Keith was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, and received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Alabama in 2009 under the mentorships of Anthony J. Arduengo and John B. Vincent. He then moved to Washington, D.C. to attend Georgetown University. There he developed novel chirality probes for the determination of enantiomeric excess, concentration, and absolute configuration of chiral compounds utilizing circular dichroism. He received his Ph.D. in August of 2015 and joined the Van Humbeck group in October of that year.
Chaosheng grew up in Sichuan, China. He received his bachelor degree in applied chemistry from Beijing Technology and Business University, and his curiosity for the mysterious chemistry world lead him to continue his postgraduate study at Peking University. Under the supervision of Prof. Yong Huang, he completed a PhD thesis focused on asymmetric organocatalysis to access tetrahydroquinolines and bicyclo[3.1.0]hexanes. He joined Prof. Van Humbeck’s group in 2015 to carry out postdoctoral research. In his spare time, he likes readings books, watching movies and sports games, as well as playing table tennis and badminton