Principal InvestigatorSHU Faculty Portraits

Dr. Monika Raj

Dr. Raj grew up in Chandigarh, India and obtained her Ph.D in Organic Chemistry from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur under the direction of Prof. Vinod K. Singh. After receiving her Ph.D. in 2009, Prof. Raj was a postdoctoral fellow at University of Pennsylvania in the lab of Prof. Barry Cooperman. Prof. Raj did another postdoctoral research at New York University in the lab of Prof. Paramjit Arora. She began her appointment as Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Seton Hall University in August 2014.

Graduate Students

Hader Elashal

Hader is a first year graduate student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and is excited to be working on protein mimics and lasso peptides. She grew up in Bayonne, NJ and earned her B.S. in Biochemistry in 2014. In her spare time, she loves to read, bake, and listen to music.

Neelam Lahankar

Originally from India, Neelam is a graduate student in Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Seton Hall University, NJ. She has done her Masters in Organic Chemistry and she is looking forward to diversify in Biochemistry.

Tiauna HowardTiauna

Tiauna is a native of Newark, NJ. She joined the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Seton Hall University in 2015. Tiauna earned a B.S. in Biochemistry in 2012 and M.S. in Chemistry in 2015. In addition to doing research, Tiauna enjoys reading, relaxing, and nature walks with her dogs.

Zilma Pereira

Zilma is a first year graduate student in Biochemistry. She is enthusiastic about working in the field of Organo-catalysis. She has previous lab experience from her community college working as a Teacher’s Aid for the Organic Chemistry labs. In her downtime she enjoys cooking, going hiking, and going on spontaneous trips.

Undergraduate Students

Joe NalboneJoe

Joe was born and raised in nearby Montclair, New Jersey. Joe is a first year biochemistry student. On his days off he enjoys cooking, and visiting museums.

Lyssa BuisserethLyssa

Lyssa is an undergraduate transfer student partaking in the Biochemistry program at Seton Hall. Although not entirely certain which career path she will be pursuing after acquiring a B.S. degree, Lyssa is eager to see where research will lead. When not in the laboratory, she enjoys the job of being a dance instructor at a local dance studio.

William SayeghWilliam

William is a sophomore, bio major going Pre-Med at Seton Hall University. Upon graduation William hopes to pursue a career in Cardiology.

Group Alumni

Andrew A William

Andrew William is raised in New Jersey and settled for now in the city of Bayonne. He is currently pursuing a B.S. in Biochemistry. He wishes to persue a career in Pharmaceutical lab. Outside of studies, he swims for the Seton Hall men’s swim team competitively, enjoys music and plays the Alto Saxophone & guitar.

IMG_4671Giovana Zacatelco Juarez

Giovana is a first year undergraduate in the biochemistry department at Seton Hall University. She grew up at the Jersey Shore but wants to move to a warmer place. Her ultimate goal is to become a pediatric oncologist and advance cancer research for the well-being of many ill children. Besides devoting herself to her studies, she loves to stay up to date with fashion.

Colin S Kimberlin‎colin

Colin is a first year undergraduate student pursuing a B.S. in both Biochemistry and Diplomacy at Seton Hall University. Besides research, Colin enjoys exploring New York City, travelling, and public transit.

Cameran Wall

Cameran is an undergraduate student pursuing a B.S. in Biochemistry. He intends on obtaining his PharmD and working as a pharmacist where he was raised in Pasadena, CA. Outside of his studies, he enjoys following politics, warm weather, and is captain of the Seton Hall Men’s Rugby Club.