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Jingzhi Pu (PI)


Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)

BS, Peking University
Ph.D., University of Minnesota (with Donald G. Truhlar)
Postdoc, University of Minnesota (with Jiali Gao); Harvard University (with Martin Karplus)
Email: jpu[at]

Bryant Kim (Ph.D. student)


Email: brykim[at]

Ryan Young (Ph.D. student)

BS, IU Bloomington
MS, Ball State University
Email: rysyoung[at]

Ryan Snyder (Ph.D. student)


BS, IU Bloomington
Email: rymsnyde[at]

Mellisa Hege (post-Baccalaureate)

Email: mhege[at]

Rebekah Jackson (undergraduate)

UROP scholarship, Summer 2021-present
Email: rebajack[at]

Former group members

Mulpuri Nagaraju (postdoc, 2014-2017)


Ph.D., Indian Institute of Chemical Technology
Postdoc, Georgia State University
Postdoc, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

E-mail: mulpurinagaraju[at]

Yan Zhou (postdoc, 2011-2014; currently, faculty, GuangXi University for Nationalities, China)

BS, University of Science & Technology of China

Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Postdoc, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

E-mail: zhouyan[at]

Pedro Ojeda-May (postdoc, 2011-2014; currently, Senior Research Engineer, Umeå University, Sweden)

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I am currently working on a scheme to compute electrostatic interactions by using
cutoff approximations. The method could be used in Quantum Mechanical Molecular
Mechanics (QM/MM) simulations.

Previously I was working with Monte Carlo and Classical Molecular Dynamics
simulations during my Ph.D. (Universität Kassel, Germany).

E-mail: pojedama[at]

Aimee Rinas (Ph.D. student, 2011-2012)

Currently, Principal Scientist at Nexelis
Previously, Ph.D. student in Lisa Jones group at IUPUI

Karen Thomson (MS, Fall 2013)

Pamela Filby (graduate student, 2015-2016; co-advised by Prof. Eric Long)

BS, Cum Laude, Ball State University (2012)
MS, Ball State University (2014)

Darlene Evans (undergraduate, 2018)

Cameron Meadows (undergraduate, 2017)

Seth Keeton (undergraduate, 2017)

Tung Ho (undergraduate, 2015)

Jacques Roettcher (undergraduate, 2015)

Seunghwan (Robin) Lee (undergraduate, 2015)

Jeremiah Saylae (undergraduate, 2014)


Murad Beg (undergraduate, 2013)

Duy Nguyen (undergraduate, 2012)

Currently, Indiana National Guard and PTS Diagnostics

Kimberly Adams (undergraduate, 2013)

Anne Cook (undergraduate, 2012)

Brett Palencer (undergraduate, 2012)

Currently, Kremers Urban Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Hongdi Bai (undergraduate, 2012)

Cornelius Audu (undergraduate, 2011-2012)

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McNair Scholar, IUPUI (2011)
Currently, Northwestern University

Jeremy Fiege (undergraduate, 2011)

Joanna Zhang (highschool student, Carmel High School, 2017)

Project STEM Summer Research Intern

Yiyang (Ben) Sun (highschool student, The King's Academy, 2017)

Project SEED Summer Research Intern

Jacob Lucas (highschool student, Arsenal Technical High School, 2012 & 2013)

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Arsenal Tech High School, Indianapolis
ACS SEED Summer Research Intern (2012,2013)