Born and raised in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts, Dan received his undergraduate education at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts where he studied regioselective, organocatalytic ring-openings of lactones under the mentorship of Professpr Brian Linton. After graduating and failing to walk on to the New England Patriots roster as the starting quarterback, Dan decided to pursue his PhD in chemistry at Yale. Aside from chemistry, Dan enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, weight-lifting and cats.
Dr. Hester Dang, Postdoctoral Associate
Ph.D., 2016, University of Washington
Christos Economou, Graduate Student
BS, The University of Chicago, 2013
Olivia Goethe, Graduate 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.
Dr. Alan Healy, Postdoc
PhD, 2014, University of St Andrews, Prof Nick Westwood
Born and raised in Ireland, Alan attended Trinity College Dublin where he obtained a degree in Medicinal Chemistry. Following this he was awarded a Cancer Research UK PhD studentship to pursue the development of novel anti-cancer drugs. This involved a MSc in Biomedical Science from the University of Edinburgh followed by a PhD in organic and medicinal chemistry from the University of St Andrews. His PhD research involved the development of small molecule modulators of cancer relevant protein-protein interactions and the total synthesis of two natural products, harzianic acid and JBIR-22. Alan took up a position at Yale in 2015, with a focus on the total synthesis and biological assessment of novel DNA-damaging natural products.
Ryan Holmes, Graduate 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.
Ph.D., 2014, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
Seewon was born in Seoul, Korea, and moved to Daejeon to attend KAIST for his undergraduate studies in Chemistry. As a graduate student at KAIST, he studied natural product synthesis with Prof. Hee-Yoon Lee. Seewon conducted two years of postdoctoral study at KAIST in the lab of Prof. Sukbok Chang, where he investigated hydrosilylation reactions. He then joined the Herzon Lab to synthesize chemical derivatives of natural products for anticancer drugs.
John A. Rose, Graduate Student
John hails from Fort Wayne, Indiana, and attended Indiana University in Bloomington for his undergraduate studies. There he conducted research in analytical organic electrochemistry, receiving awards for academic achievement and to help support pursuing research, 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, and he decided to continue his studies and pursue a Ph.D.at Yale. John joined the Herzon Group in 2016.
Thomas Smeltzer, Graduate Student
Tom was born and raised in Michigan on his family’s farm. He attended Hope College for undergrad, where in addition to completing a BS in chemistry, he ran cross country and track. He moved to New Haven to study organic chemistry.
Martin Tomanik, Graduate 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. Chao Wang, Postdoctoral Associate
Ph.D., 2016, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
Kevin Wernke, Graduate Student
Born and raised in Grand Junction, Colorado, Kevin attended Colorado Mesa University, where he studied and characterized the effects of natural products in Dictyostelium discoideum in the lab of Professor Kyle McQuade. As an Amgen Scholar at Washington University in St. Louis, Kevin explored the dynamic role of synthetic chemistry in biomedical research, and from this he decided to continue studies in organic synthesis, and pursue a Ph.D. in organic chemistry. Outside the lab Kevin mountain bikes, skis, enjoys music, baking, and plays ultimate frisbee.
Mengzhao (Lucy) Xue
Lucy was born in Ningbo, China. After finishing her middle school at Ningbo Foreign Language School, Lucy came to the US 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.
Samantha Angle, Undergraduate Research Associate
Sam Angle is in the class of 2018 at Yale University. She was born and raised in Middletown, Connecticut and conducted research in organic chemistry at Wesleyan University under the guidance of Professor Brian Northrop during the summers of 2013 and 2014. It was during this experience that she discovered her passion for chemistry. Sam joined the Herzon laboratory in the Summer of 2015.