Shaun McKinnie

2004 - 2008           B.Sc. in Biochemistry (Honors) - University of Alberta

2010 - 2015           Ph.D. Organic Chemistry - University of Alberta (with Prof. John C. Vederas)

2016 - 2019           Postdoctoral Scholar - Scripps Institution of Oceanography,

                                 University of California, San Diego (with Prof. Bradley S. Moore)

2019 - present      Assistant Professor - University of California, Santa Cruz

Ethan Bales-Dagemjian

Undergraduate researcher

Hometown: Turlock, California

Major: Chemistry

About Ethan: lived in Alaska for most of his life, loves to snowboard, watch basketball, and tell corny jokes

Jackson Baumgartner

PhD student

Hometown: San Luis Obispo, California

Degrees: Biochemistry B.S. and History B.A. - Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

                 Chemistry M.S. - San Francisco State University (with Prof. Misty Kuhn)

Program: PBSE, CB3 track

About Jackson: Enjoys nature walks, baking bread, and tinkering; believes spontaneous puns are the height of human achievement

Austin Hopiavuori

PhD student

Hometown: Rochester, New York

Degree: Biochemistry B.Sc - University of Rochester

Program: PBSE, CB3 track

About Austin: enjoys tennis, playing various instruments, and digital music production; loves cold weather

Joshua Marquez

Undergraduate researcher

Hometown: Fresno, California

Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

About Josh: is an amateur photographer, is an avid hiker and mountain biker, and practices martial arts

Griffin May

Undergraduate researcher

Hometown: San Diego, California

Major: Chemistry

About Griffin: likes surfing, hiking, and biking

Mano Ranaweera

Undergraduate researcher

Hometown: San Jose, California

Major: Bioengineering (Bioinformatics minor)

About Mano: loves traveling - is always looking to visit new places, and enjoys skiing in winter

Elise Rogotzke

Undergraduate researcher

Hometown: Columbia Heights, Minnesota

Major: Molecular Cell Development Biology

About Elise: on the UCSC lacrosse team, likes cooking and attempting new recipes

We are looking for students and postdocs with interests in organic chemistry, natural products chemistry, protein biochemistry, and molecular biology to join us!


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