Melanie earned her A.B. in Chemistry with a minor in Music from Dartmouth College in 2004. Her undergraduate studies focused on organic methodology: she spent a summer research internship at The Scripps Research Institute in the Sharpless research group working on applications of click chemistry, and her honors thesis featured development of a new method for accessing chlorins and bacteriochlorins under the guidance of Prof. Peter Jacobi. Taking a break from winters and snow, Melanie returned to her native California for her Ph.D. studies at the University of California, Berkeley with Profs. Bob Bergman and Dean Toste to work on developing and studying organometallic catalysts for carbon-pnictogen bond formation, where she had the pleasure of being labmates with Profs. Miriam Bowring and Rebecca Lalonde. Melanie graduated in 2009 and completed two postdocs: the first at the ETH Zürich in Switzerland with Prof. Dr. Francois Diederich studying alkyne reactivity, and the second at Stanford University with Prof. Zhenan Bao learning about organic semiconductors. She began her independent career in 2014 at SUNY Stony Brook, where her group works on using light to control various aspects of polymer structure, including dispersity and sequence.
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