The Martin Lab

Principal Investigator

Dave Martin Profile

Dave Martin

Dave Martin was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and spent a lot of time growing up hiking, camping and snowboarding in the Canadian Rockies west of Calgary. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of British Columbia, where he did research in the group of Prof. Greg Dake. Dave also spent one year in Siegen, Germany as an exchange student where he developed an appreciation for polyglots and delicious German beers. In 2005, he moved to Montreal for an internship at the Merck-Frosst Centre for Therapeutic Research, working in the Medicinal Chemistry Department. In 2006, Dave started graduate school at the University of California, Irvine where he worked with Prof. Chris Vanderwal on the application of Zincke aldehydes toward the synthesis of Strychnos alkaloids, including a short synthesis of strychnine. After obtaining his Ph.D. in 2011, he moved to Princeton, NJ to pursue post-doctoral research in the lab of Prof. Dave MacMillan. His work in the MacMillan group involved new applications of photoredox catalysis, including the direct beta-arylation of aldehydes and ketones. In July 2014, Dave joined the Chemistry Department at the University of California, Riverside before moving to Iowa in 2019. When not in the Chemistry building, Dave can be found running, brewing or hitting the slopes.

Lab Members

Graduate Students

Hoang Dang Profile

Hoang Dang

B.S. California State University, Long Beach
Lab Position: HBIC / Resident DJ
Type: Secretly Anxious
Quote: "Can you please walk faster?"

Cory Ludwig Profile

Cory Ludwig

M.S. SUNY, Oswego
Lab Position: Bad-Luck Charm
Type: Always Mysterious
Quote: "It could always be worse."

Mikayla Wymore Profile

Mikayla Wymore

B.S. + B.A. University of Iowa
Lab Position: Apprentice Wizard of Photocatalysis
Type: The Observant One
Quote: "Whatever floats your boat."

Clarence Peiris Profile

Clarence Peiris

B.S. The Open University of Sri Lanka
Lab Position: Total Synthesis
Type: Curious
Quote: "Always be cool"

Logan Evans Profile

Logan Evans

B.S. Monmouth College
Type: Humble
Quote: "Draw Acetone"

Henry O'Callaghan Profile

Henry O'Callaghan

B.S. University of Nebraska Lincoln
Lab Position: Begrudging Mailman
Type: Bidoof/Satellite Hooligan
Quote: "This is a stupid idea, but if it works, it's the best idea I've ever had"

Emmanuel Yeboah Bonsu Profile

Emmanuel Yeboah Bonsu

M.S. University of Ghana
Lab Position: Soccer Addict
Type: Slow but Sure
Quote: "You will survive"

Ebuka Onyeyilim Profile

Ebuka Onyeyilim

M.S. University of Nigeria, Nsukka
Lab Position: Total Synthesis
Type: Derivatives
Quote: "You can do it"


Jacob Profile


Ph.D. University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
Lab Position: The Inquirer
Type: Fire
Quote: "My first DnD campaign, I was a rogue."

Ayesha Khan Profile

Ayesha Khan

Ph.D. Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences
Lab Position: Go Up, Go Down, Stop, Again
Type: Air-sensitive, Heat-sensitive, Light-sensitive
Quote: "Allah will see your pursuit not accomplishment

Isiaka Owolabi Profile

Isiakia Owolabi

Ph.D. Muroran Institute of Technology, Japan
Lab Position: The Runner
Type: Water
Quote: "No limit."

Undergraduate Students

Jennifer Suarez Profile

Jennifer Suarez

Lab Position: The Undergrad
Type: Energetic
Quote: "Hot Take: Ketchup is better than ranch"

Lily Poci Profile

Lily Poci

Lab Position: TBD
Type: TBD
Quote: TBD

Thomas Phillips Profile

Thomas "Tommy" Phillips

Lab Position: Taste Tester
Type: Organomercury
GHS Signal Word: Danger
Quote: "Never trust aroms... They lie."

Graduate Students

Zetandro Banarjee Profile

Zetandro Banarjee

M.S. Missouri State University Southeast
Lab Position: Trained on Every Instrument
Type: Morally Opposed to Hand Columns
Quote: "WHAT'S UP [insert name here]!"

Anayah Ferris Profile

Anayah Ferris

B.S. University of the Virgin Islands
Lab Position: Soca Executive
Type: Lowkey Bougie
Quote: "Oh chicken!"

Madeline Parker Profile

Madeline Parker

B.S. University of Dubuque
M.S. University of Iowa, 2021
Lab Position: The Safety Queen
Type: The one with school spirit
Quote: "My humor is like my hard cider: medium-dry."

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Bill Weigel

B.S. Cal Poly, Pomona
Ph.D. UC Riverside, 2020
Lab Position: Wit Master
Type: Fire/Fighting
Quote: "Is 14% yield good enough?"

Kyle Arriola Profile

Kyle Arriola

B.S. University of Redlands
Last known whereabouts: Graduated with PhD from UC Riverside (2022)

Abigail Feceu Proile

Abigail Feceu

B.S. Cal Poly, Pomona
Ph.D. UC Riverside, 2019
Lab Position: Tsarina
Type: Amicably sassy, Sinfully polite
Quote: "I could be wrong, but im not."

Dana Chambers Profile

Dana Chambers

B.S. North Carolina State University
Ph.D. UC Riverside, 2019
Lab Position: Queen Bee
Type: Sassy, approach with coffee
Quote: "Is it nap time?"

Taylor Alexander Profile

Taylor Alexander

B.S. Indiana University, Bloomington
Lab Position: Print Master General
Type: Formula 1 Weightlifter
Quote: "Does anybody want coffee?"

Travis Clay Profile

Travis Clay

B.A. Berea College
M.S. University of California, Riverside, 2017

Jake McClinton Profile

Jake McClinton

B.S. University of Nebraska
M.S. University of California, Riverside, 2016

Raymond Sullivan Profile

Raymond Sullivan

B.S. University of San Diego
M.S. University of California, Riverside, 2016

Josiah Jackson Profile

Josiah Jackson
Rotation Student

B.S. Bradley University
M.S. University of California, Riverside, 2016 (Beran Lab)


Shalini Profile


Ph.D. Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, India
Lab Position: Learner
Type: Nucleophile
Quote: TBD

Mersad Raeisi Profile

Mersad Raeisi

Ph.D. Ohio University
Lab Position: Nano Car King
Type: Coffee and Protein Bars
Quote: "Sure."

Esmat Sodagar Profile

Esmat Sodagar

B.S. Birjord University, Iran
MS: Shiraz University, Iran
PhD: Modares University, Iran
Sabbatical: University of Pennsylvania Quote: "The most effective way to do it, is to do it"

Haibin Yang Profile

Haibin Yang

B.S. Hunan Normal University, Changsha, Hunan Province, China
PhD: Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry
Post-doc: Stockholm University, Sweden

Undergraduate Students

Darrell Smith Profile

Darrell Smith

Lab Position: Genius in Training
Type: Serotonin + Questions
Quote: "Have a wonderful day!"

Vaani Gupta Profile

Vaani Gupta

Visiting scholar from Grinnell College
Lab Position: Spring Intern
Type: N/A
Quote: N/A

Hoang Dang Profile

Isabella Jacobsen

Visiting scholar from Grinnell College
Lab Position: Column Queen
Type: Garage Rock Vinyl
Quote: "I want my data and I want it now."

Lauren Sangster Profile

Lauren Sangster

B.S. University of California, Riverside, 2017
Major: Biochemistry
Awards: UE Mini-Grant Recipient
Current Position: Masters program at University of Toledo

Johny Nguyen Profile

Johny Man Nguyen

B.S. University of California, Riverside, 2017
Major: Chemical Engineering
UC LEADS Scholar
Current Position: Graduate Student, Vanderbilt University

Jack Wang Profile

Jack I-Chieh Wang

B.S. University of California, Riverside, 2016 (honors)
Major: Biochemistry
Awards: HHMI EXROP recipient, 2016 ACS Organic Undergraduate Award winner
Current Position: Graduate Student, Yale University

Le Nguyen Profile

Le Nguyen

B.S. University of California, Riverside, 2017
Major: Chemistry

Ellen Gao Profile

Ellen Gao

B.S. University of California, Riverside, 2018
Major: Biology
Awards: UE Mini-Grant Recipient

Bryan Maldonado Profile

Bryan Maldonado

Major: Chemistry
Lab Position: Fledgling Furylator

Partho Paul Profile

Partho Kumar Paul

Major: Chemical Engineering
Awards:UE minigrant recipient, UC LEADS scholar

Seth Patterson Profile

Seth Patterson

Lab Position: TBD
Type: TBD
Quote: Coming Soon!