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About Our Co-founders

Craig Fraser



Craig completed his undergraduate degree at The University of Edinburgh, Scotland, in 2014. He worked on his MChem project under the supervision of Prof. Polly Arnold, synthesizing borate-tethered N-heterocyclic carbenes for application in “Frustrated Lewis Pair” (FLP) chemistry. In 2015, Craig moved to the National University of Singapore for his PhD in the Rowan Young group, where he worked on metal and non-metal based FLP chemistry, particularly for hydrogen activation and catalysis. Craig joined the Philp/Stoddart group as a postdoctoral scholar in 2019 to work in the area of systems chemistry and synthetic replication.

Dani Arias-Rotondo 



Dani was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She did her undergrad at the University of Buenos Aires, where she discovered Ru and its cool photophysical properties. Her love for the topic carried her to the US to pursue a PhD at Michigan State University working in the McCusker group. After leaving her favorite state do to a postdoc in Princeton, NJ, she's back in The Mitten working as an assistant professor in Kalamazoo College.

Monica Gill 



Monica studied chemistry at the University of Prince Edward Island (Canada), earning a BSc in 2002 and an MSc in 2005. She then worked at BioVectra Inc in Charlottetown, PEI, carrying out large lab-scale production of fine chemicals and APIs, as well as serving as a Research & Development Scientist. In 2008, she decided to return to the academic lab to pursue a PhD in synthetic organic chemistry at Carleton University, in Ottawa, Canada. Her thesis work focused on Pd-catalyzed decarboxylative allylation methodology and mechanistic studies. After completing her PhD in 2015, she was a postdoc for an academic/industrial collaboration with BASF, focusing on ligand design for novel precursors for ALD, followed by a postdoc focusing on exploring new methodology for deoxyfluorination at the University of St. Andrew’s in Scotland. She is currently a MITACS Postdoctoral Fellow in Ottawa, Canada working on a medicinal chemistry project aimed at developing novel antibacterial agents.

Madison Fletcher



Madison is a chemist, molecular biologist, and longtime science educator. She earned her B.A. in Chemistry from Bard College and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Temple University. After studying antibiotic resistance from a molecular perspective she switched gears, and at UC Irvine she explored how bacteria can be a powerful tool for chemistry, directed evolution, and biological diagnostics. She is currently a postdoctoral associate at NYU, harnessing her chemistry and biology skills to target protein protein interactions. Madison is also passionate about translating science for students of all ages, and has taught for Bard College's Citizen Science, in NYC public schools, and is a volunteer at Genspace, a DIY Bio lab open to everyone.

About Our Volunteers

Philip Alabi 



Institutions & Degrees:

Brown University (MA (2020), PhD. in view)
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (Msc. 2017)
Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijebu-Ode, Nigeria (Bsc. Chemistry, 2010)

Country: Nigerian, studying in the US

Area of Research: Organic Synthesis/Medicinal Chemistry

Annastassia Gallo 



Institutions & Degrees:

Postdoc at Duke University
PhD at Temple University

BS at Arcadia University

Country: USA

Area of Research: Bioinorganic chemistry

Ezeokoli Ifeanyi Philip



Institutions & Degrees:

University of Ibadan

Country: Nigeria

Area of Research: Environmental Chemistry and Pollution Control

Daniel Kurtz



Institutions & Degrees:

PhD at UNC Chapel Hill

Postdoc at Harvard University 

Currently: Scientific Editor at

Cell Reports Physical Science

Country: USA

Micaela Matta 



Institutions & Degrees:

Marie Skłodowska-Curie (MSCA) Fellow at University of Liverpool

Northwestern University and Université de Bordeaux

PhD in Physical Chemistry at Università di Bologna

Country: UK

Area of Research: Computational materials chemistry

Peter Peterson 



Institutions & Degrees:

Assistant Professor at Whittier College
Postdoc: University of Michigan 

PhD: University of Alaska Fairbanks 

BS: Eastern Washington University

Country: USA

Area of Research: Atmospheric Chemistry

Michelle A. Sahai 



Institutions & Degrees:

University of Roehampton, London, UK

Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University

University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

Degree: DPhil in Computational Biochemistry, MSc in Medical Biophysics, Hons BSc Pharmacology and Toxicology

Country: England

Area of Research: Molecular and Structural Biophysics, Computational Biomedicine, Computational and Systems Genomics

Minjung Son 



Institutions & Degrees:

Currently a postdoc at University of Wisconsin-Madison

PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2020)

MS, Yonsei University,  South Korea (2015) 

BS, Yonsei University,  South Korea (2013)

Country: USA

Area of Research: Physical chemistry - ultrafast spectroscopy

Shambhavi Tannir 


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Institutions & Degrees:

University of Wyoming (PhD 2019)

Postdoctoral Associate (2019-present)

Country: USA

Area of Research: Nanomaterials - Quantum dots, DNA nanotechnology, OLEDs. Design and characterization of materials and applications in catalysis, display technologies, energy harvesting systems

Paulette Vincent-Ruz 



Institutions & Degrees:

Ph.D. in Learning Sciences and Policy

University of Pittsburgh (2019)

Postdoctoral Fellow in Chemistry Education

University of Michigan (2020-now)

Country: Text

Area of Research: Equity Centered Chemistry Education Research

Stephen von Kugelgen 


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Institutions & Degrees:

Postdoc @ Northwestern University
Ph.D. in Chemistry @ UC Berkeley

B.A. in Chemistry @ Reed College

Country: USA

Area of Research: Chemistry at the interface of inorganic, organometallic, and polymer materials synthesis; mechanism-driven investigation of molecular materials for quantum information science

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