Current Group Members
Amy E. Brown was born in the small town of Hamburg, Iowa. She went on to attend Northwest Missouri State University, where she completed her bachelor of arts degree in chemistry in 2007. At the University of Maryland she furthered her education with a master’s degree in Chemical and Life Sciences in 2012, with a final paper over the role of sensors in breast cancer detection. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in synthetic organic chemistry at Boston University with a research emphasis in pi-conjugated materials and was awarded the very prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (2016). When not making new molecules you can usually catch her watching Kansas City Royals baseball, following NWMSU Bearcat football, playing with her two kitties or just getting lost in a good book.
Chris grew up in Fort Walton Beach, FL, and graduated from the University of West Florida with B.S in chemistry and biochemistry. During his undergraduate studies, he conducted research in the area of electrophilic cyclization for pharmaceutical applications. Chris currently pursuing his doctoral degree in organic chemistry at Boston University with a research emphasis on pi-conjugated materials. In his free time, you can find Chris eating Chinese food, hanging out with friends, and laughing anywhere he goes.
De’Zhanae was born in Philadelphia, PA and moved to Pensacola, FL in the 5th grade. She conducted her undergraduate studies at the University of West Florida and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry in 2019 while researching in the area of non-toxic quantum dots for biological applications. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Organic Chemistry at Boston University with a research emphasis in the development of novel pi-conjugated materials for organic photovoltaic applications. In her free time, Dez enjoys exploring Boston, finding good places to eat, and getting used to the big city lifestyle.
Aidan grew up outside of Portland, ME and graduated from the University of Richmond in 2019 with a B.S. in biochemistry and molecular biology. As an undergrad, he conducted research in the area of mechanistic agricultural pathogenesis. Aidan is currently pursuing his PhD in organic chemistry at Boston University with an emphasis on synthesizing novel organic semiconductors for photovoltaic application. In his free time, you can find him back up north hitting the slopes, catching a Red Sox game, or hanging out at a brewery with friends.
David grew up in the small town of Talking Rock, Georgia where he graduated from Pickens High School. He later obtained his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of North Georgia (2016) while researching in the areas of computational and synthetic chemistry. David’s research passion lies in determining solutions for alternative energy or reducing energy consumption through the use of organic electronics. He has presented his work at local and national levels and is currently pursuing his doctorate in organic chemistry with an emphasis in semiconductor systems for organic light-emitting diode application. In his free time, he loves to go out hiking/brewery finding/trivia night-ing with friends or relax at home with a good comedy.
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