Group Members

Group Picture (November 2019):


Graduate Students:


Raphael Klake (Second-year)

Raphael got his B.Sc. degree in Chemistry from University of Ghana in 2017 where he worked under the supervision of Prof. Augustine Donkor, characterizing greywater. He was the Vice President of the Ghana Student’s Chemical Society (GSCS) from 2015-16. He then became the chairperson of the Electoral Commission of the GSCS from 2016-17. Raphael’s desire to advance his education lead him to VCU where he joined the Sieber research group in 2018.


Samantha Gargaro (Second-year)

Samantha Ginter is a graduate student in VCU’s Department of Chemistry. She received her B.S. in chemistry from Washington State University, Pullman in 2018, where she was the president of the Chemistry Club. Samantha joined the Sieber lab upon starting at VCU in 2018.


Kevin Burns (Second-year)

Kevin obtained a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University and then worked in Martha Jefferson’s hospital medical lab in Charlottesville, VA for two years before coming to VCU to pursue his graduate studies in chemistry in the fall of 2018.


Skyler Gentry (Junior)

Mytia Edwards (Junior)

Nathaniel Kaetzel (Senior)


Previous Group Members:

Sharon Elele (Undergraduate, Spring 2019)

Bre’Shon Dunson (high school student, ACS Project SEED, Summer 2019)

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