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
Email: frontier@chem.rochester.edu


 Jackson Hernandez

Jackson Hernandez, MS - Fifth-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 and the Sherman-Clarke Fellowships. Over the years he has received numerous awards, including an honorable mention for his NSF-GRFP in 2020, the Arnold Weissberger, Elon Huntington Hooker, and NIH F31 Ruth L. Kirschstein Fellowships. In the department, Jackson is actively involved with several organizations (including CGA and the DEI-O committee) and is the founder of a group called Chem In Motion, which aims to help improve mental health among chemistry graduate students. In our lab, Jackson works on a wide range of projects involving aza-Prins and/or halo-Nazarov strategies for the synthesis of complex/bioactive compounds. In his spare time, he enjoys baking, listening to music, reading fiction/horror, spending time with friends, and exploring new restaurants and bars.


Aleksa Milosavljevic

Aleksa Milosavljevic, MS - Fourth-Year Graduate Student

Aleksa Milosavljevic comes from Serbia, where he received his BS in Chemistry from the University of Belgrade and was recognized as the best chemistry student of his generation. During high school, he competed twice in International Chemistry Olympiad, winning Silver (as a Junior) and Gold (as a Senior) awards. He did his undergraduate work with Dr. Igor Opsenica, working on developing the Buchwald-Hartwig reaction for the synthesis of novel tetrazole-containing medchem targets. As a graduate student, Aleksa received the DeRight, Weissberger, and Sherman-Clarke fellowships, as well as the W. D. Walters Teaching Award. In our lab, Aleksa is working on expanding the scope of the halo-Prins/halo-Nazarov chemistry to ketones and making heterocyclic compounds. He is also working on the syntheses of natural products that implement this chemistry as the key step. In his efforts, he actively utilizes U of R computational resources to guide his experimental research.  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.


Patrycia Zybura, BS - Second-Year Graduate Student

Pat is from New Jersey and received her BS in chemistry from the College of New Jersey (TCNJ) in 2021. She was recognized as the best organic chemistry student of her generation [ at TCNJ :) ]. For her dedication to teaching, she has been awarded the W. D. Walters Teaching Award. In our lab, Pat is working on probing novel cationic cyclization strategies. As a first-year graduate student at the University of Rochester, Pat was awarded the Sherman-Clarke Fellowship. In her spare time, she enjoys watching movies, listening to music, and going on long walks.