February 2017

Ali was born in West Palm Beach, FL and grew up in Marietta, GA. In 2016, she earned her B.S in Chemistry with Secondary Education certification at Mercer University where she performed undergraduate research under Professor David Goode. During her time at Mercer, she helped start the Mercer University Marching Band as the Head Drum Major for three years. In the Brown group, Ali works in field of transition metal catalyzed borylation of alkenes. In her free time, Ali enjoys volunteering for the Special Olympics, playing with her niece and nephew, and dancing.


Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” -Dr. Seuss

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

August 2018

Grace grew up in in Greenwood, Indiana. She completed her undergraduate studies at Marian University where she majored in Chemistry and Biology, doing research with Professor Carl Lecher. Grace then spent a year at UIUC where she completed research under the direction of Professor Kami Hull.  She joined the Brown lab in August 2018 and is now working on nickel-catalyzed alkene difunctionalization. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading and running.

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C. S. Lewis

December 2018

Rachel is from Des Peres, MO, just outside Saint Louis. She graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry from Illinois State University in May of 2018. During her sophomore year, she did crystal engineering research under Professor Chris Hamaker. In her junior year, she explored [5+2] cycloadditions under the supervision of Dr. Andy Mitchell. Finally, during her senior year, she developed new reactions to make carbinolamides for kinetic studies.  In the Brown group, Rachel is currently working on [2+2] cycloadditions. Her hobbies include cooking, classic film, and horseback riding.

A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” – John A. Shedd

January 2020

Yanyao is from Chongqing, the “Mountain City” in China. He obtained his B.S. at Nankai University where he did research on organic synthesis methodology with Prof. Mengchun Ye. Then he came to the US and finished his Master study at Rutgers University in 2019. In the Brown lab, he is working on the nickel catalyzed difunctionalization of alkenes. In his spare time, he likes to play games with friends or reading books.

“Man errs as long as he strives.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

January 2020

I am from Chandannagar, West Bengal in India. I have completed by B.Sc. in Chemistry Honours from Chandernagore Govt. College, West Bengal in 2016 and MS in chemistry from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 2019. During my masters I have work on Ti(III)-mediated radical cyclization under the supervision of Prof. Tushar Kanti Chakraborty.

In spare time I like to read novels and cook some new recipes.

My favorite quote is “If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough”- Oprah Winfrey.

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

January 2021

Phillip was born in Kissimmee, FL but he spent most of his life in Alma, AR. He got his B.A. in chemistry at Hendrix College in Conway, AR. His undergraduate research was performed under the direction of Dr. Heidi Dahlmann. His initial work in the Brown group will be focused on nickel catalyzed arylboration of alkenes. Since he moved to Bloomington, he likes trying out the local breweries and the occasional bike ride.

“The beauty of chemistry is that I can design my own molecular world.” -Ben L. Feringa
“Every kid has a talent that we should encourage.” -Ben L. Feringa

January 2021

David was born in Indianapolis, Indiana and grew up in Freeport, Grand Bahama, The Bahamas. In 2019, he earned his B.S. in Biochemistry from Taylor University, and did research under Dr. Daniel King and Dr. Vincent Sichula. During his undergraduate years he was a part of the American Chemical Society’s Local University Chapter and the International Students Society. Working in both the Brown group and the Van Kessel Group, David works on synthesizing sulfonamides and other drug candidates and testing them on Vibrio bacteria to study the effects on quorum sensing pathways in those bacteria.

“Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, but learning to dance in the rain.”-V. Greene