Associate Professor of Chemistry
Biochemistry Advisory Committee
Occidental College


California Institute of Technology
NIH Postdoctoral Scholar 2012–2014
Advisor: Robert H. Grubbs

University of California, Irvine
Ph.D. in Chemistry (2007–2012)
Advisor: Larry E. Overman

Occidental College
B.A. in Chemistry (2003–2007)
Advisor: Donald R. Deardorff


Jeff graduated from Occidental College magna cum laude with honors where he worked with Prof. Donald Deardorff. He then moved to UC Irvine where he worked with Prof. Larry Overman on catalysis and total synthesis projects to earn his Ph.D. in 2012. After two years as an NIH postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Nobel laureate Prof. Robert Grubbs, Jeff returned to his alma mater as an assistant professor specializing in organic chemistry. Jeff teaches introductory organic chemistry as well as advanced classes in organic synthesis and physical organic chemistry. His research interests are centered around new methods for the stereoselective formation of carbon-carbon bonds. Outside of lab, Jeff enjoys long-distance cycling.


  • NIH R15 Grant, 2020
  • NSF Major Research Instrumentation Grant for a 400 MHz NMR Spectrometer (PI), 2020
  • Organic Syntheses Research Grant for Faculty at a PUI, 2020
  • NSF Major Research Instrumentation Grant for a high-performance computing cluster (co-PI), 2019
  • NSF Research at Undergraduate Institutions Grant, 2019
  • Occidental College Faculty Enrichment Grant, 2018
  • ACS Petroleum Research Fund Undergraduate New Investigator Grant, 2016
  • NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2012-2014
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Minority Chemist Fellowship, 2010
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship; Honorable Mention, 2008
  • UC Irvine Dissertation Fellowship, 2012
  • UC Irvine Chancellor’s Fellowship, 2007
  • Barry M. Goldwater Scholar, 2006
  • Pfizer Summer Research Fellow, 2006