Welcome to the Stephenson Group at the University of Michigan.

Our group is interested in developing methodologies that harness the power of visible light to mediate reactions that are useful for the synthesis of biologically active molecules. We conduct photo- and electrochemical reactions in both batch and continuous flow manifolds with the goal of developing methods to access unique chemical space.

The Stephenson lab is dedicated to maintaining a climate of inclusivity, mutual respect, and understanding. We believe that diversity is the cornerstone of innovation as it allows people from distinct backgrounds to contribute their experiences to the chemical problem-solving process, whether it be an idea for a useful synthetic method or a novel way of disconnecting a natural product.



Farewell Dr. McClain!


We bid adieu to Ted, who masterfully delivered a sorely missed in-person thesis defense. We wish you continued success at AbbVie!

Fresh faces!


This spring, we welcome first-year students Annika and Kason! We are also excited to welcome our new postdoctoral researcher, Dr. Sahil Arora, who joins us from the Hoye lab at the University of Minnesota.

James receives prestigious fellowship and industry internship!


Congrats to James for receiving the prestigious NIH F31 fellowship and for landing an internship at Merck this summer in Rahway, NJ! We are so proud of you!

High-throughput photochemical analysis on picomole scale


Congrats to alumna Dr. Alex Sun, Anthony, and to our collaborators in the Kennedy Lab here at Michigan chemistry on this exciting interdisciplinary work! Read more about their work using a
droplet microfluidics reactor for screening photochemistry reactions on picomole scale using ESI-MS, out now in Nature Communications.

Bec publishes coming out story in Science’s Working Life


Congrats to Bec for publishing their inspiring and impactful story of coming out as non-binary to our lab! We are so proud of you!