Welcome The Group Research Publications Joining

The Group

Group 2014
McNulty Group in Spring 2014: (left to right, back to front): Kunal Keskar, Sean van den Berg, Dr. James McNulty, Carlos Zepeda, Dave McLeod, Venkatesan Krishnamoorthy, Spencer Ler, Alex Nielsen, Edmond Chiu, Carla Brown, Angela Lin


Current Members

David McLeod (mcleod2@mcmaster.ca) graduated summa cum laude with a B.Sc. from McMaster University. He then entered into the graduate program continuing to work under Dr. James McNulty in mild, aqueous Wittig chemistry. Currently in his 4th year of studies he has been awarded the Joy Cunningham Ontario graduate scholarship, the Colin James Lyne-Lock Ontario graduate scholarship, the Department of Chemistry Impact Award, and an NSERC postgraduate scholarship throughout his studies.
Weapon of choice: White Russian

Carlos A. Zepeda-Velazquez (zepedaca@mcmaster.ca) obtained his B.Sc. degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from La Salle University (Mexico City) in 2003, and his M.Sc. in Organic Chemistry from National Autonomous University of Mexico (Mexico City) in 2006. After that he worked as a research chemist and as a project leader in Signa SA de CV. Currently he is 5th year Ph.D student in Chemistry.
Carlos held the CONACyT scholarship from 2009-2012. He was also the recipient of Alfonso Caso award, highest award for M.Sc.; Hno. Salvador González award, best BSc Thesis; Keith Leppman Teaching Award; GSA Teaching Assistant Excellence Award; and 5 times Chemistry Teaching Assistant Award.
Weapon of choice: Guinness

Kunal Keskar (keskarkm@mcmaster.ca) obtained his B.Sc. in Chemistry from DBF College, Shivaji University, India in 2002. In 2004, he obtained an M.Sc. in Chemistry from A.G. College, Pune University, India. He then worked with AstraZenecaIndia, Bangalore as assistant research scientist for 2.5 years. In 2007, Kunal came to Canada to work with McNulty lab where he graduated in 2009 with an M.Sc. in Chemistry. He worked for a short while in University Health Network, Toronto before returning to the McNulty group for his Ph.D. in 2010. His current research is focused on transition metal catalyzed chemistry.
Weapon of choice: Screwdriver

Carla Brown (brownce4@mcmaster.ca) graduated summa cum laude from McMaster University with a B.ArtSc in 2012, then completed an MSc at the University of Toronto in 2013. She is currently working on a PhD in the McNulty lab, with a focus on using organocatalysis to synthesize bioactive molecules. Carla has been awarded a Postgraduate Scholarship (PGS-D) and a Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS-M) from NSERC, as well as two Ontario Graduate Scholarships, in the course of her studies.
Weapon of choice: Long Island Iced Tea

Sean van den Berg (vandensj@mcmaster.ca) obtained his B. Sc. in Chemistry from McGill University in 2006. After spending 3 years working as a senior analyst at a market research firm, Sean returned to the lab while working at a small research firm that specialized in alkaloid extraction and purification.
Sean joined the McNulty group in 2012 as an M.Sc. student. His research is focused on the synthesis of bio-active sphingolipids with molecular probes.
Weapon of choice: vodka/water (hydrates you at the same time!)

Alex Nielsen (nielsa2@mcmaster.ca) is a recent graduate from the inaugural class of the Honours Integrated Science program at McMaster University with a concentration in biochemistry. He worked as an intern in the areas of cancer chemistry at AstraZeneca R&D Boston for the summers of 2010 and 2011. He was awarded an NSERC USRA to study with Dr. McNulty in 2012, and completed his senior thesis under his supervision. He was awarded an NSERC CGSM and will continue his work with Dr. McNulty as a student in the Chemical Biology graduate program at McMaster. His current research focuses on the discovery of novel aromatase inhibitors for the treatment of breast cancer.
Weapon of choice: Jack and Coke

Rebecca DiPucchio

Rebecca DiPucchio (dipuccr@mcmaster.ca) is in her fourth year of the Integrated Science program with a concentration in Chemical Biology. She also intends to declare a Chemistry minor. Rebecca obtained an NSERC USRA to work at the University of Ottawa in summer 2013. In summer 2014, Rebecca was awarded an NSERC USRA to begin work in the McNulty group before beginning her fourth year honours thesis. Rebecca’s work focuses on the synthesis of anti-parasitic compounds. As an undergraduate student, Rebecca has consistently placed on the Dean’s honour list and received the University Senate Scholarship.
Weapon of choice: Grappa or peppermint schnapps


Arkesh Narayanappa (naraya8@mcmaster.ca) obtained his B.Sc. in Chemistry from V. V. Pura College, Bangalore ,University, India in 2008. He worked in Biocon India Ltd for 1 year. In 2011, he obtained an M.Sc. in Chemistry from V.V. Pura College, Bangalore University, India. He then worked with AstraZeneca India, Bangalore as Assistant Research Scientist for 2.5 years. In September 2014, Arkesh joined McNulty lab as a Graduate Student in Chemistry.  His current research is focused on transition metal catalyzed chemistry.
Weapon of choice: Red Chilli (Hot and spicy)


Vinayak Bhandari (bhandv2@mcmaster.ca) is in his fourth year of the Chemical Biology program. Vinayak was awarded an NSERC USRA in 2013 and 2014 to work in the Chemical Engineering department at McMaster University under the supervision of Dr. Emily Cranston. In the fall of 2014, Vinayak began his fourth year thesis work in the McNulty lab. Vinayak’s work focuses on the asymmetric synthesis of aminoalkylnapthols.
Weapon of choice: Beer