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Dr. J. Miles Blackburn
Research Scientist

• B.A. in Chemistry and Mathematics at Hamilton College in Clinton, NY.

• First reaction: December 14, 2013

• Dissertation defended: May 20, 2019
Dissertation : Advances in Selectivity of the Suzuki-Miyaura and Hofmann-Löffler-Freytag Reactions

• Anticipated position: Scientist at Snapdragon Chemistry, Inc. (anticipated start date: April 2020)



Dr. Melanie Short
Research Scientist

• B.S. in Chemistry and Mathematics at Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, AL

• First reaction: December 13, 2013

• Dissertation defended: April 9, 2019
Dissertation : Harnessing the Reactivity of Sulfamate Esters and Sulfamides to Enable Position-Selective C-H Halogenation Processes

• Anticipated position: Postdoctoral Research Scientist with Professor Eric Jacobsen at Harvard University (anticipated start date: April 2020)

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Suraj Ayer
Graduate Research Scientist

• B.S. in Chemistry at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, LA

• First reaction: December 30, 2015






Anastasia Gant
Graduate Research Scientist

• B.A. in Chemistry at Smith College in Northampton, MA

• First reaction: January 9, 2015


• Anticipated position: Postdoctoral Research Scientist with Professor Steven Soldin in the Department of Laboratory Medicine at the NIH Clinical Center (anticipated start date: February or March 2020)

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Kitae Kwon
Graduate Research Scientist

• B.A. in Chemical Biology with a minor in French at Baruch College in the City University of New York in New York, NY

• First reaction: September 2, 2019





R. Tom Simons II
Graduate Research Scientist

• B.S. in Chemistry and Physics at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, IN

• First reaction: March 11, 2019




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Sean Li
Undergraduate Investigator

• Duke University Class of 2022

• First reaction: May 19, 2019


Brittany Prempin
Undergraduate Investigator

• Duke University Class of 2021

• First reaction: August 29, 2019

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Georgia Scott
Undergraduate Investigator

• Duke University Class of 2021

• First reaction: September 5, 2018