People

 

Dr. Melanie Sanford

Melanie Sanford grew up in Providence, RI. She received her undergraduate degree in chemistry from Yale University in 1996 where she worked with Professor Bob Crabtree studying C–F bond functionalization. She then moved to Caltech where she worked with Professor Bob Grubbs investigating the mechanism of ruthenium-catalyzed olefin metathesis reactions. After receiving her PhD in 2001, she worked with Professor Jay Groves at Princeton University as an NIH post-doctoral fellow studying metalloporphyrin-catalyzed functionalization of olefins. Melanie has been a professor at the University of Michigan since the summer of 2003.
Curriculum Vitae


 

Marc Hanosh

Lab Manager & Administrative Support

Master’s in Public Health 2018
University of Michigan

Time: 2019-Present
mhanosh@umich.edu

Hometown: Metro Detroit, MI


 

Dr. Tom Vaid

B.S. Chemistry 1992
University of Illinois
Advisor: Thomas Rauchfuss

Ph.D. Chemistry 1997
Cornell University
Advisor: Peter Wolczanski

Postdoctoral Scholar 2000
California Institute of Technology
Advisor: Nathan Lewis

Time: 2017–Present
Role: Research Scientist
Project: Flow Batteries
vaidt@umich.edu

Hometown: Des Plaines, IL


 

Dr. Liam Sharninghausen

B.A. Biology 2011
Oberlin College
Advisor: Michael Nee

Ph.D. Chemistry 2018
Yale University
Advisor: Robert Crabtree

Time: 2018–Present
Project: Fluorination
sharninl@umich.edu

Hometown: Bellingham, WA


 

Dr. Scott Thullen

B.S. Chemistry 2012
University of British Columbia
Advisor: Marco Ciufolini

Ph.D. Chemistry 2018
Columbia University
Advisor: Tomislav Rovis

Time: 2018–Present
Project: C–H Activation
thullens@umich.edu

Hometown: Denver, CO


 

Dr. Yiyang See

B.A. Chemistry 2012
University of Cambridge

Ph.D. Chemistry 2018
The Scripps Research Institute
Advisor: Phil Baran

Time: 2018–Present
Project: Fluorination
ysee@umich.edu

Hometown: Singapore


Dr. S. Maryamdokht (Nazanin) Taimoory

M.Sc. Chemistry 2008
Sharif University of Technology
Advisor: Firouz Matloubi Moghaddam

Ph.D. Chemistry 2016
Brock University
Advisor: Travis Dudding

Postdoctoral Fellow 2016
University of Windsor
Advisor: John. F. Trant

Time: 2020–Present
Project(s): Organometallics/ Fluorination
seyedeht@umich.edu

Hometown: Lasalle, ON


Dr. Abebu Kassie

B.A. Chemistry 2014
Colby College
Advisor: Dasan Thamattoor

Ph.D. Chemistry 2020
The Ohio State University
Advisor: Casey Wade

Time: 2020-Present
Project: C-H
aakassie@umich.edu

Hometown: Bahir Dar, Ethiopia


 

Ellen Aguilera

B.S. Chemistry 2016
West Virginia University
Advisors: Xiaodong Shi
and Jessica Hoover

Time: 2017–Present
Project: C–H Activation
eyaguil@umich.edu

Hometown: Shirley, NY & Santa Cruz, Bolivia


 

Pronay Roy

M.S. Chemistry 2015
Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur

Time: 2017–Present
Project: Organometallics
pronayry@umich.edu

Hometown: Kolkata, West Bengal, India


 

Conor Brigham

B.S. Biochemistry 2017
Loyola University Chicago
Advisor: Jim Devery

Time: 2018–Present
Project: Cross-Coupling
cbrig@umich.edu

Hometown: Sandwich, MA


 

Naish Lalloo

B.S. Honors Chemistry 2017
North Carolina State University
Advisor: Josh Pierce

Time: 2018–Present
Project: Cross-Coupling
nlalloo@umich.edu

Hometown: Johannesburg, South Africa


 

Yichao Yan

B.S. Molecular Synthesis 2017
University of California San Diego
Advisor: Ryan Shenvi

Time: 2018–Present
Project: Flow Batteries
ychyan@umich.edu

Hometown: Suzhou, China


 

Isaac Blythe

M.S. Chemistry 2018
Texas State University
Advisor: Todd Hudnall

Time: 2018–Present
Project: Organometallics
imblythe@umich.edu

Hometown: Azle, TX


 

Michael Milbauer

B.S. Chemistry 2018
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Advisor: Judith Burstyn

Time: 2019–Present
Project: Organometallics
milbauer@umich.edu


 

Maria Morales

B.S. Chemistry 2018
University of Puerto Rico at Cayey
Advisor: Elba Reyes

Time: 2019–Present
Project: C–H Activation & Fluorination
moralema@umich.edu

Hometown: Gurabo, Puerto Rico


 

Ryan Walser-Kuntz

B.A. Chemistry 2018
St. Olaf COllege
Advisor: Dipa Kalyani

Time: 2018–Present
Project: Flow Batteries
rwalserk@umich.edu

Hometown: Northfield, MN


Brianna Jett

B.S. Biomedical Sciences 2019
Colorado State University
Advisor: Andy McNally

Time: 2020-Present
Project: Flow Batteries
bjett@umich.edu

Hometown: Shreveport, LA


Matthew Lasky

B.A. Chemistry 2018
Bard College
Advisor: Emily McLaughlin

Time: 2020-Present
Project: C-H Activation
mlasky@umich.edu

Hometown: Milford, CT


Frances Gu

B.Sc. Honors Chemistry 2019
University of British Columbia
Advisor: Glenn Sammis

Time: 2020-Present
Project: Fluorination
frgu@umich.edu

Hometown: Beijing, China


Geraldo Duran Camacho

B.S. Chemistry 2019
University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus
Advisor: Ingrid Montes

Time: 2020-Present
Project: Fluorination
durancam@umich.edu

Hometown: San Juan, Puerto Rico


Daniel Liu

B.S. University of Michigan (in progress)

Time: 2019-Present
Project: C-H Activation