Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.

Sudeshna Roy

Chief Executive
About Sudeshna

Sudeshna is the fundraiser, cheerleader, and the chief executive officer of The Roy Laboratory. She thinks and dreams about making new discoveries and often in the company of caffeine and Spotify! She enjoys spending time and mentoring her students. Outside the lab, she enjoys hiking, exploring new places, savoring new cuisines, and listening to music.

Graduate Students

If you want to shine like a sun, first burn like a sun.

Sweta Adhikari

1st year
University of Mississippi
B.S. Chemistry, 2017
About Sweta

Sweta comes from the roof of the world, Nepal, where the Mt. Everest resides. After high school, Sweta ventured all the way to the US where she went to the University of Mississippi. While there, she worked in an organic synthesis lab under Dr. Davita Watkins on the modification of an HDAC inhibitor to increase in its therapeutic potential. Outside the lab, Sweta enjoys singing R&B, eating out, and traveling new places.

Undergraduate Students

Work for a cause, not for applause. Live life to express, not to impress. Don't strive to make your presence noticed, just make your absence felt.

Vu Bui

University of Mississippi
B.S. Biology, 2019
About Vu

This quote is Vu Bui’s life mantra. Since his birth at Biloxi, Mississippi, he strives to follow this phrase and he strives to accomplish his goals/dream. His life goal is to complete medical school and become a medical doctor in the field of pediatrics.  Another goal of his is to travel and do as much good in the world as he can.


After graduating from Oak Grove High School in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Vu went to study at The University of Mississippi. Currently, he is a 3rd-year undergraduate majoring in B.S. Biology. During his years at Ole Miss, he volunteered at Baptist Hospital, became an Emergency Medical First Responder, and worked as part of the E-board of the Vietnamese Student Association. His time with these associations made him into a leader and cemented his dream of becoming a medical doctor.


In his spare time, Vu enjoys singing, dancing and hanging out with his friends.  He would occasionally go back home to Florida and go relax at the beaches with his family.

Seek to be worth knowing rather than to be well known.

Lily Nguyen

University of Mississippi
B.S. Biology, 2020
About Lily
Born in Biloxi, Mississippi to immigrant parents, Lily has strived to do her best in all possible ways. By pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biology, she hopes to one day graduate from medical school and become a radiologist while traveling and exploring as much of the world as she can. She is passionate about biology and social justice and has a deep love for animals and the earth. In her spare time, she likes to read, spend time with her family, and watch movies.

Lily is also active in the Vietnamese Student Association in her role as secretary as well as the American Medical Student Association. She is eager and excited to be working the Roy Laboratory and hopes to gain much knowledge during the duration of her research.

"Good judgment comes from experience, and often experience comes from bad judgment." --Rita Mae Brown

Matt Saucier

University of Mississippi
B.A. Biochemistry, 2020

About Matt
I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and grew up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Ever since I stepped foot in my first high school chemistry class, I knew I wanted to be in chemistry for the rest of my life. I’m fascinated by the complexity and incredible evolution that our bodies exhibit and how healthy, natural medicine can enhance our daily lives. I hope to continue studies at the University in its Medicinal Chemistry program, within BioMolecular Sciences, to continue research in a quest to find medicinal products that can make us happier and healthier.

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow, learn as if you were to live forever”—Mahatma Gandhi

Peggy McCluggage

University of Mississippi
B.A. Biochemistry, 2020
About Peggy

Since the time she was born in West Palm Beach, Florida, Peggy has had a passion for learning and for people. Peggy moved to Columbia, Tennessee early in her life and graduated from Columbia Central High School in 2016. She then came to Ole Miss to pursue a career in the medical field but found many more opportunities. Peggy was a mentor for the Early Entry Pharmacy program, is involved with the Honors College, and is now ready to be a part of the Roy Laboratory.

Outside of school, Peggy enjoys Ole Miss football and basketball, visiting her family and dog in Tennessee, and being around friends. Additionally, she enjoys doing art and hopes to find inspiration by seeing as much of the world and its art as possible.

It always seems impossible until it's done.

Galina Ostrovsky

University of Mississippi
B.A. Biochemistry and Spanish, 2019
About Galina

Born in Connecticut but raised in Mississippi, Galina Ostrovsky graduated from St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Ridgeland, Mississippi and is currently a third-year undergraduate at the University of Mississippi. Combining her passions for science and foreign languages, Galina is pursuing majors in Biochemistry and Spanish as well as a minor in Biology. She is in the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College and hopes to attend medical school after graduating. Beyond studying and researching, Galina serves as an Ole Miss ambassador, and you can frequently find her walking backwards on campus giving tours to prospective students. Additionally, Galina is an Associated Student Body Senator and serves as the Chair for the Committee on Inclusion and Cross-Cultural Engagement. In her spare time, Galina enjoys traveling, listening to podcasts (especially Spanish ones), frequenting coffee shops, playing with puppies, trying new restaurants, and spending time with friends and family. As a researcher in the Roy Laboratory, Galina is excited to gain lab experience and make new discoveries in the field of medicinal chemistry.