NIH Postdoctoral Fellow Caltech (2008-2010)
Advisor: Robert H. Grubbs
Ph. D. University of Texas at Austin (2007)
B.S. and M.S. University of Oregon (2001, 2002)
Advisor: Michael M. Haley
AJ began studying chemistry as an undergraduate at the University of Oregon under the guidance of Professor Michael M. Haley. His research focused on the synthesis and study of dehydrobenzoannulenes. After completing BS and MS degrees, he began doctoral research at the University of Texas at Austin in the laboratories of Professor Brian L. Pagenkopf. In 2005, AJ joined the group of Professor Christopher W. Bielawski, also at UT-Austin, and was co-advised by Professor C. Grant Willson. He completed his thesis research focused on the synthesis and applications of annulated bis(imidazolium) chromophores. After graduating in 2007, AJ moved to Pasadena, California to take an NIH postdoctoral position at the California Institute of Technology. There, he worked under the mentorship of Professor Robert H. Grubbs to develop new catalysts and methods for the synthesis and characterization of functionalized cyclic polymers. He returned to the Pacific Northwest as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of Washington in the summer of 2010. Recently, he has been the recipient of an Army Research Office Young Investigator Award, Cottrell Scholar Award, and National Science Foundation CAREER Award.