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The Team

We are actively recruiting passionate chemists to conduct research at the interface of organic synthesis, catalysis, and electrochemistry with applications in complex molecule synthesis.

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Joseph Derosa, Ph.D.
(he/him)

Principal Investigator (PI)

Assistant Professor, Boston University 

AOB Postdoctoral Fellow, Caltech, 2020–2023 (Prof. Jonas C. Peters)

Ph.D. in Chemistry, Scripps Research, 2019 (Prof. Keary M. Engle)

B.S. in Biochemistry, City College of NY, 2015 (Prof. Mark R. Biscoe)

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Research Interests: Transition metals, catalysis, and electrochemistry

Hobbies: Hiking, graphic novels, and creative writing

Postdoctoral Associates

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Siyuan Su, Ph.D.
(he/him)

Zi Xuan, Ph.D.
(she/her)

Brett Akana-Schneider, Ph.D.
(he/him)

Postdoctoral Associate (PD1)

Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of Illinois Chicago (UIC), 2023 (Prof. Daesung Lee)

M.S. in Chemistry, Stony Brook University, 2017 (Prof. Kathlyn A. Parker)

B.S. in Pharmacy, Sichuan University, 2015 (Prof. Ying-Chun Chen)

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Research Interests: Organometallics and novel synthetic methods

Hobbies: Playing tennis, going out for casual walks, and hiking

Postdoctoral Associate (PD1)

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), 2023–2024 (Prof. Patricia Z. Musacchio)

Ph.D. in Chemistry, Ewha Womans University, 2017 (Prof. Sang-gi Lee)

B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Chungbuk National University, 2012 

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Research Interests: Transition metal catalysis

Hobbies: Traveling, music, and movies

Postdoctoral Associate (PD1)

Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2024 (Prof. Daniel J. Weix)

B.S. in Chemistry/B.A. in Mathematics, St. Mary's University, 2017 (Prof. Oleg Larionov at UTSA)

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Research Interests: Reaction development, mechanistic investigation, and catalyst development

Hobbies: Cooking, gardening, and foraging

Graduate Students

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Yahui "Leyla" Guo
(she/her)

Graduate Student (G1)

B.S. in Chemistry, University of Rochester, 2023 (Prof. Bradley L. Nilsson)

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Research Interests: Transition metal catalysis

Hobbies: Working out and trying new food

Bryan Parnitzke
(he/him)

Graduate Student (G1)

B.S. in Chemistry, Baldwin Wallace University, 2023 (Prof. Ray Shively)

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Research Interests: Organometallic chemistry in organic synthesis

Hobbies: Longboarding, PlayStation, and exploring new places to eat

Undergraduate Researchers

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Ethan Gerhardt 
(he/him)

Undergraduate Student (UG3)

(UROP Award 2024)

B.A. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Boston University, 2025 

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Research Interests: Synthetic organic chemistry 

Hobbies: Going to the gym, cooking, and trying new foods

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Tegan Poeiro
(she/her)

Undergraduate Student (UG3)

(UROP Award 2024)

B.S. in Human Physiology,

Boston University, 2025 

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Research Interests: Synthetic organic chemistry

Hobbies: Playing for the BU field hockey team and baking

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