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Principal Investigator
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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

mssanfor@umich.edu

   
Support Staff

 

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Dr. Andrew Higgs

B.A. Chemistry, 2005; Franklin and Marshall College
Advisor: Phyllis Leber
Ph.D. Chemistry, 2010; University of Michigan
Advisor: Melanie Sanford
Postdoctoral Scholar, 2011-2012; Stanford University
Advisor: Alan Sellinger

Time: 2016-Present
Role: Research Specialist and Lab Coordinator
athiggs@umich.edu

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Kathleen Dyki

Time: 2016-Present
Role: Senior Administrative Assistant
kkdyki@umich.edu

Postdoctoral Fellows

 

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Dr. Christo Sevov

B.S. Chemistry 2009; University of Notre Dame
Advisor: Olaf Wiest
Ph.D. Chemistry, 2014; University of California, Berkeley
Advisor: John Hartwig

Time: 2014-Present
Project: Flow Batteries
csevov@umich.edu

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Dr. Megan Cismesia

B.S. Chemistry, 2010; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Advisor: Paul Hergenrother
Ph.D. Chemistry, 2015; University of Wisconsin, Madison
Advisor: Tehshik Yoon

Time: 2015-Present
Project: Fluorination
megcisme@umich.edu

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Dr. Eugene Chong

B.S. Biological Chemistry, 2009; University of Toronto
Advisor: Mark Lautens
Ph.D. Chemistry, 2014; University of British Columbia
Advisor: Laurel Schafer
Postdoctoral Scholar, 2014-2015; University of California, Irvine
Advisor: Suzanne Blum

Time: 2015-Present
Project: Organometallics
chongugn@umich.edu

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Dr. Matthew McCammant

B.S. Chemistry, 2010; Central Washington University
Advisor: Levente Fabry-Asztalos
Ph.D. Chemistry, 2015; University of Utah
Advisor: Matthew Sigman

Time: 2015-Present
Project: Fluorination
mmccamma@umich.edu

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Dr. Christian Malapit

M.S. Chemistry 2009; Ateneo de Manila University
Advisor: Regina So
Ph.D. Chemistry, 2016; University of Connecticut
Advisor: Amy Howell

Time: 2016-Present
Project: Fluorination
cmalapit@umich.edu

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Dr. Koen Hendriks

M.S. Chemistry 2010; Radboud University Nÿmegen
Advisor: Alan Rowan
Ph.D. Chemistry, 2016; Eindhoven University of Technology
Advisor: René Janssen

Time: 2016-Present
Project: Flow Batteries
khendrik@umich.edu

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Dr. Courtney Roberts

B.S. Chemistry 2011; Pepperdine University
Advisor: Joe Fritsch
Ph.D. Chemistry, 2016; University of North Carolina
Advisor: Simon Meek

Time: 2016-Present
Project: C–H Activation
cortnie@umich.edu

Graduate Students

 

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Nicole Camasso

B.A. in Chemistry, 2012; Bard College
Advisor: Emily McLaughlin

Time: 2013-Present
Project: Organometallics
camasso@umich.edu

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Ian Pendleton

B.S. in Chemistry, 2012; Eastern Michigan University
Advisor: Harriet Lindsay

Time: 2013-Present
Project: Reduction of Carbon Dioxide
ipendlet@umich.edu

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Nomaan Rezayee

B.S. in Chemistry, 2012; Pepperdine University
Advisor: Joe Fritsch

Time: 2013-Present
Project: Reduction of Carbon Dioxide
nomaanr@umich.edu

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Pablo Cabrera Ventura

B.S. in Chemistry, 2012; Regis University
Advisor: Kateri Ahrendt

Time: 2013-Present
Project: C-H Functionalization
pabloco@umich.edu

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Sydonie Schimler

B.S. in Chemistry, 2012; Lawrence University
Advisor: Stefan Debbert

Time: 2013-Present
Project: Fluorination
schimles@umich.edu

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James Bour

B.S. in Chemistry, 2013; Hope College
Advisor: Jeffrey B. Johnson

Time: 2014-Present
Project: Organometallics
jambour@umich.edu

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Bryant James

B.S. in Chemistry, 2013; Millersville University
Advisor: Edward Rajaseelan

Time: 2014-Present
Project: MOF Catalysis
bryjames@umich.edu

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Melissa Lee

B.S. in Chemistry, 2012; Yale University
Advisor: Jonathan Ellman

Time: 2014-Present
Project: C-H Functionalization
meliylee@umich.edu

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Danielle Samblanet

B.S. in Chemistry, 2013; University of Toledo
Advisor: Joseph Schmidt

Time: 2014-Present
Project: Reduction of Carbon Dioxide
dsambla@umich.edu

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Devin Ferguson

B.A. in Chemistry, 2014; St. Olaf College
Advisor: Dipa Kalyani

Time: 2015-Present
Project: Organometallics
dfrg@umich.edu

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Katarina Makaravage

B.S. in Chemistry 2014; Appalachian State University
Advisor: Michael Hambourger

Time: 2015-Present
Project: Fluorination
kjmak@umich.edu

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Liz Meucci

B.S. in Chemistry 2015; University of Puget Sound
Advisor: Luc Boisvert

Time: Winter 2016-Present
Project: Organometallics
emeucci@umich.edu

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Monique Cook

B.S. in Chemistry 2015; Florida A&M University
Advisor: Anita Nag

Time: 2015-Present
Project: Flow Batteries
cookme@umich.edu

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Mark Mantell

B.S. in Chemistry 2015; Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Advisor: Marion Emmert

Time: 2016-present
Project: C-H Functionalization and Reduction of Carbon Dioxide
mmantell@umich.edu

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Anuska Shrestha

B.A. in Chemistry 2015; Bard College
Advisor: Emily McLaughlin

Time: 2016-present
Project: C-H Functionalization
ashresth@umich.edu

Visiting Students

 

Rotators

 

Undergraduate Students

 

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Sharmila Samaroo

Major: Chemical Engineering (Class of 2017)

Time: 2014-Present
Project: Flow Batteries

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James Lawniczak

Major: Chemistry and Math (Class of 2017)

Time: 2015-Present
Project: C-H Activation

Alumni