Professor Anne E. V. Gorden

Associate Professor

Prof. Gorden grew up in the great state of Texas before going away to college, studying chemistry and literature at Emory University in Atlanta.  She later moved back to Texas to the University of Texas at Austin where she completed her Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry with Prof. Jonathan Sessler. As part of her Ph.D. work she had the opportunity to work at Los Alamos and Argonne National Laboratories. She then did postdoctoral studies with Prof. Kenneth Raymond at the University of California and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. After starting her academic career at Auburn University, she has returned home to Texas, restarting the research group at Texas Tech University. She now lives in Lubbock with her husband, Mr. Dr. Gorden, son, daughter, and 2 lab mix rescue dogs we call the lab experiments.


Mario Guagliardo

Graduate Student


Mario grew up in Sicily in Italy, and joined the Gorden group having completed his undergraduate and master's degrees in chemistry at the Università degli Studi di Palermo.


John Ducilon

Graduate Student


Originally from Haiti, John grew up in Florida. He joined the Gorden group after completing his undergraduate degree at the University of West Florida

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Dylan Gardner

Graduate Student

Dylan earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Tennessee Technological University with an ACS certification in 2017. They continued at that institution earning a terminal M.S. in 2019. Their thesis topic was "Development of a Measure of Merit and its Application to Natural Product Stereochemical Determinations". Dylan joined Texas Tech in January of 2020. 

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Adineh "Aida" Rezaei

Graduate Student

Aida grew up in Lahijan in Iran. She  completed her undergraduate in Chemistry at Guilan University and her master’s degree in inorganic chemistry at the University of Zanjan.


Avery Stilley (CHEM)

Undergraduate Research

Avery Stilley is a chemistry major and continuing student from South Plains College.

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Reese Hitch (CHEM)

Undergraduate Research

Reese was born in Dallas but moved here to Lubbock at a young age. As long as he can remember, he has always been a Tech fan.  He is the youngest of 5 children and hoping to go to medical school.

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Rhea Karkera (CHEM)

Undergraduate Research

Rhea was born in Boston, Massachusetts but grew up near Dallas, Texas. She joined the Gorden group as a sophomore Chemistry major and hopes to graduate from Texas Tech University in Spring 2024.  


Tessa Hoang (CHEM)

Undergraduate Research

Tessa is originally from Vietnam.  She lived in Houston for 2 years before moving to Texas Tech. She is a chemistry major hoping to graduate in 2023.

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Justin Williamson (BCHM)

Undergraduate Research

Justin is a biochemistry major from Austin, Texas planning to graduate from Tech in 2023.


Former Group Members

Gone but not forgotten....

Some of the Former members of the Gorden Group include:

Fulbright Prof. Abid Banday (Islamia College Srinagar); Dr. Ethan Hiti (U. Alabama); Dr. Julie Niklas (Georgia Tech),  Dr. Clay Black (Ecolabs), Dr. Emily Hardy (Old Dominion University), Dr. Maya West (Oak Ridge National Lab), Dr. Charmaine Tutson (Environmental Protection Agency), Dr. Michael DeVore II ( Savannah River National Lab), Dr. Kushan Weerasiri (Open Univeristy of Sri Lanka), Dr. Branson Maynard (EPRI), Dr. Yuancheng Li (Emory University), Dr. Xianghong Wu (Chem Abstracts) and former postdoc Dr. Mohan Bharara. 


Former Undergraduate Students

More former group members

Grant Wilkinson, Madeleine Forbes,  Florian Resnik (DAAD), Katherine Hunter,  J. P. Grundhoefer, Aidan Wood, Katherine “Kate” Valentine, William “Ryan” Yates, Jacob Mayhugh, Rebecca Keller, Kevin Wyss,  Sarah Payne, William A. Scott, Lindy “Chase” Elrod, Madeline Eddy, Ricardo Spencer, Joseph Nelson, Thomas Moreland, Gregory Kohler (NSF-REU); Chelsea Crooks, Zachary Hegetschweiler, Mary O'Barr, Tricia Hoffman (NSF-REU), Spencer Kerns, Kelly Sabrina Lynn,  Emily Buss, Andrew Robinson, Kathryn Lasowskii (NSF-REU), Audrey Gamble, Logan McKenney, Meha Jha, Eleanor Isbell, Jon Matthew  "Matt" McDonald, Kathryn "Katie" Heflin, Brandon Tate, Jordan Hamilton,  Hannah Hubbard, Kara Strawbridge (Reynolds), Stephen Tonks, Demetrius Stanton, Jonah Vilseck & Timothy McCord

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Jovie and Ahsoka

Group Mascots - the Lab Experiments

Jovie and Ahsoka are Labrador rescues from the wilds of Alabama.