Zachary Litman was born in Dallas, Texas in 1988. During high school he worked in the labs of Dr. Michael Brown at UT Southwestern and Mario Capecchi at the University of Utah (molecular biology). He received his B.S. from Yale University where he worked in the lab of Scott Miller. His research focused on the development of novel small peptide catalysts for the selective halogenation of biaryls. Specifically, he investigated the purported mechanism of a reported transformation. Intrigued by the powerful transformations published by the Hartwig group, Zach came to UC Berkeley joined the group in 2012. He is currently working on C-H amination. Outside of lab Zach enjoys movies, building things, and writing about himself in the third person.