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"


Dr. Daryl Staveness

Postdoctoral Researcher

American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellow

Daryl was born and raised in south central Wisconsin before obtaining a BS with Honors in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He then transitioned to Stanford University to complete his PhD work with Prof. Paul Wender. In 2015, Daryl made the shift to the Stephenson group where he now works on the 1-aminonorbornane project.

Dr. Logan Combee

Postdoctoral Researcher

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"

Dr. Maddie Sowden

Postdoctoral Researcher

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"

Alexandra Sun

Graduate Student (5th Year)

Rackham Predoctoral Fellow

NSF Graduate Research Fellow

Alex has lived in New York City, Taiwan, and Boston. She obtained a B.S. in chemistry at Brandeis University, where she worked under Prof. Christine Thomas on the synthesis of amido-phosphido ligand-bearing metal complexes for small molecule activation. Alex joined the Stephenson group in May 2016 and currently works on developing continuous flow systems for screening photoredox reactions. Outside of lab, Alex enjoys baking, musical theatre, and engaging in STEM outreach. 

Email: suna "at"

Taylor Sodano

Graduate Student (5th year)

NSF GRFP Honorable Mention

Taylor grew up in South Hadley, Massachusetts and obtained a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Rochester, where she completed undergraduate research in the lab of Prof. Robert Boeckman, Jr. working on total synthesis. Taylor joined the Stephenson group in September 2015 and works broadly on the development of aminonorbornanes as metabolically innocuous aniline bioisosteres. Like her Ph.D. work, Taylor’s interests are multifaceted and include classical archaeology, biking, rugby, true crime podcasts, painting, and dressing her cats up in sweaters.  

Email: tsodano "at"

Kevin Romero

Graduate Student (5th Year)

NSF Graduate Research Fellow

A native of the Wild West, Kevin left his hometown of Reno, NV, for the beautiful green valleys of Oregon, where he obtained his B.S. in Chemistry and Mathematics at Linfield College. In addition to computational projects at Linfield, Kevin gained formative experience studying heterogeneous zeolite catalysis for biomass valorization during an REU in Yuriy Roman's group at MIT. He then joined the Stephenson group in 2015 to investigate the use of persistent radical intermediates for natural product synthesis. Outside of lab, you can find Kevin rooting for the Wolverines or enjoying friendly competition at the pool table, dart board, or local bowling alley.

Email: kevjrom "at"

Ted McClain

Graduate Student (4th 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"

Matt Galliher

Graduate Student (4th 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"

James Collins

Graduate Student (3rd year)

Rackam 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"

Anthony Allen

Graduate Student (2nd 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"

Cheng Yang

Graduate Student (2nd 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"

Efrey Noten

Graduate Student (2nd 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"

Alexander Harmata

Rotation Student

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"

Beca Roldan

Rotation Student

Beca 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 are currently doing a rotation in the Stephenson group while attempting to survive their first Michigan winter. They're 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"

Nick Watson

Undergraduate Student

University of Michigan '20

Alex Levashkevich

Undergraduate Student

University of Michigan  '22


Professor Corey Stephenson
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University of Michigan
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