The Team

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Administrative Staff

Carrie Gabaldon, Administrative Assistant
• carrieg(at)scripps.edu

Postdoctoral Fellows

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Malkanthi K. Karunananda
, PD2
• mkarun(at)scripps.edu
• Ph.D. in Chemistry, 2017, University of Illinois, Chicago  (N.P. Mankad)
• B.Sc. in Chemistry, 2010, University of Kelaniya

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Zhonglin Liu, PD1
• zhliu(at)scripps.edu
• SIOC Fellow
• Ph.D. in Chemistry, 2017, SIOC (C. Li)
• B.S. in Pharmaceutical Engineering, 2012, Nanchang University (J. Fan)

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Yang Gao, PD2
• yanggao(at)scripps.edu
• Ph.D. in Chemistry, 2018, Rutgers (A.S. Goldman)
• B.S. in Chemistry, 2012, Nanjing University (J. Zhu)

GRADUATE STUDENTS

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Joseph Derosa, G4
• jderosa(at)scripps.edu
• NSF Graduate Research Fellow
• B.S. in Biochemistry, 2015, The City College of New York (M. R. Biscoe)

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John A. Gurak, G4
• jgurak(at)scripps.edu
• NSF Graduate Research Fellow
• B.S. in Biochemistry, 2015, UT Arlington (F. W. Foss)

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Tanner Jankins, G2
• jankinst(at)scripps.edu
• B.S. in Chemistry, 2017, Northeastern University (J. Ichikawa; J. Khusnutdinova)

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Taeho Kang, G1
• tkang(at)scripps.edu
• Kwanjeong Educational Foundation Fellow
• B.S. in Chemistry, 2018, KAIST (S. Han)

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Zi-Qi Li, G1
• ziqili(at)scripps.edu
• B.S. in Chemistry, 2018, Nankai University (S.-F. Zhu; Q.-L. ZhouJ.-Q. Yu.)

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Mingyu Liu, G3
• mingyu(at)scripps.edu
• B.S. in Chemistry, 2016, Nankai University (B.-T. Guan; Z. Hou)

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Zhen Liu, G4
• zhenliu(at)scripps.edu
• BMS Graduate Fellow
• B.S. in Chemistry, 2015, Peking University (J. Wang)

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Rei Matsuura, G3
• matsuura(at)scripps.edu
• joint w/ Blackmond
• Honjo Fellow
• B.S. in Chemistry, 2016, Princeton University (R. R. Knowles)

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Lucas Oxtoby, G1
• loxtoby(at)scripps.edu
• NSF Graduate Research Fellow
• B.S. in Chemistry, 2018, UW Madison (J. M. Shomaker)

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Andrew Romine, G3
• aromine(at)scripps.edu
• NSF Graduate Research Fellow
• B.S. in Chemistry, 2016, Caltech (R. H. Grubbs; V. V. Grushin)

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Van Tran, G3
• tranvan(at)scripps.edu
• B.S. in Chemistry, 2016, UPenn (M. C. Kozlowski)

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Alena Vasquez, G1
• alvasquez(at)scripps.edu
• B.S. in Chemistry, 2018, Oregon State (R. G. Carter)

VISITING GRADUATE STUDENTS

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Xin Wang, G4
• CSC Scholar
• Nankai Medical School (R. Xiang)
• M.S. Pharmacology and Toxicology, Academy of Military Medical Sciences
• B.S. in Chemistry, Heilongjiang University

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Lea Dettling, M1
• Freie Universität Berlin (C. Müller)
• B.S. in Chemistry, Freie Universität Berlin

UNDERGRADUATES

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Ruohan Deng, UG2
• rud008(at)ucsd.edu
• UCSD
• Major: Biochemistry

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Hanh Nguyen, UG5
• htn038(at)ucsd.edu
• UCSD
• Major: Molecular Synthesis


Jiahao Chen, UG4
• jiachen(at)scripps.edu
• Fudan University (J. Wu; M. Dai)
• Major: Chemistry

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

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Matt Demer, HS4
• San Diego High School
• Intern

GROUP MASCOT

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Hermione, 3rd Year Puppy

GROUP ALUMNI

Though we are a young group, Keary has extensive experience mentoring younger students and takes immense pride in their accomplishments inside and outside of the laboratory. Students who have worked with Keary in the past have gone on to successful career paths in a range of different disciplines.

Former Postdocs

De-Wei Gao
• Postdoctoral Fellow, TSRI (Engle group, 2016–2018)
• Ph.D. in Chemistry, SIOC (S.-L. You, 2011–2016)
• B.Sc. in Chemistry, 2011, Northeast Forestry University (J. Peng, 2007–2011)
• Currently: UCLA (Postdoc with Y. Tang)

Jose M. Medina
• Postdoctoral Fellow, TSRI (Engle group, 2017–2018)
• Ph.D. in Chemistry, UCLA (N.K. Garg, 2012–2017)
• B.S. in Chemistry, CSU Channel Islands (P. D. Hampton, 2007–2011)
• Currently: Amgen

Sri Krishna Nimmagadda
• Postdoctoral Fellow,  TSRI (Engle group, 2017–2018)
• Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of South Florida  (J.C. Antilla, 2010–2016)
• M.Sc. in Chemistry, Andhra University (2005–2007)
• B.Sc. in Chemistry, Acharya Nagarjuna University (2002–2005)
• Currently: Biocon Bristol-Myers Squibb Research Center

Miriam O’Duill
• DAAD Postdoctoral Fellow,  TSRI (Engle group, 2015–2017)
• D.Phil., University of Oxford (V. Gouverneur, 2011–2015)
• M. Chem., University of Oxford (V. Gouverneur, 2007–2011)
• Currently: Assistant Professor, NUI Galway (O’Duill Lab website)

Kin S. Yang
• Postdoctoral Fellow,  TSRI (Engle group, 2015–2016)
• Ph.D., University of Chicago (V. H. Rawal, 2010–2015)• B.S. in Chemistry, Syracuse University (D. C. Dittmer and B. S. Hudson, 2006–2010)
• Currently: Gilead

Former Visiting Grad Students

Roman Kleinmans
• Visiting Master’s student with J.D. (2018–2019)
• M.S. in Chemistry, WWU Münster, 2019
• Currently: Ph.D. Student at WWU Münster (F. Glorius)

Former Undergrads

Omar Apolinar
• TSRI SURF Intern with M.L. (2018)
• B.S. in Biochemistry, CSU San Marcos, 2019 (R. G. Iafe)
• Currently: Ph.D. Student/NSF Graduate Research Fellow at Scripps Research

Mark N. Boulous
• Undergrad Researcher with J.D. (2015–2017)
• B.S. in Molecular Biology, UCSD, 2017
• Currently: Sc.M. in Medical Sciences, Brown University

Annabelle L. Cantu
• RISE Fellow with J.D. (2016)
• B.S. in Chemistry, Cal State Long Beach, 2017  (M. P. Schramm)
• Currently: Ph.D. Student/NSF Graduate Research Fellow at UCLA (M. Garcia-Garibay)

Timothy J. Gallagher
• Summer Undergrad Researcher with V.T.T. (2018)
• Currently: 4th Year Undergraduate Student at Claremont Mckenna College (A. Wenzel)

Ryan Helsel
• Undergrad Researcher with J.M.M. and Y.G. (2018–2019)
• Currently: 4th Year Undergraduate Student at UCSD

Denise Kahler
• DAAD RISE Fellow with J.A.G. (2017)
• Currently: Undergraduate Student at LMU München (Pharmaceutical Sciences)

Xiaohan Li
• NKU College of Chemistry International Research Scholar with Z.L. (2018–2019)
• B.S. in Chemistry, Nankai University, 2019 (H. Li)
• Currently: Ph.D. Student at UCSB (B. H. Lipshutz)

Huiqi Ni
• USTC Summer Exchange Scholar with Z.L. (2017)
• B.S. in Chemistry, USTC, 2019 (X. Wang)
• Currently: Ph.D. Student at The Scripps Research Institute

Tian-Zhang Qiao
• NKU Summer Project Scholar with D.-W. G. (2018)
• Currently: 3rd Year Undergraduate at Nankai University (S.-F. Zhu)

Ziyang (Nick) Qin
• USTC Summer Exchange Scholar with T.C.J. (2018)
• Currently, 3rd Year Undergraduate at USTC (X. Wang)

Miranda M. Sroda
• Undergrad Researcher with J.A.G. (2016–2017)
• B.S. in Biochemistry and Cell Biology, UCSD, 2017
• Currently: Ph.D. Student at UCSB (J. Read de Alaniz)

Tianhua (Josh) Tang
• NKU College of Chemistry International Research Scholarship with M.L. (2018-2019)
• B.S. in Chemistry, Nankai University, 2019 (W. Zi)
• Currently: Ph.D. Student at University of Utah

Joshua L. Turnbull
• KCL Chemistry Alumni Overseas Summer Scholar with M.O.D. (2016)
• B.Sci. in Chemistry with Biomedicine, King’s College London, 2017
• Currently: Ph.D. Student at UC Berkeley (E. W. Miller)

Vincent A. van der Puyl
• TSRI SURF Intern and Undergrad Researcher with J.D. (2017–2018)
• B.S. in Chemistry, UCSD, 2018
• Currently: Ph.D. Student at The Scripps Research Institute (R. A. Shenvi)

Zichen (Forrest) Wang
• NKU College of Chemistry International Research Scholar with Z.L. (2016–2017)
• B.S. in Chemistry, Nankai University, 2017 (S.-F. Zhu)
• Currently: Ph.D. Student at SIOC (Z. Huang)

Yiyang (Elaine) Xiao
• NKU College of Chemistry International Research Scholar with D.-W. Gao (2017–2018)
• B.S. in Chemistry, Nankai University, 2018 (P. Tang)
• Currently: Ph.D. Student at Peking University (J. Wang)

Pusu Yang
• NKU College of Chemistry International Research Scholar with M.L. (2017–2018)
• B.S. in Chemistry, Nankai University, 2018 (B.-T. Guan)
• Currently: Ph.D. Student at SIOC (S.-L. You)

Tian (May) Zeng
• Undergrad Researcher with Z.L. (2016–2018)
• B.S. in Chemistry, UCSD, 2018
• Currently: Ph.D. Student at Caltech (M. J. Robb)

Former High School Students

Ella Bernard
• High School Researcher with T.J. (2018)
• Waring High School (Beverley, MA)
• Currently: 3rd Year High Schooler

Rohan Marsters
• High School Researcher with R.M. (2018)
• High Tech High International, 2019
• Currently: 4th Year High Schooler

Daizy M. De La Torre
• LSSI Intern with J.D. and A.L.C. (2016)
• Southwest High School High School, 2017
• Currently: Undergraduate Student at UC Berkeley

Forrest Graham
• LSSI Intern with J.A.G (2017)
• Valhalla High School, 2018
• Currently: Undergraduate Student at Caltech

Nhi Nguyen
• LSSI Intern with R.M. (2018)
• San Marcos High School, 2019
• Currently: 4th Year High Schooler

Jessica E. Xu
• High School Researcher with J.A.G. (2016)
• Maranatha Christian High School, 2017
• Currently: Undergraduate Student at MIT

Keary’s Former Mentees (Before TSRI)

Shao-Xiong (Lennon) Luo
• Undergraduate Researcher with K.M.E. (Grubbs group, Caltech, 2014–2015)
• B.S. in Chemistry, Caltech, 2017
• Currently: Ph.D. Student at MIT (T. Swager)

Maximilian Koy
• DAAD RISE Fellow with K.M.E. (Grubbs group, Caltech, 2014)
• B.S. in Chemistry, University of Stuttgart, 2014
• M. S. in Chemistry, University of Stuttgart, 2016 (M. R. Buchmeiser)
• Currently: Ph.D. Student at WWU Münster (F. Glorius)

George W. Pidgeon
• Undergraduate Researcher with K.M.E. (Gouverneur group, Oxford, 2012–2013)
• M.Chem., Worchester College, University of Oxford
• Currently: Kilburn & Stode LLP

David W. Shia
• High School Intern with K.M.E. (Yu group, TSRI, 2009–2010)
• B.S. in Biology, UCLA, 2015 (M. E. Jung)
• Currently: M.D./Ph.D. (MSTP) Student at UCLA

Michael Dang
• High School Intern with K.M.E. (Yu group, TSRI, 2009–2010)
• B.S. in Computer Science, UCLA, 2015
• Currently: Airbnb