Current Members

Jon Rainier

Jon D. Rainier

Principle Investigator

When not working on Chemistry, Jon likes to spend his days on the slopes of Snowbird Resort.

Slava Boyarskikh

Slava Boyarskikh

Ph.D. Candidate

Slava is from Russia, he received his "Specialist" degree at the Moscow State University in 2002. His undergraduate research was focused on the preparationof 3,7-diazabicyclo[3.3.1]nonane deravatives. Then he moved to the University of minnesota Duluth where he worked on applications of organic hypervalent iodine compounds under guidance of Dr. V.V. Zhdankin. Upon completion of his M.S. degree in 2004, Slava moved to the University of Utah where he started his work in the Rainier group. His current research project involves development of the stereoselective sulfur ylide [3,3] sigmatropic rearrangement and its applications in the total synthesis of natural products. In his spare time, Slava likes to drive around with his wife and appreciate the natural beauty of Utah.

 

Tilani De Costa

Vinson Espejo

Vinson Espejo

Ph.D. Candidate

Vinson received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a minor in mathematics in May 2007. While there he did research under the direction of Michael Harmata in the methodology of stereoselective synthesis with 2,1-benzothiazines and synthesis of high energy materials. He joined the Rainier group in August 2007 and is working on the enantioselective synthesis of spirocyclic tryptophan derivatives utilizing 2-thioindoles as nucleophiles in the Pummerer reaction. He enjoys reading and writing as long as it is not rigorously scientific. Goals for the future are to earn his skydiving license and learn to pilot small aircraft.

Jing Liu

Jing Liu

Postdoctoral Researcher

Jing received his Bachelor's degree in applied chemistry from China Agricultural University in 2000. Then he moved to Brigham Young University in 2001. Jing accomplished his Ph.D. under the direction of Professor Merritt B. Andrus. He worked on synthesis of resveratrol and its analogs using decarbonylative Heck reactions; phase transfer catalyzed asymmetric glycolate aldol reactions; and total synthesis of 8,9-methylamino-gedanamycin analog. Jing joined the Rainier group in 2007 and is working on the total synthesis of hemibrevetoxin B and its analogs. In his spare time Jing likes hiking.

John Rohanna

John Rohanna

Ph.D. Candidate

John grew up in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area and received a B.A. in Chemistry from Washington & Jefferson in 2005. John joined the Rainier lab in 2006 where he is currently studying carbonyl-olefin metathesis. In his spear time, John enjoys running, hiking and fishing.

 

Jin Wang

Yuan Zhang

Yuan Zhang

Ph.D. Candidate

Yuan got his bachelor's degreen in Chemistry in 2002 and his master's degreen in Organic Chemistry in 2005 both from Nanjing University, China. His previous research in China was on oleanolic acid analogues and their anti-osteoporosis activities. Yuan joined the Rainier Lab in 2006. His current research includes two-directional olefinic ester metathesis and total synthesis of Gambieric Acid A.

Jie Zhou

Jie Zhou

Ph.D. Candidate

Jie received her Master's degree in Organic Chemistry from Nanjing University (P.R.China) in 2004. She joined the Rainier group in 2005. Her current research is focused on the total synthesis of Brevenal and Takai reaction in the formation of medium-sized ring systems. Jie is interested in skiing, drifting, playing Badminton and tennis.