John Halonski

Chemistry M.S. Candidate

Faculty Advisor

Professor Doug Young

Research Interests

Utilization of the Glaser-Hay Reaction in the synthetic preparation of biologically relevant polyynes and the incorporation of unnatural amino acids into proteins for the purpose of immobilization and modification of protein function


B.S. Summa Cum Laude May 2016 Christopher Newport University
Christopher Newport University

Major: Biochemistry and Cell/Molecular Biology
Minor: Leadership Studies


Canon Scholar Christopher Newport University
Biochemistry and Cell Biology Scholarship Christopher Newport University
Dean’s List, Christopher Newport University, Fall 2012-Spring 2016
Kranbuehl-Thompson Graduate Fellowship W&M, 2016-2018

Academic Positions

Postbaccalaureate Teaching & Research Assistant, W&M Fall 2016 – present

Publications & Presentations

Halonski, John F., Crane, R. M., Edwards, R. J., and Carney, J. M. “Synthesis of Dihydropyrans using a 2nd Generation Tandem Reagent” 2016. Department of Molecular Biology and Chemistry Christopher Newport University (Presentation)

Lampkowski, J. S.; Uthappa, D. M.; Halonski, J. F.; Maza, J. C.; Young, D. D. “Utilization of Alkyne Bioconjugations to Modulate Protein Function” J. Org. Chem. 2016, 81, 12520-12524. 

Education & Career Objectives

After obtaining an MS in Chemistry, I plan to pursue a career in the pharmaceutical industry with emphasis on drug design, in addition to becoming an educator.