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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 Manager
athiggs@umich.edu

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Kathleen Dyki

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

   
   
Research Staff and Postdoctoral Fellows

 

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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: Electrochemistry
vaidt@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. 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 and Organometallics
cortnie@umich.edu

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Dr. Tolani Kuam Salvador

B.S. in Chemistry, 2011; Florida International University
Advisor: John Berry
Ph.D. Chemistry, 2017; Purdue University
Advisor: Timothy H. Warren

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

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Dr. Patrick Melvin

B.S. in Chemistry, 2012; West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Advisor: Felix Goodson
Ph.D. Chemistry, 2017; Yale University
Advisor: Nilay Hazari

Time: 2017-Present
Project: Fluorination
pamelvin@umich.edu

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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: Organometallics
sharninl@umich.edu

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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

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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

   
   
Graduate Students

 

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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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Anuska Shrestha

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

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

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Liz Meucci

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

Time: 2016-Present
Project: Organometallics
emeucci@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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Monique Cook

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

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

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Ellen Aguilera

B.S. in Chemistry 2016; West Virginia University
Advisor: Xiaodong Shi and Jessica Hoover

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

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Pronay Roy

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

Time: 2017-present
Project: Organometallics
pronayry@umich.edu

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Conor Brigham

B.S. in Biochemistry 2017; Loyola University
Advisor: Jim Devery

Time: 2018-present
Project: Fluorination
cbrig@umich.edu

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Naish Lalloo

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

Time: 2018-present
Project: C–H Activation
nlalloo@umich.edu

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Yichao Yan

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

Time: 2018-present
Project: Flow Batteries
ychyan@umich.edu

   
   
Visiting Students

 

   
   
Rotators

 

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Michael Milbauer

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

Time: 2018-present
Project: Organometallics

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Maria Morales

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

Time: 2018-present
Project: Fluorination

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Efrey Noten

B.S. in Chemistry 2018; University of Wisconsin, Madison
Advisor: John Berry

Time: 2018-present
Project: C–H Activation

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Troy Zehnder

B.S. in Chemistry 2018; North Carolina State University
Advisor: Joshua G. Pierce

Time: 2018-present
Project: Fluorination

   
   
Undergraduate Students

 

Alumni