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

Senior Research Associate:

Dr. Teruo Umemoto received his Ph.D. from Osaka University, Japan. He joined the Sagami Chemical Research Center in 1978, where he started his fluorine chemistry research. He rose to the position of Chief Researcher there before Daikin Industries Ltd recruited him in 1990. Dr. Umemoto became manager of the Basic Research Chemistry Department of Daikin in Tsukuba, Japan. In 1998, he started a new company, IM&T Research Inc., a subsidiary of the Fuji Chemical Industries, in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Umemoto was President and Chief Researcher of IM&T Research until 2011, where he successfully oversaw the takeover of IM&T by UBE America Inc. Dr. Umemoto then had a short stint as a research chemist at Colorado University at Boulder before the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (SIOC) in China invited him as a Visiting Professor, in 2013. In 2014, Dr. Umemoto was selected as one of the “Thousand Foreign Experts” Recruiting Program of the National Government of China, becoming a Senior Research Fellow in the R&D Center of Jiuzhou Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. in Taizhou, Zhejiang, China. In the fall of 2019, Dr. Umemoto joined Professor Hammond’s group at the University of Louisville as a Senior Research Associate. Dr. Umemoto ‘s contributions to the field of fluorine chemistry have been recognized by several international awards, foremost among them being the American Chemical Society Award for Creative Work in Fluorine Chemistry, which he received in 2014.


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.

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.

Bin Zhao was born in Henan province of China. He received his undergraduate in Pharmaceutical Engineering from Qiqihaer Medical University, Heilongjiang, China from 2007-2011 and a master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Hubei, China from 2011-2014. He lately joined WuXi Apptec Co., Ltd, Shanghai, China from 2014-2018. From September 2018, he is a Ph.D. candidate under the supervision of Professor Bo Xu at Donghua University, Shanghai, China. From October 2019, he joined Professor Hammond’s lab as a visiting student.