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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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Dylan Parsons, MS - Fifth 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 - Fourth 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. George is a Fulbright Fellow and is the recipient of four departmental fellowships so far. George is funded by the U of R Hooker Fellowship for the rest of the duration of his PhD. In the lab, George has developed methodology surrounding a previously unexplored halo-Nazarov cyclization. He is also applying this novel method towards the total synthesis of two natural products. George also heads the new computational efforts for the group. Outside the lab, George enjoys playing and writing music, cooking, basketball and hitting the gym. George is also an avid fan of the food, and wine scene in Rochester.

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Shukree Abdul-Rashed, MS - Third 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. 

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Connor Holt, BS - Second 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.

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Jackson Hernandez, BS - First 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-Pins cyclization reactions. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to music, going to concerts, and exploring new restaurants and bars.



Allison Stanko, Senior

Ally was raised in Grand Island, NY, an island very close to Niagara Falls. She attended high school in Buffalo, NY, where she enjoyed biology and chemistry. Last spring, she switched her major at the U of R to Chemistry after discovering her passion for organic chemistry. She is enjoying her time exploring synthetic methods in the Frontier lab since joining in the fall of 2017. Her research focuses on the Alkynyl halo-Prins/ Halo Nazarov sequence and its applications to natural product synthesis. Outside of the lab, Ally enjoys figure skating, hiking, and cycling. She has been a competitive figure skater for the past eight years, and is a USFSA Gold medalist.


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Cullen Walsh, Senior

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.

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Paul Sinclair, Junior

Paul is from Doylestown, PA, and is pursuing a B.S. in Chemistry. Currently, Paul is working on the synthesis of Alkylidene β-Ketoesters for use in testing Lewis acid catalyzed cationic cyclizations. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, trying new foods, and performing with the U of R Wind Symphony.


Ben Lerner, Senior

Ben was raised in Avon, CT. He has been interested in Chemistry since high school, and is currently pursuing a B.S. in the subject. His current research in the lab is focused on the tandem reaction of the alkynyl halo-Prins reaction followed by Friedel-Crafts alkylation. Outside of the lab, he enjoys hiking, archery, and windsurfing.