Kelley grew up just south of Boston, but moved to the city to complete her B. A. in chemistry at Boston University. Her undergraduate research focused on catalysis under Prof. Corey Stephenson and total synthesis under Prof. John Porco. She then moved across the Charles River to study ion paired catalysts in the Van Humbeck lab. Outside of research, she enjoys creative writing and reading any classic or fantastical literature. She will talk about cats with anyone who will listen.
Zach grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He escaped the cold and earned his B.A. in chemistry at Cornell University in 2015. There he worked with Prof. Stephen Lee modeling quasicrystalline phases in metals, and with Prof. Geoffrey Coates developing organometallic catalysts for epoxide carbonylation. Ithaca proved too cold as well, so Zach entered MIT where he develops zwitterionic catalysts. Outside the lab he enjoys running, traveling, and cooking for friends.
Krysta was born and raised in Shelburne, Vermont. She earned a B.A. in chemistry at Princeton University where she worked for Prof. Paul Chirik on the cyclometalation of bis(imino)pyridine cobalt methyl complexes. After graduating, she moved to MIT and returned to her beloved New England, where she joined the Van Humbeck lab to investigate regioselective catalysis. Outside of lab, she enjoys archery, science fiction, and drawing—and owns many more things that are bright orange and/or tiger-related than is entirely practical.
Born and raised in Huntington Beach, California, Ryan moved an entire two cities over to pursue chemistry at the University of California, Irvine. He obtained his B.S. in chemistry while researching the use of kinetic resolution catalysts in determining absolutely configuration of both alcohols and diols on a nanomole scale under Professor Rychnovsky. Feeling the desire to experience seasons and weather below 70º, Ryan moved to MIT, where he studies ion-paired catalysts. When he is not happily running columns, Ryan likes to read a good book or talk about penguins.
A born and bred Texan, Julian decided to stay local and obtain his B.S degree from Rice University. Graduating in 2014, he worked under the tutelage of Professor Zachary Ball, synthesizing and exploring the efficacy of rhodium small-molecule drug conjugates against STAT3, a potential target in the treatment of cancer. Having his fill of Tex-Mex and BBQ, Julian ventured east to MIT, where he is continuing his studies in the area of regioselective catalysis. When not in lab, he enjoys hiking, watching classic movies, and aiming under par on the links—barring Boston's ridiculous piles of snow.