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Dr. Dominik Koelmel

Postdoctoral Scholar, Pfizer, Groton, CT, 2017

Dominik grew up in an idyllic small village near Karlsruhe in the southwest of Germany. After receiving his diploma degree in Chemistry from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in 2010, he started his PhD thesis in the lab of Prof. Stefan Bräse at KIT. Three years later, he defended his thesis, which focused on the synthesis and evaluation of cell-penetrating peptidomimetics. In 2014, he moved to the land of opportunity for a first postdoctorate with Prof. Eric T. Kool at Stanford University. After a few years in sunny California, Dominik traveled to the East Coast in 2016, moving homewards gradually, to join the MacMillan group at Princeton University. His current research combines transition metal and photoredox catalysis to enable the facile formation of C-C bonds. In his spare time, Dominik loves reading epic fantasy series à la J. R. R. Tolkien, Steven Erikson, George R. R. Martin, or Stephen R. Donaldson.

Fun Facts
  • Dominik was a participant at the 61st Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in 2011 (although it was dedicated to Physiology and Medicine rather than Chemistry).
  • Favorite quote: Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. (Mahatma Gandhi)
  • Dominik’s favorite TV shows of all time are Scrubs (comedy) and Breaking Bad (drama).