Graduate Students
Dr. Sarah Bronner

IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists, Honorable Mention, 2013

Norma Stoddart Prize, 2013

Reaxys Ph.D. Prize Finalist, 2012

John Stauffer Fellowship for Research Excellence at UCLA, 2011

ACS DOC Graduate Research Symposium (Attendee and speaker, 2011)

Christopher S. Foote Fellowship

University Fellowship

B.S. Chemistry, University of California, San Diego, 2007

Ph.D. Chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, 2012

NIH Post-Doctoral Fellow - Professor Robert H. Grubbs, Caltech

Currently: 
Discovery Scientist, Genentech
South San Francisco, California

Dr. Kyle Quasdorf

Christopher S. Foote Fellowship

ACS Division of Organic Chemistry Graduate Fellowship

Bristol-Myers Squibb Graduate Fellowship in Synthetic Organic Chemistry

Majeti–Alapati Graduate Fellowship for Excellence in Research, 2010

Chemical Science Poster Prize at the 2011 Organic Reactions & Processes GRC

Saul and Sylvia Winstein Dissertation Award, 2012

B.S. Chemistry, Iowa State University, 2007

Ph.D Chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, 2012

Post-Doc - Professor Larry E. Overman, University of California, Irvine

Currently:

Senior Scientist, Amgen

Thousand Oaks, California

Dr. Alex Schammel

Dr. Alex Schammel

B.S. Chemistry, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2006

Ph.D Chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, 2012

Post-Doc - Professor Dale L. Boger, Scripps Research Institute

Currently:

Senior Scientist II, AbbVie Stemcentrx

South San Fransisco, California

Dr. Tehetena Mesganaw

NOBCChE/GlaxoSmithKline Fellowship

Bristol-Myers Squibb Minority Chemist Fellowship

UCLA Graduate Research Mentorship Award

UCLA NSF AGEP Competitive Edge Award

B.S. Chemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2006

Ph.D Chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, 2012

Post-Doc - Professor Jonathan A. Ellman, Yale University

Currently:

Senior Chemist, Norac Pharma

Azusa, California

Dr. Ben Boal

B.A. Chemistry, University of Oregon, 2007

Ph.D Chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, 2012

Postdoc, Caltech (Professor Mark Davis)

Currently:

Chemist, Thermo Fisher

Eugene, Oregon

Dr. Alex Huters

Christopher S. Foote Fellowship

ACS DOC Graduate Research Symposium (Attendee and speaker, 2012)

Roche Excellence in Chemistry Symposium (Attendee and speaker, 2012)

UCLA Dissertation Year Fellowship. 2012-2013

Bristol-Myers Squibb Graduate Fellowship in Synthetic Organic Chemistry

Hanson-Dow Award for Excellence in Teaching

John Stauffer Fellowship (UCLA), 2012

B.A. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology,

University of California, Berkeley, 2006

Ph.D. Chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, 2013

Currently:

Research Chemist, AbbVie

Chicago, Illinois

Dr. Grace Chiou

National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, 2010–2013

B.S. Biochemistry, University of Maryland, 2008

Ph.D. Chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, 2014

Currently:

Research Investigator II, Bristol Myers Squibb

New Brunswick, New Jersey

Dr. Adam Goetz

Pfizer-UCLA Dissertation Award for Outstanding Contributions to Organic Synthesis

John Stauffer Fellowship for Research Excellence at UCLA, 2013

UCLA Dissertation Year Fellowship, 2013–2014

Charles E. and Sue K. Young Graduate Student Award

ACS Division of Organic Chemistry Graduate Fellowship, 2012–2013

Christopher S. Foote Fellowship, 2012–2014

Hanson-Dow Award for Excellence in Teaching

B.A. Chemistry, Carleton College, 2008

Ph.D. Chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, 2014

Currently:

Senior Scientist, Pfizer

Groton, Connecticut

Dr. Stephen Ramgren

Aldrich-UCLA Dissertation Award for Outstanding Contributions to Organic Synthesis

UCLA Dissertation Year Fellowship, 2013–2014

Christopher S. Foote Fellowship, 2012–2014

Hanson-Dow Award for Excellence in Teaching

B.S. Chemistry, University of California, Irvine, 2009

Ph.D. Chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, 2014

Currently:

Research Scientist. Neurocrine Biosciences

San Diego, California

Dr. Amanda Silberstein

Pfizer-UCLA Dissertation Award for Outstanding Contributions to Organic Synthesis

Christopher S. Foote Fellowship, 2012–2014

Chemistry–Biology Interface Trainee, 2010-2013

B.S. Chemistry, California Institute of Technology, 2007

Ph.D. Chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, 2014

Post-Doc - Professor Peter B. Dervan - Caltech

Currently:

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Westmont College

Dr. Noah Fine Nathel

Aldrich-UCLA Dissertation Award for Outstanding Contributions to Organic Synthesis

Ruth L. Kirschstein NIH NRSA Predoctoral Fellowship, 2011–2014

Excellence in Second Year Academics and Research Award

B.A. Chemistry, Cornell University, 2009

Ph.D. Chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, 2015

Currently:

Researcher, IBM

San Fransisco, California

Dr. Joel Michael Smith

Pfizer-UCLA Dissertation Award for Outstanding Contributions to Organic Synthesis

Ernest F. Hare, Jr., Memorial Scholarship for Research, 2014

UCLA Dissertation Year Fellowship, 2014–2015

National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, 2011–2014

B.S. Chemistry, B.A. Music, Furman University, 2010

Ph.D. Chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, 2015

Currently:

Post-Doc - Professor Phil S. Baran, Scripps Research Institute

Dr. Evan Daniel Styduhar

Pfizer-UCLA Dissertation Award for Outstanding Contributions to Organic Synthesis

John Stauffer Fellowship for Outstanding Research, 2014

UCLA Dissertation Year Fellowship. 2014–2015

Christopher S. Foote Fellowship, 2013–2015

Hanson-Dow Award for Excellence in Teaching

B.S. Chemistry, Oregon State University, 2010

Ph.D. Chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, 2015

Currently:

Post-Doc - Professor Timothy F. Jamison, MIT

Dr. Liana Hie

Saul and Sylvia Winstein Award, 2016

Majeti-Alapati Fellowship, 2015

Bristol-Myers Squibb Graduate Fellowship in Synthetic Organic

Chemistry, 2015–2016

UCLA Dissertation Year Fellowship, 2015–2016

ACS Division of Organic Chemistry Graduate Fellowship, 2014–2015

Christopher S. Foote Fellowship, 2014–2016

Hanson-Dow Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2014

Edwin W. Pauley Fellowship

Excellence in Second Year Academics and Research Award

B.S. Chemistry, 2011

University of California, Davis

Currently:

Post-Doc - Professor Scott J. Miller, Yale

Dr. Tejas K. Shah

UCLA-TCI Disseration Award for Excellence in Organic Synthesis, 2016

Christopher S. Foote Fellowship, 2014–2016

Hanson-Dow Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2015
B.A. Chemistry and Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, 2011

Rutgers University

Currently:

Senior Discovery Chemist, Dow Chemical

Indianapolis, IN

Dr. Michael Corsello

National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, 2013–2016

Hanson-Dow Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2013

Graduate Dean’s Scholar Award
B.S. Biochemistry, 2012

Rowan University

Currently: 

Post-Doc - Professor Damian Young, Baylor College of Medicine

Dr. Jose Medina

Majeti-Alapati Fellowship 2016

Dissertation Year Fellowship 2016–2017

Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship
B.S. Chemistry, 2012
California State University, Channel Islands

Currently:

Post-Doc - Professor Keary Engle, Scripps Research Institute

Dr. Jesus Moreno

Christopher S. Foote Fellowship, 2015–2017

Ruth L. Kirschstein NIH NRSA Predoctoral Fellowship, 2015–2017

Hanson-Dow Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2013
B.S. Biochemistry, 2012

University of California, San Diego

Currently:

Research Scientist, Merck

Boston, Massachusetts

Dr. Nick Weires

Dissertation Year Fellowship 2016–2017

Christopher S. Foote Fellowship, 2015–2017

National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, 2013–2016

Hanson-Dow Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2013

Graduate Dean’s Scholar Award
B.S. Chemistry, 2012

University of Idaho

Currently:

Post-Doc - Professor Larry Overman, UC Irvine

Dr. Emma Baker-Tripp

Majeti-Alapati Fellowship, UCLA, 2018

Pfizer-UCLA Dissertation Award, UCLA, 2018

Genentech Graduate Student Symposium in Chemical Research, May 2017

Dissertation Year Fellowship, UCLA, 2017–2018

Christopher S. Foote Fellowship, 2016–2018

WCC Merck Research Award, 2016

National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, 2014–2017

Excellence in Second Year Academics and Research Award

Graduate Dean’s Scholar Award

B.A. Chemistry, 2013

Grinnell College

Dr. Junyong Kim

TCI-UCLA Dissertation Award, UCLA, 2018

Dissertation Year Fellowship, UCLA, 2017–2018

B.S. Chemistry, 2013

Seoul National University

Dr. Elias Picazo

Majeti-Alapati Fellowship, UCLA, 2018

Pfizer-UCLA Dissertation Award, UCLA, 2018

Ruth L. Kirschstein NIH NRSA Predoctoral Fellowship, 2016–2018

Christopher S. Foote Fellowship, 2016–2018

Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship

B.S. Chemistry, Minor in Mathematics, 2013

University of California, Santa Barbara

Postdoctoral Researchers
Dr. Kevin Bahnck

Ph.D. Chemistry, 2007 University of California, Irvine

Professor Scott D. Rychnovsky

Currently:
Research Chemist, Pfizer
Groton, CT

Dr. Xia Tian

Ph.D. Chemistry, 2007, University of California, Irvine Professor

Currently:

Research Chemist, X-Chem Inc.

Cambridge, MA

Dr. G-yoon Jamie Im

Ph.D. Chemistry, 2007, University of California, Los Angeles, Professor Michael Jung

Currently:

Research Chemist, HotSpot Therapeutics, Cambridge, MA

Dr. Liansuo Zu

Ph.D. Chemistry, 2008

University of New Mexico

Professor Wei Wang

Currently:

Associate Professor

School of Medicine

Tsinghua University, China

Dr. Travis McMahon

Ph.D. Chemistry, 2013

Colorado State University

Professor John L. Wood

Currently:

Research Chemist, Dupont

Wilmington, Delaware

Dr. Marie Hoffmann

Ph.D. Chemistry, 2015

University of Strasbourg, France

Professor Patrick Pale

Currently:

Research Chemist, Glycemicon

Brugg, Switzerland

Dr. Sophie Racine

Ph.D. Chemistry 2016, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland

Visiting Scholars and Undergraduates
Anna Komaromi

Hungarian Eötvös 2010 Scholarship Program

Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary

Currently:

Senior Clinical Research Associate, Argint International

Michelle Riener

2008 Amgen Scholars Program

University of California, Santa Cruz

Ph.D. Chemistry, UNC, Chapel Hill

Professor David Nicewicz

Currently:

Senior Chemist, Dow Chemical

Marlborough, Massachusetts

Steven Loskot

2013 Amgen Scholars Program

University of Seattle

Currently:

Graduate Student, Caltech

Professor Brian Stoltz

Laura Shim

B.S. Chemistry, 2011

University of California, Los Angeles

Currently:

Tufts University, School of Dentistry

Jose Alonso

B.S. Chemistry, 2012

University of California, Los Angeles

Currently:

UCLA, David Geffen School of Medicine

Josh Melamed

B.S. Biochemistry, 2012

University of California, Los Angeles

Currently:

Technion–Israel School of Medicine

Sonam Kumar

B.S. Anatomy & Physiology, 2012

University of California, Los Angeles

Currently:

Tufts University, School of Medicine

Physician Assistant Program

Boston, Massachusetts

Jordan Cisneros

B.S. Physiological Science, 2013

University of California, Los Angeles

Currently:

UC, Davis, School of Medicine

Post-Bachelor Program

Davis, California

Joshua Demeo

B.S. Chemistry, 2013

University of California, Los Angeles

Currently:

Chemist, Takeda Pharma

San Diego, California

Haoxuan Wang

2009 CSST Program

Fudan University, Shanghai, China

Ph.D. Chemistry, 2015, Caltech, Professor Sarah Reisman

Currently:

Postdoc, MIT

Professor Stephen Buchwald

Yang Yang

2010 CSST Program, Peking University, Beijing, China

Currently:

Graduate Student, MIT

Professor Stephen Buchwald

Qi Liu

2011 CSST Student, Nankai University, Tianjin, China

Currently:

Graduate Student, U. of Penn.

Professor Amos Smith

Yuxuan Ye

2012 CSST Student, Peking University, Beijing, China

Currently:

Graduate Student, MIT

Professor Stephen Buchwald

Xingyu Jiang

2013 CSST Student, Peking University, Beijing, China

Currently:

Graduate Student, UC, Berkeley

Professor John Hartwig

Yujing Zhou

2015 CSST Student, Peking University, Beijing, China

John Ovian

2015 Amgen Scholar, B.S. Chemistry, 2017

University of Connecticut

Moritz Karl Jackl

-Oskar Jegar Scholarship, S. & N., 2015, B.S. Chemistry, 2014

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich

Hiroki Maruyama

B.S. Chemistry, 2013, Kyoto university, Kyoto

Katsuya Yamakawa

B.S. Engineering, 2013, Nagoya university, Nagoya, Japan

Karli Holman

2016 Amgen scholar, B.S. Chemistry, 2017, Westmont college

Jae Yeon Hwang

B.S. Chemistry, 2017, University of California, Los Angeles

Marla Alane Borromeo Co

B.S. Chemistry, 2018, University of California, Los Angeles

Yuya Nagato

M.S. Engineering, 2016, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan

Hui-Qi Ni

B.A. Chemistry, 2019, University of Science and Technology of China