Yanyao Liu

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

Shashwati Paul

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


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


December 2022

Jazmine was born in Phnompenh, Cambodia, and grew up in Lancaster, California. She graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry from California Lutheran University in May of 2022, where she performed research under the guidance of Dr. Grady Hanrahan.

Jazmine joined the Brown Lab in 2022 and is currently working on the synthesis of bicyclic building blocks for medicinal chemistry purposes.

In her free time, she likes to catch up on her sleep, and read. 

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” -Marie Curie


December 2022

I am Suman, from Ghatal, West Bengal in India. I completed my BS in Chemistry from Midnapore College (Autonomous). I received my MS from Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati. During my masters, I worked on Catalytic Asymmetric synthesis, under the supervision of Prof. Subhas C. Pan.

In the Brown lab, I am working on the transition metal catalyzed difunctionalization of alkenes.

In my free time I like to listen music and I love cooking. My favorite hobby is to travel to new places.


“My special fascination has been to understand better the world of chemistry and its complexities” – E. J. Core


December 2022

Partha grew up in Kharagpur, India. He completed his undergraduate studies at Midnapore College, where he majored in Chemistry. Following his BS, he finished his Master’s in Chemistry at IIT Bombay and conducted his thesis under Prof. Debabrata Maiti in the field of “Non-directed C-H functionalization.”

He joined the Brown lab in December 2022 and is working on“Developing new Directing groups for C-H functionalization.”

He enjoys reading, playing Cricket, and watching shows in his free time.

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.”

– Johann wolfgang von Goethe


December 2022

Neetu is from Haryana, India. She obtained her MS from National Institute of Tiruchirappalli. There, she conducted research under the guidance of Dr. R Karvembu Karvembu and Dr. Seenuvasan Vedachalamof. Her Masters research was focused on the synthesis of thioethers via a cross-coupling.

Neetu joined the Brown lab in 2022. Neetu is now exploring the area of photochemistry and looking to harness energy transfer for the construction of new rigid scaffolds.

In her free time, she loves to cook and watch F.R.I.E.N.D.S.

“See the good in people and help them.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.” -Paulo Coelho