Anne E. V. Gorden

Anne E. V. Gorden

Associate Professor 

2002 - 2005 The LBNL Seaborg Center Postdoctoral Research Fellow  
2002 The University of Texas,  Ph.D. Organic Chemistry                  
1996 Emory University, B.S. Chemistry/Literature


2019 -  College of Sciences and Mathematics Outstanding Faculty Undergraduate Mentor 
2018 -  College of Sciences and Mathematics Dean's Faculty Service/Outreach Award
2016 - Auburn University Provost Award for Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring
2016 - College of Sciences and Mathematics Faculty Advisor of the Year
2013 -  Auburn University Women of Distinction - Faculty Award 
2012 -  Chi Omega Convocation Award/ Auburn Panhellenic Advisor of the Year
2010 -  Delta Gamma Foundation Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence
2008 -  Duke University Talent Identification Program Distinguished Alumnae Award
2007 - Society for Women in Science and Mathematics Faculty Mentoring Award
2007 - Oakridge Affiliated Universities R. E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award



Group Members


Mariano Guagliardo

Graduate Student (Fall 2019 -

Università degli Studi di Palermo



 John Ducilon

Graduate Student (Fall 2019 - 

University of West Florida

Ethan Hiti

Ethan Hiti

Graduate Student (Fall 2015 - 

Jacksonville State University



William "Matt" Hollingsworth

Graduate Student (Fall 2018 - Summer 2020)

Jacksonville State University

Wilkinson 2019

Grant Wilkinson (CHEM/PHYS)

Undergraduate Student (Spring 2019 - Spring 2021)

Madeliene Forbes

Madeleiene Forbes (CHEM)

Undergraduate Student (Spring 2019 - Fall 2020)


Former Group Members

 Julie Niklas  

Dr. Julie Niklas

Graduate Student (Fall 2015 - Spring 2020)

Sarah Lawrence College

2020 COSAM Dean's Graduate Research Award

2018 Mallone-Zallen Award

Georgia Tech University

 Clay Black

Dr. Clay Black

Graduate Student (Fall 2015 - Spring 2020)

University of Mobile

2019 Mallone-Zallen Award

2019 Livant Outstanding Graduate Student Award


JP Grundhoefer (BCHM) 

Undergraduate Student (Summer 2017 - Spring 2020)

AU Undergraduate Research Fellowship (2019-2020)

Katherine Hunter


Katherine Hunter (BCHM) 

Undergraduate Student (Fall 2017 - Spring 2020)

2020 COSAM Dean's Medalist in Chemistry and Biochemistry

AU Undergraduate Research Fellowship (2018-2019)

Outstanding COSAM Junior 2019

University of Michigan


DAAD International Exchange Student Fall 2019

Leipzig, Germany


Jacob Mayhugh (CHEM) 

Undergraduate Student (Summer 2016 - Summer 2019) 

Hajek Undergraduate Research Award 2017

AU Undergraduate Research Fellowship (2018-2019)

University of Oregon 

Maya West

Dr. Maya West

Graduate Student  (Fall 2013 - Spring 2019)

Armstrong Atlantic University

Presidential Graduate Opportunities Fellow 2015

Outstanding ACS Local Section Outreach 2019

Oak Ridge National Laboratory



Kevin Wyss (CHEM) 

Undergraduate Student (Spring 2016 - Spring 2019) 

AU Undergraduate Research Fellowship (2017-2018)

2019 President's Medal

2019 Dean's Research Award - Undergraduate Student

2019 National Science Foundation Graduate Student Research Fellowship 

Rice University


Nick Klann

Graduate Student (2011 - 2018 )

National Science Fountation - IGERT Fellow 2012

Emily Hardy

Dr. Emily Hardy

Graduate Student  (2013 - 2018)

Old Dominion University

Outstanding Graduate Student 2018

Outstanding Local Section Outreach American Chemical Society 2018

Faculty - Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia


Kate Valentine (BMSC)

Undergraduate Student (Fall 2016 - Spring 2018)

Graduate School - Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy 

W. Ryan Yates

Ryan Yates (CHEN)

Undergraduate Student (Summer 2016 - Spring 2018)

AU Undergraduate Research Fellowship (2017-2018)


Will McDonough

Will McDonough (BCHM)

Undergraduate Student (Summer 2016 - Fall 2017)

COSAM Outstanding Junior in Biochemistry 2017

Dean's Medalist in Chemistry and Biochemistry 2018

Medical School - University of South Alabama

Rebecca Keller

Rebecca Keller (CHMA)

Undergraduate Student (Summer 2016 - Spring 2017)

Graduate School - University of Oregon, M.S.

Eddy 2014

Maddie Eddy (CHEM)

Undergraduate Student (Summer 2014 - Spring 2017)

AU Undergraduate Research Fellowship (2015-2016)

Graduate School - Colorado School of Mines

Charmaine Tutson

Dr. Charmaine Tutson 

Graduate Student (2011 - 2017)

Tuskeegee University

Presidential Graduate Opportunities Fellow 2013

Auburn University Black Girls Rock: RockStar! 2017

Environmental Protection Agency


Chase Elrod (BS CHEM)

Undergraduate Student (Summer 2014 - Spring 2016)

Graduate school in Chemistry at Texas A&M University 

Will Scott

Will J. Scott (BMSC)

Undergraduate Student (Spring 2015 - Spring 2016)

Honors Thesis 

Medical School  - University of Tennessee - Health Sciences Memphis

J Nelson

Joseph Nelson (CHMA)

Undergraduate Student (Fall 2013 - Fall 2015)

Cellular and Molecular Biology Fellowship 2014

Sarah Payne

Sarah Payne (BMSC)

Undergraduate Student (Summer 2015)

Tom Moreland

Lt. Thomas Moreland (CHEM)

Undergraduate Student (Fall 2013 - Spring 2015)

United States Navy


Dr. Branson Maynard, Ph.D

Graduate Student (2008 - 2014 )

University of South Alabama

Los Alamos Seaborg Institute Research Fellow 2013 

COSAM Graduate Research Award 2014

Auburn University Outstanding Graduate student 2014


Kushan Weerasiri

Dr. Kushan Weerasiri, Ph.D.

Graduate Student (2008 - 2014 )

University of Columbo, Sri Lanka

Michael Devore

Dr. Michael Devore II, M.S., Ph.D.

Graduate Student (2008 - 2014)

University of Tampa

Summer Research Assistant at Los Alamos National Laboratory 2013

postdoctoral research Oak Ridge National Lab

staff scientist Savannah River National Lab


Chasity Ward

Graduate Student  (Summer 2013 - Fall 2014 )

Ricardo Spencer

Dr. Ricardo Spencer (BMSC)

Undergraduate Student (Spring 2013 - Fall 2014)

Harrision School of Pharmacy


Spencer Kerns (CHMA)

Undergraduate Student (2011 - 2014)

2013 Outstanding Junior Award

2014 COSAM Dean's Medalist in Chemistry and Biochemistry

2014 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

2014 American Chemical Society - Outstanding Student in Organic Chemistry

Ph.D. in Chemistry at The University of Texas

now postdoctoral fellow UC-Irvine

Chelsea Crooks

Chelsea Crooks (MCMB)

Undergraduate Student (2013 - 2014)

2014 Honors Thesis

Graduate school in Molecular Biology at the University of Wisconsin

MAry O'Barr

Dr. Mary O'Barr (BMSC)

Undergraduate Student (2012 - 2013) 

Research Assistant (2014)

Pharmacy School - University of North Carolina - Ashville

Resident Harrison School of Pharmacy 


Gregory Kohler (PHYS)

Undergraduate Student  (Summer 2013)

 National Science Foundation - Research Experiences for Undergraduates

from Reed College, Oregon


Zachary Hegetschweiler (CHMA) 

Undergraduate Student  (Summer 2013)

Lynn 2011

Sabrina Lynn

Undergraduate Student BCHM (2011 - 2013)

2012 -2013 University Research Fellow

2012 Outstanding Junior Award

2013 Honors Thesis

Graduate School Emory University - Ph.D. Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology

Buss 2011

Emily Buss 

Undergraduate Student CHEM (2011 - 2013)

2012 -2013 University Undergraduate Research Fellow

Li Yuancheng

Dr. Yuancheng Li, Ph.D.

Graduate Student (2006 - 2012)

Beijing Technology and Business University, B.S.

Dow Chemical Award 2010

Emory University Research Associate Professor


Tricia Hoffman  

Undergraduate Student CHEM (Summer 2011)

National Science Foundation - Research Experiences for Undergraduates

from Edinboro University, Pennsylvania

Graduate School in Forensic Chemistry at Florida International University

Not Pictured

Andrew (Drew) Robinson 

Undergraduate Student BMSC (2011 - 2012)


Chris Maddox

Undergraduate Student CHEM (2010 - 2012) 

Georgetown University - law school


Kathryn Laskowski 

 Undergraduate Student CHEM (Summer 2011)

 National Science Foundation - Research Experiences for Undergraduates

from the University of the Incarnate Word (San Antonio, Texas)

Gamble 2011

Prof. Audrey Gamble

Undergraduate Student CHEM (2010 - 2011)

Auburn University - M.S. Program in Soil Chemistry

Graduate School - Ph.D. Program in Soil Science University of Delaware 

now faculty Soil Science and Agronomy - Auburn University

COSAM News 2019

Logan McKenney

Lt. Logan McKenney

Undergraduate Student CHEM (2010 - 2011)

United States Marine Corp

Dhanushi Welideneya

Dhanushi Welideneya

Graduate Student (2008 - 2011)

(joint student with E. Duin)

University of Columbo, Sri Lanka, B.S.

University of Kansas

Eleanor Isbell

Dr. Eleanor (Isbell) Mathews, M.D.

Undergraduate Student BMSC (2009 - 2010)

University of Alabama- Birmingham Medical School

Rural Medicine Program


Jon Matthew (Matt) McDonald

 Undergraduate Student BMSC (2009 -2010 )


Brandon Tate

Undergraduate Student CHEM (2007 - 2010)

2008 COSAM Undergraduate Research Fellowship,

2008 Dan L. and Rosanne Philen Endowed Chemistry Scholarship

2009 Dan L. and Rosanne Philen Endowed Chemistry Scholarship

Georgia Tech University - Ph.D. program in Chemistry 

Postdoctoral Fellow - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

now faculty State College of New York - Geneseo


Dr. Mohan S. Bharara, Ph.D.

Visiting Scholar/Instructor (2008-2010)

Postdoctoral Research Associate (2006 - 2008),

University of Kentucky, Ph.D., 2006

Meha Jha

Meha Jha

 Undergraduate Student CHEN (2010)

Jordan Hamilton

Jordan Hamilton

 Undergraduate Student CHEM (2008)

Kathryn Heflin

Kathryn Heflin

 Undergraduate Student BCHM (2007-2009)
 2008 COSAM Undergraduate Research Fellowship
 2008  Research Internship in Science and Engineering - German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
 2008 Dan L. and Rosanne Philen Endowed Chemistry Scholarship
 2009 COSAM Outstanding Junior Award
 2009 Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry Outstanding Senior Award

Johns Hopkins University - Chemical Biology Ph.D. 

Hannah Hubbard

Hannah Hubbard

 Undergraduate Student BMSC (2008)

U. South Alabama - Physician's Assistant


Kara Strawbridge Reynolds

 Research Assistant (2006-2008)

 B.S. -Colorado State University

Midwestern University, Glendale, AZ - Physician Assistant 


Stephen Tonks

 Undergraduate Student BMSC (2007-2008)

University of South Alabama, Medical School

2008 Dean's Medal in Biological Sciences


Jonah Vilseck
Undergraduate Student CHEM (2006 - 2007)

Yale University Ph.D. Program in Chemistry

2006 Auburn Undergraduate Research Fellowship

2010 Dean's Medal in Chemistry and Biochemistry

now faculty at Indiana University - School of Medicine


Timothy McCord
Undergraduate Student CHEM (2006-2007)

(with J. D. Gorden)

2006 Undergraduate Research Fellowship

M.S. Northwestern University

Austin, TX

X Wu

Dr. Xianghong Wu

Graduate Student Ph.D. (2005-2008)

Dow Chemical Award 2008

COSAM Dean's Graduate Research Award 2009

Columbus, OH

Not Pictured

Demetrius Stanton

Undergraduate Student BMSC (SUMMER 2007)

EPSCOR Summer Research Fellow