2019 Stephenson Group photo cropped enha

Professor Corey Stephenson

Principal Investigator

Corey was born in Collingwood, Ontario, Canada and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Waterloo in 1998. He completed graduate studies under the direction of Professor Peter Wipf at the University of Pittsburgh before joining the lab of Professor Erick M. Carreira at ETH Zürich. In September 2007, he joined the Department of Chemistry at Boston University as an Assistant Professor and was granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor in February, 2013. In July 2013, he joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Michigan as Associate Professor of Chemistry. In September 2015, Corey was promoted to full Professor.

Email: crjsteph "at" umich.edu




Dr. Logan Combee

Logan grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. After stints in Germany and South Carolina, Logan obtained a B.A. in chemistry from the College of Charleston, South Carolina. After a brief interlude as a high school science and math teacher back in his hometown, Logan started graduate studies at the University of Virginia developing atom-transfer Csp3–H functionalization and cycloadditions under Prof. Michael Hilinski. He obtained his Ph.D. from UVA in 2019 before joining the Stephenson group that same year, now applying photochemical methods to the synthesis and evaluation of new potassium ion channel agonists. Logan relaxes by playing music, tinkering on cars and lab equipment, and sampling whisk(e)y.

Email: lcombee "at" umich.edu

Dr. Maddie Sowden

Maddie grew up in Queensland, Australia before moving to Canberra, Australia to obtain a B.S. with Honours in chemistry at the Australian National University working with Professor Mick Sherburn. She stayed on at the Australian National University for her PhD, again working with Professor Mick Sherburn on the efficient synthesis of both natural products and designed molecules. Maddie joined the Stephenson group in December 2019 as a post-doctoral fellow and currently works on total synthesis and methodology development. Outside of the lab Maddie enjoys going to brunch, watching football and tennis, working out at the gym and attending concerts. 

Email: madisow "at" umich.edu

Dr. Mike Supej

Mike (he/him/his) hails from the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois where he was raised to appreciate the finer things in life (i.e., Chicago-style pizza). Mike obtained his B.A. from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois in 2015 where he worked in the lab of Professor Helen M. Hoyt on first-row transition metal catalysis. Following his undergraduate studies, he moved to Cornell University in Ithaca, New York for his graduate studies to work in the laboratory of Professor Brett P. Fors on the development of stimuli controlled
polymerizations. After obtaining his PhD in the spring of 2020, he joined the Stephenson lab and is now working on the development of photochemical reaction methodologies and technology. In his free time, Mike enjoys cooking, hiking with his dog, playing music, biking, and gaming.

Email: mjsupej "at" umich.edu

Dr. Jeong-Yu Son

Jeong-Yu grew up in Gangwondo, Korea (not North) and obtained a B.S in chemistry from the Kangwon National University (KNU), Korea. He obtained his PhD from the Center for Catalytic Organic Reactions under Prof. Phil Ho Lee. His research focused on the development of efficient synthetic methods through C-H activation. In spite of COVID-19, Jeong-Yu joined the Stephenson group in June 2020 as a post-doctoral fellow, now working on new photoredox catalysis method development. Outside of lab, he enjoys watching soccer (Man City & Tottenham), swimming, cooking, and talking about Korean culture.

E-mail: jeongyus “at” umich.edu



Ted McClain

5th year
NSF GRFP Honorable Mention

Ted was born at a young age in Pittsburgh, PA and raised by a pack of 'woofs' in Cary, NC. He obtained his B.S at West Virginia University in 2016. He is the little-known inventor of America's favorite sandwich: the hotdog. Ted's other favorite sandwiches include burritos. He has never been to Canada as he doesn't speak the language.

Email: emcclain "at" umich.edu

Matt Galliher

5th year
NSF GRFP Honorable Mention

Matt (He/Him) grew up in La Habra, California. He moved north to obtain his B.S in chemistry and biochemistry at Washington State University, where he worked in the lab of Prof. Cliff Berkman on the synthesis of PSMA-targeted drug-conjugates for the treatment of prostate cancer. Matt joined the Stephenson group in Spring of 2017 and currently works on the total synthesis of resveratrol oligomer natural products and the kinetic analysis of their radical-trapping antioxidant activities. Outside of lab, Matt enjoys playing guitar and video games, antagonizing his cat, and trying new beers and wine.

Email: mgallihe "at" umich.edu

James Collins

4th year
Rackham Merit Fellow
NSF GRFP Honorable Mention

​James (also known as JC3) grew up in Los Angeles, California. He obtained a BS in Biochemistry from California State University, Long Beach in May 2017. His Undergraduate research focused on enhancing the transport of serotonin and dopamine across the blood-brain barrier. James joined the Stephenson group in September 2017 and is currently focused on synthesizing new kinase inhibitors. Outside of lab, James enjoys watching basketball (go Lakers), playing basketball and talking about basketball.

Email: jameslco "at" umich.edu

Anthony Allen

3rd year

Anthony was born downriver in Wyandotte, Michigan, grew up right outside of Detroit in Redford, Michigan, and then headed south to Oberlin College near Cleveland, Ohio for his undergraduate studies. He received a B.A. in Chemistry and Philosophy working with Professor Albert Matlin on a trapped Nazarov cyclization/cycloaddition methodology. After his Ohio sojourn, Anthony moved to Ann Arbor and joined the Stephenson group in January 2019 working on photoredox catalysis method development. When not shining lights on 2-dram vials, Anthony enjoys playing guitar, going to art museums, and talking about Detroit/Southeast Michigan/the Midwest and its undeniable superiority to the rest of the world.

Email: armallen "at" umich.edu

Cheng Yang

3rd year

Cheng was born and grew up in Tianjin, China. As an undergraduate at Nankai University, he worked in the area of green chemistry. Upon completion of his internship at the University of Michigan, he obtained a B.S. in Chemistry. Cheng joined the Stephenson group for his graduate studies in 2018, working on electrochemistry and lignin depolymerization. Outside of lab, Cheng likes reading and playing the guitar.

Email: yacheng "at" umich.edu

Efrey Noten

3rd year

Efrey grew up in San Jose, California. He fled the sun to obtain a B.S. with comprehensive honors in chemistry at UW-Madison, where he worked under Prof. John Berry on the synthesis and catalytic activity of molybdenum carboxylate complexes. Efrey joined the Stephenson group in January 2019 and currently works on new photoredox catalysis method development. Outside of lab, Efrey enjoys cooking, cheering for the Badgers, and playing video games. 

Email: enoten "at" umich.edu

Alex Harmata

2nd year

Alex was born and raised in Columbia, Missouri. He stuck around in Columbia for college, earning a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Missouri in May 2019 with minors in mathematics and computer science. As an undergraduate at Mizzou, Alex worked on a hodge podge of projects with Prof. Michael Harmata, including hydrogen bond donor catalysis and electrocyclizations. In the summer of 2018, Alex was a Snyder Scholar at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he worked with Prof. David Sarlah on diterpenoid chemistry. Alex joined the Stephenson group in January 2020 as a “brotator” and currently works in the aniline bioisosterism area as a member of “Team Aminonorbornane”. Outside of lab, Alex enjoys power-walking, being a troll, and competing as a member of the University of Michigan quiz bowl team. 

Email: harmataa "at" umich.edu

Bec Roldan

2nd year

Bec Roldan is from the metropolis of Saint Francisville, Louisiana. They obtained a B.S. in Chemistry from Rhodes College, the quaint liberal arts school nestled in the heart of Memphis, Tennessee, where they worked under Dr. Larryn Peterson on the synthesis of potential inhibitors of LpxC with applications in antibacterials. They made the big move up to the Midwest to attend the University of Michigan where they joined the Stephenson group in Spring 2020. They're currently working on the synthesis of resveratrol natural products. In their free time they enjoy vegan baking, being the worst dancer in their salsa dance class, and co-hosting a podcast about chemistry and queerness. 

Email: roldanr "at" umich.edu

Alan Wortman

2nd year

Alan was born and raised in College Station, Texas. After graduating high school, he attended his local university, Texas A&M, where he studied oxidase catalysis via hypervalent iodine intermediates under Prof. David C. Powers. During his time at Texas A&M, he also traveled to Germany where he briefly worked in the lab of Prof. Tobias Ritter. After completing a B.S. in chemistry in the spring of 2019, he left Texas to continue pursuing his education in Michigan. In the spring of 2020, he joined the Stephenson lab where he is currently investigating the use of electron donor-acceptor complexes for generating reactive intermediates. Outside of the lab Alan enjoys fly fishing, skiing, and is an avid fan of college football.

Email: wortman "at" umich.edu

Dominique Blackmun

1st year (Rotator)

Dominique spent a large amount of her time growing up moving. She attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. During her undergrad she worked under Dr. Maciej Walczak on a variety of carbohydrate related projects involving the synthesis and utilization of anomeric stannanes in C-C bond formation. She is currently rotating in the Stephenson group for the 2020 fall semester as part of the Aminonorbornane team. Outside of lab she enjoys running, snowboarding, and learning to cook/bake new things.

Email: dobl "at" umich.edu 

Kason Glover

1st year (Rotator)

Kason's bio is coming soon!



Alex Levashkevich

University of Michigan '22


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Willard Henry Dow Laboratory
University of Michigan
930 N University Ave
Ann Arbor, 48109

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