The Knight Group



Post-Doctoral Researcher

Meredith Barbee

Joined Spring 2019

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Meredith is from Stanfield, North Carolina, and graduated from Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina with her undergraduate degree in Chemistry in 2013.  She conducted undergraduate research in organic chemistry at Meredith College before participating in NSF REU programs focused on developing supramolecular polymer networks at Appalachian State University and polymer mechanochemistry at Duke University.  After one year as a lab analyst at AkzoNobel in Salisbury, NC, she returned to Duke in 2014 for her graduate studies.  In Professor Stephen Craig’s lab, she worked on controlling and exploiting the color change caused by ring-opening of the classic mechanophore spiropyran in force-responsive polymers and materials.  Meredith earned her PhD and joined the Knight Lab in May 2019, where she is excited to be pursuing a platform for the evolution of polymers capable of selective binding to metals via dynamic combinatorial chemistry. 


Graduate Students


Emily Beyer, Second-Year Graduate Student

Joined Fall 2018

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Emily is a first year graduate student in the biological division of the chemistry department from the Jersey Shore. In the spring, Emily earned her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ, where, in addition to excelling in her academics and research, she competed on the Division 1 Cross country and Track and Field teams. Her scientific interests are vast but mainly lie in both organic and biochemistry, especially as they relate to cancer and other diseases. She is usually found in the lab or at the Newman Center and can even be spotted running around campus. If you ask Emily what she misses most about NJ (besides her family of course), she would say the beach and porkroll, although she’ll probably tell you this before you ask.

Erin Day, Second-Year Graduate Student

Joined Fall 2018

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Erin is a first-year chemistry graduate student in the polymer division originally from NC. At the historic College of Charleston she developed surfactants for increased incorporation of soybean oil into polyurethane foams. In between organizing philanthropy and outreach events and going to the beach, Erin earned a BS in chemistry with a math minor. After graduating from Charleston and its Honors College in May, she returned to the Triangle to pursue her PhD from UNC. While not synthesizing peptoids or caring for the LC-MS, she can be found painting, playing piano, or singing in choir.




Jeshurun Luke, Sophomore

Jeshurun Luke is a Chemistry and Physics double major from Cary, NC. He is interested in inorganic and biochemistry along with the application of physics in chemistry. When he is not in the lab, you may find him playing his guitar, volunteering at the hospital or playing chess at the bottom of the Student Union.


Delaney Davis, Junior

Delaney is a Chemistry and Anthropology double-major and German minor from High Point, NC. She's interested in organometallic chemistry, inorganic materials, bio-mimetic polymers, and biochem but honestly is interested in all the science. When not in the lab she's either doing something with the Carolina Center for Public Service or Student Life and Leadership Office, attempting (read: failing) to build things in the Makerspace, or walking in the Arboretum. She likes to take floor naps.


Jackie Warren, Senior

Jackie is a Chemistry and Biology double-major from Statesville, NC. She is interested in biochemistry, organic chemistry, and materials science. When she’s not in lab you might find her coaching a youth development soccer team or volunteering in various community organizations. Now she bakes bread.

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Caleb Cox, Senior

Caleb is a Chemistry and Math double major from Rutherfordton, NC. He is interested in biochemistry, materials science, and applications of math in chemistry. When he’s not in lab or class you might find him studying in the Kenan science library or volunteer coaching at a local high-school wrestling team. He has a sweatshirt from The Office.