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Dr. John P. Toscano, Professor and Departmental Chair

New Chemistry 115


Curriculum vitae

Dr. Toscano received his baccalaureate degree from Princeton University in 1987 where he graduated magna cum laude in chemistry, and his PhD in organic chemistry from Yale University in 1993. Upon completion of a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellowship in organic chemistry at Ohio State University, he joined the Johns Hopkins University Department of Chemistry as an Assistant Professor in 1995. He became a full professor in 2003, vice-chair of the department in 2004, and served as chair from 2005 to 2011 and from 2013 to 2014. He has served as vice dean for science and research infrastructure since 2014.

Dr. Toscano was an AT&T Bell Laboratories PhD Scholar and received the Richard Wolfgang Memorial Prize for distinguished graduate work in chemistry. Since his appointment at Johns Hopkins, he has received the Camille and Henry Dreyfus New Faculty Award, a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award, the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, and an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship.

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Dr. Daryl Guthrie is from Mechanicsville, Virginia. He received his B.S. in Chemistry from Randolph-Macon College. He joined the Toscano group as a graduate student and received his PhD in Chemistry in 2014. His research is focused on the design and synthesis of new, efficient HNO prodrug therapeutics with tunable HNO release profile for the treatment of acute decompensated heart failure and chronic heart failure.


Dr. Gizem Keceli is from Adana, Turkey. She received her B.S. in Chemistry from Bogazici University. She joined the Toscano group as a graduate student and received her PhD in Chemistry in 2014. She is currently working on the reactivity of HNO-derived modifications and their effects in peptides and on the cardiac proteins, phospholamban and SERCA2a.


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Tyler Chavez is from Chico, California. He received his B.A. in Chemistry from Sonoma State University in 2011. He joined the Toscano group in 2011 and is working on the synthesis of photochemical precursors to HNO and other related species.


Saghar Nourian is from Tehran, Iran. She received her B.S. in Chemistry from Sharif University of Technology in 2007 and proceded to get her M.S. in Organic Chemistry as well. She joined the Toscano group in 2012 and is working on the synthesis of novel HNO donors.


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Cyrus Takahashi is from Madison, Wisconsin and now lives in Hawaii. He received his B.A. in Chemistry from Johns Hopkins University in 2014. He joined the Toscano group as an undergraduate in 2012 and has worked on developing HNO donor synthesis methods. He is currently working collaboratively at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine under the supervision of Dr. Nazareno Paolocci, investigating mechanisms of endogenous HNO production in mice. He also created the website.


Former PhD Graduate Students

Meredith Cline (2012)

Art Sutton (2012)

Anthony Evans (2010)

Yonglin Liu (2006)

Andrew Cohen (2006)

Christopher Pavlos (2006)

Hua Xu (2005)

Walter Wasylenko (2004)

Brett Showalter (2002)

Yuhong Wang (2002)

Recent Undergraduate Students

Anthony Collins (2013)

Anthony Ho (2013)

Iris Trutzer (2013)

Matthew Morris (2012)

Nam Kim (2011)

Adiya Katseff (2011)

Whitney Grither (2009)

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