Research Scientists

Seema Bag


Seema is originally from Mumbai, India. She received her B.Sc in Chemistry from University of Mumbai in 1998. Then she did her B.Tech (2002), M.Tech (2004) in Pharmaceutical Chemistry followed by her PhD (Tech), under the supervision of Dr M. Degani in Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry (2010) from Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai. Her doctoral research involved design and synthesis of anti-infectives. She joined Dr B. Torok’s research group at University of Massachusetts, Boston as a postdoctoral research fellow, where her research involved design and synthesis of multi-target inhibitors for Alzheimer’s disease, then she joined Dr J. Rochford’s research group in the same school and worked towards design and optimization of molecular photoacoustic contrast agents (MPACs) for in vivo imaging of breast cancer tumors. In 2013 Seema Bag joined Dr M. Pollastri’s research group and is currently involved in synthesis of molecules for cystic fibrosis.

Takashi Satoh

Takashi is originally from Tokyo, Japan. He received his B. Pharm. (Honours) from London University, King’s college in 1994.  He completed his PhD (best thesis of the year) under the supervision of Dr. David Barlow at London University in 1997.  His research focused on the design, synthesis and biological evaluation of peptide and non-peptide endothelin antagonist.  He then moved to Thomas Jefferson University, Kimmel Cancer Centre in Philadelphia as a post-doc in Dr. Ziwei Huang’s lab.  His research focused on the design and synthesis of cyclic-peptide as an inhibitor of CD4-TCR interaction.  He joined Eisai Co. Lt (a Japanese pharmaceutical company) in 2000 and had worked as a medicinal chemist working in variety of therapeutic areas from inflammation to cancer.  Takashi joined Dr. Pollastri’s research group in 2015 and is pursuing new challenge in the area of neglected tropical diseases.

Postdoctoral Associates

Lori Ferrins

image4Lori is originally from Melbourne, Australia. She received her B. Med. Chem. (1st class Hons.) from La Trobe University in 2010 under the supervision of Dr. Belinda Abbott and Dr. Seb Marcuccio. Her research focused on developing the first total synthesis of picrorocellin and its structural derivatives as potential antimalarial compounds. She then moved to the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Monash University to complete her PhD under the supervision of Prof. Jonathan Baell. Her research focused on the design and synthesis of novel heterocyclic compounds for the treatment of human African trypanosomiasis. Lori joined Dr. Pollastri’s research group in 2015 and is continuing her work inhibitors for human African trypanosomiasis.

Baljinder Singh

Baljinder was born in India. He received his B. Pharm (2007) from Kurukshetra University, India and M.S. Pharm (2009) from National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), Ahmedabad, India. After completion of his masters degree, he joined the research group of Piramal Life Sciences Ltd., Mumbai, India where he worked on the discovery of NCE’s from natural products. He then moved to CSIR-Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine, India in 2010 to complete his Ph.D. under the supervision of Dr. R. A. Vishwakarma. His research interest primarily focused on drug discovery exploiting medicinal chemistry and natural product chemistry tools. Baljinder joined Prof. Pollastri’s group in 2015 and is currently working on neglected tropical diseases.

Graduate Students

Naimee Mehta

Originally from Rajkot, Gujarat, Naimee got his B. Sc. in Chemistry from St. Xavier’s Ahmedabad, Gujarat. He is currently pursuing his PhD in organic chemistry  in Dr. Pollastri’s lab and joined  the lab in August of 2012. He is an avid cricket fan and likes to play volleyball in his free time.

Dana Klug


Dana grew up in Franklin, Tennessee but moved to Chicago for college where she obtained her B.S. in Chemistry from DePaul University, minoring in Sociology and Biology. She became interested in neglected diseases and joined the Pollastri lab in 2013. In her spare time Dana enjoys reading, music, and exploring the city of Boston.

Kelly Bachovchin

image2Kelly previously attended Kean University in NJ, her beloved home state. There she received her B.S. in Molecular Biology and her M.S. in Biotechnology. She was honored in March 2014 by the NJ state Assembly for her contributions to women in the sciences. She joined the Pollastri lab later in 2014.

Undergraduate Students

Travis DeLano


Travis is a second year undergraduate student from Maine pursuing a BS in chemistry. In his free time, he enjoys music, reading, hiking, and travelling.

Vivian Hilborne

Pollastri Lab Alumni