Current Group

Professor Jennifer A. Prescher

B.S. in Chemistry and Mathematics 2001. University of Wisconsin – La Crosse (Aaron Monte)
Ph.D. in Chemistry 2006, University of California, Berkeley (Carolyn Bertozzi)
Susan G. Komen and Molecular Imaging Fellow, Stanford University, 2007-2010 (Chris Contag)
Assistant Professor, 2010 – 2016, University of California, Irvine
Associate Professor, 2016 - Present, University of California, Irvine
Hometown: Blue Earth, MN
Scientific Hero: Frederick Sanger, Rolf Huisgen, Stephen Kent
Recent Awards: ACS Women in Chemistry Rising Star (2016) ● Thieme Chemistry Journal Award (2016) ● Novartis Early Career Award in Organic Chemistry (2015) ● Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar (2015) ● Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship (2015) ● NSF CAREER Award (2014) ● Cottrell Scholar (2014) ● Kavli Fellow (2014) ● UCI Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education Award (2013)

Visiting scholars & Postdocs

Drew Ferreira

Hometown: San Bruno, CA
Education: A.B., Chemistry, UC Davis; Ph.D., Chemistry, Oregon State University
Scientific Hero: Richard Feynman

Graduate students

David Row

Hometown: Berwick, PA
Education: B.S., Biochemistry, Western Washington University
Scientific Hero: Ronald Breslow
Awards: NSF Graduate Research Honorable Mention (2015) : Michael E. Gebel Award (UCI, 2015) : NSF Graduate Research Fellow (2016) : Genentech Graduate Student Research Awardee (2018)

Sean Nguyen

Hometown: Saugus, MA
Education: B.S., Chemical Biology, UC Berkeley
Scientific Hero: Tu Youyou
Awards: NSF Graduate Research Honorable Mention (2016) : ACS BIOL Travel Awardee (2018)

Zi Yao

Hometown: Hayward, CA
Education: B.S., Chemistry, UC Davis
Scientific Hero: Arnold O. Beckman
Awards: NSF Graduate Research Honorable Mention (2016) : NSF IGERT Fellow (2016-2018) : NSF Graduate Research Fellow (2017-2020) : ACS BIOL Travel Awardee (2018)

Brendan Zhang

Hometown: Eugene, OR
Education: B.A., Chemistry, Willamette University
Scientific Hero: Frederick Sanger
Awards: GAANN Fellow (UCI, 2013-2015) : ACS BIOL Travel Awardee (2016)

Tyler Heiss

Hometown: Wilmington, DE
Education: B.S., Biochemistry, University of Delaware
Scientific Hero: Linus Pauling

Sierra Williams

Hometown: Capitol Heights, MD
Education: B.S., Chemistry, Temple University
Scientific Hero: Kelley Donaghy
Awards: NSF IGERT Fellow (2017-2019) : NSF Graduate Research Fellow (2018-2021)

Anna Love

Hometown: Canton, OH
Education: B.S., Biochemistry, Messiah College
Scientific Hero: General Grievous
Awards: NSF Graduate Research Honorable Mention (2017) : NSF IGERT Fellow (2017-2019)

Anastasia Ionkina

Hometown: Kazan, Russia
Education: B.S., Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder
Scientific Hero: Rosalind Franklin, Neil deGrasse Tyson

Carly Brennan

Hometown: Simi Valley, CA
Education: B.S., Chemistry, USC
Scientific Hero: Marie Curie
Awards: NSF Graduate Research Honorable Mention (2018)

Kevin Ng

Hometown: Walnut, CA
Education: B.S., Biochemistry and Cell Biology, UC San Diego; M.S., Biology, UC San Diego
Scientific Hero: Stephen Hawking

Undergraduate students

Zane Long

Hometown: Orange, CA
Education: B.S., Chemistry
Scientific Hero: James Crafts
Awards: UCI Regents' Scholar (2016-2018) : UROP Fellow (2017-2018) : Allergan Summer Fellow (2017) : UROP Fellow (2018-2019) : ACS Polymer Education Organic Chemistry Award (2018) : American Institute of Chemists Student Award (2018)

Nima Singh

Hometown: Sacramento, CA
Education: B.S., Neurobiology
Scientific Hero: My Dad
Awards: UROP Fellow (2018-2019) : UROP Summer Fellowship (2018) : Allergan Summer Fellow (2018)

Danica Resurreccion

Hometown: Bulacan, Philippines
Education: B.S., Public Health Sciences
Scientific Hero: Zach Reinert
Awards: UROP Summer Fellowship (2018) : Allergan Summer Fellow (2018)

Kevin Jung

Hometown: Seoul, Korea
Education: B.S., Chemistry
Scientific Hero: Alexander Fleming

Buvan Sathishkumar

Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Education: B.S., Chemistry, UC Irvine
Scientific Hero: Marie Curie