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


Shengzong Liang: (Fondly called professor Liang) was born in inner Mongolia of China. His academic biography is summarized as follows:

2002-2006: Bachelor of chemistry, Shanxi University, Taiyuan, China

2006-2009: Masters in Organic chemistry, Hunan University, Changsha, China

2009-2011: Researcher in Pharmoron Co.; Beijing, China.

2012-2017: Ph.D candidate in Organic chemistry at the University of Louisville, KY, USA under the supervision of Professors G. B. Hammond and Xu Bo

2017-present: Postdoc

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.

Xiaojun Zeng was born and raised in Jiangxi provece,China. In 2015 he joint Dr.Xu group pursue his Phd degree at DongHua university,Shanghai. Now, he is an exchange student at University of Louisville. During his free time, Xiaojun like play basketball, listening music.

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.

Undergraduate Students:

Melissa Sanchez is an undergraduate at California State University, Fresno majoring in Chemistry. On her free time, Melissa likes to enjoy the outdoors. Currently, she is working for the Henry Dreyfus Summer Internship at the University of Louisville, KY. With her undergraduate research experience, she plans to pursue her PhD in organic chemistry. 

Sheye Lee was born and raised in Fresno, California where he graduated from Clovis High School and the Center for Advanced Research and Technology (CART). Sheye is currently majoring in Chemistry with a minor in Hmong at the California State University, Fresno. As an undergraduate he is currently a part of the Chen Research Group at Fresno State under the supervision of Dr. Qiao-Hong Chen. During the summer of 2018 he has been a member of the Hammond-Xu Group under his mentors Sagar Ravso Mudshinge and Ebule Rene. Outside of school Sheye enjoys exploring nature, traveling, and spending time with family. In the future Sheye would like to pursue a Ph.D in Medicinal Chemistry then go into Pharmaceutical Sciences.


Bhvandip Bajwa is an undergraduate at California State University, Fresno and is currently working on attaining his undergraduate degree in Biology. His journey into chemistry started with his passion of working with his hands and asking questions which gradually lead to him working in an organic chemistry lab at CSU Fresno with Dr. Santanu Maitra. He enjoys spending his free time with his dog, listening to music, and gardening. Bhvandip hopes to attend medical school in the future, but hopes to continue working in a research lab.