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 - 2018, University of California, Irvine
Full Professor, 2018 – Present, University of California, Irvine
Hometown: Blue Earth, MN
Scientific Hero: Frederick Sanger, Rolf Huisgen, Stephen Kent
Recent Awards: Scialog Fellow (2018) ● UCI Distinguished Assistant Professor Award for Research (2016) ● 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
Awards: George Hewitt Medical Research Postdoctoral Fellow (2018)

Amanda Murphy

Hometown: Lacey, WA
Education: B.A., Chemistry & B.S., Plastics Engineering Technology, Western Washington University; Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley; Postdoctoral Scholar, Biomedical Engineering, Tufts University
Awards: NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Service Research Award Postdoctoral Fellowship (2007-2009) : Cottrell College Science Award (2014)
Current Position: Associate Professor, Chemistry, Western Washington University : NSF-REU Director, Chemistry, Western Washington University : Visiting Associate Researcher, Chemistry, University of California, Irvine

Graduate students

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)

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

Robby Dorn

Hometown: Edina, MN
Education: B.A., Chemistry, Whitman College
Scientific Hero: Bill Nye

Mariana Navarro

Hometown: Canby, OR
Education: B.A., Biochemistry, Willamette University
Scientific Hero: Alice Ball

Tyler Albin (Joint Esser-Kahn and Guan Labs)

Hometown: Redmond, WA
Education: B.S., Biochemistry, Western Washington University
Scientific Hero: Jonas Salk
Awards: UCI Chancellor's Fellowship (2014-2016) : NIH T32 Chemical and Structural Biology Training Grant Fellow (2016-2017)

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) : UROP Fellow (2019-2020)

Danica Resurreccion

Hometown: Bulacan, Philippines
Education: B.S., Public Health Sciences
Scientific Hero: Zach Reinert
Awards: UROP Summer Fellowship (2018) : Allergan Summer Fellow (2018) : UROP Fellow (2019-2020)

Buvan Sathishkumar

Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Education: B.S., Chemistry, UC Irvine
Scientific Hero: Marie Curie
Awards: UROP Fellow (2019-2020)

Sabrina Tran

Hometown: Aliso Viejo, CA
Education: B.S., Biological Sciences
Scientific Hero: Sven Seldinger
Awards: UROP Fellow (2019-2020)

Elena Helm

Hometown: San Clemente, CA
Education: B.S., Chemistry (Chemical Biology Concentration)
Scientific Hero: Dorothy Hodgkin