C. Rose Kennedy, PhD
Assistant Professor of Chemistry (beginning 2020)
University of Rochester
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Education & Experience:

– Princeton University: NIH Postdoctoral Fellow (2017–2019 )
Advisor: Prof. Paul J. Chirik
– Harvard University: NSF Graduate Research Fellow (2011–2016)
Advisor: Prof. Eric N. Jacobsen
– University of Rochester: B.S. in Chemistry (2007–2011)
Advisors: Prof. Alison J. Frontier (thesis) & Prof. Kara L. Bren


Rose [she/her/hers] discovered her passion for chemistry as an undergraduate student at the University of Rochester, where she explored many aspects of the “central science” through research with Professors Kara L. Bren and Alison J. Frontier and through numerous peer teaching opportunities for classes ranging from general and organic chemistry to chemical instrumentation.

Upon graduating summa cum laude in 2011, she pursued doctoral research as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow with Professor Eric N. Jacobsen at Harvard University. During her time in the Jacobsen group, she discovered a synergistic ion-binding strategy for enantioselective catalysis and elucidated key mechanistic features of reaction systems for ion-binding catalysis.

She next moved to Princeton University to examine the cooperative interplay of redox-active transition metals and ligands in selective catalysis from an organometallic perspective as an NIH NRSA Postdoctoral Research fellow with Professor Paul J. Chirik. At Princeton, she leveraged mechanistic insights to develop useful catalytic methodology for upgrading unactivated olefins to value-added motifs through the formation and control of metallacyclic intermediates.

Outside the lab, Rose enjoys running, cycling, yoga, sampling coffee and tea, chemistry outreach & community education, and advancing diversity & inclusion in STEM.

Rose’s long-term research interests lie in building from mechanistic elucidation to modulate and control reactivity in the development of useful synthetic methodology that combines the complementary strengths of organocatalysis and organometallic chemistry. Toward this goal, Rose is thrilled to be returning to the University of Rochester to launch her independent career beginning in January 2020!