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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)

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

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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Alan Bunyatov 
(he/him)

Undergraduate Student (UG4)

B.A. in Chemistry, Boston University, 2024 

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Research Interests: Synthetic organic chemistry and inorganic catalysis

Hobbies: Playing piano, photography, and cinematography

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Ethan Gerhardt 
(he/him)

Undergraduate Student (UG3)

B.A. in Biochemistry/Microbiology, 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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Joy Mun
(she/her)

Undergraduate Student (UG4)

B.A. in Chemistry, Boston University, 2024 

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Research Interests: Synthetic organic chemistry

Hobbies: Baking and exploring cafés around Boston

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Tegan Poeiro
(she/her)

Undergraduate Student (UG3)

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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