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Brian W. Michel

Principal Investigator

Brian Michel received his B.S. in Chemistry from Western Washington University in 2006. At WWU, Brian performed research under Prof. James Vyvyan working towards the total synthesis of Heliannuols C & E. Brian was then drawn to the snow and research at the University of Utah, where he completed his Ph.D. with Prof. Matthew Sigman. In the Sigman Lab, Brian developed a highly selective variant of the Wacker oxidation. During this time he gained an appreciation for using mechanistic insight to develop and optimize reactions. In 2011, Brian moved west to work with Prof. Chris Chang at the University of California, Berkeley, where he designed small molecule fluorescent probes for the detection of carbon monoxide in live cells and developed a passion for detecting biologically relevant analytes based on biocompatible reactivity.

Outside of the lab Brian enjoys snowboarding, golfing, and spending time with his wife and kids.

Postdoctoral Scholars

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Adelaide Kerenick

Class of 2023

Adelaide will be a junior studying chemistry at DU this Fall. She is just getting her feet wet in lab!

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Adelaide Kerenick

Class of 2023

Adelaide is a senior undergraduate student getting ready to graduate. She is heading to Penn State this Fall!

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Ramandeep Kaur

Graduate Students

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Nick Dacon

G3

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Autumn Giger

G2

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Caleb Matteson

G1 - Biophysics

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You!

Actively Recruiting New Graduate Students

Undergraduate Students

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Jaiden Voldrich

Class 2024

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Will Thrush

Class 2026

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Jane Goldman

SHINE @ DU 2023

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Sam Rommel

Class 2026

Rotation Students

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Group Alumni

Ryan Calkins
B.S. in Biology and Chemistry
University of Denver 2016
Current Position: Medical School at University of Colorado
Lusha Xu
M.S. Chemistry
University of Denver 2016
Current Position: Glycoscience
Westley Cruces
M.A. Chemistry
University of Denver 2019
Current Position: CSO Colorado Chromatography Labs
Max McCallum
B.S. Chemistry with distinction
University of Denver 2019
Current Position: Graduate Student UCLA
Samir Rezgui
B.S. Chemistry with distinction
University of Denver 2020
Current Position: NSF Graduate Research Fellow Cal Tech (Stoltz group)
Sacha Toussaint
B.S. Southern Utah University 2015

 
Morgan Brown
M.S. University of Denver 2022
Current Position: Project Manager at OtherLeft
Ruthie Cicotte
B.S. Southern Utah University 2020
M.A.
 University of Denver 2023

 
Nathan Wu
Undergraduate at McGill University, Class 2023
Haley Maki
B.S. Biochemistry with distinction
University of Denver 2023
Florence (Flo) Bachrach
B.S. Chemistry with distinction
University of Denver 2016
Current Position: Gilead Process
Ben Johnson
B.S. Chemistry
University of Denver 2017
Current Position: Masters in Anatomy Program at UNMC
Julia (Jae) Bautista
B.S. Chemistry
University of Denver 2018
Current Position: Research Assistant CU Anschutz
Brandon Coles-Taylor
B.A. Lawrence University 2015
PhD University of Denver 2019
Current Position: Fish & Richardson
Mitchell Ellinwood
B.S. University of Denver 2019
M.S. University of Denver 2020

Current Position: Graduate Student University of Utah (Looper Group)
Sara McCormack
B.S. Chemistry with distinction
University of Denver 2021
Current Position: Graduate Student University of Utah (Sigman Group)
Roman Shrestha
B.S. Chemistry with distinction
University of Denver 2022
Current Position: Graduate Student UC Irvine
Simran Gill
B.S. Chemistry with distinction
University of Denver 2023
Adelaide Kerenick
B.S. Chemistry with distinction
University of Denver 2023
Current Position: Graduate Student Penn State University

Group Photos

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June 2023

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Spring 2021

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Fall 2018

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Fall 2015

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