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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.

Haoquan Li
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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Sean N. Natoli
Sean Natoli was born in the frozen tundra of Minot, North Dakota in 1990. He received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry form Southern Utah University. For his Ph.D. Sean moved to the Midwest to study at Purdue University under Prof. Tong Ren and Prof. David R. McMillin. Sean’s work in the Ren laboratory focused on the synthesis of new redox-active molecules and the investigation of their charge transfer properties. In the McMillin group, his research focused on the rational design of new ligands to improve the luminescent properties of Pt(II) polyamine compounds. As a member of the Hartwig group Sean is working on expanding the scope of reactions catalyzed by artificial metalloenzymes through cofactor design and directed evolution. In his spare time Sean likes to hike, read, explore the bay area, and spend time with his family.
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Ritwika Ray
Ritwika grew up in Kolkata in the eastern part of India. She went to St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata for her undergraduate studies where she obtained Bachelor in Science in 2009, in chemistry. Later, she received Master in Science from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, with a specialization in Inorganic chemistry. In 2012, she moved to Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay for pursuing her Ph.D. By then, she developed an interest in organometallic chemistry and decided to join the research group of Prof. Goutam Kumar Lahiri. Her PhD work was focused on developing new methods in organic synthesis with transition metals as catalysts. After receiving her Ph.D. in January 2017, she joined Prof. Stefan Mecking’s group in University of Konstanz, Germany, as a postdoctoral researcher. There she worked in homogeneous nickel-catalyzed functionalization of polybutadienes. Upon receiving a fellowship from Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) India, she moved to California in January 2018 to join the Hartwig group at UC Berkeley. She now works in the area of artificial metalloenzymes and C-N cross coupling reactions. In her spare time, Ritwika enjoys traveling, cooking, reading and watching movies, and also loves to spend time with her family over Skype. On rare occasions, she even goes jogging!
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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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Mingshuo Zeng
Mingshuo was born in Jiangxi, China in 1989 and moved to Japan in 1994 with her family. In 2012, she received her bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical science from University of Tokyo under guidance of Prof. Tohru Fukuyama. Afterwards, she moved to US to pursue her graduate study in Yale, where she worked in Prof. Seth Herzon’s group on anti-Markovnikov functionalization of terminal alkynes and total synthesis of pleuromutilin. Upon completion of her PhD in 2017, she joined the Hartwig group at UC Berkeley as a postdoctoral researcher. In her spare time, Mingshuo enjoys playing badminton, reading books and traveling.