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Joseph R. Clark, PhD

Principal Investigator

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Office: TW652

Telephone: 414-288-7859

Graduate Student

Samantha Sloane

Samantha graduated from Miami University in Ohio in 2016 with a degree in Chemistry and then went on to work in Chicago at a chemical manufacturing company for 2 years. She started at Marquette University in August 2018 and enjoys traveling and being in the sunshine while not in lab.

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Graduate Student

Sam Hintzsche

Sam was born and raised in Byron, IL. Sam graduated from the Marquette University in 2020 with a BA in Chemistry. In his free time, he enjoys swimming in nearby rivers and the occasional day at the spa.


Graduate Student

Lihan Qi

Lihan graduated from Shaanxi University of Science & Technology in 2020 with BS in chemistry. He enjoys sandbox games and playing with reptiles.

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Graduate Student

Aniel J. Rivera Arzola

University of Puerto Rico Cayey

Bachelors of Science - Chemistry Major Class 2022

Official Bad Bunny lyrics translator

for the laboratory. Fluent in the language

of the streets of Puerto Rico.


Graduate Student

Ali Yadegari

Ali graduated from the University of Tehran with a MSc. He was teaching assistant in the University of Tehran. After graduation, he worked as a quality control senior expert in a biopharmaceutical company in Iran, CinnaGen, for two years. In his free time, he enjoys swimming, traveling, and watching movies.


Graduate Student

Gabriel Garcia Padin​

Gabriel received his BS in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico at Cayey in 2023.

When he is not in lab he enjoys climbing, martial arts and the occasional attempt to play pool. 


Postdoctoral Research Associate

Dr. Hathaithep (Grape) Senkum

Grape is from Thailand. She graduated with a PhD in Chemistry at the University of Maine, where she performed polymer-based research. She had worked with renewable and nanomaterials for biomedical and 3D printing applications. After that, she was an industrial postdoc at MilliporeSigma (Milwaukee site), working with process development for catalysts and organic compounds. The work ignited her interest in exploring wider research in the organic synthesis realm. She recently joined the Clark Lab to expand her skills and expertise in medicinal chemistry and natural products.

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Isaac Anderson

Isaac is an undergraduate chemistry major from Portland, OR. Outside of the lab, he enjoys swimming with the Marquette Swim Club and climbing.


PhD Alumni

Dr. Zoua Pa Vang

Current Position: NIH F32 Ruth Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Prof. Ian Tonks (UMinn)

Zoua Pa graduated from the College of St. Benedict in 2018 with a BA in Chemistry. She enjoys navigating through airports and traveling, solving puzzles, and empowering women. 


M.S. Alumni

Kiera Behlow 

Marquette University MS in Chemistry 2021


Graduate Student

Dana Stambekova

Dana graduated from Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan in 2017 with a B.S. in Chemistry and then she worked as a teaching and laboratory assistant at Nazarbayev University until 2019. She started at Marquette in 2019. When she is not working hard in the lab, she likes to run to stay active, travel, and drink coffee. 

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Graduate Student

Emanuel Rivera Torres

2021 Research Associate

2020 BS Chemistry University of Puerto Rico Cayey (UPR-Cayey)

2019 Undergraduate Summer Intern at Clark Lab 

Enjoys jazz in the park and cool summer days in Milwaukee. 

Has the spirit of a wolf.


Graduate Student

Erik Hensle


Erik graduated from the University of Portland in 2020 with a B.S. in chemistry.  He worked in the medical device/pharmaceutical industry for two years before starting at Marquette in 2022.  If he is not at the lab, he can be found at the nearest ski slope or live music show. 


Graduate Student

Nazanin Farmanbordar

Nazanin graduated from AmirKabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic) with a MSc. She worked as a quality control senior expert in a biopharmaceutical company in Iran, CinnaGen, for two years. She enjoy traveling to ancient places, playing dulcimer, and doing Karate in her free time.


Graduate Student

Moataz Hendi

Born and raised in Egypt. Moataz graduated in 2011 from Ain Shams University, Cairo with a Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences degree. In 2019 he gained his Master's degree in pharmaceutical chemistry. He worked as a community and hospital pharmacist, and then as an assistant researcher at the Centre for Drug Research and Development, the British University in Egypt. He likes movies, soccer, and reading while having a coffee.


Postdoctoral Research Associate

Dr. Shashank Sancheti

Shashank set off on his academic journey into the mystic world of Chemistry (BSMS. 2017) at the University of Pune, India. Seeking to deepen his knowledge and skills in organic chemistry, he then moved to the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Bhopal, India, where he successfully earned his PhD in Organic Chemistry in 2023. Presently, as a Post Doc, Shashank is a wizard in the laboratory at Marquette University, developing magical organic transformations that precisely infuse hydrogen and its isotopes into organic molecules. Beyond the realm of chemistry and research, Shashank reveals his culinary prowess as a dedicated foodie, often found mastering the art of cooking in his kitchen kingdom!



Katie Smith

Katie Smith is an undergraduate chemistry major from Schaumburg, IL. In her free time, she enjoys playing soccer for the Marquette club team and watching movies. 



Olivia Smetana

Olivia is an undergraduate at Marquette University studying chemistry. She began working in the Clark Lab as an undergraduate summer research fellow in 2022. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her friends, traveling, and hiking.


M.S. Alumni

Mitchell Mills

Master of Science (M.S.) in Chemistry 2022


Postdoctoral Alumni

Dr. Lingzi Li 

Harbin University of Science and Technology

B.S. Chemical Engineering 2012

Marquette University

Ph.D. Chemistry 2018


Clark Lab Undergraduate Alumni

Cristian Marcano Borges: University of Puerto Rico, Cayey 2025

Carolina Marcano Santiago: University of Puerto Rico, Cayey 2025

Mykaela Podoski: Marquette University Class of 2024

Janiennid Alicea Tirado: University of Puerto Rico, Cayey 2024

Jasmine Murray: Marquette University Class of 2024

Gustavo Porrata Caraballo: University of Puerto Rico, Cayey 2023

Raul Diaz Santiago: University of Puerto Rico, Cayey 2023

Daniel Bohar: Marquette University Class of 2023

Olivia Flores: Marquette University Class of 2022

Aniel J. Rivera Arzola: University of Puerto Rico, Cayey 2022

Nicole Colón Rosa: University of Puerto Rico, Cayey 2022

Priyanka Trivedi: Marquette University Class of 2022

Isabella Alansari: Marquette University Class of 2022

Elizabeth Solis: Marquette University Class of 2022

Maria Velarde Villalaz: Marquette University Class of 2021

Genesis Chase: Marquette University Class of 2021

Chrissy Fox: Marquette University Class of 2021

Albert Reyes: Marquette University Class of 2021

Jordan McCurdy: Marquette University Class of 2021

Emanuel Rivera Torres: University of Puerto Rico, Cayey 2020

Nick Hansen: Marquette University Class of 2020

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