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Laboratory Members


Rebecca A. Butcher, Ph.D., Principal Investigator


A.B. in Chemistry, Harvard University, 1999

Ph.D. in Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University, 2005

Postdoctoral Studies, Harvard Medical School, 2010


Dr. Butcher began as an assistant professor at the University of Florida in 2010. She is the recipient of an NIH Pathway to Independence Award, a Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, and a New Scholar in Aging Award from the Ellison Medical Foundation. Recently, she was named a Sloan Fellow by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and a Cottrell Scholar by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement.


E-mail: butcher [at] chem.ufl.edu




Joshawna Nunnery, Postdoctoral Fellow

E-mail: jnunnery [at] chem.ufl.edu




Satya Chinta, Postdoctoral Fellow

E-mail: satya.chinta [at] chem.ufl.edu




Jungsoo Han, Graduate Student

E-mail: jhan [at] chem.ufl.edu


Xinxing Zhang, Graduate Student

E-mail: xxzhang0603 [at] ufl.edu


Yue (Flora) Zhou, Graduate Student

E-mail: yzhou [at] chem.ufl.edu


Yuting Wang, Graduate Student

E-mail: yutingwang [at] chem.ufl.edu




Aysegul Ozdogan, Graduate Student

E-mail: ozdogan [at] chem.ufl.edu




Prashant Singh, Graduate Student

E-mail: psingh007 [at] chem.ufl.edu




Likui Feng, Graduate Student

E-mail: flk198792 [at] chem.ufl.edu




Adam Carter, Undergraduate Student




Kervin Charles, Undergraduate Student




Jasmine Gonzalez, Undergraduate Student





Past Group Members:


Jaime Noguez, Postdoctoral Fellow (2010-2012)

Current position: Fellow in clinical chemistry, Emory University


Lilin Zhao, Visiting Scholar (2012)

Current position: Assistant Professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences


Puneet Chowdhary, Senior Technician (2012-2013)


Francis Agama, Graduate Student (2011)


Suzy Robertson, Technician (2010)


Will Maxwell, Undergraduate Researcher (2010-11), Honors Thesis

Current position: Medical School, University of Alabama-Birmingham


Alex Santana, Undergraduate (2010)


February 2014: Rebecca is named a Sloan Fellow by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

February 2014: Rebecca is named a Cottrell Scholar by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement.


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Zhao, L., Zhang, S., Wei, W., Hao, H., Zhang, B., Butcher, R.A., Sun, J., Chemical signals synchronize the life cycles of a plant-parasitic nematode and its vector beetle. Curr. Biol. (2013) 23:2038-43.

Zhang, X., Noguez, J., Zhou, Y., Butcher, R.A.  Analysis of ascarosides from Caenorhabditis elegans using mass spectrometry and NMR spectroscopy, in Pheromone Signaling: Methods and Protocols, (Methods in Molecular Biology series), K. Touhara (ed.), New York: Springer, (2013) 1068:71-92.