Lab Members

Current Members

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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.

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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. 

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Tiffany Azusada

Undergraduate Student

Hi, my name is Tiffany Azusada and I am currently an undergraduate student majoring in Biochemistry. While working full-time towards my degree, I am also working part-time as a guest advocate and obtaining my phlebotomy certification. Once I graduate from California State University, Fullerton, I plan on pursuing a career as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist where I’m able to combine my two interests of medicine and science. I have been interested in the medical field since I was young while interning as an EMT and chiropractor assistant. My love for chemistry grew after being introduced to amazing professors and being able to work hands-on in labs. Joining Dr. Pecic’s lab allows me to enhance my laboratory skills and get familiar with the scientific techniques and knowledge needed in my field. On top of my love for chemistry, I also enjoy golfing, exploring new places with my friends and family, and trying new food and drinks during my free time.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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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Alex Gaspar

Undergraduate Student - RAISE Program

My name is Alex Gaspar. I am an undergraduate student transferring to UC Berkeley, where I will continue my studies of biochemistry and psychology. I plan to pursue medical school after my undergraduate studies to focus on healing the lives of my community. Joining Dr. Pecic’s research lab gives me the wonderful opportunity to contribute, grow, and learn from a team of scientists in medicinal chemistry. This experience will be helpful in my journey into medicine. During my free time, I enjoy spending time with my two younger brothers, discussing politics, and tending to my indoor garden.