The Donahue Research Group at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS.
John A. Hood, 2018 B.S. Chemistry candidate
John is a junior at USM majoring in chemistry with a biochemistry emphasis. Living most of his life in Mandeville, LA, John came to USM in the fall of 2014, and has since had much success outside of the class room. As a Keystone Scholar of the Honors College, John has been awarded many travel grants and summer research opportunities including the inaugural Donald Drapeau Summer Research Grant here at USM and the Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) Program at St. Jude Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. John began research with Dr. Julie Pigza in the spring of 2016 studying the synthesis of α-substituted ethers. In the fall of 2016, John joined the Donahue Group to pursue the study of tri-substituted piperidines via the aza-Prins Reaction. John is also very enthusiastic about 3D printing, and its use in the visualization of chemistry. Upon the completion of his undergraduate degree John hopes to be accepted into a dual degree, Ph.D – M.D., program to study orphan diseases in children or advanced pediatric orthopedic medicine.