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

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-Champaign, 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