RENRONG LIU, Ph.D.
East China Normal University
XUAN ZHANG, Ph.D.
Dalian University of Technology
Xuan Zhang was born in AnHui, China. He attended Dalian University of Technology for his PhD degree in applied chemistry from 2008 to 2014, where he earned his PhD working on a Palladium- and Rhodium-catalyzed selective C–C bond forming reaction.
4TH YEAR GRADUATE STUDENTS
B.S. University of South Carolina Upstate (Chemistry)
Ryan was born and raised in Shirley, NY. He graduated from the University of South Carolina Upstate in 2014 with a BS in chemistry. While at USC Upstate he performed undergraduate research under Professor Joshua Ruppel focusing on the synthesis of Carbohydrate-Porphyrin (CPC) and Carbohydrate-Bacteriochlorin Conjugates (CBC) via metal-catalyzed cross-coupling reactions. Ryan is currently working on switchable site-selective functionalizations of polyazaarene containing molecules.
B.S., M.S. Missouri State University (Chemistry)
Michael was born and raised in southwest Missouri. He went to Missouri State for his undergraduate studies, and remained there to obtain his masters in chemistry. Michael is currently working on nucleophilic additions to phosphonium salts and phosphorous ligand coupling.
B.A. College of Wooster (Chemistry)
Luke was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He attended the College of Wooster, played varsity soccer, and graduated in 2014 with a B.A. in chemistry and minor in mathematics under the mentorship of Dr. Paul Bonvallet and Dr. Nicholas Shaw. Luke worked on deuterium- and tritium-labeling of nitrogen heterocycles, and now focuses efforts to develop novel methods for radical heterobiaryl synthesis. When not in lab, he enjoys backpacking, hiking, snowboarding, Lebron James, and playing soccer.
2ND YEAR GRADUATE STUDENTS
B.A. North Carolina State University (Chemistry)
Ryan graduated from North Carolina State University in 2015 with a B.A. in chemistry and a minor in biological sciences. At NC State, Ryan worked for Dr. Christian Melander focusing on the synthesis of a library of 2-aminoimidazole-based antibiotic adjuvants that reversed colistin resistance in gram-negative bacteria. Upon graduation, he completed a 6 month internship with ABB in Baden, Switzerland working on implementing eco-friendly insulating gas alternatives for gas insulated switchgear designs. In the McNally lab, Ryan focuses on heterocycle functionalization via nucleophilic addition to phosphonium salts.
B.A. Whitman College (Chemistry)
Ben Boyle grew up in Seattle, Washington. He attended Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA where he recieved his B.A. in Chemistry in 2015. Prior to attending CSU, Ben worked at Seattle Genetics from 2015-2016 in Process Chemistry working on high potent drug synthesis and impurity identification/synthesis. In the McNally Lab, Ben is currently working on phosphorus ligand coupling to achieve heteroaryl couplings.
B.S. University of Scranton (Chemistry)
Patrick is from Factoryville, Pennsylvania. He went to the University of Scranton where majored in Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics. While attending, Patrick worked for Dr. Michael Fennie on hydroamination of propargyl amines. In the McNally Lab, Patrick is currently working on switchable site selective phosphonium formation on pyridines.
B.S. Illinois Wesleyan University (Chemistry)
Kyle hails from Kenosha, Wisconsin. He received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Illinois Wesleyan University where he ran cross country/track and performed research under Professor Ram Mohan. Kyle is a joint student with the McNaughton lab and is currently focused on developing methods for bioconjugation.
B.A. Boston University (Chemistry)
Chirag grew up in Hudson, New Hampshire. He attended Boston University where he received his Bachelors degree in chemistry. While at Boston University, Chirag did research under Professor James Panek transforming allenylsilanes to homopropargylic alcohols. After graduating, Chirag worked as a medicinal chemist at EMD Serono in Billerica, Massachusetts in the immuno-oncology department. Chirag now works on site selective C-N bond formations on pyridines and diazines.
1st Year GRADUATE STUDENTS
B.S. Creighton University (Biochemistry)
Jake grew up in the small town of Bennington, Nebraska. He earned his B.S. in Biochemistry from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska in 2017. He did undergraduate research there with Dr. Stephen Gross characterizing the mechanical properties of dental composites. Jake joined the McNally lab in 2018 and currently investigates photoredox catalysis to build heterobiaryl compounds.
B.A. Oberlin College (Chemistry/Biochemistry)
Jeff was born and raised in New Rochelle, NY, a suburb of New York City. He received a BA in chemistry and biochemistry from Oberlin College in May 2016. At Oberlin, Jeff worked for Professor Jason Belitsky on the development of a synthetic Eumelanin analog.