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.