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.
Samer M. Beauti, 2019 B.S. Chemistry candidate
Samer is a sophomore at Southern Miss majoring in chemistry with an emphasis in biochemistry. Growing up in Hattiesburg, MS, Samer has conducted research with the Donahue Research Group through his junior and senior year of high school where he presented his findings in the regional and state science fairs. Samer joined the Southern Miss community as a Luckyday Citizenship scholar in the fall of 2015, involving himself in several major on-campus organizations such as Honors College and the Student Government Association. In the fall of 2016, Samer began his undergraduate research career with the Donahue Research Group, exploring and synthesizing quinoline-based molecule derivatives to be tested for biochemical activity against the HIV integrase enzyme. During the Spring 2017 semester, Samer pursued his dream of studying abroad in Europe through USM’s Château Program where he gained one of the most valuable experiences of his life. Samer is currently working towards being accepted into an M.D. program upon completion of his undergraduate studies.