Lab Members

Current Members

Stephanie Wilt

Graduate Student

Stephanie is currently a graduate student pursuing her master's in chemistry. She spent seven years as a phlebotomy technician during which she decided to study to become a clinical lab scientist. While completing the coursework however, she discovered her love for chemistry. After changing majors, she obtained her bachelor's from California State University Fullerton. Stephanie works at a local community college where she tutors human anatomy and physiology. In her free time, she likes to travel, explore new places with friends, spend time with her husband, and her two rescue dogs.

Michael Gonzalez 

Graduate Student

My name is Michael Gonzalez and I am currently a graduate student pursuing a Master’s in Chemistry at California State University Fullerton. The concepts and applications are what started my interest in chemistry. Ideally, I plan on working as a medicinal researcher studying different drug therapeutics. I joined Dr. Pecic’s lab because his expansive knowledge in medicinal chemistry as well as current research correlate with my own goals. I have full confidence his guidance will expedite how I grow as a medicinal researcher. Currently, I also work as a server and barista at a local restaurant in the City of Brea. In my free time I like to watch anime, learn new skills, exercise, stay up to date with politics, and go to music concerts. 

Sarah Muwanas

Graduate Student

My name is Sarah Muwanas, I am a graduate student. I graduated from California State University San Bernardino in 2019 with my bachelor's in chemistry and I currently work at a Covid-19 detection lab. I joined CSUF in Spring 2020 for my graduate courses and I am interested in Organic chemistry. So, I joined Dr. Pecic’s research lab group. Dr.Pecic’s project is very interesting, the reason I joined his lab is that I have always been passionate about chemistry and medicine. Dr. Pecic’s lab would provide me with a significant medicinal background along with great experience. I am so excited to do research and to be part of this program! 

Veng Hout Ty

Undergraduate Student

My name is Veng Hout Ty. I am currently a full-time student at California State University, Fullerton. Majoring in biochemistry, I want to pursue my degree in a pharmacy school. I joined Prof. Pecic’s laboratory because I know that his research is related to future drugs. Therefore, I hope this undergraduate research can provide me a foundational understanding of drug molecules, so I can use this knowledge in a pharmacy school. During my free time, I like watching anime and soccer. 

Makar Makarian

Undergraduate Student

Makar Makarian is currently a full-time undergraduate student at California State University, Fullerton, pursuing his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. Believing in the American Dream, Makar moved to CA, USA, from Moscow, Russia, at the age of twelve. He works on campus part-time as a Chemical Stockroom Student Assistant preparing various solutions of interest for academic and research laboratory sessions. On the weekends Makar works at a corporate chain restaurant as a food server making chemistry jokes to the guests he serves. Makar’s research will begin with molecular modeling, synthesis, prediction of ADMET properties, and evaluation of biological enzymatic assays of acetylcholinesterase inhibitors. During his free time, he enjoys training No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu and sometimes competes in entry-level tournaments. In addition to his interest in chemistry and grappling disciplines, Makar loves grilling shish-kabobs.

Coral Garcia

Undergraduate Student - LSAMP Scholar

My name is Coral Garcia, I am an undergraduate student majoring in Chemistry at CSUF. I am a full-time student who is passionate about expanding my knowledge of chemistry while working a part-time job as a store associate. The medical field has always caught my attention and I aspire to attend medical school and specialize in Pediatrics. Joining Dr. Pecic’s research lab would help me gain a significant amount of experience and would be a great opportunity to challenge myself. During my free time I enjoy thrifting, cooking, swimming, and would one day love to travel the world.

Aleksei Solomatov

Undergraduate Student

Hi, my name is Aleksei Solomatov. I’m currently an undergraduate student majoring in biochemistry at CSUF. I am a full-time student here on campus but at the same time, I’m working towards getting my pharmacy technician license to begin my career in the pharmacy field. My goal is to work as a clinical pharmacist in order to help patients and to work directly with other medical professionals. I joined Dr. Pecic’s research lab to gain a further understanding of medicinal chemistry and to work with drug design. In my free time, I enjoy photography, photoshopping, and playing instruments such as the piano or guitar.

Skyelur Braganza

Undergraduate Student

I’m Skyelur Braganza and I am currently a full-time student at Cal State Fullerton pursuing my undergraduate in chemistry. My hatred for chemistry quickly disappeared when I got into college and got hands on experience with great professors. I got attached to the field and enjoyed expanding my knowledge. I also work part-time as a server at Korean BBQ which has honed my social skills over the years. I aspire to one day be a laboratory technician specializing in either medical or forensics. I joined Dr. Pecic’s lab to develop my scientific independence and further advance my understanding of science. His ongoing projects are very interesting, and I hope to make a meaningful contribution. Another passion I have is aviation and when time permits, I hope to get my pilots license and FAA certification. 

Leah Valencia

Undergraduate Student

My name Is Leah Valencia and I am currently a full-time undergraduate student at California State University, Fullerton looking to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. Once I graduate from California State University, Fullerton I plan to enter the pharmacy program at Marshall B. Ketchum. My goal in the future is to work in community/retail pharmacy or at a local drugstore or at CHOC hospital for a hospital pharmacy position. While I am working towards my pharmacy degree, I also plan to intern at Johnson & Johnson’s research lab and gain further experience. I worked in the restaurant business since I was 17 which has developed my interaction and social skills along with paying attention to detail and instruction. I joined this particular research lab because I believe that working in a medicinal chemistry lab will help improve my knowledge when going into a pharmacy program and understanding how certain drugs can affect the body. During my free time I enjoy watching Disney movies and going to the beach and surfing. 

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