David Kastner

Current Lab Members

Graduate Students

Mary Jackman, M.S. student, Organic Chemistry


B.S. Molecular Biology, Brigham Young University

I am currently developing my skill set in organic methodology development in Dr. Castle's research group. I hope to use this broadened skill set to participate in interdisciplinary chemistry. I am interested in total synthesis, drug candidate development, and biological activity assessment.

Yu Cai, PhD student, Organic Chemistry


M.S. Chemistry, Nankai University, China

My research focuses on efficient syntheses of functionalized pyrroles and dihydropyrroles via microwave-promoted Iminyl radical cyclization and on total synthesis of Yaku'amide A, which is a natural, medium-sized peptide that isolated from a marine sponge.

Ankur Jalan, PhD student, Organic Chemistry


B.S. Pharmaceutical Sciences, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, India

My research focuses on the solid phase synthesis of peptides containing bulky dehydroamino acids. They have recently discovered that peptides containing bulky dehydroamino acids are very less prone to proteolysis. They are using this innovative and patented technology to stabilize anti-cancer peptides for better therapeutic outcomes.

Concordia Lo, PhD student, Organic Chemistry