Current Members & Alumni

Dr. Joseph Merola, Principal Investigator

Professor of Chemistry and Faculty of Health Sciences at Virginia Polytechnic Institute State University. Fellow of the American Chemical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Education: Ph.D MIT ’78, B.S. Carnegie-Mellon ’74.

Christine Duchane, Post-doctoral Researcher

Chad Bernier, Ph.D Candidate

Bill Clarke, Research Assistant


The success of the Merola research program rests solely on the shoulders of the students who have been a part of the group:  summer students, undergraduate research students and graduate students.  Here are highlights from some of the students who have passed through the group and what they are doing now.

Graduate Students

Chad Bernier
Loren Brown
Christine Duchane
David Hobart
George Carpin
Michael Berg
Shannon R. Chiles
Robert Clark
Beth Dodson
Joy Frazier
Marion A. Franks
Arthur Grieb
Carl Heltzel
David Hobart
Lisa Huff
George Karpin
Joseph Knorr
Folami T. Ladipo
Trang Le
Kelly Matthews
David Morris
Robert Pafford
Christopher P. Roy
Hank Selnau

Undergraduate Students

Bill Clarke
Cole Martin
Andy An
Zoe Stuart
Savannah Phillips
Justin Martinez
Gina Asche
Nick Barker
Joel Bielski
Pauline M. Boyer
Paul J. Chirik
Debra Driscoll
Julie Hoher
Margaret S. Richards
Mel Ritchie
Ellen Slusher
Gita Srinivasan
Gina Yanochko
Alex Collado
Caitlin Masterman
Alex Mai
Mike Peysakhovich
Tefsit Bekele
Tsion Bililign
Steve Yun

Summer Visitors

John Clancy (IAESTE intern)
Rebecca Randall (IAESTE intern)

Visiting Scientists

M. Kooti (Iran)


Bill Bradbury
Frank E. Anderson III