Mentor: Geoff Coates
Boston College – B.S. in Chemistry, September 2011 – May 2015
Awards and Honors
- 2016-2017 – Covestro Teaching Excellence Award
- 2014-2015 – President and Co-Founder of The American Chemical Society of Boston College
- 2014 – John Kozarich Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship
- 2013 – Accepted Participant of the Novartis Next Generation Scientist Event (Cambridge, MA)
I worked in the Hoveyda Lab at Boston College, developing the first method to reliably install (Z)-alkenes via conjugate addition. I performed Cu-catalyzed enantioselective conjugate addition reactions with alkenylaluminum nucleophiles for the production of building blocks for natural product synthesis.
Current Research Activities:
My current research, under the guidance of Professor Geoffrey Coates, focuses on the carbonylation epoxides. This transformation utilizes carbon monoxide, a potentially biorenewable small molecule, to afford β-lactones with inversion of stereochemistry. I plan to use careful catalyst design and mechanistic studies to investigate two classes of epoxide starting materials for the production of strained click chemistry substrates and difficult-to-access aldol products.