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Professional Experience

Assistant Professor of Chemistry, 2018-present 
University of Rochester

NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, 2015-2018 
Harvard University [Advisor: Eric N. Jacobsen]

Ph.D. in Chemistry, 2015 
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign [Advisor: M. Christina White]

B.A. in Chemistry, 2008 
Albion College [Advisor: Andrew N. French]

Brief Bio

A native of rural southwest Michigan who spent her childhood living in a pole barn, Shauna obtained her B.A. in chemistry from Albion College. While there, she worked with Prof. Andrew N. French on the development of chiral hypervalent iodine catalysts for enantioselective α-oxytosylation and on the synthesis of dibenziodonium salts, research that was performed both at Albion College as well as with Prof. Thomas Wirth at Cardiff University (Albion College FURSCA Fellow) and Prof. Bernhard Witulski at Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz (DAAD ACS-RISE Scholar). She pursued her graduate studies in the group of Prof. M. Christina White at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow. Her Ph.D. research focused on pioneering the development of site- and chemoselective iron- and manganese-catalyzed C(sp3)─H amination reactions. Shauna’s passion for catalysis next led her to Prof. Eric N. Jacobsen’s lab at Harvard University, where she was an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow. Her research there entailed the use of co-catalysis with chiral dual hydrogen bond donors for the development of efficient chemo- and enantioselective multicomponent reactions. She began her independent career in July 2018 at the University of Rochester, where her research group uses transition metal catalysis to pursue novel strategies to form C-C bonds selectively, with the goal of enabling the efficient construction of topologically complex, sp3-rich organic scaffolds. Outside of the lab, Shauna enjoys running, hiking, gardening, reading, spending time with her spouse and child, and pampering her cats Andromeda and Perseus.