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
Connor Holt, MS - Fifth 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 - Fourth 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 listening to music, reading fiction/horror, spending time with friends, and exploring new restaurants and bars.
Aleksa Milosavljevic, MS - Third 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 of his generation. During high school, he competed twice in International Chemistry Olympiad, where he won Silver (as Junior) and Gold (as Senior) awards. He did his undergraduate work with Dr. Igor Opsenica, working on developing the Buchwald-Hartwig reaction for the synthesis of novel medchem targets. As a graduate student, Aleksa received the Sherman-Clarke fellowship in the second year and the Weissberger fellowship and W. D. Walters Teaching Award in the third year. 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.
Patrycia Zybura, BS - First 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 :) ]. 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.