Postdocs

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Rhett Baillie

Rhett Baillie was born in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada in 1984 and grew up across the water in Vancouver. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of British Columbia in 2011 under the supervision of Prof. Peter Legzdins, and continued with the same group for his doctoral studies. His graduate research focused on the transition-metal mediated functionalization of C-H bonds, including the conversion of methane and other hydrocarbons into unsymmetrical ketones. Upon completing his Ph.D. in 2016, Rhett joined the Hartwig group at UC Berkeley as NSERC postdoctoral fellow. He is currently working on developing new artificial organotransition metalloenzymes and evaluating their fundamental reactivity and application to catalysis. In his spare time, Rhett enjoys spending time with his wife, watching sports, and exploring the Bay Area.

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Ala Bunescu

Ala grew up in Tirgul Vertiujeni in the northern part of Moldova. In 2000, she moved to Iasi, Romania for her high school studies. Afterwards, she went to France where she received in 2010 a MSc degree in Chemistry at the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées of Rouen. She continued her doctoral studies with Professor Jieping Zhu at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland working on copper catalyzed difunctionalization of doubles bonds. Upon completion of her PhD at EPFL in 2014, she joined the Hartwig group at UC Berkeley as a postdoctoral researcher founded by SNF fellowship. In her spare time, Ala loves drawing, playing badminton, cooking, reading books and travelling.

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Yang Gu
Yang Gu was born in XiangYang of Hubei, in China. He received his BS degree in Chemistry from University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) with Prof. Zhiyong Wang in 2011. Then he moved to the east of China and began his PhD studies with Prof. Qilong Shen in Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (SIOC), Chinese Academy of Sciences. His PhD work focused on investigations of transition metal complexes with fluoroalkyl group and transition-metal catalyzed fluorine chemistry. Thanks to the kind support of SIOC and Pharmanon Company (SIOC fellowship), he joined the Hartwig lab at UC Berkeley as a postdoctoral researcher at the beginning of 2017. Now he is combining the metal chemistry with proteins (metalloenzymes) to develop new catalyzed reactions. In his spare time, he likes running, cooking and watching movies.
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Zhitao He

Zhitao was born in 1987 in Xiangyang, China. He finished his undergraduate study in pharmacy from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in 2010. Then he moved to Shanghai Institute of Organic chemistry (SIOC) for the doctoral study under the supervision of Prof. Guo-Qiang Lin, focusing on transition metal catalyzed asymmetric addition and cascade reactions. He obtained his Ph.D. in the summer 2015.With the kind support of SIOC and Pharmanon Company (SIOC fellowship), in late January 2016, he joined the Hartwig lab at UC Berkeley as a postdoctoral researcher. Now he is exploring new reactions through High-Throughput Screening technology and organometallic catalysis. Besides chemistry, he likes riding around, reading and thinking anything interesting.

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Eunhye Kang

Eunhye was born in Seoul, South Korea in 1987. She received B.S. in Chemistry from Seoul National University in 2010. She carried her undergraduate study in the lab of Prof. Tae-Lim Choi, and decided to keep studying synthetic polymer chemistry as a graduate student in the same group. In 2016, she completed her Ph.D. studies on the development of the cyclopolymerization of 1,6heptadiynes based on the olefin metathesis reaction. By wrapping up the ten-year of life in SNU (a.k.a. Gwanak Mt.), she moved to Berkeley as a postdoctoral researcher of the Hartwig group. In her spare time, she enjoys watching baseball games and doing grocery shopping.

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Rashad Karimov
Rashad Karimov was born in a small city of Aksu in Azerbaijan. He obtained a BS degree from Lomonosov Moscow State University in Moscow, Russian Federation and subsequently moved to US for graduate studies. In April 2014 he graduated with his PhD from Cornell University-Rockefeller University-Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Tri-Institutional program in chemical biology. During his PhD studies Rashad worked on total synthesis of natural products under the guidance of Prof. David Gin and Prof. Derek Tan. Outside of the lab Rashad enjoys spending time with his wife and friends, watching movies and exploring bay area.
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Masahiro Kojima
Masahiro Kojima was born in Nagano, and grew up in Yokohama, Japan. In 2012, he graduated from The University of Tokyo with his BS in pharmaceutical sciences under the guidance of Prof. Motomu Kanai. Then, he earned his PhD in the same group in 2017. In the course of his graduate studies he involved in photoredox catalysis, radical reactions and acceptorless dehydrogenations. Also, in the fall of 2014, he joined Prof. Dirk Trauner's group in Munich University as an exchange student. After 3 months of postdoctoral research experience in the Kanai group, he joined the Hartwig group in July 2017. In his spare time he enjoys taking, photographs, trying new foods and exploring the city of Berkeley.
Sarah Yunmi Lee
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Sarah Yunmi Lee

Sarah was born in 1986 in Los Angeles, California. Her family moved to South Korea when she was 10 months old, and she grew up there. She obtained her BS degree from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in 2009, where she worked under the guidance of Prof. Sukbok Chang. She then moved back to US to pursue her graduate studies in the group of Prof. Gregory C. Fu at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2009–2012) and California Institute of Technology (2012–2014). During her time in the Fu lab, she worked on the development and mechanistic investigation of catalytic asymmetric transformations with planar-chiral DMAP derivatives and chiral phosphines. Upon completion of her PhD at MIT in 2014, she joined the Hartwig group at UC Berkeley as a postdoctoral researcher. Besides Chemistry, Sarah loves shopping, reading books, and watching sports and movies.

Haoquan Li
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Haoquan Li

Haoquan Li grew up in Zhongshan, a "small" city in southern China. He received his B.S. (Chemistry) in Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China in 2011. Then, he started his 5-year-long journey in Europe. Firstly he spent two years (2011-2013) in Rennes, France, a historical city near the Atlantic sea, studying reduction chemistry using well-defined iron catalysis with Prof. Christophe Darcel and Dr. Jean-Baptiste Sortais in Université de Rennes 1. After graduation, he moved to Leibniz Institut für Katalyse in Rostock, Germany, a peaceful resort at the coast of Baltic Sea, to pursue his ph.D study (2013-2016), mainly studying carbonylation reactions in the research team of Organic Bulk Chemicals(led by Dr. Ralf Jackstell), under the supervision of Prof. Matthias Beller. After enjoying three long winters in Rostock, he jumped to sunny place for post-doc. In his spare time, he enjoys playing basketball, traveling and spending time with his friends and family.

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Bo Su

Bo was born in Zhoukou, a small town in the middle of China, and spent most of his time there until he went to Zhengzhou University to study chemistry. After obtaining his Bachelor degree in 2008, Bo went to Tianjin to pursue his Ph.D. with Prof. Qingmin Wang in Nankai University, where his research mainly focused on the investigation of total synthesis and biological activities of phenanthroindolizidine/quinolizidine alkaloids. In 2013, he went to Peking University to study Organometallic Chemistry Directed Towards Organic Synthesis (OMCOS) with Prof. Zhangjie Shi. In the beginning of 2016, Bo joined the Hartwig group at UC Berkeley studying more transition metal catalysis and mechanism. Outside of the lab, Bo likes to try new things that are unfamiliar to him (e.g. new foods, beers, sports…).

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Qing-Wei Zhang

Qing-Wei Zhang studied organic chemistry in Lanzhou University. He obtained his Ph.D. in 2012 from the same institute under the supervision of Prof. Yong-Qiang Tu, studying asymmetric catalysis and total synthesis of natural products. He joined Dr. Wei He's group in the fall of 2012 under the support of a CLS postdoctoral fellowship. His research involves the development of catalytic methods to construct C-Si bonds, including asymmetric variants. In 2015, he joined the Hartwig group at UC Berkeley studying transition metal catalysis and medicinal chemistry. He enjoys playing badminton in the spare time.