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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




Qingyao Shou, Postdoctoral Fellow

E-mail: qingyao.shou [at] ufl.edu




Rachel Jones, Postdoctoral Fellow

E-mail: rajones [at] 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




Prashant Singh, Graduate Student

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




Likui Feng, Graduate Student

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




Lauren Suarez, Undergraduate Student




Jasmine Gonzalez, Undergraduate Student




Luca Rosignoli, Undergraduate Student




Alec Schubert, Undergraduate Student





Past Group Members:


Satya Chinta, Postdoctoral Fellow (2013-2015)


Joshawna Nunnery, Postdoctoral Fellow (2012-13)

Current position: Research Scientist, Gilead Sciences, Inc.


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


Aysegul Ozdogan, Graduate student (2013-14)


Francis Agama, Graduate Student (2011)


Puneet Chowdhary, Senior Technician (2012-2013)


Suzy Robertson, Technician (2010)

Current position: Graduate student, NC State University


John Wiegand, Undergraduate Student (2015)


Adam Carter, Undergraduate researcher (2013-14)

Current position: Graduate student, University of Oklahoma


Kervin Charles, Undergraduate researcher (2012-14)

Current position: MA in Management program at UF


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

Current position: Medical School, University of Alabama-Birmingham


Alex Santana, Undergraduate (2010)


May 2015: Congratulations to Yue and Jungsoo for bringing home first and second poster prizes from the 1st FL C. elegans Meeting!



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Zhang, X., Feng, L., Chinta, S., Singh, P., Wang, Y., Nunnery, J.K., Butcher, R.A., Acyl-CoA oxidase complexes control the chemical message produced by C. elegans, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U S A (2015) 112:3955-60.