Detroit’s Finest People

Current STOCKDILL LAB Members


Naresh M. Venneti (2018 – present)

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Naresh was born in Andhra Pradesh, India. He received his Ph. D. from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 2018. In the same year he joined the Stockdill research group for his post-doctoral studies. He finds it exciting to develop new strategies for the synthesis of libraries towards important molecules in conjunction with their applications in natural products synthesis. He indulges himself in cooking when he gets free time, and he is very inquisitive about nature’s creation.


Graduate Students

Larry Mendoza (2018 – present)


Larry grew up in California where he obtained a BS in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of California, Davis. In 2018 he moved to Michigan to join the WSU PhD program where he then proceeded to join the Stockdill lab. He has a strong interest in organic synthesis and their application towards peptide synthesis. Larry hopes to one day apply his knowledge in an industry research setting. On his free time, he likes to play the trumpet, play video games on his PS5 and PC, cook, bake, and enjoy a good happy hour with his friends at Hopcat.

Rana Morsy (2018 – present)

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Rana was born and raised in Egypt. She got her Bachelor degree in pharmaceutical sciences from Assiut University, Egypt. After graduation, she earned a Master degree in organic chemistry from the same university. She hopes that pursuing PhD studies in Organic Chemistry will help expose her to more research areas and modern approaches in organic synthesis and benefit from teaming up with trained organic chemistry researchers. Outside of the lab, Rana enjoys cooking and reading.

Mahesh Yadab (2018 – present)


Mahesh was born and raised in the land of Mount Everest, Nepal. The land is also known as the birthplace of Lord Buddha. While living in the beautiful countryside and spending a few years in the capital city, Kathmand, he discovered a very important thing about himself: a love for chemistry. So he traveled to Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) to study Chemistry, where he developed a love for Organic Synthesis and Medicinal Chemistry. In the fall of 2018, he joined Dr. Stockdill’s lab at WSU. Mahesh enjoys playing soccer on his free time.

Megan Quandt (2022 – Present)


Megan was born and raised in Michigan. She earned her BS in Biochemistry from the University of Michigan-Flint with a minor in Biology. In 2022 Megan joined the Stockdill lab to learn and become proficient in peptide synthesis and biochemical applications. After graduate school, she hopes to do industrial research and apply the acquired knowledge to medicinal chemistry. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor activities (but only in the summer), listening to music, and reading articles online.

  • Brandon Brown (2020 – present)
  • Ryan Snyder (2020 – present)
  • Rei Fejzulla (2021 – present)
  • Issak Benson (2021 – present)
  • Danishi Bedi (2022 – Present)
  • Mannat Bedi (2022 – Present)
  • Ayah Fidama (2022 – present)
  • Elizabeth Ballmann (2022 – present)



Graduate Students