Team Members

Our team consists of a diverse group of undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and often visiting scholars that have a rich expertise in chemistry, biochemistry, and materials science.  Our team values diversity, collaboration, and fosters an inclusive environment that leads to individual and collective success.

Seth M. Cohen
Principal Investigator

Prof. Cohen is a graduate of Stanford University and U.C. Berkeley. He performed postdoctoral research at M.I.T. He founded the Cohen laboratory in July 2001.

Prof. Min Kim
Visiting Scholar

Prof. Kim is a professor in the Department of Chemistry at Chungbuk National University (South Korea). He was previously a postdoctoral researcher in the Cohen Group.  Prof. Kim began a 1-year sabbatical visit in March 2024.

Dr. Hyunyong Kim
Postdoctoral Researcher

Hyunyong is a graduate of POSTECH (South Korea), where he worked on MOF chemistry with Prof. Eunsung Lee. He is investigating oligoMOFs. He joined the Cohen Group in September of 2022.

Dr. Prantik

Mondal

Postdoctoral Researcher

Prantik is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur (India), where he studied polymer chemistry with Prof. Nikhil Singha. He is investigating MOF-polymer hybrids. He joined the Cohen Group in June of 2021.

Dr. Mingshi Zhang
Postdoctoral Researcher

Mingshi is a graduate of the Dartmouth University, where he studied supramolecular materials with Prof. Chenfeng Ke. He is investigating metal-organic materials. He joined the Cohen Group in January of 2024.

Dr. Minjung Kang
Postdoctoral Researcher

Minjung is a graduate of the Korea University, Seoul (South Korea), where she studied MOF chemistry with Prof. Chang Seop Hong. She is investigating MOFs. She joined the Cohen Group in May of 2023.

Dr. Debobroto Sensharma
Postdoctoral Researcher

Debobroto is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, (Ireland), where he studied MOFs with Prof. Wolfgang Schmitt and Prof. Michael Zaworotko. He is investigating MOFs. He will join the Cohen Group in July of 2023.

Dr. Samuel Griffin

Postdoctoral Researcher

Sam is a graduate of the University of British Columbia (Canada), where he studied organometallic chemistry with Prof. Laurel Schafer. He is investigating low-valent MOFs. He joined the Cohen Group in September of 2021.

Dr. Rajashree Newar 
Postdoctoral Researcher

Rajashree is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (India), where she studied MOFs with Prof. Kuntal Manna. She is investigating MOFs. She will join the Cohen Group in September of 2023.

Conor O'Herin

Graduate Student

Conor is a graduate of Harvard University, where he performed research with Prof. Stuart Schreiber. He is investigating metalloenzyme inhibition using targeted protein degradation. He joined the Cohen Group in January of 2020.

Hyeonglim Seo
Graduate Student

Hyeonglim 'Stella' is a graduate of Hanyang University (South Korea), where she performed research with Prof. Youngbok Lee. She is investigating the development of metalloenzyme inhibitors. She joined the Cohen Group in January of 2020.

Alysia

Kohlbrand

Graduate Student

Alysia is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, where she performed research with Prof. Edith Glazer. She is investigating the structural biology of metalloenzyme inhibitors. She joined the Cohen Group in January of 2020.

Srijita Pal
Graduate Student

Srijita is a graduate of St. Xavier's College (Kolkatathe, B.S.) and the Indian Institute of Technology (Indore, India, M.S.) where she earned degrees in chemistry. She is investigating MOFs. She joined the Cohen Group in January of 2024.

Madison Esposito
Graduate Student

Maddie is a graduate of the Princeton University, where she performed research with Prof. Paul Chirik. She is investigating MOFs. She joined the Cohen Group in January of 2024.

Emily Podd
Graduate Student

Emily is a graduate of the The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), where she studied both chemistry and art. She is investigating  metalloenzyme inhibitors. She joined the Cohen Group in January of 2024.

Zachary Neuschuler
Undergraduate Student Volunteer

Zach is an undergraduate at U.C. San Diego. He is investigating MOFs. He joined the Cohen Group in January of 2023.

Parsa Kazerani 
Undergraduate Student Volunteer

Parsa is an undergraduate at U.C. San Diego. He is investigating metalloenzyme inhibitors. He joined the Cohen Group in April of 2024.