Rebecca LaLonde '01
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences
Rebecca began her career at Reed College, earning her BA in chemistry in 2001. During her time away from Reed, Rebecca completed a MS in chemistry at Stanford University and PhD in chemistry at UC Berkeley. In addition to her academic experience she also has industrial experience as an Associate Scientist at Dow Agrosciences and a research associate in medicinal chemistry at Genentech. While at Genentech, Rebecca was a key contributor to the discovery of Erivedge, a drug used for the treatment of basal cell carcinoma. Rebecca returned to campus as faculty in the fall of 2013. As an avid outdoors person and paragliding pilot, Rebecca is particularly concerned with reducing the environmental impact of organic chemistry. Her research interests are focused on developing non-toxic catalysts derived from bismuth. These catalysts will be used to synthesize new chemical bonds that are critical for drug & agrochemical research. Rebecca teaches introductory organic chemistry (Chem 202) and advanced synthetic organic chemistry (Chem 343).