The Group

Pure compounds since 2014.

PI:  Matthew F. Cain (MFC), 






















The researchers behind these pure compounds range from undergraduates to graduate students to community college lecturers to Postdoctoral Research Fellows.


Current researchers:

Matthew Riek (BS Chemistry, Allegheny College, PhD Student)

Preston Miura-Akagi (BS Chemistry, UH Manoa Spring 2015 Graduate, now PhD Student)

Garrett Nada (BS Chemistry, UH Manoa Spring 2019 Graduate, now MS Student)

Miranda Howard (new MS student beginning Spring 2022)

Jazmyne Guittap (Undergraduate, BS Chemistry, Expected Graduation: Spring 2022)

Nils Melbourne (Undergraduate, BS Chemistry, Expected Graduation: Spring 2023)

[You?]  Looking for a 3rd undergraduate (maybe...), IF you can do three terms of Chem 399 (Research).  

Summer Help

Sierra McCarty (Undergraduate Researcher, Bowdoin College, Expected Graduation: Spring 2022)

Dr. Daniel Brayton (UH Manoa Instructor, PhD in Chemistry, UC-Irvine)

Kevin Magnuson (Leeward Community College Lecturer, MS in Chemistry, UH Manoa 2012)





Former researchers:

Graduate Students

Dr. Mika Nakashige, PhD Spring 2021, Previous: BA Chemistry (with Honors), Williams College. Currently: Chemist at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Oahu, HI.

Beatrice Chinen, MS Summer 2021, Previous: BS Chemistry, UH Manoa Spring 2017 Graduate with Honors. Currently: Stockroom Manager, UH Manoa.


Caitlin Maile, graduated Spring 2015, moved to Oregon; Currently: Real job  

Brandon McMurtry (BS Chemistry, UH Manoa Spring 2016 Graduate); Currently:  Graduate Student, Columbia University

Uyen Freitas (BA Biochemistry, UH Manoa Spring 2015 Graduate); Currently:  Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), UH Manoa

Jarin Loristo (BS Chemistry, UH Manoa Spring 2016 Graduate); MS in MBBE, UH Manoa 2019. Currently: Lab Analyst, Genomics and Bioinformatics at UH Cancer Center. 

Lesley Wong (BS Chemistry, UH Manoa Spring 2016 Graduate); Currently: Pharmacy School, University of Washington

Shelly Oshiro (BS Biology, UH Manoa Spring 2017 Graduate); Currently: ʻImi Hoʻōla Post-Baccalaureate Program at the John                       A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), Beginning Fall 2021  


Cameron Reissmueller (BS Chemistry, UH Manoa Spring 2017 Graduate); Currently:  Searching for a real job


Cyrus Ma (BS Chemistry, Graduated Spring 2019); Currently: Physician Assistant Program, Northwestern University, Chicago,                       Illinois. 

Michael DiMartino (Undergraduate, Transferred to University of Pennsylvania); Graduated from UPENN. Currently: Enrolled                         in joint MD/PhD program between University of Southern California and CalTech!


Daniel Zhou (Undergraduate, BS Chemistry, UH Manoa Spring 2020 Graduate); Currently: Graduate Student, University of                            Washington.  

Gabor A. Nemeth (BS Chemistry, UH Manoa Spring 2020 Graduate); Currently: Applying to graduate programs

Celeste Guiles (BS Chemistry (Physics minor), UH Manoa Spring 2021 Graduate); Currently: PhD program in Aerospace                               Engineering at University of Colorado - Boulder.

Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr. Brant Landers (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Former Institution:  UH Manoa); Currently:  Environmental consultant


Dr. Jakub Hyvl (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Former Institution:  MIT); Currently: Assistant Professor, UH Manoa

Round 2 at D&B's (9/29/2016)

Left to right:  Preston, Brant, MFC, Kevin, Mika, Jakub, Matt, Rice (Amy), and Cameron.

Missing:  Shelly :(

The first official (and low quality) group photo was taken at our "we survived the first term" party, which ironically was held early in the second term (1/2015).  Unfortunately, Kevin could not attend, but (left to right) Shelly, Matt, Caitlin, and Preston enjoyed some awesome Japanese food at a Akasaka, a tiny hole in the wall restauarant in Honolulu.  And yes, we are sitting on the floor.  


Slightly higher quality photos below.






The second official (and higher quality) group photo was taken at Dave and Buster's (6/2015).  The group continues to balloon, reaching an all-time high of 7 researchers.  


Second Row (left to right):  Preston, Brandon, Matt, and Kevin

First Row (left to right):  Uyen, Mika, Caitlin, and Shelly


We had a pretty good time!


Seconds before Caitlin accepts defeat in a giant game of Connect 4.  Matt was undefeated all night.  :)

Kevin doing virtual jump rope.


Brandon and Uyen in a motorcycle race.

Uyen is driving without a license.  

"Red Cup" 

D&B keeping up with the times ... no bouncing