Group Members


Prof. Bo Xu:

Dr. Bo Xu was born in Hubei province of China. He received his undergraduate degree and Master’s degree from East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, China). Then he worked as research associate at Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) from 2000 to 2003. He obtained his Ph.D. degree from University of Louisville in 2008 (research advisor Prof. G.B Hammond). he then worked as a research assistant professor at University of Louisville until 2013 when he was enrolled in the 2013 Thousand Youth Talent Program. Now he is a professor in College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Donghua University. Shanghai, China.

His research Interest includes development of novel and environmentally friendly synthetic methodologies, especially synthesis of novel fluorinated building blocks for drugs and advanced materials and studies of organic reaction mechanisms. He has authored around 60 journal articles and 4 patent applications.

He is also co-founder of following two start-up companies:

1. ‘Rigid Solutions LLC’, a start-up focus on automation of organic synthesis, Located in Louisville, KY, USA. (

2. ‘Kynetic Pharma LLC’, a start-up company focus on new chemotherapy drugs, Located in KY, USA.

For further inquiries please email Prof Bo Xu

Xu Bo


Zhichao Lu  was born in Hubei province of China. He likes playing basketball and fishing. He received his undergraduate and Master’s degree in Medicinal Chemistry from Ocean University of China, Qingdao, China from 2004-2011. He lately joined Chempartner Co. Shanghai, China from 2011-2013. After 5-year Ph.D program in UofL under the supervision of Professor G. B. Hammond and Professor Bo Xu, he continued the research program as a postdoc in 2018.

zhichao lu

Graduate Students:

Sagar Ravso Mudshinge  was born in Rangoli, a small village in Maharashtra province of India. After obtaining his Diploma in Pharmacy from TKCP Warananagar in 2009, he moved to NDMVP Samaj's College of Pharmacy, Nasik where he received his bechelors degree in Pharmacy in 2012. He then moved to National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Mohali for his Masters degree in Medicinal Chemistry and completed it in 2014. Later on he was part of Drug discovery team of Integral  Biosciences, Noida till 24 January 2015.  From 30 January 2015 to 30 June 2017, he worked as Research Associate in CRL-6 of drug discovery department of Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Mumbai. Currently,  he is a Ph.D candidate in chemistry at the University of Louisville, KY, USA under the supervision of Professor G. B. Hammond.

Chinmay Shashank Potnis was born in Mumbai, India. He received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Organic Chemistry from Mumbai university from 2013-2018. Now he is pursuing his doctorate program in organic chemistry at University of Louisville under the supervision of Professor G.B. Hammond.

Yuhao Yang was born in Jiangxi province, China. He likes playing basketball. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Donghua University, Shanghai, China from 2014-2018. Now he is pursuing a PhD degree in chemistry department at UofL under the supervision of Professor G. B. Hammond.

Tatsuya Kumon was born in Hyogo prefecture, Japan. He received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Molecular Chemistry and Engineering in Kyoto Institute of Technology from April 2012-March 2018. He likes bouldering, cooking, and fishing. Now, he is a Ph.D. candidate at the Kyoto Institute of Technology. From January 2019 to October 2019, he is pursuing a doctorate program as an international exchanging student under the supervision of Professor G. B. Hammond.

Undergraduate Students:

Sydney Calhoun was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky where she graduated from Eastern High School. Sydney is currently majoring in Chemistry with a minor in mathematics at the University of Louisville. As in undergraduate, she is working with Dr. G.B Hammond Research Group at the University of Louisville. She plans to attend Medical School and becoming a Neonatologist. Sydney enjoys traveling, volunteering and spending time with family.

Olivia Hennis was born in Louisville, Kentucky where she attended Mercy Academy for high school. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry. During her undergraduate years, she is working with The Hammond Research Group at University of Louisville. Outside of the lab, Olivia enjoys traveling and being outdoors. 


Prinsa Patel was born and raised in Ahmedabad, India. She did three years of High school in Ahmedabad,  India. She completed my senior year and received her High school diploma from Eastern High school in Louisville, Kentucky. Currently, she is majoring in Chemistry at University of Louisville, planning to attend pharmacy school and pursuing dual degree of Pharm-D and Masters of Pharmaceutical Sciences with a desire of going in Drug Discovery. As an undergraduate, she is working in Dr. G.B. Hammond's Research lab.