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: Paul Allen Distinguished Investigator (2021) ● 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


Graduate students

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
Awards: Beall Innovation Award Recipient (2022)

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
Awards: NSF Graduate Research Fellow (2020-2023)

Sharon Chen

Hometown: Torrance, CA
Education: B.A., Molecular and Cellular Biology, UC Berkeley
Scientific Hero: Gertrude B. Elion

Katherine Townsend

Hometown: Middlebury, VT
Education: B.S., Chemistry, Bucknell University
Scientific Hero: Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge
Awards: NSF GRFP Honorable Mention (2021)

Zachary Torrey

Hometown: Salisbury, MD
Education: B.S., Chemistry (Biochemistry Concentration), George Mason University
Scientific Hero: Jonas Salk

Lila Halbers

Hometown: Anaheim Hills, CA
Education: B.A., Chemistry, UC Santa Barbara; M.S., Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics, USC
Scientific Hero: Rosalind Franklin
Awards: Vertex Fellow (2022)

Yeonseong (Catherine) Seo

Hometown: Gwacheon, Republic of Korea
Education: B.S., Molecular Genetics; B.A., Chemistry, University of Rochester
Scientific Hero: Rosalind Franklin

Erin Fuller

Hometown: Encinitas, CA
Education: B.S., Biochemistry, UC Los Angeles
Scientific Hero: Dorothy Hodgkin

Tanya Hadjian

Hometown: Glendale, CA
Education: B.S., Chemistry, UC Los Angeles
Scientific Hero: Elisabeth Bik

Julia Balsamo

Hometown: Santa Rosa, CA
Education: B.S., Chemistry, UC Santa Barbara
Scientific Hero: Marie Curie

Undergraduate students

Justin Kwon

Hometown: Irvine, CA
Education: B.S., Chemistry (Chemical Biology Concentration)
Scientific Hero: Antoine Lavoisier
Awards: Beckman Scholar (2022-2023)

Suha Tanaz

Hometown: Moorpark, CA
Education: B.S., Chemistry
Scientific Hero: Leonardo Da Vinci
Awards: Allergan Summer Research Fellow (2022) : UROP Fellow (2022)

Juliann Tyler

Hometown: Studio City, CA
Education: B.S., Pharmaceutical Sciences
Scientific Hero: Alice Hamilton

Tanvi Sondhi

Hometown: Fremont, CA
Education: B.S., Chemistry
Scientific Hero: Katherine Johnson