Postdoctoral Researchers

 

Dr. Yosuke Ashikari

Ph.D., Kyoto University, 2013

M.E., Kyoto University, 2010

B.E., Kyoto University, 2008

 

Yosuke is originally from Japan, where he began studying synthetic and biological chemistry at Kyoto University. He completed both B.E. and M.E. degrees in the Department of Synthetic Chemistry and Biological Chemistry, and then completed doctoral research in the same department under the mentorship of Prof. Jun-ichi Yoshida. Yosuke’s areas of expertise include development of new electrochemical organic syntheses with emphasis on the integration of electrochemical and chemical reactions. His doctoral thesis focused on electrochemical oxidative carboxylation and hydroxylation reactions mediated by alkoxysulfonium ions. After receiving his Ph.D., Yosuke continued research with Prof. Yoshida as a postdoctoral fellow. In April of 2014, Yosuke moved to Seattle to join the Boydston group as a postdoctoral fellow and focus on developing methods for using mechanochemical transduction to trigger amplified chemical responses.

 

Dr. Chang-Uk Lee

Ph.D., Louisiana State University, 2013

M.S., University of Tennessee, 2006

B.S., Pusan National University, 2004

 

Chang-Uk is originally from Pusan, South Korea where he graduated with honors with a B.S. degree in Polymer Science and Engineering. He then completed M.S. and Ph.D. degrees focusing on a combination of materials science and synthesis of advanced polymer structures. During his doctoral studies under the guidance of Prof. Donghui Zhang, he worked on synthesizing a new class of peptidomimetic materials (polypeptoids, structural mimics of polypeptides), cyclic block copolypeptoids, and studying their self-assembly in solution and macroscopic properties. He then took an appointment as a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research (UK CAER). In April of 2014, Chang-Uk made the move to Seattle to join the Boydston group as a postdoctoral fellow and begin studying polymer mechanochemistry.

 

 

Graduate Students

 

Derek Church

B.S., University of California, Santa Cruz, 2010

 

Derek is originally from San Francisco, California and received a BS degree in chemistry from University of California, Santa Cruz in 2010. His undergraduate research with Prof. Robert Ludwig focused on the study of H2 recycling by microorganisms. In the summer of 2008, he worked abroad at CarbogenAmcis, a company based in Switzerland, as a research associate producing drug intermediates.  In January of 2011, Derek joined the Boydston Research Group at the University of Washington. Outside the lab, Derek enjoys being outdoors (weather permitting), playing soccer (schedule permitting), and eating out (budget permitting).

 

Mike Larsen

B.S., Colorado College, 2010

 

Mike hails from the great state of Colorado and received his BA in chemistry from Colorado College in 2009. His undergraduate research with Dr. Rongson Pongdee focused on natural product synthesis, specifically on pathways toward the construction of complex aromatic cores. After a stint as the chemistry department paraprofessional at CC, Mike moved to the Pacific Northwest and joined the Boydston Research Group in July 2010. In his free time, he enjoys outdoorsy activities, pub trivia, and writing short autobiographical paragraphs in the third person.

 

Laura Murphy

B.S., Pacific Lutheran University, 2013

 

Laura is originally from Woodinville, WA. She received a BS in chemistry from Pacific Lutheran University in 2013. Her undergraduate research with Dr. Andrea Munro focused on CdSe nanocrystal surface chemistry. Additionally, her undergraduate research with Dr. Neal Armstrong at the University of Arizona focused on charge transport studies at OPV-relevant interfaces. Laura joined the Boydston Research Group in December 2013. Outside of lab, Laura enjoys swimming, listening to country music, and spending time with family.

                                                             

Kelli Ogawa

B.S., University of Hawaii, 2010

 

Kelli Ogawa is originally from Hawaii and received a BS degree in chemistry from the University of Hawaii in 2009. Her undergraduate research with Prof. Tius focused on ligand development for the catalytic Nazarov cyclization. Kelli is a recipient of the Chemistry department academic scholarship from the University of Hawaii. In July, 2010 Kelli joined the Boydston Research Group at the University of Washington. She was awarded the Ringold Fellowship from the University of Washington in 2010. Outside the lab, Kelli enjoys reading, baking, and swimming.

 

Greg Peterson

B.S., Pacific Lutheran University, 2010

 

Greg Peterson is originally from Tacoma, WA and received a BS degree in chemistry from Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) in 2010. His undergraduate research with Prof. Dean Waldow focused on preparing tetrablock copolymers via anionic polymerizations for use as compatibilizers in copolymer blends. While still at PLU, Greg received The American Institute of Chemists Foundation Outstanding Student of the Year in Chemistry award. In July, 2010 Greg joined the Boydston Research Group at the University of Washington. Outside the lab, Greg enjoys working on cars, being outdoors, and spending time with friends and family.

 

 

Undergraduate Students

 

Alice Chu

Alice is originally from Bellevue, WA and Taipei, Taiwan. She graduated from Newport High School in Bellevue in 2011 and currently attends the University of Washington. Alice was previously a research intern at the Surgical Outcomes Research Center in the Department of Surgery before joining the Boydston Research Group in September 2013. She plans to graduate in 2015 with a double major in Biochemistry and Chemistry and a minor in Philosophy. Outside the lab, Alice enjoys playing tennis, baking, and listening to the band Train.

 

Stephanie Wang

Stephanie is originally from Issaquah, WA and attended Skyline High School. She left Skyline High School after her Sophomore year to enter the University of Washington through the Academy at the Robinson Center for Young Scholars. Stephanie was previously an Undergraduate Researcher with the Phyllis Wise group in the Department of Physiology/Biophysics before joining the Boydston Research group in September, 2012. She is majoring in Chemistry, minoring in French, and enrolled in the College Honors program here at the University of Washington. Outside the lab, Stephanie enjoys playing tennis, hiking, traveling, and reading.

 

 

 

 

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