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Dr. Yufan Liang

B.Sc., Peking University, 2010

Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, 2016

Yufan grew up in Wuhan, a city in the central area of China. After high school, he started his undergraduate study at Peking University from 2006 till 2010. During his undergraduate years, he conducted research in the lab of Prof. Zhen Yang and Prof. Jiahua Chen focusing on the development of Lewis acid catalyzed-vinylogous aldol reactions. In the autumn of 2010, Yufan went to Boston and became a graduate student at MIT. He joined the lab of Prof. Gregory C. Fu in the end of 2010 and started his graduate research. In the spring of 2012, the Fu group moved from MIT to Caltech and Yufan also relocated to the west coast with the group and “restarted” his graduate career at Caltech. His doctoral research involves the development of novel nickel-catalyzed cross-coupling methods and their applications toward the synthesis of organofluorine compounds. Yufan obtained his doctoral degree in the spring of 2016 and became the first Ph.D. student in the Fu group graduating with a Caltech degree. In April 2016, Yufan moved to New Jersey and began his postdoctoral studies in the MacMillan lab. In his spare time, Yufan enjoys listening to audiobooks, especially for the genre of mysteries and thrillers.

Fun Facts
  • Yufan is a huge fan of Apple products and he has bought almost everything one can get from an Apple store.
  • Yufan’s favorite TV-series is Fringe and he binge-watched the whole 100 episodes in three weeks.