Kristopher V. Waynant Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Dr. Waynant joined the University of Idaho in the Fall of 2014 as a Clinical Assistant Professor. In January of 2017 Professor Waynant was converted to a tenure-track Assistant Professor position. Professor Waynant's experiences in organometallic methodology; total synthesis; C-linked sugar chemistry; and polymeric materials drive his current independent interests.
Professor Waynant earned:
Bachelor's degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry from Virginia Tech in 2002
A Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from New Mexico State University in December 2008
Post-Doctoral Research Associate with J.D. White at Oregon State University 2009-2010
Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow at Colgate University 2010-2012 (Research with Prof. Ernie Nolen)
Post-Doctoral Research Associate with Paul V. Braun at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 2012-2013
Prof. Waynant can also be found either rockclimbing; skiing; flyfishing; biking; hiking; roasting coffee; brewing beer; growing hops or watching Baltimore Orioles baseball.
Adbulakeem Osumah (Akeem)
Akeem joined the group in the Summer of 2017 following completion of his cumulative exams.
Akeem will focus his dissertation on:
Moubani joined the group in the Summer of 2017
Mitchell Leitzke (B.S. - Chemical Engineering / Chemistry 2019)
Mitchell Joined the group in Spring of 2016
Since joining the group Mitchell has been awarded:
Kaylaa Gutman (Chemistry 2019)
Kaylaa joined the group in the Fall of 2017 - She has worked on both the polymer brush surface modifications project and the Redox-Active ATF ligand project.
Garrett Larson (B.S. 2019 Biology)
Garrett joined the group in Summer 2017. He is working on multiple polymer brush and synthetic organic projects.
Kyle Rigg (B.S. 2020 ChE / Chem)
Kyle joined the WRG in the Fall of 2017
Kyle is currently working on both a specific C-linked glycoside of a known neuroprotective agent and a exo-endo Diels-Alder selectivity project
Kyle has presented at the 2018 Annual OUR Symposium and at ICUR in Boise, ID 2018
Jacob joined the WRG in the Fall of 2018 and began a synthesis of a C-linked glycoconjugate to incorporate into a 23-mer peptide. Jacob is also investigating the rapid and efficient synthesis of glucosamine for incorporation of 2D NMR techniques into Organic Chemistry Labs.
Jacob has written and been awarded a semester research award from the Office of Undergraduate Research for his Spring 2019 project.
Tyler Siegford (Biochemistry 2020)
Tyler joined the WRG in the Fall of 2018 as a collaborating scientist with Dr. Darren Thompson of UI CDA. Tyler is working on the synthesis of a variety of polypeptides along with new methods for creating polypeptides.
Tyler has received Summer 2018 INBRE fellowship (with Dr. Thompson), Academic year INBRE (At UI) and has presented his research nationally.
Roslyn McCormack (BS 2020 Chemistry)
Roslyn joined the group in the Spring of 2019. She is investigating hydrogel biobead diffusion of cis and the simple modifications to the surface hydrogel that can affect the diffusion rates.
Kaed Benski (BS 2020 ChE/ Chem)
Kaed joined the group in Spring 2019 and is investigating the endo/exo selectivity of IMDA reactions in the presence of both E,E and E,Z dienes.
Nicole Rueb (B.S. Chemistry 2018) Nicole is headed to Univ. of Utah College of Pharmacy in Fall 2018! Good Luck Nicole!
Nicole joined the group in the Spring of 2017
Nicole is currently working on the ATF ligand project. She is making new ATF ligands and ATF coordination complexes.
Awards since joining WRG:
Rachel Mitchem (B.S. 2019)
Rachel joined the group in the Spring of 2017- Fall 2017 working on the total synthesis of various humulones.
Christopher Kingsley (B.S. ChE 2019)
Chris joined the group in the Spring of 2017-Fall 2017 working on the synthesis of C-linked cyanogenic glycosides
Jessa Montoya (B.S. Microbiology 2017)
Jessa joined the group in the summer of 2016-2017 working on polymer brush systems
Jessa has earned:
Guadalupe Gutierrez (Biology, B.S. 2017)
NOW - Graduate Student at UC Irvine Molecular Biology
Guadalupe has been a member of the Waynant Research Group since Spring 2015.
Since joining the group Guadalupe earned:
Guadalupe presented a poster at the 243rd National ACS Conference in San Diego, CA on his project on C-linked glycosides.
Lucas Sass (B.S. Biological Engineering 2016)
Now - Biological Engineering Graduate Student in the lab of Prof. Bryn Martin U Idaho
Lucas joined the group the 2nd day Prof. Waynant was on campus in the Fall of 2014.
While a part of the WRG Lucas Earned:
Paul Hanna (B.S. 2016)
Paul joined the group early in the Fall of 2014
While Paul was in the group he earned:
Nick worked with us during the Summer of 2016 on the NASA EPSCoR Research Initiation grant project on polymer brushes.
While part of the WRG Nick earned:
Nicolas Johnson (B.S. Chemical Engineering 2017)
Nic joined the group in the Fall of 2015
Since joining the group Nic has earned: