November 2017

Stanna is from Grayling, MI. She graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry and a B.A. in Music from Hope College in May of 2017, where she performed research under the guidance of Dr. Jeffrey B. Johnson. This involved the development of a rhodium catalyzed cross-coupling reaction resulting in the interconversion of quinolinyl ketones. In the Brown lab, Stanna is currently working on the arylboration of alkenes via Cu/Pd synergistic catalysis. When she is not in the lab, Stanna enjoys reading, playing the flute, singing, creative writing, playing volleyball, and kickboxing.

“I don’t need easy. I just need possible.” -Bethany Hamilton

November 2017

Renyu grew up in Chengdu, China. He did his undergraduate studies at Nankai University, during which he finished his bachelor thesis with Prof. David Sarlah at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne, working on a total synthesis. After obtaining his B.S. in 2016, he spent a year with Prof. Zhen Yang at Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School for further organic synthesis training. In 2017, driven by deep interest in organic synthesis, Renyu joined the Brown Group and is working on cyclobutane-containing natural product synthesis. In his spare time, he likes sleeping, playing computer games and traveling.


“Don’t worry, be happy.” – Shadow Hunter from Warcraft III