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Postdoctoral Alumni

Dr. Tomoko AshizawaDr. Tomoko Ashizawa - Ashizawa_Tomoko@takeda.co.jp
Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Postdoc, Caltech, 2009-2010
Ph. D., Keio University, 2009
Prof. Tohru Yamada
"Catalytic atropo-Enantioselective Synthesis of Biaryl Compounds by Dynamic Kinetic Resolution"

M.S., Keio University, 2006
B.S., Keio University, 2004

Dr. Corrine BaumgartnerDr. Corinne Baumgartner
Givaudan

Postdoc, Caltech 2007-2008
Ph.D., ETH Zurich, 2007
Prof. François N. Diederich
"Strukturbasiertes Design und Synthese von Inhibitoren des Enzyms IspF als potentielle Antimalaria-Wirkstoffe"

Dipl. Natw. ETH Zurich, 2003


Dr. Jun ChibaDr. Jun Chiba
Daiichisankyo Company Limited, 2008+

Postdoc, Caltech 2007-2008
Ph.D., Shizuoka University, 2007
M.S., Tohoku University, 1995
B.S., Tohoku University, 1993

Dr. Koji ChiyodaDr. Koji Chiyoda - chiyoda@caltech.edu

Ph.D.,University of Tokyo, 2013
Prof. Tohru Fukuyama
"Synthetic Studies on N-Methylwelwitindolinone C Isothiocyanate"

M.S., University of Tokyo, 2010
B.S., Osaka University, 2008


Dr. Joshua DayDr. Joshua Day - jday@caltech.edu

Postdoc, Caltech 2009-2011
Ph.D., Yale University, 2009
Prof. John Wood
"Progress Toward the Total Synthesis of Actinophyllic Acid"

M.S. Yale University
B.S. Colorado State University

Dr. Christian DefieberDr. Christian Defieber
BASF

Postdoc, Caltech 2007-2008
Ph.D., ETH, 2007
Prof. Eric Carreira
"Chiral Olefins as Novel Ligands in Asymmetric Synthesis and the Development of Water and Ammonia Equivalents in Iridium-Catalyzed Allylic Substitution"


Dr. Christian EidamshausDr. Christian Eidamshaus
BASF

Postdoc, Caltech 2012-2013
Ph.D., Freie Universität Berlin, 2011
Prof. Hans-Ulrich Reissig
"Synthesis of Highly Substituted Enantiopure Pyridines and of 4-Quinolones and their Applications in Asymmetric Catalysis"

M. Sc., Freie Universität Berlin, 2008
B. Sc., Freie Universität Berlin, 2006

Dr. Vinson EspejoDr. Vinson Espejo - vespejo@caltech.edu

Ph.D., University of Utah,2012
Prof. Jon D. Rainer
"The Total Syntheses of Kapakahines E and F: The Evolution of a Unique Reaction Upon Bromopyrroloindolines"

B. S., University of Missouri-Colombia, 2007


Dr. Michele GattiDr. Michele Gatti - mgatti2@caltech.edu

Postdoc, Caltech 2011
Ph.D., University of Zurich, 2011
Prof. Reto Dorta
"New Catalysts and New Substrates in Ring Closing Metathesis"

M.S., Univesità degli Studi di Milano, 2007
B.S., Univesità degli Studi di Milano, 2004

Dr. Christian GrünangerDr. Christian Grünanger
BASF

Ph.D., Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg, 2010
Prof. Bernhard Breit
"Development of a Covalent but Reversibly Bound Catalyst Directing Group for Regio- and Diastereoselective Hydroformylations"

Diploma, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg 2006


Dr. Xiaoqing HanDr. Xiaoqing Han
Merck & Co.

Visiting Postdoctoral Scholar from City of Hope, 2006-2009
Ph. D., Duke University, 2006
Prof. Ross A. Widenhoefer
"Transition Metal-Catalyzed Addition of Carbon, Oxygen, and Nitrogen Nucleophiles to Unactivated Olefins"

B.S., Peking University, Beijing, China, 1997

Dr. Andrew HarnedProf. Andrew Harned
Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota, 2007-

Postdoc, Caltech 2004-2007
Ph.D., University of Kansas 2004
B.S., Biochemistry, Virginia Tech 1999


Dr. Christopher HenryDr. Christopher Henry
Achaogen

Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 2008
Prof. Ohyun Kwon
"Phosphine-catalysis of allenoates: mechanism, heterocycle synthesis, and asymmetric catalysis"

B.S., The College of William and Mary, 2003

Dr. Masaki Hayashi

Senior researcher, Daiichi-Sankyo Co., Ltd. 2005-

Ph.D., Tohoku University, 2012
Prof. Yoshiharu Iwabuchi
"Development of highly active nitroxyl radical type oxidation catalysts and their application to oxidative conversions"

M.S. Kyushu University, 1999
B.S. Kyushu University, 1997

Dr. Kathrin Höferl-PrantzDr. Kathrin Höferl-Prantz
Sandoz

Ph.D. University of Vienna, 2009
Prof. Johann Mulzer
"Decarboxylative Grob-type Fragmentations in the Synthesis of Trisubstituted (Z)-Olefins; Application to Epothilone B, Discodermolide and Peloruside A"

M.Sc. University of Vienna, 2005

Dr. Kazato Inanaga - kinanaga@caltech.edu

Senior Researcher, Astellas Pharma Inc., 2011-

Ph.D., Tohoku University, 2005
Prof. Masataka Ihara
"Development of practical synthetic method of multi-substituted cyclobutane & cyclobutene and their application to natural product synthesis "

M.S. Nagoya University, 1999
B.S. Nagoya University, 1997




Dr. Thomas JensenDr. Thomas Jensen
Lundbeck

Postdoc, Caltech, 2009-2010
Ph.D., The Danish Technical University, 2009
Prof. Robert Madsen
"Ruthenium- and Palladium-Catalyzed Carbon-Carbon Bond Formation in Natural Product Synthesis"

M.Sc. The Danish Technical University, 2006

Dr. Amanda JonesProf. Amanda Jones - jonesac@wfu.edu
Assistant Professor, Wake Forest University, 2010-

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2007
Prof. Hans J. Reich
"Rapid Injection NMR and Organolithium Reactivity"

A.B., Chemistry, Princeton University, 2001


Dr. Ryan JulianProf. Ryan Julian
Assistant Professor, UC Riverside 2003+

Postdoc, Caltech 2003
Ph.D., Caltech 2003
B.S., University of Utah 1999

Dr. Taichi KanoProf. Taichi Kano
Lecturer, Kyoto University 2006+

Assistant Professor, Kyoto University, 2003-2006 Postdoc, Caltech 2001-2002
Ph.D., Nagoya University 2001
M.S., Nagoya University 1998
B.S., Nagoya University 1996


Dr. Kotaro KikushimaProf. Kotaro Kikushima
Assistant Professor, Nagoya City University

Postdoc, Caltech, 2010-2011
Ph.D., Osaka University, 2010
Prof. Toshikazu Hirao
"Studies on Development of Catalytic Oxidation Systems Based on Vanadium Redox Properties"

M. S., Osaka University, 2007
B. S., Osaka University, 2005

Dr. Jimin KimProf. Jimin Kim
Assistant Professor, Chonnam National University, Gwangju, Korea

Postdoc, Caltech, 2010-2012 Ph.D., Princeton University, 2010
Prof. Erik Sorensen
"Development of the Interrupted Ugi Reaction and Its Application to the Synthesis of 11-Methoxy Mitragynine Pseudoindoxyl"

M.S. Sungkyunkwan University, 2004
B.S. Sungkyunkwan University, 2002


Dr. Hendrik F. T. KlareDr. Hendrik F. T. Klare - klare@caltech.edu
Technische Universität Berlin

Postdoc, Caltech 2011-2012 Ph.D., Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, 2011
Prof. Martin Oestreich
"Generation of Stabilized Silylium Ions for Catalysis"

Diploma, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, 2007

Dr. Max Klatte - klatte@caltech.edu

Postdoc, Caltech 2014-2016
Ph.D., University of Bonn, 2013
Prof. Andreas Gansäuer
"Stereoselective Radical Reductions"

Diploma, University of Bonn, 2010
"Silanes as H-Atom-Donors in the Titanocene-Catalysed Epoxide-Opening"


Dr. Shyam KrishnanDr. Shyam Krishnan
Postdoc, Taunton Lab

Postdoc, Caltech 2004-2007
Ph.D., Harvard University 2004
M.S., Harvard University 2002
M.Sc., Indian Inst. of Technology, Kanpur, India 1998
B.Sc., St. Stephen's College, Univ. of Delhi, Delhi, India 1996

Dr. Guillaume LapointeDr. Guillaume Lapointe - lapointe@caltech.edu

Ph.D., University of Bern, 2011
Prof. Philippe Renaud
"Expanding the Limits of the Radical Carboazidation: Application to the Synthesis of Alkaloids"

M.S, University of Tokyo, 2007
B.S., Université de Sherbrooke, 2003


Dr. Gene LeeDr. Gene Lee
Senior Research Scientist, LG Chem, Ltd., Seoul, South Korea
2005+

Postdoc, Caltech 2004-2005
Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo 2004
M.S., California State University of Los Angeles 1998
B.S., California State Polytechnic University, Pomona 1994


Dr. Marc LinigerDr. Marc Liniger - mliniger@caltech.edu

Givaudan

Postdoc, Caltech, 2013-2014
Ph.D., ETH Zurich, 2013
Prof. Karl-Heinz Altmann
"Total Synthesis and Biological Evaluation of Antitumor Natural Products and their Analogs: Rhizoxin WF-1360F and 5’-Deoxy L-783277"

M.Sc., University of Basel, 2009
B.Sc., University of Basel, 2007

Dr. Qi Liu Dr. Qi (Charles) Liu
Gilead Sciences
2007+

Postdoc, Caltech 2005-2007
Ph.D., University of California, San Diego 2000-2005
B.S., University of Science and Technology of China 1994-1999


Prof. Wen-Bo (Boger) Liu
Professor, Wuhan University, 2016+

Ph.D., Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2011
Prof. Li-Xin Dai and Prof. Shu-Li You
"The Application of Novel Nucleophiles and N-Aryl Phosphoramidite Ligands in Ir-Catalyzed Asymmetric Allylic Alkylation Reactions"

B.S. Nankai University, 2006


Dr. Alex N. MarzialeDr. Alex N. Marziale - marziale@caltech.edu

Ph.D., Technische Universität München, 2011
Prof. Wolfgang A. Herrmann
"Palladium Complexes for Cross-Coupling Reactions in Aqueous Media"

M.Sc., Technische Universität München, 2007
B.Sc., Technische Universität München, 2005

Dr. Andrew McCloryDr. Andrew McClory
Genentech

Postdoc, Caltech, 2007-2009
Ph.D., Stanford University, 2007
Prof. Barry M. Trost
"Ruthenium and Rhodium-Catalyzed Atom Economical Reactions"

B.Sc., Chemistry, Concordia University, 1999


Dr. Nolan McDougalDr. Nolan T. McDougal
The Dow Chemical Company

Postdoc, Caltech, 2008-2010
Ph.D., Boston University, 2008
Prof. Scott E. Schaus
"Asymmetric Phosphine-Mediated Condensation Reactions"

B.S., Vanderbilt University, 2001

Dr. Jared Moore - jarmoore@caltech.edu
ORIC Pharmaceuticals

Postdoc, Caltech, 2014-2016
Ph.D. University of California, Davis, 2014
Prof. Jared Shaw
"The Synthesis of Heteroatom-Containing Polycycles, Modulators of FtsZ, Isotopically Labeled Homocitric Acid Lactone, and Progress Towards Kibdelomycin and Amycolamicin"

B.S. Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, 2009
Ruth L. Kirchstein NIH NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow


Dr. Kenji NegoroDr. Kenji Negoro – knegoro@caltech.edu

Astellas Pharma Inc., 1998+
Postdoc, Caltech 2013-2014
Ph.D., Tokyo University of Pharmacy and Life Sciences, 2013
Prof. Yoshio Hayashi
“Synthesis and structure-activity relationship of GPR119 agonists”

M.S. Osaka University, 1998
B.S. Osaka University, 1996


Dr. Toyoki NishimataDr. Toyoki Nishimata
Daiishi-Sankyo Group 2007+

Postdoc, Caltech 2005-2007
Ph.D., Hokkaido University 1999
M.S., Hokkaido University 1994
B.S., Yokohama National University 1992

Dr. Zoltan NovakDr. Zoltán Novák
Faculty Member, Eötvös University, Budapest, Hungary
2007+

Postdoc, Caltech 2004-2005
Ph.D., Eötvös University, Budapest, Hungary 2004
M.Sc., Eötvös University, Budapest, Hungary 1999


Dr. Yoshitaka NumajiriDr. Yoshitaka (Yoshi) Numajiri - numajiri@caltech.edu

Toray Industries, Inc., 2009+
Postdoc, Caltech, 2012-2014
Ph.D., Tokyo Institute of Technology, 2009
Prof. Takashi Takahashi and Prof. Takayuki Doi
"Total Synthesis of Apratoxin A, Largazole and Their Derivatives and Application for Synthesis of Chemical Probes to Identify Their Target Protein Complex"

M.S., Tokyo Institute of Technology, 2006
B.S., Tokyo Institute of Technology, 2004

Dr. Noriko OkamotoProf. Noriko Okamoto - nokamo@caltech.edu

Assistant Professor, Hiroshima International University, 2008-
Ph.D., Hiroshima University, 2011

Prof. Kei Takeda
“One-Pot Synthesis of Indoles and Isoquinolines via Tandem Reaction"

M.S., Hiroshima University, 2006
B.S., Hiroshima University, 2004


Prof. Kim PetersenDr. Kim Petersen - kspeters@uncg.edu
Assistant Professor, UNC Greensboro

Postdoc, Caltech 2009-2011 Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 2009
Prof. Gary H. Posner
"Studies in Organic Synthesis: Design, Synthesis and Biological Evaluation of Novel 1,25-Dihydroxyvitamin D3 Analogs
and Asymmetric, Organocatalytic, 3-Step synthesis of α-hydroxy-(E)-β-unsaturated Sulfones and Esters"


B.S., University of Wisconsin, 2000


Dr. John PhillipsDr. John Phillips
Materia

Postdoc, Montgomery Group, University of Michigan, 2007-2010
Postdoc, Caltech 2006-2007
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison 2005
B.S., Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley 1997

Dr. Fabian PillerDr. Fabian Piller
Novartis

Postdoc, Caltech 2010-2011 Ph.D. Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet, Munich 2010
Prof. Paul Knochel
"LiCl-Mediated Direct Insertion of Magnesium Into Aryl, Heteroaryl and Benzylic Halides. Regio- and Chemoselective Synthesis of 5-Membered Ring Heterocycles."

M.Sc. Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet, Munich 2006
B.Sc. Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet, Munich 2004


Dr. Yeeman K. RamtohulDr. Yeeman K. Ramtohul
Senior Research Scientist, Vertex Pharmaceuticals 2004+

Postdoc, Caltech 2002-2004
Ph.D., University of Alberta, Canada 2002
B.Sc., University of Mauritius 1996

Dr. Richmond SarpongProf. Richmond Sarpong
Associate Professor, UC Berkeley 2004+

Postdoc, Caltech 2000-2004
Ph.D., Princeton University 2000
B.S., Macalester College 1995


Dr. Govindasamy SekarProf. Govindasamy Sekar
Assistant Professor, I.I.T., Madras, India 2004+

Postdoc, Caltech 2003-2004
Postdoc, University of Göettingen, Germany 2002
Postdoc, Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan 2001
Research Associate, I.I.T., Kanpur, India 2000
Ph.D., I.I.T., Kanpur, India 1999
M.Sc., University of Madras, India 1995
B.Sc., University of Madras, India 1993

Dr. Jeff ServeskoDr. Jeff Servesko

Postdoc, Caltech 2006-2007
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara 2006
B.S., Penn State University, 1997


Dr. Daisuke Saito - dsuke@caltech.edu

Postdoc, Caltech 2015-2016
Ph.D. Showa University, 2009
Prof. Takashi Itho
"Development of Asymmetric Catalytic Reactions using Quaternary Ammonium Salts as Phase-Transfer Catalyst"

M.S. Showa University, 2006
B.S. Showa University, 2004

Dr. Masaki SetoDr. Masaki Seto
Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, 2008+

Postdoc, Caltech 2006-2008
Ph.D., Tokyo Univsersity of Science
M.S., Tokyo Institute of Technology, 1994
B.S., Tokyo Institute of Technology, 1992

Dr. Grant ShibuyaDr. Grant Shibuya - gshibuya@caltech.edu

Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
Prof. Chris Vanderwal
"Studies of the Chlorosulfolipids: Methodology and Synthesis"

B.S., Santa Clara University, 2005


Dr. Hideki ShimizuDr. Hideki Shimizu - hideki@caltech.edu

Postdoc, Caltech 2010-2011
Ph.D., Kyushu University, 2004
Prof. Tsutomu Katsuki
"Ruthenium(salen)-Catalyzed Aerobic Oxidative Desymmetrization of meso-Diols and Its Kinetics"

B.S., Kagoshima University, 1999

Dr. Russell SmithDr. Russell Smith
Johnson and Johnson

Postdoc, Caltech 2010-2011
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, 2010
Prof. Scott E. Denmark
"Preparative and Mechanistic Aspects of Palladium-Catalyzed Cross-Coupling Reactions of Alkali-Metal Arylsilanolates"

B.S., Illinois Wesleyan University, 2004


Jan Streuff Dr. Jan Streuff - jan.streuff@ocbc.uni-freiburg.de
University of Freiburg

Ph.D., ULP Strasbourg, 2008
Prof. Dr. Kilian Muñiz
"Bifunctional N-H Activation and Oxidative Transition Metal Catalysed Diamination of Alkenes"

Diploma, Chemistry, Bonn University, 2005

Dr. Yuji SumiiProf. Yuji Sumii
Assistant Professor, Shibata group
Department of Frontier Materials, Nagoya Institute of Technology
Postdoc, Osaka University

Postdoc, Caltech 2012-2013
Ph.D., Osaka University, 2011
Prof. Motomasa Kobayashi
"Synthetic Studies of cortistatin A, an Anti-angiogenic Steroidal Alkaloid from Marine Sponge"

M.S., Osaka University, 2008
B.S., Osaka University, 2006


Dr. Kousuke TaniDr. Kousuke Tani
Chemical Research I, Ono Pharmaceutical Co., Japan
2006+

Postdoc, Caltech 2005-2006
Ph.D., Tokyo Institute of Technology 2004
M.S., Tokyo Inst. of Technology, Tokyo, Japan 1993
B.S., Tokyo Inst. of Technology, Tokyo, Japan 1991

Dr. Takeharu ToyoshimaDr. Takeharu Toyoshima

Postdoc, Caltech 2011 Ph.D., Kyoto University 2011
Prof. Masahiro Murakami
"Synthesis of Oxindoles by Palladium Catalyzed Cyclization Reactions of 2-(Alkynyl)aryl Isocyanates with Nucleophiles"

M.S. Chiba University 2008
B.S. Chiba University 2006


Dr. Kristy TranDr. Kristy Tran
Bristol-Myers Squibb

Postdoc, Caltech 2009-2011
Ph.D., Columbia University, 2009
Prof. James L. Leighton
"Synthetic Applications of Silicon Lewis Acids: Total Synthesis of MS-153 and Manzacidin C"

B.S. University of Texas at Austin, 2004

Dr. Florian VogtDr. Florian Vogt - fvogt@caltech.edu
BASF

Ph.D., Technical University Munich, 2010
Prof. Thorsten Bach
"Synthesis of New Ligands and Catalysts for a Hydrogen Bond Mediated Chirality Transfer"

M.Sc. Technical University Munich, 2006


Dr. David WhiteDr. David White
Principal Scientist, GlaxoSmithKline , 2008+

Postdoc, Caltech 2005-2007
Ph.D., Harvard University 2005
B.S., Chemistry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 1999

Dr. Carolyn WoodroofeDr. Carolyn Woodroofe
Research Scientist, Promega Biosciences Inc.
2006+

Postdoc, Caltech 2004-2006
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2004
B.A., Int. Science and Chemistry, Northwestern University 1998


Dr. Kun-Liang (Phil) WuDr. Kun-Liang (Phil) Wu - kwu@caltech.edu

Postdoc, Caltech, 2010-2012
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 2010
Prof. Thomas R. R. Pettus
"Synthesis of γ-Rubromycin and Related Natural Products"

M.S., National Taiwan University, 2004
B.S., National Chung-Hsing University, 2002

Dr. Xiangyou XingDr. Xiangyou Xing - xiangyou@caltech.edu

Postdoc, Caltech, 2012+
Ph.D.,Peking University, 2012.
Prof. David Zhigang Wang and Prof. Zhen Yang
"Kinetic resolution by means of Sharpless asymmetric dihydroxylation reaction and total synthesis of Grassypeptolide A"

B.S. Taishan College, 2006.


Dr. Haiming ZhangDr. Haiming Zhang
Scientist, Lexicon Pharmaceuticals
2005+

Postdoc, Caltech 2003-2005
Ph.D., Iowa State University 2003
M.S., University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) 1998
B.S., University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) 1996

Dr. Dianhu ZhuDr. Dianhu Zhu - dianhu@caltech.edu

Postdoc, Caltech, 2016-2017
Ph.D. Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, 2016, Prof. Qilong Shen and Prof. Long Lu

"The Development and Applications of Difluoromethylthiolating Reagents"

B.S. Chemistry, Shandong Agricultural University, 2010


Graduate Student Alumni

Kevin AllanDr. Kevin Allan - kallan@caltech.edu
Thesis :: Development of Versitile Strategies for Aryne Annulation: Applications in Methodology and Natural Product Total Synthesis

Gilead Sciences

Postdoc, Viresh Rawal, University of Chicago, 2010-2012 Ph.D. Caltech, 2010
B.S., University of California, Berkeley 2004

Eric Ashley Dr. Eric Ashley
Thesis :: The First Total Synthesis of (-)-Lemonomycin

Merck & Co.

Postdoc, Jacobsen Group, Harvard, 2005-2009
Ph.D., Caltech 2005
A.B., Harvard University 2000


Jeff Bagdanoff Dr. Shoshana Bachman


Ph.D., Caltech, 2017
B.S., Wellesley College 2012 (with Prof. David Haines)

Jeff Bagdanoff Dr. Kelvin Bates

Ph.D., Caltech, 2017
Joint with Prof. Paul Wennberg
B.S., Davidson College 2012 (with Dr. Charles Brock [NOAA] & Prof. Don Blake [UC Irvine])
NSF Predoctoral Fellow


Jeff Bagdanoff Dr. Jeff Bagdanoff
Thesis :: Development and Application of the Oxidative Kinetic Resolution of Secondary Alcohols by Catalytic Palladium

Lexicon Pharmaceuticals 2005+

Ph.D., Caltech 2005
B.S., University of California, Davis 2000

Doug BehennaDr. Douglas Behenna
Thesis :: Progress toward the Synthesis of (+)-Zoanthenol and the Development of an Asymmetric Tsuji Allylation Reaction

Pfizer 2012+

Staff Scientist, Stoltz Group, 2010-2012
Postdoc, Elias J. Corey (Harvard), 2006-2010
Ph.D., Caltech 2006
B.A., University of Pennsylvania 2000


Nathan BennettDr. Nathan Bennett
Thesis :: Palladium-Catalyzed Allylic Alkylation: Insights, Application Toward Cyclopentanoid and Cycloheptanoid Molecules, and the Total Synthesis of Several Daucane Sesquiterpenes

Postdoc, Vy Dong (University of California, Irvine), 2013+

Ph.D., Caltech 2013
B.S., Brigham Young University 2008

Dan CaspiDr. Daniel Caspi
Thesis :: The Adaptive Nature of Palladium Reactivity in Synthesis

Senior Research Chemist - Abbott Laboratories 2008+

Ph.D., Caltech 2008
B.S., University of California, San Diego 2002


Rob CraigDr. Rob Craig - rcraig@caltech.edu

Postdoc, Justin Du Bois (Stanford) 2015+

Ph.D., Caltech 2015
B.S., Davidson College 2010

Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Predoctoral Fellowship [F31]

Ernie Cruz Ernest Cruz

M.S., Caltech, 2005
B.S., California State University, Los Angeles


David EbnerDr. Doug Duquette


Ph.D., Caltech 2016
B.A., M.A., Harvard University 2009 (with Prof. Dave Evans)
NSF Predoctoral Fellow

David EbnerDr. David Ebner
Thesis :: Development and Applications of the Palladium-Catalyzed Enantioselective Oxidation of Secondary Alcohols

Pfizer, Inc.

Postdoc, Eric Sorensen (Princeton) 2008
Ph.D., Caltech 2008
B.S., Chemistry, University of Saint Thomas 2002
B.A., Mathematics, University of Saint Thomas 2002


John EnquistDr. John Enquist
Thesis :: Total Synthesis of Cyanthiwigin Natural Products Via Double Asymmetric Catalytic Alkylation and Investigations into the Nature of Double Asymmetric Processes

Postdoc, John Wood (CSU) 2010+

Ph.D., Caltech 2010
B.S., University of California, San Diego 2004

Eric FerreiraProf. Eric Ferreira
Thesis :: The Design and Development of Palladium-Catalyzed Aerobic Oxidative Transformations

Assistant Professor, Colorado State University 2008+

Postdoc, Barry Trost (Stanford) 2005-2008
Ph.D., Caltech 2005
S.B., Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2000


Neil GargProf. Neil Garg
Thesis :: The Total Synthesis of Dragmacidins D and F

Assistant Professor, UCLA 2007+

Postdoc, Overman (UC Irvine) 2005-2007
Ph.D., Caltech 2005
B.S., New York University 2000

Christopher GilmoreDr. Chris Gilmore
Thesis :: Aryne Annulation Reactions Toward the Synthesis of Heterocyclic Molecules

Dow Chemical

Ph.D., Caltech 2012
B.S., Boston College 2005


Alex GoldbergDr. Alex Goldberg
Thesis :: Synthetic Applications and Methodological Developments of Donor–Acceptor Cyclopropanes

Postdoc, David Milstein (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel), 2013+

Ph.D., Caltech 2013
BScH, Queen's University 2008

Blake GreeneBlake Greene

M.S., Caltech 2004
B.S., Yale University 2002


Jonny GordonDr. Jonny Gordon

Thesis :: Applications of a Concise and General Strategy for the Syntheses of Transtaganolide and Basiliolide Natural Products

Ph.D., Caltech, 2014
B.Sc., Brown University 2008

Dr. Christopher Haley - ckhaley@caltech.edu

Ph.D., Caltech, 2015
B.S., Chemistry, New York University 2010
(with Prof. Dave Schuster)


Dr. Seojung Han - shan@caltech.edu

Postdoc, Dean Toste (University of California, Berkeley), 2016+

Ph.D., Caltech, 2016
M.S., Chemistry, Sogang University 2010
B.S., Chemistry, Sogang University 2008
(with Prof. Duck-Hyung Lee)

Jeff HolderDr. Jeff Holder

Thesis :: The Development of an Asymmetric Palladium-Catalyzed Conjugate Addition and its Application Toward the Total Syntheses of Taiwaniaquinoid Natural Products

Postdoc, John Hartwig (University of California, Berkeley), 2014+

Ph.D., Caltech, 2014
B.A. Harvard University 2009


Allen HongDr. Allen Hong
Thesis :: Development of a Novel Ring Contraction Strategy and Application to the Total Synthesis of Presilphiperfolanol Natural Products

Postdoc, Chris Vanderwal (University of California, Irvine), 2012+

Ph.D., Caltech, 2012
B.S., University of California, Berkeley 2006

Boram HongBoram Hong

M.S. Caltech 2011
B.A. Macalester College 2007

Max LoewingerMax Loewinger - mloewing@caltech.edu

M.A. Chemistry, Wesleyan University 2009
B.A. Chemistry, Wesleyan University 2008
B.A. American Studies (Literary and Cinematic Criticism), Wesleyan University 2008

Yiyang LiuDr. Yiyang Liu - yliu3@caltech.edu
Thesis :: Palladium-Catalyzed Decarboxylative and Decarbonylative Transformations in the Synthesis of Fine and Commodity Chemicals
Postdoc, Adam Matzger (University of Michigan), 2015+

Ph.D., Caltech, 2015
B.S., Peking University 2010

Resnick Sustainability Fellowship


Katerina KorchKaterina Korch

M.S. Caltech 2015
B.S. Juniata College 2012

National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship

Katerina KorchKelly Kim

Ph.D. Caltech, 2016
B.S., Yale University 2011 (with Prof. Nilay Hazari)


Mike KroutProf. Mike Krout
Thesis :: Progress Toward the Asymmetric Total Synthesis of Variecolin and Gas-Phase Studies of the Twisted Amide 2-Quinuclidone

Assistant Professor, Bucknell University

Postdoc, David Y. Gin, (Sloan-Kettering), 2009-2012
Ph.D., Caltech 2009
B.S., Indiana University of Pennsylvania 2002

Chung Whan LeeDr. Chung Whan Lee - clee2@caltech.edu

LG, Korea

Ph.D., Caltech 2015
M.S. Seoul National University 2009
B.S. Seoul National University 2007


Sandy MaDr. Sandy Ma
Progress Toward the Cortistatin A Carbocyclic Core and The Development of the Catalytic Enantioselective Alkylation of 3-Halooxindoles

Postdoc, Jin-Quan Yu

Ph.D., Caltech 2010
B.S., Chemistry, Stanford University 2004
B.S., Biology, Stanford University 2004

Mike MeyerProf. Mike Meyer
Palladium(II)-Catalyzed Oxidation Reactions in Natural Product Synthesis: Efforts Toward Bielschowskysin and Phalarine

Postdoc, Astraea Therapeutics

Ph.D., Caltech 2010
B.S., Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 2002


Jeremy MayProf. Jeremy May
Thesis :: Tandem Reactions, Gas Phase Chemistry, and Natural Products

Assistant Professor, University of Houston

Postdoc, Samuel Danishefsky (Sloan-Kettering)
Ph.D., Caltech 2005
B.S., University of Utah 2000

Ryan McFaddenDr. Ryan McFadden
Thesis :: Applications of Pd-Catalyzed Enatioselective Decarboxylative Alkylation in Natural Products Total Synthesis

Gilead Sciences 2007+

Ph.D., Caltech 2007
B.S., Chemistry and Biochemistry, Purdue University 2002


JT MohrProf. JT Mohr
Thesis :: Enantioselective Reactions of Palladium Enolates

Assistant Professor, University of Illinois (Chicago), 2012+

Postdoc, Gregory Fu (MIT), 2009-2012 Ph.D., Caltech, 2009
A.B., Dartmouth College, 2003

Hosea NelsonProf. Hosea M. Nelson
Thesis :: A Unified Synthetic approach to the Transtaganolide and Basiliolide Natural Products

Assistant Professor, UCLA 2015+

Postdoc, Dean Toste (University of California, Berkeley), 2012+

Ph.D., Caltech, 2012
B.S., University of California, Berkeley 2004


Narae ParkDr. Nick O'Connor

Ph.D. Caltech, 2017
B.S., Macalester College 2011 (with Prof. Becky Hoye)

Narae ParkNarae Park

M.S. Chemistry, Caltech, 2010 B.S., Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, San Diego 2005


Narae ParkDr. Beau Pritchett

Ph.D., Caltech, 2017
B.S., Tulane University 2012 (with Prof. Scott Grayson and Prof. Vijay John)
NSF Predoctoral Fellow

Corey ReevesDr. Corey Reeves - creeves@caltech.edu
Thesis :: Strategies for the Stereoselective Synthesis of Carbon Quaternary Centers via Transition Metal-Catalyzed Alkylation of Enolate Compounds

Amgen Thousand Oaks 2015+

Ph.D., Caltech, 2015

B.S., Chemistry, Columbia University 2010)
             (with Prof. Tristan Lambert)


Jenny RoizenProf. Jenny Roizen
Thesis :: Progress Toward an Enantioselective Total Synthesis of Ineleganolide

Assistant Professor, Duke University 2013+

Postdoc, Du Bois Group (Stanford) 2010+

Ph.D., Caltech 2010
B.A., Williams College 2003

Brinton Seashore-LudlowBrinton Seashore-Ludlow
Somfai Group, University of Tartu

M.S., Caltech 2007
B.A., Macalester College 2005

Nat SherdenDr. Nathaniel Sherden
Thesis :: Mechanistic Investigations into the Palladium Catalyzed Decarboxylative Allylic Alkylation of Ketone Enolates Using the PHOX Ligand Architecture

Postdoc, Prof. Sarah O'Connor

Ph.D., Caltech 2011
B.S., Chemistry, University of Chicago 2004
B.S., Computer Science, University of Chicago 2004


Sarah SpessardSarah Spessard

Cima Labs

M.S., Caltech 2003
B.A., Gustavus Adolphus 2000

Vlad SpasojevicVlad Spasojevic

B.S., Chemistry, University of Minnesota 2005
B.S., Biochemistry, University of Minnesota 2005



Uttam TambarProf. Uttam Tambar
PDF Thesis :: Convergent Methods for Synthesizing Rings in the Context of Natural Product Synthesis

Assistant Professor, UT Southwestern 2009-

Postdoc, Jim Leighton (Columbia), 2006-2009
Ph.D., Caltech 2005
A.B., Harvard University 2000

Raissa TrendDr. Raissa Trend
Thesis :: Concerning The Mechanism and Selectivity of Palladium(II) Catalyzed Aerobic Oxidation Reactions


Achaogen 2008+

Postdoc, Horst Vogel (EPFL) 2006-2008
Ph.D., Caltech 2006
University of Wisconsin at Madison 2001
B.A., University of Chicago 1998


Matthew WinstonMatthew Winston - mattw@caltech.edu
Postdoc, Dean Toste (University of California, Berkeley), 2012+

Ph.D., Caltech, 2012
B.S., Harvard University, 2007

Ryan ZeidanDr. Ryan Zeidan

Boston Consulting Group

Ph.D., Caltech, 2007, Davis Group
M.S., Caltech, 2004, Stoltz Group
S.B., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2002


John ZepernickJohn Zepernick
Think Science

M.S., Caltech 2003
B.S., University of Texas at Austin 2001



Former Visiting Scholars

Jen AllevaJen Alleva - jalleva@caltech.edu

Graduate Student, Princeton (Macmillan Group) 2010-
B.S., Temple University

Maria CanoKatsuaki Baba



Chatani Group, Osaka University


Magnus BergnerMagnus Bergner - mbergner@caltech.edu

M.Sc., Chemistry, Lund University 2004

Maria CanoMaria Cano - mcano@caltech.edu



M.S. University of Granada, 2008
Prof. Enrique J. Àlvarez-Manzaneda
B.S. University of Granada 2007


Mathilde Chaudagne - mchaudag@caltech.edu

National Graduate School of Chemistry and Engineering (ENSCCF), Clermont-Ferrand, France


Judith CudajJudith Cudaj - jcudaj@caltech.edu


Diploma, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, 2008

Ryohei DoiDr. Ryohei Doi - ryoheid@caltech.edu

Assistant Professor in the group of Professor Yoshihiro Sato

Laboratory of Fine Synthetic Chemistry
Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Hokkaido University


Chad Eichman, Ph.D. - ceichman@caltech.edu

Assistant Professor
Loyola University Chicago

Satoshi HashimotoSatoshi Hashimoto - shashi@caltech.edu

Ph.D. Candidate, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan


Lukas HilpertLukas Hilpert - lhilpert@caltech.edu

B.S., Chemistry, University of Freiburg 2012

Guillermo Guerrero-VasquezEmil Glibstrup

PhD Student, University of Copenhagen, 3rd year,
Assoc. Prof. Christian Marcus Pedersen



Marina IlgMarina Ilg - milg@caltech.edu



B.Sc. Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet, Munich 2010

Akihiko IwashitaAkihiko Iwashita
Mitsui Chemicals

Visiting Graduate Scholar from Prof. Eiichi Nakamura's Group



Thomas JensenThomas Jensen

M.Sc. Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
The Danish Technical University 2006

Woo-ok Jung - wjung@caltech.edu

M.S Candidate, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Gwangju, Korea


Jun KikuchiJun Kikuchi - jkikuchi@caltech.edu

M.S. Tohoku University, 2014
B.S. Tohoku University, 2012

Betul KitirBetul Kitir - betki@caltech.edu

M.A., Chemical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, 2012



Bin MaoNatsuko Kinoshita - natsuko@caltech.edu

M.S., Nagoya University, 2011 (Prof. Takashi Ooi)
B.S., Nagoya University, 2009


Dr. Yusuke KitaYusuke Kita, Ph.D. - kita@caltech.edu

Assistant Professor, Osaka University, 2010-
Ph.D., Osaka University, 2010

Prof. Naoto Chatani, "Studies of Carbon-Cyano Bond Cleavage Reactions Using Rhodium Catalyst and Disilane"

M.S. Osaka University, 2008
B.S. Osaka University, 2006

Helene KoldingHelene Kolding - hkolding@caltech.edu

Technical University of Denmark


Yuji KosugiYuji Kosugi
Visiting Graduate Scholar from Prof. Ishihara Kazuaki's Group


Wengang LiWengang Li



KAUST - Prof. Niveen Khashab
B.S. Tianjin University 2009


Louise LefoulonLouise Lefoulon - lefoulon@caltech.edu

National Graduate School of Chemistry and Engineering (ENSCCF), Clermont-Ferrand, France


Yanhui Lu - yliu3@caltech.edu

PhD Candidate, Ishihara Lab, Nagoya University



Bin MaoBin Mao - bmao@caltech.edu

Ph.D. Candidate, University of Groningen (Prof. Ben L. Feringa)

Smaranda MarinescuSmaranda Marinescu
Stoltz Lab visiting scholar, 2006-2007
MIT graduate program (Shrock lab), 2007+



Kei MurakamiKei Murakami - kmura@kuchem.kyoto-u.ac.jp


Assistant Professor, Kyoto University
Prof. Atsuhiro Osuka and Prof. Hideki Yorimitsu

Ph.D., Kyoto University, 2012
M.S., Kyoto University, 2009
Prof. Koichiro Oshima and Seijiro Matsubara
B.S., Kyoto University 2007

Hashiru Negishi - hnegishi@caltech.edu

Ph.D. Candidate, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan


Nasri NesnasNasri Nesnas, Ph.D. - nesnas@caltech.edu

Associate Professor
Florida Institute of Technology


Kazuma OdaKazuma Oda - koda@caltech.edu

B.S., Chemistry, Nagoya University, 2012
M.S., Chemistry, Nagoya University, 2014

Yutaro Saito - ysaito@caltech.edu

Ph.D. Candidate, Nagoya University, Aichi, Japan


Shyam SathyamoorthiShyam Sathyamoorthi



Tulane University


Yasutomo SegawaYasutomo Segawa
Assistant Professor, Nagoya University

Prof. Kyoko Nozaki's Group

Ph.D., University of Tokyo, 2009
M.S., University of Tokyo, 2007
B.S., University of Tokyo, 2005

Hirokazu Takada - htakada@caltech.edu

B.S.: Kitasato University, 2012
M.S.: Kitasato University, 2014 (Prof. Toshiaki Sunazuka)
Ph.D. Candidate: Kitasato University, (Prof. Toshiaki Sunazuka)


Nina VrielinkNina Vrielink - nina.vrielink@cup.uni-meunchen.de



Trauner Group, Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München

Mario WiesenfeldtMario Wiesenfeldt - mwiesenf@caltech.edu

B.S., Chemistry, University of Heidelberg, 2012


Taiga YurinoJulian West

PhD Candidate, Prof. Erik Sorensen, Princeton University

Taiga YurinoMarco Wollenberg

M.Sc. Student, Prof. Frank Glorius, University of Muenster


Taiga YurinoTaiga Yurino - tyurino@caltech.edu



M.S., Kyoto University, 2010
Prof. Keiji Maruoka
B.S., Kyoto University 2008



Former Undergraduate Students

Anguel AlexievAnguel Alexiev


Katherine BayKatherine Bay [Senior] - kbay@caltech.edu

B.S. Candidate, Chemistry, University of La Verne

Péter BolgárPéter Bolgár [Junior] - pbolgar@caltech.edu

St. Catherine's College, Cambridge University


Pradeep BuggaPradeep Bugga

Graduate Student, Northwestern University (Statsuk Group), 2010-


Annie ChinAnnie Chin - achin@caltech.edu


Linda ChioLinda Chio - lchio@caltech.edu


Carolyn CohenCarolyn Cohen - cmcohen@caltech.edu


Emory University (Davies Group)

Ryan Dempsey [Junior] - rdempsey@caltech.edu


Tim DongTimothy Dong

Graduate Student, UCLA (Jung Group)

Nicholas EddyNicholas Eddy

Graduate Student, University of Connecticut (Fenteany Group)


Benzi Estipona [Senior] - bestipon@caltech.edu

Gabriel Fernando de MeloGabriel Fernando de Melo

Federal University of Uberlandia


Kristin FinchKristin Finch

Graduate Student, UIUC (Hergenrother Group)

Kevin GaoKevin Gao - kgao@caltech.edu



Emmett GoodmanEmmett Goodman - egoodman@caltech.edu


Angela GuerreroAngela Guerrero - amguerre@caltech.edu

California State University, Los Angeles


Greg HanGreg Han [Junior] - ghan@caltech.edu

B.S. Candidate, Biochemistry, Amherst College

Amgen Fellow


James HegemanJames Hegeman


Randie KimRandie Kim

M.D./Ph.D. Student, UC Davis

Yoobin KohYoobin Koh - ykoh@caltech.edu


Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Korea (Hong Group)


Eric KweiEric Kwei


Tammy LamTammy Lam

Lecturer, UW Madison
Postdoc, U Chicago (Rawal Group)


Tammy LamNetgie Laguerre

Tammy LamYuka Sakazaki

Aaron LevineAaron Levine - alevine@caltech.edu



Samantha LevineSamantha Levine


Postdoc, Betty Lab

Benji LinBenji Lin


Graduate Student, Harvard University


Vicki LoewerVicki Loewer


Galen LoramGalen Loram



Jacquie MaletteJacquie Malette
Integrated Diagnostics


Moriam Masha [Junior] - mmasha@caltech.edu

University College London <

Austin MoehlerAustin Moehle - austinm@caltech.edu



Herschel MukherjeeHerschel Mukherjee

Graduate Student, Harvard University (Myers Group)

Winston Odom [Junior] - wodom@caltech.edu Morehouse College


Joshua OwenJoshua Owen - owenj@caltech.edu



Diane PlummerDiane Plummer

Graduate Student, Yale University (Phillips Group)

David RomneyDavid Romney

Ph.D., 2015: Yale University (Miller Group)

Postdoc, 2015 - present: Caltech (Arnold Group)


TC ScottonTC Scotton


Jeff ShenJeff Shen - jeffshen@caltech.edu



Amanda SilbersteinAmanda Silberstein
Associate Professor, Westmont College
2015+

Postdoc, Professor Peter B. Dervan (Caltech) 2014-2015

Ph.D., UCLA (Professor Neil K. Garg) 2014

Sasha SouvernevaSasha Souverneva - asouvern@caltech.edu

Graduate Student, SUNY ESF (Environmental Chemistry)


Vi TranVi Tran

Graduate Student, NYU (Woerpel Group)


Georgijs TreninsGeorgijs Trenins - gtrenins@caltech.edu

St Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge


Brian UnderwoodBrian Underwood
Process Engineer, Applied Materials

Ph.D. MIT 2010
Prof. Tim Jamison


Kyle VirgilKyle Virgil - kvirgil@caltech.edu

B.S., Chemistry, NC State University, 2016


Tyler VolkoffTyler Volkoff

Graduate Student, Berkeley University (Whaley Group)