Graduate Students

Lucas Souza

|lwsouza@ucdavis.edu|

Lucas earned a B.S. degree in Biochemisstry 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 2016 and is currently working on catalyst design and C–H insertion methodology.

Anna Lo

|annlo@ucdavis.edu|

Anna 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.

Ben Bergstrom

|bdbergstrom@ucdavis.edu|

Ben 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

|sdishman@ucdavis.edu | |

Sarah 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, has completed projects working on C–H insertion methodology and is currently working on a targeted synthesis.

David Gutierrez

|dagutier@ucdavis.edu| |

David 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

|yshiue@ucdavis.edu|

Jack 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 Manuel Ruiz

|jmrruiz@ucdavis.edu|

Jose 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

|mwdyer@ucdavis.edu|

Matt 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 is working on a targeted synthesis.

Garrett Toth-Williams

|gltothwilliams@ucdavis.edu| 

Garrett 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.

Andy Hsieh

|cehsieh@ucdavis.edu|

Andy received his B.S. and M.S. in Chemistry from the National University of Kaohsiung. He worked in the lab of Dr. Chih-Ming Chou and focused on the methodology development of Pd-catalyzed decarboxylative reaction. Andy joined the Shaw group in December 2020 and is currently working on targeted synthesis.

Rose Ou

|yrou@ucdavis.edu|

Rose received her B.S. in chemistry from Millersville University in May 2021. At MU, she working in the lab of Dr. Steven Kennedy on the synthesis of quinolinone derivatives. Rose joined the Shaw lab in December 2021 and is currently working on a targeted synthesis.

Matthew Spock

|mspock@ucdavis.edu|

Matthew received his B.S in chemistry at Middle Tennessee State University in 2019 and conducted research on the synthesis of small molecules utilizing green chemistry reagents with Dr. Scott T. Handy. Matthew then went on to research small molecule therapeutics for the treatment of CNS disorders with Craig W. Lindsley at the Warren Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery at Vanderbilt University. Matthew joined the Shaw lab in December 2021 and is currently working on synthesizing small molecule analogs.

Dylan Turner

|drturner@ucdavis.edu|

Dylan received his B.S. in chemistry at Western Washington University in 2020. At Western, he worked under professor Gregory O'Neil on asymmetric synthesis through SmI2 mediated reductions of allylic benzoate groups. Dylan joined the Shaw group in December 2021 and is currently working on C–H insertion methodology.

Undergraduate Students

Jeffrey Toman

|jwtoman@ucdavis.edu|

Jeffrey is a third year undergraduate student at UC Davis majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He joined the Shaw group in June 2021 and is currently working on the synthesis of tetrasubstituted allenes derived from amines under Benjamin Bergstrom.

Emily Jimenez

|ejimene@ucdavis.edu|

Emily is a third year undergraduate student at UC Davis majoring in Chemistry. She joined the Shaw group in June 2021 and is currently working on novel Diels-Alder methodology under Jose Manuel Ruiz.