January 2021

I am Souvik. I am from Tamluk, west Bengal in INDIA. I did my bachelors with Chemistry as the major from Midnapore College (Autonomous). I have completed my MS from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. During my masters, I did research on transition metal catalyzed C-H activation reactions under the supervision of Dr. Chandra M.R. Volla. I really enjoy my free time playing Cricket and watching football matches, particularly I am very much passionate about indian football. And I also like to gossip with friends in common tea stalls. I love to eat. My favorite Indian dish is “Chicken Biryani”.

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but building the new.”- Socrates

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

December 2021

Jeff grew up in Hualien, Taiwan. He completed his B.S. and M.S. from National Tsing Hua University in 2017 and 2019. While at NTHU, Jeff worked under the direction of Prof. Chien-Hong Cheng on the transition metal-catalyzed organic reactions as well as OLED synthesis. After that, he then moved to Dr. Yu-Wen Huang’s group at NTHU to explore total synthesis of complex natural products as a research associate. Jeff joined the Brown Group in 2021 and is currently working on photochemical strain-release cycloaddition. In his free time, he likes playing badminton and traveling.

December 2021

Prashansa is from Sri Lanka. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, where she majored in Botany. In Spring 2017, she entered Eastern Illinois University to pursue her MS under the supervision of Dr. Rebecca Peebles. Prashansa joined the chemistry Ph.D. program at the University of Texas at Dallas in 2019 and joined Dr. Eric Welin’s lab where she mainly worked on a photocatalysis project. After a year and a half, her PI Dr. Welin decided to switch into the industry from academia and upon her PI’s decision, she decided to continue her Ph.D. journey in the chemistry department at Indiana University. She enjoys cooking, watching movies, and listing to music in her free time.

“Everything happens for a reason” – Aristotle

December 2021

Jarett grew up in Shelbyville, Indiana. He completed his B.S. at Indiana State University, where he was a part of Professor Dr. Ryan Van Hoveln’s laboratory. While there, Jarett focused on organic synthesis methodology. Jarett now is at IU and is a member of the Brown group. Jarett is continuing to develop his methodology background, but now is interested in [2+2] cycloadditions as well as other areas of photochemistry. In Jarett’s free time he enjoys going for runs with his wife as well as playing badminton every Sunday with fellow chemistry graduate students.

“No, try not. Do, or do not. There is no try.”     -Master Yoda