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Dr. Eric Nacsa

B.S., Harvey Mudd, 2010

Ph.D., Columbia University, 2015

Eric was born in the Toronto area and grew up 3 hours east in Kingston, Ontario. He attended Havery Mudd College in Claremont, CA to pursue a degree in mathematics, but was a chemistry major by the end of his freshman year. After a year of undergraduate research copolymer thin films, Eric joined the lab of David Vosburg for his undergraduate thesis on the total synthesis of antifungal sesquiterpene natural products. He moved to New York City in 2010 to conduct doctoral research with Tristan Lambert at Columbia University, where his work centered on reaction and catalyst development using cyclopropenium ions. Eric got married in 2014 and completed his graduate studies in August, 2015. After waiting for the US government to process his permanent residence application and taking some time to travel, Eric joined the MacMillan group at Princeton University in January, 2016. In his spare time, Eric enjoys running, baking, and spending time with his new puppy, Winston.

Fun Facts
  • Eric is the first postdoctoral member of the MacMillan group to have earned a PhD with a MacMillan group alumnus.
  • Eric often wears shorts when it snows.
  • Because his family had no sports loyalties growing up, Eric chose his allegiances based on teams that were good in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Unfortunately, the Seattle Mariners and previously-LA/then-St. Louis/now-LA-again Rams have put on less than stellar performances in the intervening years.