Brandon was born and raised in Bloomfield Hills, MI, and attended the University of Michigan. There, he obtained a B.S. in Biochemistry, conducting research in the lab of Prof. Corinna Schindler, focusing on lewis acid catalyzed carbonyl-olefin metathesis. Brandon stayed an additional year to obtain a M.S. in Chemistry before moving on to Yale to pursue a PhD. Outside of the lab, Brandon enjoys playing tennis and is a member of the Yale Club Tennis Team. Brandon joined the lab in 2018.
Josh Combs, Ph.D. Student
B.S., 2017, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Maddie Frischling, Ph.D. Student
B.A., 2017, Kenyon College
Olivia Goethe, Ph.D. Student
B.S., 2016, Michigan State University
Olivia grew up on her parent's farm in Kalamazoo, MI, and attended Michigan State University. She worked in the lab of Kevin Walker and graduated in 2016 with a B.S. in Biochemistry. During her time in college, she held internships in process and synthetic chemistry at Zoetis VMRD, and Kalexsyn, Inc. In her free time, Olivia enjoys piano, drawing, hiking, and chocolate.
Abi Heuer, Ph.D. Student
B.S., 2015, University of St. Thomas
Abi was born and raised in West Bend, WI. She attended the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN where she worked in the lab of J. Thomas Ippoliti, synthesizing small molecule GLP-1 stimulators and oxazolidinone antibiotics. After graduating with a B.S. in Biochemistry, she managed the Ippoliti lab for two years before making her way to Yale. In 2017, She joined the Herzon Lab to work on the synthesis and derivatization of pleuromutilin antibiotics. Outside of chemistry, Abi enjoys reading, cooking, and going to breweries.
Kevin Hoang, Ph.D. Student
B.S., 2016, Emory University
Ryan Holmes, Ph.D. Student
BS, 2015, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Born and raised just south of Worcester, Massachusetts, Ryan attended WPI where he received his undergraduate degree in chemistry. While studying in Worcester, he spent time researching methods for single DNA fiber analysis using bio-orthogonal chemistry and functionalized thymidine analogues under the mentorship of Nicholas Rhind at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Following graduation, Ryan went on to pursue a PhD in chemistry at Yale University under Seth Herzon. If not in the lab, he can be found either skiing at Smuggler’s Notch, kayaking, or fishing.
Ian Hsu, Ph.D. Student
B.S., 2017, University of Chicago
After spending his childhood in Taipei and his teens in Vancouver, Ian began his undergraduate studies at the University of Chicago in 2013. Ian didn't discover his interest in chemistry until his junior year of college, when he started researching under the mentorship of Scott Snyder. After working on ring expansion reactions with halogenation agent Et2SBr•SbCl5Br and total synthesis in the Snyder group, he decided to pursue a Ph.D. in organic chemistry. Ian joined the Herzon group in 2017.
Dr. Nicholas Lees, Postdoctoral Associate
Ph.D., 2017, University of Bristol
Dr. Xin Li, Postdoctoral Associate
Ph.D., 2019, Oregon State University
John A. Rose, Ph.D. Student
John is from Fort Wayne, IN., and attended Indiana University in Bloomington for his undergraduate studies. There, he did research in analytical organic electrochemistry receiving a few awards for academic achievement including the William G. Roessler Scholarship, Earl G. Sturdevant Summer Research Scholarship, and James C. White Award. His undergraduate work ignited an interest in organic synthesis which resulted in pursuing a Ph.D. at Yale University. John joined the Herzon group in the fall semester of 2016.
Martin Tomanik, Ph.D. Student
A.B., Dartmouth College, 2015
Martin was born in small town Prerov, Czech Republic. At 16, Martin decided to take a new direction and continue his education in the United States. After completing his exchange student year at Lebanon High School in New Hampshire, Martin began undergraduate studies at Dartmouth College. At Dartmouth, Martin gained research experience under the mentorship of Professor Jimmy Wu, synthesizing novel small molecule GLP-1 secretagogues possessing cycloalka[b]indole structural architecture. After graduation, Martin spent a year working as a strategy healthcare consultant for Putnam Associates, and then decided to pursue a Ph.D. at Yale, where his working on a natural product synthesis. Outside of lab, Martin enjoys playing ice-hockey, rooting for the Boston Red Sox, and John Grisham novels.
Dr. Zhixun Wang, Postdoctoral Associate
Ph.D., 2017, University of California, Santa Barbara
Kevin Wernke, Ph.D. Student
Born and raised in Grand Junction, CO., Kevin attended Colorado Mesa University, where he studied and characterized the effects of natural products in Dictyostelium discoideum in the lab of Prof. Kyle McQuade. After exploring the dynamic role of synthetic chemistry in biomedical research as an Amgen Scholar at Washington University in St. Louis, he decided to pursue a career in organic synthesis and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry at Yale. Outside the lab, Kevin mountain bikes, skis, plays music, bakes, and plays ultimate frisbee.
Peyton Williams, Ph.D. Student
B.S., 2018, North Carolina State University
Mengzhao (Lucy) Xue, Ph.D. Student
Lucy was born in Ningbo, China. After finishing her middle school at Ningbo Foreign Language School, Lucy came to the U.S. for high school in 2009. In 2012, Lucy graduated from Santiam Christian High School in Oregon and started her undergraduate education in Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. While in Lehigh, she joined a biophysical chemistry lab and studied the secondary structure of the N-terminus domain of caveolin protein. In 2015, Lucy earned her B.S. in Biochemistry from Lehigh and started her Ph.D. in Chemistry in Yale University. Outside the lab, Lucy enjoys reading Chinese literature and writing love stories and romantic poetry.