Alexander Haydl was born in 1986 and grew up in Freiburg, Germany. During his undergrad at the Albert-Ludwigs-University in Freiburg, he moved to Austin, Texas to become a real Longhorn at the University of Texas at Austin in the group oof Professor Michael Krische, working on the total synthesis of trienommycin A and F. After his diploma thesis covering the field of natural product synthesis, in particular the epothilones, he could not the resist sore temptation to get a deeper look into developing new rhodium-catalyzed hydrofunctionalization methods as well appplying them to natural product synthesis. Still not sick and tired from transition-metal catalysis, he joined the Hartwig group as a DAAD fellow to work on a project focussing on iridium-catalyzed C-H activation and late-stage methylation reactions. Outside the lab, Alex enjoys working on vintage vehicles, as well as doing all kinds of outdoor activities and exploring the bay area.