Meet the Charkoudian Lab


Kofi Acheampong

I am a senior majoring in chemistry with a biochemistry concentration and a health studies minor. I am originally from Ghana and attended high school there. My interests include watching and playing soccer, and travelling around the world.


Renata DiDonato

I am a rising senior Chemistry major with a minor in Health Studies and a concentration in Biochemistry and am interested in the medical sciences. In addition to my academics, I am a member of the Haverford women's tennis team. I enjoy sports, traveling and taking pictures on my adventures.

Samuel Epstein

I am a senior major in Chemistry with a Biochemistry concentration. I am from Bellmore, New York. Outside of the classroom at Haverford, I serve as the co-head of the Haverford College Democrats. I am also an advocate for scientists to be more involved in their communities by engaging in local politics and organization.

Yang Wu

I am a senior chemistry major with a biochemistry concentration. I am from Beijing, China. I like trains and planes, and I work as a TA and peer tutor for organic chemistry.

Claire Armstrong

I am a junior chemistry major with a biochemistry concentration. I am from Cornwall, Vermont and love to ski, play soccer, and hike with my dog, Poppy. I am a peer tutor and PLTL leader at Haverford.

Nicholas Bank

I’m a junior from Aurora, Colorado planning on majoring in chemistry with a biochemistry concentration. I love singing in my free time and lead a brand new acapella group for POC on campus. I also work as a PLTL leader and a TA in math and chemistry.

Clara Farrehi

My name is Clara Farrehi and I’m a junior chemistry major/biochemistry concentration from Ann Arbor, Michigan. I am a member of the women’s tennis team, as well as a peer tutor for general and organic chemistry. I also enjoy running, reading and traveling

Josh Klein

I am a junior from Williston, Vermont, planning on majoring in chemistry with a biochemistry concentration and minoring in Italian.  I enjoy hiking and playing flag football in my spare time, and I've skied since before I could read!

Ashley Sisto

 I am a junior chemistry major. I love to go on hikes and adventures in my free time. I am also a part of Haverford's softball team.

June Hoang

I’m a second year with an interest in Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry and a potential minor in Psychology. Born and raised in Saigon (Vietnam), I’m fluent in Vietnamese and lucky to have been immersed in an environment rich of culture and wonderful history. On campus, I’m participating in different music activities including Chamber music and a capella. 

Bashkim Kokona

My research fields of interest are at the intersection of structural biology and biophysics. My PhD thesis under the mentorship of Dr. Susan White at Bryn Mawr College is about understanding how the L30e ribosomal protein in Saccharomyces cerevisiae is able to distinguish two different  RNA targets, its own mRNA and rRNA in the context of ribosome assembly. l enjoy training undergraduate students how to use, collect and interpret data from state-of-the-art instruments here at Haverford such as Circular Dichroism, Dynamic Light Scattering, Analytical Ultracentrifugation, Atomic Force Microscopy, and Confocal Microscopy.  Over the years, l have collaborated with a wide range of laboratories here at Haverford and around the US. In my free time, l enjoy playing soccer and drinking beer. 


  • Vaso Chioti ('18)
  • Marco Rivas ('18)
  • Stephanie Terrell ('18)
  • Valentine Courouble ('17)
  • Michael Jordan ('17)
  • Aurelio Mollo ('17)
  • Grace Thiele ('17)
  • Noah Bloch ('16)
  • Joshua Bulos ('16)
  • David Cookmeyer ('16)
  • Saadia Nawal ('16)
  • Katie Tsai ('16)
  • Emily Winesett ('16)
  • Erin Berlew ('15)
  • Connie Friedman ('15)
  • Niki von Krusenstiern ('15)
  • Alec De Vivo ('14)
  • Matt Johnson ('14)