GROUP MEMBERS

The Levin Group is always looking for talented researchers — regardless of background — eager to join in our endeavors. Prospective graduate students should apply through the Chemistry department program. Postdoctoral candidates should contact Mark via email with their C.V. and a list of references. Undergraduates at the University of Chicago who have completed their Organic Chemistry sequence and are interested in a research experience should contact Mark via email. 

Patrick Kelly

Patrick Kelly

Graduate Student

B.S. Rice University, 2019 (Zachary Ball)

Patrick was born and raised in Houston, TX, and stayed in Houston and completed his B.S. in chemistry at Rice University. During his undergraduate studies, Patrick worked in a variety of research fields before finally realizing his true passion lies in catalysis and chemical reactivity. Patrick is excited to deepen his knowledge of organometallic chemistry and reaction mechanism. In his spare time, Patrick enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, listening to music, and watching “whose line is it anyway?”.

pqkelly [at] uchicago.edu

Balu Dherange

Balu Dherange

Postdoctoral Scholar

M.Sc. Pune University, 2009 (Milind Nikalje)
Ph.D. IIT Kanpur, 2017 (Dattatraya Dethe)
Postdoctoral Scholar Rice University 2018-2019 (K.C. Nicolau)

Balu was born and grew up in Pune, Maharashtra in India. He completed his M.Sc. from Pune University in 2009. After spending one and a half years as a Junior Chemist in GVK Biosciences (Hyderabad), he moved to pursue his Ph.D with Dattatraya Dethe at IIT Kanpur. His graduate work focused on the enantioselective synthesis of bioactive monoterpenoid natural products. After graduation, he spent another year working as a research associate studying photochemistry and C-H activation. In 2018, he joined K.C. Nicolau at Rice University as a postdoctoral scholar working on the design, synthesis, and biological investigation of novel anticancer compounds. In 2019, he joined the Levin group. Outside of lab, he enjoys traveling, photography, and watching Breaking Bad.

balud [at] uchicago.edu

 

Julia Driscoll

Julia Driscoll

Graduate Student (NSF GRFP Fellow)

B.A. University of Pittsburgh, 2020 (Kazunori Koide)

 

Julia is originally from Pittsburgh, PA, where she completed her B.S. in Chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh. While at Pitt, she worked in the Koide group on the synthesis of bioactive molecules for use in biological studies and spent a summer with the medicinal chemistry group at Seattle Genetics, working on the design and synthesis of new drug-linker technologies. After graduating, she decided to shift to methodology and joined the Levin group in 2020. Outside of lab, Julia enjoys cooking, watching reality TV and petting dogs.

jldriscoll [at] uchicago.edu

Jisoo Woo

Jisoo Woo

Graduate Student

B.S. University of Rochester, 2020 (Shauna Paradine)

Jisoo was born and raised in Busan, South Korea until he moved to the United States when he was 15. He received a B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Rochester, NY. He was a National Science Foundation REU fellow at the Nilsson Group during the summer of 2018 and worked on co-assembly of amyloid-beta fragments under acidic conditions. Since 2018, he joined the Paradine Research Group as an undergraduate researcher and completed a senior thesis on photocatalytic carboxydifuntionalization of olefins. He also joined the Delius Group at Ulm University, Germany in the summer of 2019 as a DAAD-RISE intern to work on Co(III)-based photocatalysts. Besides work, he is an avid reader of Stephen King and Lovecraft and a huge fan of Nirvana and Pink Floyd. 

jwoo11 [at] uchicago.edu

Ethan Hyland

Ethan Hyland

Graduate Student

B.S. University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2020 (John Berry)

 

Ethan was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. He received his B.S. in chemistry and religious studies from University of Wisconsin-Madison. While at UW, he worked in Prof. John Berry’s lab, synthesizing a family of tethered bidentate ligands in order to create catalytically active dinuclear cobalt complexes. He also worked on universal synthetic route to access novel tetracarboxylate Co(II) paddlewheel-type complexes. Outside of the lab, he enjoys spending his free time biking around the city, discovering new music, and watching Scrubs.

ehyland [at] uchicago.edu 
Colin Lynch

Colin Lynch

Graduate Student

B.A./M.S., Northwestern University, 2018 (Thomas Meade)
Postbac, National Institutes of Health, 2018-2020 (Victor Pike)

 

Colin hails from the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA. In 2018, he received joint B.A./M.S. degrees in Chemistry from Northwestern University, where his undergraduate research involved the synthesis of gadolinium-based MR contrast agents for molecular imaging applications. Afterwards, he spent two years as a postbac at NIH/NIMH working on the synthesis of [18-F]fluoroaryl PET radiotracers. In 2020, Colin joined the Levin group and is excited to apply new synthetic methodologies to PET radiochemistry. His interests include warm cups of coffee, cold runs along Lake Michigan, and NPR podcasts.

 cflynch [at] uchicago.edu

 

Tyler Pearson

Tyler Pearson

Postdoctoral Scholar

B.S. Yale University, 2015 (Nilay Hazari)
Ph.D, Northwestern University, 2020 (Danna Freedman)

Tyler grew up in a small, quiet town near Richmond, VA and completed his undergraduate studies at Yale University. There, he studied organometallic chemistry and homogeneous catalysis with Nilay Hazari. After earning his bachelor’s degree, he decided that he wanted to supplement his knowledge of inorganic chemistry with physical chemistry and spectroscopy. He therefore moved to the Chicago area for his PhD in Danna Freedman’s lab at Northwestern University where he synthesized and extensively characterized the electronic structures of transition metal complexes. Upon completion of his PhD, Tyler stayed in Chicago to join the Levin group where he applies his insight into physical inorganic and organometallic chemistry to new questions in chemical reactivity and reaction development. Outside of the lab, Tyler enjoys running, tinkering with electronics, cooking, and hanging out with his cat.

tylerpearson [at] uchicago.edu

 

Cecile Elgindy

Cecile Elgindy

Postdoctoral Scholar

B.S., University of Sydney, 2014 (Chris McErlean)
Ph.D. Austrailian National University, 2020 (Mick Sherburn)
Postdoc, Australian National University, 2020-2022 (Lara Malins)

Cecile is from Sydney, Australia. She completed her undergraduate studies in chemistry at the University of Sydney in 2014, where she worked in the laboratory of Prof. Chris McErlean on natural product synthesis. She then joined the group of Prof. Mick Sherburn to undertake her graduate studies at the Australian National University, where she worked on the synthesis of novel pi-bond rich molecules. Cecile’s research focused specifically on the synthesis of the multi-vinylallene family of molecules and their application to rapidly generate multi-cyclic frameworks. After completing her PhD, Cecile then joined the group of Prof. Lara Malins as a research scientist and conducted research on epoxyketone-containing natural products within the context of late-stage peptide modifications. In 2022 Cecile joined the Levin group at the University of Chicago. Outside of the lab Cecile is enjoying exploring the city of Chicago. 

cecileelgindy [at] uchicago.edu

 

Kaan Tarhan

Kaan Tarhan

Undergraduate Student

University of Chicago, Expected 2022

Kaan is originally from Istanbul, Turkey, where he graduated from Robert College. While there, he worked on pigment properties and thermochromic solutions. In 2020 he joined the Levin Group as an undergrad. He’s very interested in photochemistry and wrote a book on the artistic application of thermochromic & photochromic materials. Outside the lab, Kaan enjoys painting, gaming with friends, cooking and not doing the dishes.

Megan Morales

Megan Morales

Undergraduate Student

University of Chicago, Expected 2024

Megan was born in Miami, Florida where she attended John A. Ferguson Senior High School. She is currently a rising second-year student at the University pursuing a major in Molecular Engineering on the chemistry track. She is passionate about organic chemistry and is excited to continue to explore her interest while being a part of the Levin Group. Outside of the lab, Megan loves to play sports and is a part of the UChicago Women’s Ultimate Frisbee team.

Kate Kaplin

Kate Kaplin

Undergraduate Student

University of Chicago, Expected 2023

Kate, a third year from New York City, took Organic Chemistry in her second year and never looked back. She is currently working towards a B.S. in Chemistry with a minor in History. Outside of the lab, Kate writes for the satire magazine, The Chicago Shady Dealer, and procrastibakes, a lot.

Ashby

Ashby

Lab Mascot

Hyde Park Puppy Kindergarten, 2019

Ashby is an Australian Labradoodle puppy from Lafayette, Indiana. His hobbies include being petted by everyone on the street, energetically running back and forth across the apartment, and exploring Hyde Park. His favorite treat is liverwurst and his favorite toy is Peanut the elephant (pictured). He is named after the world-famous Ashby BART station in Berkeley, California.

ALUMNI

Sean Kennedy (Postdoc 2019-2020) – Johnson Matthey (Chemical Development Group, MA)
Yongliang Zhang (Postdoc 2019-2020) – UCSB (Postdoc, Zhang Group)
Alexander McKillop (Undergraduate Intern 2020) – Boston College ’22
Kathleen Berger (PhD ’22) – adMare Bioinnovations (Medicinal Chemistry Group, Montreal, Canada)