NINA HOWARD received her B.S in Biochemistry/Chemistry from University of California, San Diego in March 2015. She then went on to work at both NovoMedix and BioTheryX, where she helped design and synthesize novel small molecules for the treatment of cancer, heart failure, and other fibrotic diseases. Nina joined the Shaw group in December 2016 and has completed projects in emerging methodologies of reactions with N-tosyl imines and targeted synthesis.
LUCAS SOUZA earned a B.S. degree in Biochemistry from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo in 2015. While at Cal Poly, he worked under Dr. Kristen Meisenheimer and Philip Costanzo on small molecule synthesis for materials and chemical biology applications. Lucas joined the Shaw group in December of 2016 and is currently working on catalyst design and C-H insertion methodology.
ANNA LO received her B.A. in Chemistry from New York University in 2015. At NYU, she worked under Dr. Keith Woerpel on the electronic influence of spatially adjacent alkoxy groups on the selectivity and rate of nucleophilic additions to acetals. Anna joined the Shaw lab in April 2017 and is currently studying the effects of asymmetric induction in nucleophilic additions to chiral N-tosyl aldimines.
BENJAMIN BERGSTROM received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities in August 2015. He worked in the lab of Dr. Wayland E. Noland on the synthesis of biologically-active small molecules, later going on to work for Upsher-Smith Laboratories, synthesizing pharmaceutical impurities. Ben joined the lab in December 2017. He has completed projects for new C–H insertion methodologies, and is currently working on a targeted synthesis.
SARAH DISHMAN received her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill in May 2018. She worked in the lab of Dr. Stephen V. Frye on the synthesis of small molecule inhibitors for epigenetic proteins. Sarah joined the Shaw group in December 2018 and is currently working on C–H insertion methodology.
DAVID GUTIERREZ received his B.S. in chemistry from California Lutheran University and then went on to earn his Masters Degree in chemistry from the University of San Francisco. He then worked at Gilead Sciences for a year. David joined the Shaw lab in December 2018.
JACK SHIUE received his B.S and M.S degree from National Taiwan Normal University. At NTNU, he worked under professor Ming-Chang P. Yeh on methodology development. Jack joined the Shaw group in December 2018 and is currently working on a targeted synthesis.
JOSE RUIZ received his B.S. in chemistry from CSULA in May 2019. While at CSULA, he worked in the lab of Dr. Linda Tunstad on the synthesis and conformational studies of resorcin-4-arene based cavitands. Jose joined the Shaw lab in December 2019.
MATT DYER received his BA in Chemistry from Boston University in May of 2020. During his time at BU, he worked in the laboratory of John Porco where he focused on the total synthesis of oxaphenalenone natural products. While in Boston, he also spent time in the Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics department of Takeda Pharmaceuticals where he investigated the use of carbon monoxide surrogates in carbonylation reactions. Matt joined the Shaw group in December of 2020 and has begun work on a targeted synthesis.
GARRETT TOTH-WILLIAMS received his B.S. in chemistry from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in May 2019. At SMCM, he worked in the lab of Doctor Daniel T. Chase on the synthesis of stable singlet carbenes/aluminenes and novel fluorescent BODIPY/Aza-BODIPY dyes. Garrett joined the Shaw lab in December 2020.
MINGCHUN GAO received his doctor degree in Materials Chemistry from Shanghai University of China. While at SHU, he worked in the lab of Dr. Bin Xu on organometallic chemistry. Mingchun joined the Shaw group in May 2018.
KAIA YELLOWHORSE is an undergraduate chemistry major at UC Davis. She joined the Shaw lab in April 2019 and is currently working on C-H insertion.
DANIEL DUAN is an undergraduate chemistry major at UC Davis. He joined the Shaw lab in September 2019 and is currently working on C-H insertion.
KRISTIN SHIMABUKURO is an undergraduate pharmaceutical chemistry major at UC Davis. She joined the Shaw lab in March 2020 and is currently working on multi-component methodologies.