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
Shukree Abdul-Rashed, MS - Fifth 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 U of R's Sherman-Clarke Fellowship and is currently a T-32 NIH CBI trainee fellow. His current research is devoted toward the asymmetric total synthesis of Citridone A. In his spare time, Shukree enjoys sleeping, weightlifting, spending time with his family as well as cooking various Indian/Pakistani cuisines. Shukree has made an epic return to the basketball court, obliterating “competition" near and yonder with his unstoppable 3-point jumper.
Connor Holt, MS - Fourth Year Graduate Student
Connor is from Warner Robins, GA, and received his BS in chemistry from Mercer University in 2015 where he graduated summa cum laude with a minor in mathematics. While at Mercer, he did his undergraduate work with Dr. David Goode working on the synthesis of isoxazole derivatives of a varicella zoster virus inhibitor. In our lab, Connor is currently working on developing methodology for unique cyclizations involving the Alkynyl halo-Prins / halo-Nazarov reactions. In his spare time, he enjoys kayaking, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.
Jackson Hernandez, MS- Third Year Graduate Student
Jackson was born in Cuba and moved to Syracuse in 2012. He received his BS in chemistry from the University at Buffalo in 2018, where he graduated summa cum laude. While at UB he worked with Dr. Bing Gong, on the synthesis of unnatural foldamers. As a first-year graduate student at the University of Rochester, Jackson was awarded the Provost Fellowship, and the Sherman-Clarke Fellowship. In our lab, Jackson is currently working on developing Aza-Prins cyclization reactions. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to music, going to concerts, and exploring new restaurants and bars.
Aleksa Milosavljevic, BS - Second Year Graduate Student
Aleksa Milosavljevic comes from Serbia, where he received his BS in Chemistry from University in Belgrade and was recognized as the best chemistry student in his generation. During high school, he competed two times in Internation Chemistry Olympiad, where he won Silver (as Junior) and Gold (as Senior) award. He did his undergraduate work with Dr. Igor Opsenica, working on developing Buchwald-Hartwig reaction for the synthesis of novel medchem targets. In our lab, Aleksa is working on investigating underexplored types of electrocyclization reactions. In his efforts, he actively utilizes U of R computational resources to guide his experimental research. He is also working on the synthesis of a natural product by utilizing the group’s best-known chemistry. In his spare time, Aleksa enjoys reading, cooking and watching different movies and TV shows. He also takes joy in playing board and deduction games with his friends.