Lab Members

Current Members

Stephanie Wilt

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.

Graduate Student

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. 

Dani Nguyen

Undergraduate Student - BSCR Program Scholar

Dani Nguyen is a rising undergraduate student who is currently majors in Biology and Psychology at California State University, Fullerton. She has enthusiasm for the medical field, so she wants to pursue a health profession career, and conduct her own independent research in the future. Her goal is to travel the World and bring cures to people. She also works at St. Jude's Rehab Center as a student volunteer and a Math tutor as a part-time job. In her spare time, she loves traveling and reading science-related articles, especially new publishes from medicinal and pharmaceutical journals. Dani joins Dr. Pecic's project to gain more experiences and knowledge about the research field from him and the team. She wants to explore different aspects of biochemistry and its application in life.

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.

Undergraduate Student - LSAMP Scholar

Coral Garcia

Aleksei Solomatov

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.

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.