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Principal Investigator

Dr. Darren Derksen

PhD, Associate Professor

Department of Chemistry | University of Calgary


Science B 233, 2500 University Dr NW, Calgary AB, Canada, T2N 1N4


Research Associate


Dr. Evgueni Gorobets

PhD, Senior Researcher

Department of Chemistry | University of Calgary


Postdoctoral Researchers


Dr. Ben Rowley

PhD, Senior Researcher

Department of Chemistry | University of Calgary



Dr. Ketul Patel

PhD, Senior Researcher

Department of Chemistry | University of Calgary


Graduate Students


JinGyu Lee - PhD Candidate


James Papatzimas - PhD Candidate


Duncan Brownsey - PhD Candidate


Madison Timmons - Msc Candidate


Kathleen Navis - Msc Candidate


Leonie O'Sullivan -Msc Candidate

     My name is Leonie O’Sullivan and I am from Cobh which is a small town on the south coast of Ireland. I completed a bachelor's degree in Chemistry at University College Cork in Ireland. Following the completion of my degree, I worked as a Quality Control Analyst through a graduate program with Janssen Sciences, under the Johnson & Johnson umbrella. My team at J&J worked on the startup of new labs, to support the manufacturing expansion on site. In January 2020 I moved from Ireland to Canada and have been very excited to be a part of the Derksen group! My work within the group focuses around the control of cyclic alkynes. In my spare time, I enjoy yoga and baking, I have two cats and I am in the process of setting up an aquarium in my home!

Undergraduate Students


Daria Strelnikova

     Hello! My name is Daria Strelnikova and I am the Alberta Innovates Researcher for the summer of 2020 in the Derksen Group. I am originally from Surgut, Russia and came here when I was 5 years old. I am an undergraduate student with the University of Calgary, majoring in Cellular, Molecular and Microbial Biology. My focus within the group is working on synthesizing ligands for our PROTAC projects and helping wherever I can. Outside of the university, I am a professional dancer with the Roughnecks Drillcrew and have a passion for teaching and mentorship. If I am not in the lab, you can usually find me either hiking in the mountains or with my dog; Duke!

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