Stephen Ting

Second Year Graduate 

Stephen grew up in Cupertino, CA. He graduated from Stanford University, where he worked under Prof. Justin Du Bois. During his time there, Stephen developed a second-generation synthesis of an intermediate towards the natural product pactamycin, and also examined the copper-catalyzed N-arylation of cyclic sulfamates. Outside of chemistry, Stephen enjoys playing jazz piano, being around dogs, traveling, and spending time in the outdoors.
sting@princeton.edu

John Park

Second Year Graduate 

John was born and raised in San Jose, California. He graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.S. in Chemical Biology and a minor in Molecular Toxicology. At Berkeley, he worked on palladium catalyzed perfluoroalkylation of aryl halides under the supervision of Professor John F. Hartwig. Outside of lab, John enjoys taking walks, playing board games and trying new places to eat and drink coffee.
johnbp@princeton.edu

Sam Newman-Stonebraker

Second Year Graduate 

Sam was born and raised in New York City before moving to Long Island, NY at the age of 7. He graduated with a B.A. in Chemistry from Cornell University in 2017. While at Cornell, Sam did undergraduate research in the laboratory of Professor Geoffrey Coates, investigating double metal cyanide complexes as heterogeneous catalysts for epoxide/CO2 copolymerizations. Outside of lab, Sam enjoys hiking, baseball, and astronomy.
samstonebraker@princeton.edu

Alyssa Ertel

Second Year Graduate 

Alyssa grew up in Kennewick, Washington. She graduated from the University of Idaho with a B.S.Ch.E. in chemical engineering and a B.S. in chemistry. Her research focused on organic methodology development, and she studied the effect of rehydration on the catalytic properties of alumina under the supervision of Professor Jakob Magolan. When away from lab, Alyssa enjoys spending time outdoors, petting dogs or watching videos of dogs, empowering women in STEM, and eating Indian food.
aertel@princeton.edu

Stavros Kariofillis

Second Year Graduate 

Stavros was born and raised in Easton, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Lafayette College with a B.S. in Biochemistry, where he conducted research under the guidance of Professor Roxy Swails. At Lafayette, Stavros synthesized water-soluble Palladium N-heterocyclic carbene complexes and examined their catalytic reactivity towards cross-coupling reactions in aqueous solvent systems. Stavros also spent a summer of research synthesizing isolable (NHC)CuCF2H complexes and examining their catalytic reactivity towards difluoromethylation under Professor Melanie Sanford at the University of Michigan. Outside of lab, he enjoys playing soccer, volleyball, running, reading, and convincing his labmates to join him on Dunkin’ Donuts coffee runs.
stavrosk@princeton.edu