Alan is from Portland, Michigan. He earned his B.S. in Chemistry from Grand Valley State University in 2016 where he researched phosphorous-based ligands for nuclear waste remediation with Prof. Shannon Biros and Prof. John Bender. He then spent a year as a contracted analytical chemist at Eurofins Lancaster Labs at which he performed particulates testing and separations of biopharmaceutical compounds. Alan began working in the Brown labs in June 2017 and his research has focused on metal-catalyzed carboboration. He enjoys being outdoors when not stuck indoors.