Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences
How we can we access important chemical transformations, while being environmentally conscious? This question has been a guiding thread throughout my chemistry journey. As an undergraduate researcher (Mills College, B.A. in chemistry and art history) I studied the effects of ionic liquids as solvents in classic organic reactions. After that first summer of research, I became hooked on finding environmentally friendly methods for chemical processes. As such, my graduate work (UC Santa Cruz, Ph.D.) focused on developing binary hydrides and binary metal catalysis, all through a green chemistry lens. As a postdoctoral researcher in a marine natural products lab (UC Santa Cruz) I was able to explore the more analytical side of chemical instrumentation. At Reed, I plan to continue my initial research question by developing new boron-based reagents and examining the synergy between multi-metal catalysis, all in effort to achieve more complex chemical bonding. I am excited to teach organic chemistry and highlight the beauty of chemical mechanisms. Outside of chemistry, I love cooking, dancing to Beyoncé, playing mah jong, watching women’s soccer, and reading.