Profiles of Graduate Students

Rob DiLorenzo

Ph.D. Candidate

Young Group

Rob Di Lorenzo - Ph.D. Candidate in Young Group

Rob completed his B.Sc. and M.Sc. at the University of Toronto with a focus in Analytical Environmental Chemistry. He joined the Young Group in 2012, where he studies the fate and distribution of a range of natural and synthetic compounds in marine based aerosols through both laboratory and field work. In his free time, Rob enjoys cooking, blogging, playing hockey and photography.


Maryam Beyramzadeh Moghaddam

Ph.D. Candidate

Fridgen Group

Photo of Memorial University Chemistry Graduate Student Maryam Moghaddam

Maryam completed her B.Sc. in chemistry in University of Tehran, and her M.Sc. in physical chemistry in Iran University of Science and Technology, She started her Ph.D at Memorial in September 2010 in the Fridgen Group. She studies studying structures of metal cation complexes of amino acids and peptides using Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron (FT-ICR) Mass Spectrometry and also investigate their structures and energetics using computational chemistry.


Stefana Egli

Ph.D. Candidate 

Bottaro Group

Photo of Memorial University Chemistry Graduate Student Stefana Egli

Stefana earned a B.Sc. Hon. in Chemistry and Environmental Science from the University of KwaZulu Natal and began her graduate studies at Memorial in September 2009. She develops thin-film molecularly imprinted polymers for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons’ detection to integrate into microfluidic devices for water analysis. She is the recipient of an RDC Ocean Industries Student Research Award.


Jenna Flogeras

Ph.D. Candidate

Kerton Group

Jenna obtained both her B.Sc. and M.Sc. in chemistry from the University of New Brunswick (Fredericton). In 2011, she began her Ph.D. studies with Professor Francesca Kerton at Memorial, and is currently working on the synthesis of environmentally-friendly bismuth catalysts for the production of biodegradable polymers. Aside from chemistry, Jenna enjoys Muay Thai, travel, and vegan cooking.


Jessica Besaw

M.Sc. Candidate

Rowley Group

Jessica Besaw

Jessica completed her combined B.Sc. (Hons) in chemistry and applied mathematics in 2013. She is working on simulations of protein structure and function in collaboration with Professor Valerie Booth in the Department of Biochemistry. She holds a Julie Payette NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship.