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


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

Email: jabaumga [at]

Jennifer Cordoza

PhD student

Hometown: Murrieta, California

Degree: Biochemistry B.Sc - Point Loma Nazarene University (with Prof. Katherine Maloney)

Program: PBSE, CB3 track

About Jenny: enjoys being outside, strategy games, and going to museums; aspires to learn something every day.

Email: jcordoza [at]

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

Email: ahopiavu [at]

Amelia Smyth

Undergraduate researcher

Hometown: Berkeley, California

Major: Chemistry and Fine Arts

About Amelia: is very interested in philosophical theories about life and its meaning, and spends her free time cooking, drawing or in nature (camping, backpacking, swimming, etc).

Hanna Fleming

Undergraduate researcher - visiting from UC Los Angeles

Hometown: Santa Cruz, California

Major: Biochemistry and Microbiology, Immunology, & Molecular Genetics

About Hanna: enjoys mountain biking, backpacking, and paddle boarding

Linnea Blaustein

Undergraduate researcher - visiting from Cabrillo College

Hometown: Santa Cruz, California

Major: Chemistry and Biochemistry

About Linnea: enjoys hiking in Big Sur, going to the beach, playing tennis, and painting

Lab Alumni

Griffin May - undergraduate researcher - 2019 - 2021

Mehrzad Mohaddess - undergraduate researcher - 2019 - 2021

Ethan Bales-Dagemjian - undergraduate researcher - 2019 - 2021

Joshua Marquez - undergraduate researcher - 2019 - 2021

Zhilian Liu - UCSC chemistry rotation student - 2021

Panpan Zhang - PBSE CB3 rotation student - 2021

Cristobal Morfin - PBSE CB3 rotation student - 2021

Mano Ranaweera - undergraduate researcher - 2019 - 2020

Elise Rogotzke - undergraduate researcher - 2019 - 2020

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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