The People


Nathan Gianneschi

Principal Investigator



Group Members



Project Scientists



Matt Thompson

Project Scientist

Hometown: Upper LaHave, Nova Scotia, Canada
Undergraduate Education: Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Graduate Education: Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Graduate Advisor: Robert P. Lemieux
Favorite Movie: Die Hard, Happy Gilmore
Favorite TV Show: LOST
Favorite Music: Anything really but favourite: Blue Rodeo
Favorite Molecule: (S)-(+)-9-{[4-(dodecyloxy)benzoyl]oxy}-1,11-dimethyl-5,7-dihydrodibenzo[c,e]thiepin-3-yl 4-(dodecyloxy)benzoate



Chris Forman

Assistant Project Scientist

Hometown: Nairobi, Kenya/Canterbury, UK
Undergraduate Education: Edinburgh University, Scotland
Graduate Education: Cambridge University, UK
Graduate Advisor: Paul Barker
Favorite Movie: Brazil, Princess Bride, Empire Strikes Back
Favorite TV Show: Stargate
Favorite Music: Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Blurred Edge of Reason, Pink Floyd
Favorite Molecule: haem (aka heme)



Postdoctoral Scholars



Treff Ditri

Postdoctoral Scholar

Hometown: Troy, Michigan
Undergraduate Education: Wayne State University
Graduate Education: University of California, San Diego
Graduate Advisor: Joshua Figueroa
Favorite Movie: Apocalypse Now
Favorite TV Show: Curb Your Enthusiasm
Favorite Music: Bel Biv DeVoe
Favorite Molecule: Paracetemol



Michael Hahn

Research and Clinical

Resident in Radiology

Hometown: Stoughton, Massachusetts
Undergraduate Education: BS, Brandeis University
Graduate Education: PhD, The Rockefeller University; MD, Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Graduate Advisor: Tom W. Muir (PhD)
Favorite Movie: The Big Lebowski
Favorite TV Show: Lost
Favorite Music: Cougar
Favorite Molecule: Glucokinase



Andrea Luthi

Postdoctoral Scholar

Hometown: Madison, Kansas
Undergraduate Education: Emporia State University
Graduate Education: Northwestern University
Graduate Advisor: Chad Mirkin & Shad Thaxton
Favorite Movie: That Darn Cat, Pride and Prejudice
Favorite TV Show: Psych, Criminal Minds, White Collar
Favorite Music: Casting Crowns
Favorite Molecule: caffeine



Julia Michaelis

Postdoctoral Scholar

Hometown: Berlin, Germany
Undergraduate Education: Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany
Graduate Education: Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany
Graduate Advisor: Oliver Seitz
Favorite Movie: 2001- A Space Odyssey
Favorite TV Show: The Big Bang Theory, Tatort, Star Trek
Favorite Music: Johnny Cash, Die Ärzte, Boy, Trentemoller
Favorite Molecule: DNA



Lucas Parent

Postdoctoral Scholar

Hometown: Westwood, Massachusetts
Undergraduate Education: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
Graduate Education: University of California, Davis
Graduate Advisor: Ilke Arslan
Favorite Movie: The Matrix
Favorite TV Show: The Daily Show
Favorite Music: classic rock, blues
Favorite Molecule: H2O



Gina Policastro

Postdoctoral Scholar

Hometown: Beaver, Pennsylvania
Undergraduate Education: Washington & Jefferson College
Graduate Education: College of Polymer Science, University of Akron
Graduate Advisor: Matthew L. Becker
Favorite Movie: Pitch Perfect I and II
Favorite TV Show: Game of Thrones, How I Met Your Mother
Favorite Music: John Mayer, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith
Favorite Molecule: Humulone



Maria Proetto

Postdoctoral Scholar

Hometown: Bariloche, Patagonia, Argentina
Undergraduate Education: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Graduate Education: Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Graduate Advisor: Ronald Gust
Favorite Movie: C'est pas moi, je le jure!, Primal fear, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Favorite TV Show: Campeones, Prision break
Favorite Music: Radiohead, Massive attack, Depeche mode, No te va gustar
Favorite Molecule: cisplatin



Alexander Roloff

Postdoctoral Scholar

Hometown: Berlin, Germany
Undergraduate Education: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Graduate Education: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Graduate Advisor: Oliver Seitz
Favorite Movie: Haialarm am Müggelsee
Favorite TV Show: Lost, Tatort, TNG
Favorite Music: electronic sounds
Favorite Molecule: Taq-polymerase



Daniel Wright

Postdoctoral Scholar

Hometown: Poole, UK
Undergraduate Education: University of Brighton, UK
Graduate Education: University of Warwick, UK
Graduate Advisor: Rachel K. O'Reilly
Favorite Movie: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Favorite TV Show: Luther
Favorite Music: The Clash
Favorite Molecule: Cholesterol


Graduate Students



Kelsey Alexander

1st Year Graduate Student

Hometown: Placentia, CA
Undergraduate Education: Point Loma Nazarene University
Favorite Movie: Leap Year
Favorite TV Show: The Office, Friends
Favorite Music: Imagine Dragons
Favorite Molecule: Caffeine



Sarah Barnhill

4th Year Graduate Student

Hometown: Minden, NV
Undergraduate Education: University of California San Diego
Favorite Movie: How to Train Your Dragon and The Royal Tenenbaums
Favorite TV Show: 30 Rock
Favorite Music: Christmas music too early
Favorite Molecule: Sucrose



Cassandra Callmann

4th Year Graduate Student

Hometown: Kutztown, Pennsylvania
Undergraduate Education: West Chester University, Pennsylvania
Favorite Movie: Anchorman, Pride and Prejudice, Love Actually, Monty Python
Favorite TV Show: Archer, Californication, Frisky Dingo
Favorite Music: Jack Johnson, Above and Beyond, The Beatles
Favorite Molecule: Paclitaxel



Andrea Carlini

4th Year Graduate Student

Hometown: Toano, Virginia
Undergraduate Education: Virginia Tech, Virginia
Favorite Movie: The Fox and the Hound
Favorite TV Show: Futurama, The X-Files, Star Trek (TOS/TNG), The Colbert Report
Favorite Music: Gorillaz, Radiohead, Arctic Monkey, Modest Mouse, Spoon, Vampire Weekend, Ellie Goulding
Favorite Molecule: Isoamyl acetate



Wonmin Choi

1st Year Graduate Student

Hometown: Gwangju, Korea
Undergraduate Education: Seoul National University, Korea
Graduate Eduation: Seoul National University, M.S., Yan Lee Lab
Favorite Movie: The Avengers
Favorite TV Show: The Big Bang Theory
Favorite Music: Maroon 5, Green Day
Favorite Molecule: ethyl alcohol



Naneki Collins-McCallum

2nd Year Graduate Student

Hometown: Danville, CA
Undergraduate Education: Portland State University (B.S.), University of California Santa Barbara (B.A.)
Favorite Movie: Anything by Baz Luhrmann, Interstellar, Limitless
Favorite TV Show: Turn, Breaking Bad, Dexter, Big Bang Theory, Once Upon a Time
Favorite Music: Dave Matthews, Julieta Venegas, Chopin
Favorite Molecule: Vanillin



Ziying Hu

1st Year Graduate Student

Hometown: Jingmen, Hubei, China
Undergraduate Education: Beihang University/Wuhan University of Science and Technology
Favorite Movie: Youth and Danger, Farewell My Concubine, Life of Pi, Brave Heart, Three Idiots
Favorite TV Show: Friends, Desperate Housewives, The Big Bang Theory, Slam Dunk, Tokyo Love Story
Favorite Music: You raise me up, Willows; Westlife, Sarah Connor, Faye Wong
Favorite Molecule: Capsaicin



Yuran Huang

3rd Year Graduate Student

Hometown: Chongqing, China
Undergraduate Education: Chongqing University/National Center for Nanoscience and Technology
Favorite Movie: Braveheart
Favorite TV Show: The Big Bang Theory
Favorite Music: Adele
Favorite Molecule: O2



Joo Hee Lee

1st Year Graduate Student

Hometown: Cupertino, CA
Undergraduate Education: University of California Santa Barbara
Favorite Movie: Monster's Inc.
Favorite Music: John Legend
Favorite Molecule: Caffeine



Clare LeGuyader

5th Year Graduate Student

Hometown: East Islip, New York
Undergraduate Education: The College of William and Mary
Favorite Movie: Zoolander
Favorite TV Show: Saturday Night Live
Favorite Music: The Black Keys
Least Favorite Molecule: Rhodamine



Kevin Luo

1st Year Graduate Student

Hometown: Raleigh, North Carolina
Undergraduate Education: University of North Caroline at Chapel Hill
Favorite Movie: Interstellar
Favorite TV Show: Community
Favorite Music: Taylor Rae Bieber
Least Favorite Molecule: Sodium Hypobromite



Miles Reza Markmann

1st Year Graduate Student

Hometown: North Hollywood, California
Undergraduate Education: California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo
Favorite Movie: Shaolin vs Lama, and Bruce Lee Films
Favorite Activities: Synthesizing music, lyrics, and molecules
Favorite Music: Jazz, Hip Hop, Blues, Funk, Classical, and Rock
Favorite Molecule: Chlorophyll



Billy Pistel

1st Year Graduate Student

Hometown: Modesto, CA
Undergraduate Education: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
Favorite Movie: Hot Fuzz
Favorite TV Show: Game of Thrones
Favorite Music: Grouplove
Favorite Molecule: Hydrazine



Swagat Sahu

5th Year Graduate Student

Hometown: Thousand Oaks, California
Undergraduate Education: University of California Irvine
Favorite Movie: Star Wars, The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, Serenity
Favorite TV Show: The West Wing, Dollhouse, Firefly
Favorite Music: Linkin Park, Jay-Z, Metallica, Bon Jovi, Journey, Boston
Favorite Molecule: Titin



Mollie Touve

2nd Year Graduate Student

Hometown: Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Undergraduate Education: UC Santa Barbara
Favorite Movie: How to Train Your Dragon
Favorite TV Show: Avatar: The Last Airbender
Favorite Music: Modest Mouse, Jamie xx, Nicolas Jaar, Black Keys, Moderat
Favorite Molecule: chlorophyll



Zhao Wang

3rd Year Graduate Student

Hometown: Li Yang, Jiang Su, China
Undergraduate Education: East China University of Science of Technology
Favorite Movie: The Shawshank Redemption
Favorite TV Show: The Voice of China
Favorite Music: The Most Important Decision
Favorite Molecule: polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane



Xiujun Yue

3rd Year Graduate Student

Hometown: Dalian, Liaoning, China
Undergraduate Education: Tianjin University
Favorite Movie: A Beautiful mind, Cries and Whispers
Favorite TV Show: The Big Bang Theory
Favorite Music: Lacrimosa
Favorite Molecule: Dopamine



Nanzhi Zang

2nd Year Graduate Student

Hometown: Beijing, China
Undergraduate Education: Beijing Jiaotong University
Graduate Education: University of Florida, M.S.
Graduate Advisor: Wolfgang Sigmund, Kirk Ziegler
Favorite Movie: Pride and Prejudice, Antonement
Favorite TV Show: Person of interest
Favorite Music: Dmitri Shostakovich, Yo-Yo Ma
Favorite Molecule: Dopamine



Undergraduate Students



Carolina G. Bravo

Undergraduate Student

Hometown: Tijuana, B.C. Mexico
Undergraduate Education: University of California, San Diego
Favorite Movie: The Sixth Sense and Toy Story
Favorite TV Show: The Walking Dead
Favorite Molecule: Pyridine



Rob Hennis

Post-Baccalaureate Student

Hometown: Randolph, New Jersey
Undergraduate Education: Brown University
Favorite Movie: Big Lebowski
Favorite TV Show: Rick and Morty, Futurama
Favorite Music: Bach, Jefferson Airplane, John Coltrane
Favorite Molecule: FOXO3



Former Members



Lisa Adamiak

Graduate Student (2016)

Hometown: Livermore, CA
Undergraduate Education: University of California Santa Cruz
Favorite Movie: Pan's Labyrinth
Favorite TV Show: How I Met Your Mother
Favorite Music: Katzenjammer
Favorite Molecule: Dopamine


Andrew L. King

Undergraduate Student

Hometown: San Francisco, California
Undergraduate Education: UCSD
Favorite Movie: Caddyshack
Favorite TV Show: Game of Thrones
Favorite Music: Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp A Butterfly
Favorite Molecule: Caffeine



Angela Blum

Postdoctoral Scholar (2016)

Hometown: Bonney Lake, Washington
Undergraduate Education: Lewis & Clark College
Graduate Education: Caltech
Graduate Advisor: Dennis Dougherty
Favorite Movie: Signs, So I Married an Axe Murderer, and Tom Hanks movies from the 80's
Favorite TV Show: Grey's Anatomy and any trashy high school drama on the CW
Favorite Music: 70's/80's/90's rock
Favorite Molecule: pentafluorobenzene



Steven Nguyen

Graduate Student (2016)

Hometown: Irvine, California
Undergraduate Education: University of California San Diego
Favorite Movie: A Walk To Remember
Favorite TV Show: Seinfeld
Favorite Music: Eminem, Yellowcard, Rascal Flatts
Favorite Molecule: Ethanol



Jacquelin Kammeyer

Graduate Student (2016)

Hometown: Fishers, Indiana
Undergraduate Education: Indiana University
Favorite Movie: Despicable Me, A Beautiful Mind
Favorite TV Show: Modern Family, Homeland
Favorite Music: Coldplay, The Flaming Lips
Favorite Molecule: 1,3,7-trimethyl-1H-purine-2,6(3H,7H)-dione 3,7-dihydro-1,3,7-trimethyl-1H-purine-2,6-dione



Linda Zang

Undergraduate Student

Hometown: Los Osos, California
Undergraduate Education: University of California, San Diego
Favorite Movie: The Princess Bride
Favorite TV Show: House, Modern Family, CSI
Favorite Music: Queen, Lorde, Pentatonix
Favorite Molecule: H2O, Serotonin



Kelsey M. Roman

Undergraduate Student (2016)

Hometown: San Diego, CA
Undergraduate Education: UCSD
Favorite Movie: The Green Mile
Favorite TV Show: Downtown Abbey, House, Sherlock
Favorite Music: ACDC, Joe Satriani, Pink Floyd
Favorite Molecule: glucose



Sarah Beck-Pancer

Undergraduate Student (2016)

Hometown: San Diego, CA
Undergraduate Education: UCLA and Cuyamaca College
Favorite Movie: The Lion King
Favorite TV Show: Chopped, Will & Grace
Favorite Music: pop & raggae
Favorite Molecule: peptides



Joe Patterson

Project Scientist (2016)

Hometown: Nottingham, UK
Undergraduate Education: University of York, UK
Graduate Education: University of Warwick, UK
Graduate Advisor: Rachel K. O'Reilly
Favorite Movie: Dead Man's Shoes
Favorite TV Show: Peep Show
Favorite Music: Ocean Colour Scene
Favorite Molecule: Graphene Oxide



Maddie Sankaran (2015)

Undergraduate Student

Hometown: Concord, CA
Undergraduate Education: University of California, San Diego
Favorite Movie: No Reservations
Favorite TV Show: Charmed
Favorite Molecule: Benzene



Yiwen Li

Postdoctoral Scholar (2015)

Hometown: Meishan, Sichuan, China
Undergraduate Education: University of Science and Technology of China
Graduate Education: The University of Akron
Graduate Advisor: Stephen Z.D. Cheng
Favorite Movie: Ashes of Time
Favorite TV Show: Today Soccer
Favorite Music: Dust in the Wind
Favorite Molecule: Dendrimers



Adam Joseph Moore

Undergraduate Student (2015)

Hometown: Riverside, CA
Undergraduate Education: University of California, San Diego
Favorite Movie: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Favorite TV Show: Hannibal
Favorite Molecule: Epinephrine



Giulia Battistelli

Graduate Exchange Student (2015)

Hometown: Orvieto, Italy
Undergraduate Education: Alma Mater Studiorum, Bologna, Italy
Favorite Movie: Tropa De Elite
Favorite TV Show: Six Feet Under
Favorite Music: Fabrizio De Andrè
Favorite Molecule: Tris(bipyridine)ruthenium(II) chloride



Carrie James

Ph.D. (2015)

Hometown: Little Rock, Arkansas
Undergraduate Education: University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Brooklyn College
Favorite Movie: Waiting for Guffman, Bottle Rocket
Favorite TV Show: 30 Rock, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Homeland
Favorite Music: Deerhunter, New Order, Dinosaur Jr.
Favorite Molecule: Caffeine



Anthony Rush

Ph.D. (2015)

Hometown: Midland, Michigan
Undergraduate Education: Michigan State University
Favorite Movie: Fargo
Favorite TV Show: The Wire
Favorite Music: Boards of Canada
Favorite Molecule: methyl jasmonate



Nia Bell

Postdoctoral Scholar (2013-2015)

Hometown: Narberth, Wales
Undergraduate Education: Durham University, England
Graduate Education: Imperial College London, England
Graduate Advisor: Molly Stevens
Favorite Movie: Black Cat White Cat
Favorite TV Show: Hollyoaks
Favorite Music: Super Furry Animals
Favorite Molecule: Diamond



Dustin Crystal

B.S. (2015)

Currently: Medical School at Rutgers University



Kate Veccharelli

M.S. (2013)

Currently: Ph.D. Graduate Student, Joe O'Conner Lab, UC San Diego, CA



Ti-Hsuan Ku

Ph.D. (2014)

Currently: Manager, Rehabilitation Clinic, Department of Clinical Pathology and Medical Laboratory, Taiwan



Lyndsay Randolph

Ph.D. (2014)

Current Position: Industrial Postdoc, Research Chemist, Imerys Inc., San Jose, CA



Ben Monson

M.S. (2014)

Current Position: Synthesis Chemist, American Peptide Company, Vista, CA.



Miao-Ping Chien

Ph.D. (2013)

Current Position: Postdoc, Cohen Lab, Harvard University



Alex Caldwell

B.S. (2014)

Currently: Graduate Student in Chemistry, University of Colorado Boulder



Alfred Tam

Undergraduate Student

(2010-2013)

Hometown: Millbrae, California
Undergraduate Education: University of California San Diego
Favorite Movie: Pulp Fiction
Favorite TV Show: Futurama, The Office, Simpsons
Favorite Music: Rock
Favorite Molecule: Bombykol



Lizanne Koch

B.S. (2013)

Currently: Graduate Student in Chemistry, Tour Lab, Rice University



Nellab Yakuby

B.S. (2012)

Currently: Medical Student, Tulane University



Ashley Davalos

High School Student

(2009-2011)

Currently: Undergraduate Student, UC Santa Barbara



Jennifer Young

M.S. (2011)

Hometown: Florence, Oregon
Undergraduate Education: Northwest Nazarene University
Favorite Movie: Pride and Prejudice
Favorite TV Show: The Office
Favorite Music: Christmas
Favorite Molecule: Laminin



Nash Martinez

B.S.(2012)

Currently: Medical Student, UC San Francisco



Zach Sharfman

B.S. (2012)

Currently: Masters Student



Anastasia Lityo

M.S. (2009-2010)

Hometown: Jakarta, Indonesia
Undergraduate Education: Purdue University
Favorite Movie: The Notebook
Favorite TV Show: The Nanny
Favorite Music: John Mayer
Favorite Molecule: Water