Group Members

Alison Frontier

Professor Alison Frontier, Principal Investigator

Dr. Alison J. Frontier was born and raised in suburban Detroit, Michigan. She attended Harvard University, where she worked in the laboratory of Professor Yoshito Kishi. In June 1992 she graduated with an AB in chemistry and became a research scientist at Merck Research Laboratories in Rahway, New Jersey, in the Basic Medicinal Chemistry division. She enrolled in the doctoral program at Columbia University in September 1994, conducted graduate work under the direction of Professor Samuel Danishefsky, and received her Ph.D. in June 1999. She was an NIH postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Professor Barry Trost at Stanford University from 1999-2001, and began her independent career at the University of Rochester in January 2002. Dr. Frontier was promoted to associate professor in 2008 and professor in 2013. In 2004, she launched "not voodoo" a website dedicated to students who are beginning independent experimentation for organic chemistry research projects. This site attracts hundreds of visitors daily from research laboratories around the world.

Office: 414 Hutchison Hall
Phone: (585)-275-2568

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Eric Stoutenburg, MS - Fourth Year Graduate Student

Eric was born and raised in Rochester, NY, and traveled to Niagara University where he received his BS in Biochemistry in 2013. There, he worked under Dr. Ronny Priefer investigating the thermal and photolytic decomposition of disulfide moieties. Currently, he is a third year grad student, and is working towards the first asymmetric total synthesis of Tetrapetalone A, as well as Lewis Acid-induced cationic cyclizations. In his spare time Eric loves spending time with his family, watching movies, playing racquetball with other in the department, and enjoys the beer microbrewery scene that Rochester has to offer.

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Patrick Harrington, MS - Fourth Year Graduate Student

Patrick is from Grafton, New York and received his BS in Chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2013, where he graduated magna cum laude. While at RPI, he received the Rensselaer Medal, and conducted research with Dr. Gerald Korenwoski studying the second harmonic generation at aqueous interfaces via laser spectroscopy. In our lab, Patrick is currently developing an iodoaldol initiated cyclization with the aim of applying this new sequence to the synthesis of natural products. Outside of the lab, he enjoys sampling craft beers, reading, and listening to music.

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Dylan Parsons, MS - Third Year Graduate Student

Dylan hails from the small town of Dansville NY, just south of Rochester. He earned a BS in Chemistry from SUNY Geneseo in 2014, where he conducted undergraduate research with Dr. David Geiger. The work focused on the synthesis and characterizations of various lead and zinc metal organic frameworks. Dylan belongs to the Frontier group since 2014, and is a recipient of U of R’s Sherman-Clarke Fellowship during his first year. He his currently investigating heterogeneous gold catalyzed carbocationic cyclizations as part of the carbonyl pinch reaction project. He is using this novel methodology to effect a synthesis towards the natural product Arnicenone. In his free time he enjoys working out and cooking new foods, but not vegetables.

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Georgios Alachouzos, MS - Second Year Graduate Student

George was born in Singapore, and was raised on the small island of Kalymnos, in Greece. He obtained his BS in Life Science and Technology from TU Delft and Universiteit Leiden in the Netherlands. He went on to obtain his MS in Chemistry summa cum laude from Universiteit Leiden, where he developed a total synthesis for the first photoaffinity label derived from natural product and illicit drug THC, under the guidance of Dr Mario van der Stelt. George is a Fulbright Fellow and was offered U of R’s Sherman-Clarke Fellowship during his first year as a graduate student. At the end of his first year as a graduate student, George received the Weissberger Memorial Fellowship. In the lab, George is focusing on the development of cationic cascades for the carbonyl pinch project, involving chiral Bronsted acid catalysis. He is also applying this novel methodology towards the asymmetric total synthesis of Tubingensin A and the first asymmetric total synthesis of Tubingensin B. Outside the lab, George enjoys playing and writing music, cooking, basketball and hitting the gym. George is also an avid fan of the food, wine and beer scene in Rochester.

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Shukree Abdul-Rashed, BS - First Year Graduate Student

Shukree Abdul-Rashed is from Lockport, NY and received his BA in Chemistry from University at Buffalo, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. At UB, Shukree worked under department chair, Dr. Michael Detty, in which he partook in the design, synthesis and optimization of chalcogenopyrylium dyes for use as surface-enhanced resonant Raman scattering reporters. Shukree is a recipient of University of Rochester’s Sherman-Clarke Fellowship and is currently working on methodology for the Lewis Acid-Initiated Alkynyl Halo-Prins reaction and its applications to natural product synthesis. In his spare time, Shukree enjoys sleeping, weightlifting, spending time with his family as well as cooking various Indian/Pakistani cuisines. Most notably, Shukree also takes pleasure in showcasing his NBA-caliber talent on Saturday mornings in which he destroys the departmental fellas in pickup basketball. Despite his skills on the court, Shukree has 2 dunks registered against him, courtesy of George.

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Jeremy Cody, PhD - Visiting Assistant Professor

Jeremy A. Cody completed his undergraduate degree at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1997. He then began working towards his PhD under the guidance of Professor Robert K. Boeckman, Jr. at the University of Rochester. In 2004 he received his PhD and went on to work at Albany Molecular Research, Inc. in Syracuse, NY, until 2007. After gaining industrial experience, he started his academic career as an Assistant Professor in at the Rochester Institute of Technology, NY, and has held the position since 2007. His research interests at RIT focus on heterocyclic chemistry and natural product synthesis. Currently, Jeremy is using his sabbatical to conduct research in our group, on the carbonyl pinch project.

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Yi-Fei Liang - Senior

Yifei is from Beijing, China and is currently pursuing a BS degree in chemistry. Yifei was awarded the Junior Scholar Award in 2016. In our lab, Yifei is working on the cationic cascade cyclization reactions of alkylidene β-ketoesters, aiming to determine the reaction scope and develop conditions that show product selectivity. Yifei plans to pursue graduate study in hope of obtaining a chemistry PhD. Outside of the lab, Yifei enjoys travelling, photography, as well as watching movies.

Cory Chan

Cory Chan, Senior

Cory is from Anchorage, Alaska and is pursuing a BS in Chemistry. In our lab, Cory is working on the 1,6 conjugated-addition initiated Nazarov cyclization reaction and subsequent hydride transfer cyclization cascade reaction project. Outside the lab, Cory is a member of the varsity swimming and diving team, Greek life, and the Meridian society.

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Ilan Goldberg - Junior

Ilan is from Tenafly, NJ, and is pursuing a BS in Chemistry. Before beginning his chemistry studies, Ilan conducted research in pediatric immunology at Mount Sinai Medical Center under Dr. Xiu-Min Li and Dr. Srivastava. Currently, Ilan is working on developing novel substrates and chiral ligands for use in methodology development for the carbonyl pinch project and natural product synthesis. Outside of the lab, he is the current president of Theta Chi fraternity, and enjoys reading, cooking, and live music. 

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Michael Gannon, Junior

Michael is from Leesburg, Virginia and is a junior pursuing a BS in Chemistry. He has been a member of the Frontier Research Group since February 2015. In our lab, he is working on the total synthesis of Tetrapetalone A alongside Eric Stoutenburg. Outside of the lab, Michael enjoys following Chicago sports and exploring the city of Rochester.

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Cullen Walsh, Sophomore

Cullen is from Sparta, NJ and is currently pursuing a BS in Chemistry. In our lab, Cullen is synthesizing beta-keto esters for use in the development of Nazarov Cyclization reactions. Outside of the lab he enjoys playing the viola in the Symphony Orchestra, swimming, and studying Mandarin Chinese.