Christina Thompson

Senior Lecturer in Chemistry

Christina got her undergraduate degree in Chemistry at Texas A&M in 2002. From there she went to the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign where she worked with Paul Hergenrother on the total synthesis of Dykellic Acid, and it’s biological properties. She received her PhD in chemistry in November of 2008 and went to work as a medicinal chemist at Abbott Laboratories in Chicago, where she worked for four years on a variety of small molecule pharmaceutical projects.  In July of 2012 Christina moved to Dallas and joined the Smaldone lab as a post-doctoral fellow working on porous polymers for energy applications.


Graduate Students

Gayan Appuhamillage
Gayan is a second year student in the Smaldone lab. He first got a Master’s degree from Sam Houston state before moving to UTD to pursue his doctorate. He is working on functionalizing polymers and small molecules through Diels-Alder reactions.
Sampath Alahakoon
Sampath obtained his special degree in Chemistry from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka in 2012. He moved to UT Dallas in 2013 fall and joined the Smaldone group. Now he is a third year PhD candidate who is working on novel Covalent Organic Frameworks (COFs) for energy applications. In his spare time he plays several musical instruments and sings.
Danielle Berry
Danielle received her B.S in Chemistry from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Before arriving at UTD, Danielle worked as an Industrial Hygiene Technician evaluating and mitigating occupational hazards for a number of large manufacturing clients. Danielle is working on synthesizing soft polymers for 3D printing.
Alejandra Durand Silva
Alejandra comes from Mexico City, where she obtained her B.S. in Pharmaceutical and Biological Chemistry at La Salle University. After having previously taken part in the Mexico-UTD Summer Research Program, she is back at UTD in pursuit of her PhD. With support from the CONACYT scholarship, she hopes to utilize Dynamic Covalent Chemistry in the synthesis of materials for 3D printing applications.
Whitney Ong
Whitney was born and raised in Malaysia. She received her B.S. degree in Chemistry and a minor in Coatings and Polymeric Materials from North Dakota State University in 2017. Her undergraduate research experiences include STEM education, computational chemistry and polymer synthesis. In fall 2017, she joined the Smaldone lab as a joint student and her research focuses on porous materials for anion sensing devices. She enjoys eating and trying out new activities during her free time.
Shashini Diwakara
Shashini received her B.Sc. special degree in Chemistry from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. In the Fall of 2017, she joined the Smaldone lab. She is working on the design and synthesis of functional covalent organic frameworks.
Ashele Remy
Sachini Perera
Tahmid Faisal

Undergraduate Students

Gino Occhialini
Gino is currently in his second year at UT Dallas and is pursuing a B.S. in Chemistry with the goal of attending a Chemistry graduate program to follow a career in research. Outside of school, he works with the Collegium V honors program as part of the CV council and enjoys attending symphonies and plays on the weekend.
Ethan Payne
John Christopher Reagan
Ivana Le
Nicole Dion
Nicole graduates in December with a B.S. in Chemistry. After graduation, she would like to backpack around Europe before hopefully attending Pharmacy school in the Fall of 2018. She is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and in her free time she plays for the schools club volleyball team.
Paola Lopez
John Harman

High School Students

Megha Vyakaranam

Smaldone Group Alumni


Dr. Sumudu Wijenayake,  Senior Lecturer, UT Dallas

Graduate Students

Yinhuan Xie (M.S. 2015)
Joshua Davidson (M.S. 2016) Manner Polymer
Victoria Cameron (M.S. 2016)
Fei Li
Arosha Karunathilake (PhD, 2017), University of Kent, Lecturer

Undergraduate Students

Obada Alfarawati (UT Medical Branch, Galveston TX)
Atef Kokash
Raziel Martinez (Dr. Pepper)
Linda Asiamah
Taylor Kornfuehrer (UT Austin)
Zach Tran
Mohammed Jahangiri
Aditya Rajan
Abdullah Chahine
Cathy Nguyen
Dorothy Nguyen (UC Santa Cruz)
Anna Maleug
Greg Berumen (Tufts)
Salwa Awan
Sharada Menon
Amy Nguyen (Adaptive 3D Technologies)
Quang To
Danny Do

High School Students

Joshua Yue (Yale)
Ashwin Hari (Caltech)
Anjali Sridharan (Duke)