Undergraduate Researchers

Kenneth Hsu (he/him)

I am a senior from Alamo, California pursuing a Chemistry and History double major and a concentration in Biochemistry. On campus I play badminton and have fun at various interest house events. Outside of Haverford, I enjoy backpacking, reading, and exploring museums.

Vy Le (she/her)

I am a senior from Pennsauken, New Jersey majoring in Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry. After graduation, I plan to attend medical school at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, as part of the Penn PASS linkage program. As a Penn SUMR scholar, I also work on two projects at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) investigating environmental influences on infant and children’s health outcomes.

Aside from academics, I play on the women’s field hockey team, am a First-Generation Low-Income Student Mentor, and an Office of Academics Resources STEM Peer Coach. I am the co-founder of Inclusive Lifting Club, a Customs Peer Academic Facilitator, and served two terms as Students’ Council Officer of Athletics. In my free time, I enjoy cooking and lifting weights!

Areta Bifendeh (she/her)

I am from the northwest region of Cameroon. I am in the graduating class of 2025, and am a chemistry major and a health studies minor. I also enjoy watching a diverse set of tv shows from different parts of the world. 

Quynh Vo (she/her)

I am a senior from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania pursuing a major in Chemistry and a minor in Asian American Studies. On campus, I am co-head of the Chemistry Student Group, a member of the Customs Committee, an Admissions Office fellow, and a member of the Pan-Asian Resource Center. In my free time, I enjoy reading books, playing volleyball, and barista-ing!

Zoe Ozols (she/her)

I am a senior from South Salem, NY majoring in Chemistry and minoring in Neuroscience and Environmental Studies. At Haverford, I am a co-head of the climbing club and fiber arts club, and am a chemistry peer tutor with the OAR. In my free time, I enjoy playing ultimate frisbee with the Sneetches, hiking with my dogs, and trying out new recipes!

Jana Bowler (she/her)

I am a junior from Salt Lake City, Utah pursuing a major in Chemistry, minor in Statistics, and a Biochemistry concentration. Outside of Haverford, I enjoy skiing, hiking with my dog and family, and playing the banjo and piano.

Grace King (she/her)

I am a junior from Marblehead, Massachusetts pursuing a chemistry major and health studies minor. At Haverford, I play on the Bi-Co Sneetch ultimate frisbee team, am on the Students for Reproductive Health board, and peer tutor for the OAR. Outside of school, I enjoy spending lots of time outside, reading, and cooking with friends!

Armaan Khan (he/him)

I am a junior from Haddonfield, New Jersey majoring in Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry and minoring in Health Studies. On campus, I am a member of the Muslim Students Association, Intramural Tennis, and a peer tutor for the OAR. In my free time, I enjoy reading, lifting and hanging out with friends.

Carter Kroenke (he/him)

I am a sophomore from Portland, Oregon, and a prospective Chemistry major. On campus, I am a member of the men’s soccer team and the Chemistry Student Group. In my free time, I enjoy rock climbing, hiking, and spending time with friends.

Postdoctoral Scholar and Research Assistant

Yae In Cho (she/her) Postdoctoral Scholar

I am a Postdoctoral Scholar with a background in synthetic inorganic chemistry. I am originally from South Korea and received my PhD degree from UT Austin under the supervision of Prof. Michael Rose, where I worked on synthetic models of [Fe]-hydrogenase. I am very interested in working in multidisciplinary fields where experts from different backgrounds can freely share their ideas for a common goal. Outside the lab, I love cooking & baking, gardening, working on art projects, and exploring art museums. 

Charlie Ferguson (he/him) Research Assistant

I graduated from Haverford in December 2023 with a major in chemistry (biochemistry concentration) and a minor in philosophy. I did my undergrad research in the Londergan Lab and I’m now working full-time in the Charkoudian Lab. When I’m not playing with proteins in the lab I enjoy running and reading.

Principal Investigator

Lou Charkoudian (she/her)

I have the greatest job in the world! I get to work alongside this amazing team of researchers and teach courses related to chemistry and biochemistry. I’m passionate about the chemistry-biology interface, collaborations, undergraduate education, and equity and justice. Outside work, I enjoy building forts and having living room dance parties with my family, staying active outside, and connecting with friends.

Lou’s current CV can be found here.


Shahla Mukhtar2024
Trisha Phan2024
Kevin Li2024
Christina McBride2023
Bayan Mostaghim2023
Meg Bowen2023
Jiawen Wang2023
Callie Crawford2022
Rebecca Koweek2022
Zach Brown2021
Grayson Hamrick2021
June Hoang2021
Ariana Sulpizio2021
Claire Armstrong2020
Kameron Banks2020
Clara Farrehi2020
Josh Klein2020
Ashley Sisto2020
Kofi Acheampong2019
Renata DiDonato2019
Samuel Epstein2019
Yang Wu2019
Vasiliki Chioti2018
Marco Rivas2018
Stephanie Terrell2018
Valentine Courouble2017
Aurelio Mollo2017
Grace Thiele2017
Joshua Bulos2016
Saadia Nawal2016
Kathleen Tsai2016
Emily Winesett2016
Noah Bloch2016
David Cookmeyer2016
Erin Berlew2015
Connie Friedman2015
Alfred Nikolai von Krusenstiern2015
Alec De Vivo2014
Matt Johnson2014