Past Members:

Postdocs

  Dr. Sung-Ju Moon

Ph.D. Chemistry, Seoul National University, South Korea

Project: Azaphilone alpha-bromoacetates as fluorescent linchpins for bioconjugation

Current Location: Scientist, Agensys (Santa Monica, CA)

 

 

Graduate Students

 

 

Wendy   Wendy Ballard (née Fields)

B.S. Chemistry, North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC)
Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Virginia (04/26/2011)

Dissertation Title: "Palladium-Mediated Decarboxylative Cross-Coupling Reaction: Synthesis of Complex Polycyclic Amines"

Current Location: University of Connecticut School of Law

Honors: Chemistry Graduate Student Council (GSC) Social Committee, 2008-2009
UVA Patent Foundation Graduate Student Intern(2008-2009)

yeagley   Andrew A. Yeagley

B.S. Chemistry, Lebanon Valley College (Annville, PA)
Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Virginia (07/21/2010)

Dissertation Title: "alpha-Imino Anion Generation and Application via Palladium Decarboxylative Allylic Alkylation"

Current Location: Post-doc with Christian Melander @ North Carolina State University

Honors: Founding member - Chruma Group,
Chemistry Graduate Student Council (GSC) President, 2007-2009.

 

 

 

  Jason P. Burke

B.S. Chemistry, University of Vermont (Burlington, VT)
M.S. Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Virginia (05/23/2010)

Dissertation Title: "Progress Toward the Total Synthesis of the Symbioimine Family of Alkaloids"

Current Location: Post-doc with Steve Fesik @ Vanderbilty University

Honors: University of Virginia Presidential Fellow, 1st PhD from the Chruma Group

 

 

  William E. Sanford, Jr.

B.A. Chemistry, Providence University (Providence, RI)
M.S. Chemistry, University of Virginia (08/2//2007)

Thesis Title: "The Azaphilones: Fluorescent Linchpins for the Coupling of Biomolecules"

Current Location: Teaching high school chemistry in the greater Boston area

Honors: Founding member - Chruma Group,

 

 

  Jong Yeun Park

B.S. Chemistry, Seoul National University (Seoul, South Korea)
M.A. Chemistry, University of Virginia (2007)

Current Location: South Korea

Honors: Founding member - Chruma group

 

 

  Tiffany VanDervort

B.S. Chemistry, Colgate University (Hamilton, NY)
M.A. Chemistry, SUNY-Binghamton (Binghamton, NY)
M.A. Chemistry, University of Virginia (2008)

Current Location: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy

 

 

 

Undergraduate Students

 

  Michael S. Melicher

B.S. Biochemistry, University of Virginia (2010)

DMP Thesis Title: "Studies Toward the Improvement and Application of the Decarboxylative Allylation of Diphenylglycinate Imines"

Honors: Distinguished Majors Program: High Distinction, Merck Index Award (2010), University of Virginia Kenneth C. Bass Scholarship (2009), 2nd Year Science Scholar from the Jefferson Trust (2008), Undergraduate Mead symposium (2009), Survivor of Professor Chruma's "Green Chemistry" course (CHEM 386-3, 2008)

Current Loaction: Graduate School @ Yale University, Department of Chemistry - Schepartz Lab

 

 

  Melissa A. Lowder

B.S. Biochemistry, University of Virginia (2010)

Project: Electrophile-intercepted Pd-catalyzed decarboxylative alkylations

Honors: Resident Advisor, Alpha Delta Pi, Echols Scholar, Undergraduate Mead symposium (2009)

Current Location: Graduate School @ Yale University, Department of Biochemistry - Schepartz Lab

  Ali K. Khan

B.S. Biochemistry, University of Virginia (2009)

DMP Thesis Title: "Tandem Decarboxylative Allylation–Heck Cyclization and Studies Towards the Total Synthesis of Nakadomarin A"

Honors: Distinguished Majors Program: Highest Distinction, Merck Index Award (2009), University of Virginia Kenneth C. Bass Scholarship (2008), Echols Scholar, University of Virginia Marching Band Tuba Player (2005-2009), First Chruma Group Website Manager

Current Location: University of Virginia MD/PhD Program

 

 

  Michelle M. Archibald

B.S. Biochemistry, University of Virginia (2009)

Project: Enantioselective palladium-catalyzed decarboxylative alkylations

Honors: UVA Women's club hockey team, Vice President, #13 (2007-2009)

Current Location: Ph.D. program in Biology at Boston College

Visiting Scholars

  Jean-Olivier Zirimwabagabo

Masters in Chemistry, Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris, France)
Visiting Scholar, University of Virginia, July-November 2009

Project: Asymmetric Pd-Catalyzed Decarboxylative Allylation of Diphenylglycinate Imines

Honors: First >90% e.e. and >90% conversion!!!

Current Location: Graduate student at University of Sheffield with Prof. Joseph Harrity

 

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