March 2019

Dongshun grew up in Hangzhou, a beautiful city in China, and in 2012 he got a bachelor’s
degree in applied chemistry at Sichuan University. Afterwards, he attended the
Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry where he studied the total synthesis of complex alkaloids and
obtained his Ph. D. under the supervision of Prof. Dawei Ma in December 2017.
After one year as an assistant researcher in the Ma group, he joined the Brown group in
January 2019 as a postdoctoral research fellow, and his current research focuses on
enantioselective [4+2] cycloaddition. In his spare time, he enjoys watching movies,
playing billiards and games- king of glory, and learning to cook food.
You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.—Zig Ziglar

December 2021

Yanyao grew up in Ma‘anshan, very close to Nanjing. He graduated with B.S. in Chemistry from Nanjing University, where he finished his bachelor thesis, visible-light-driven radical hydrosilylation of mono- and disubstituted allenes, under the instruction of Prof. Shaozhong Wang. Then, he did research on the multifunctional role of Ruppert−Prakash reagent in cascade cyclization, Yanchuan Zhao’s group, SIOC. In 2021 fall, Yanyao joined in Brown Lab, focusing on photochemistry. In free time, he enjoys sleeping, playing video games and barbecue.

“A true master is an eternal student.” — Master Yi