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Personnel in The Young Lab

Those Who Make The Magic Happen

Prof. Michael C. Young

Principle Investigator

Born in the land of tobacco, Mike began his chemistry career in mountainous Western Carolina studying hydrogen-bonded self-assembly with Prof. Brian D. Dinkelmeyer. Believing that biomimetic systems held great promise for greener catalysis, Mike then traveled to the also mountainous Inland Empire of Southern California to study self-assembled cages and their applications towards organocatalysis with Prof. Richard J. Hooley. Hoping to expand his horizons, Mike then traveled to the hilly part of south central Texas to work with Prof. Guangbin Dong, exploring dynamic covalent strategies for directed C-H functionalization of ketones and amines and occasionally trying to help "Keep Austin Weird." Now he leads his own group in the less-than-hilly Toledo area, attempting to combine all of his hydrogen-bonding and self-assembly know-how towards more useful C-H functionalizatoin for derivatization of sustainable feedstocks for therapeutic, energy, and materials applications.


Allison M. Rabon

PhD Student (2016 - Present)

Allison hails from Pennsylvania! She comes to the Young lab from Indiana University in Pennsylvania, which despite the name is firmly in PA. In moving to Toledo, Allison has almost finally reached living in IN, which she claims is not a life goal. When she isn't watching the Penguins bloody the ice, she likes to study solid state chemistry, and enjoys being the group's go-to for x-ray crystallography! In her research, Allison is working on preparing new metal-organic frameworks for interesting materials and catalytic applications via postsynthetic modification. After graduate school Allison hopes to get a job continuing to work with solid state chemistry to help make the world a better place.

Pratibha Chand-Thakuri

PhD Student (2017-Present)

Pratibha is a PhD student here at University Toledo who comes to the Young lab from Nepal where she was born and raised. She is involved in the lab's sp2 C-H activation research, and is also looking at extending the electrophilic coupling partners used for our sp2 as well as sp3 C-H activation work. When not in the lab, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter.

Justin M. Maxwell

MS Student (2017 - Present)

Justin is pursuing his M.S. here at University Toledo, where he also received his B.S. in Biological Sciences. After his M.S., Justin hopes to attend medical school. In the lab Justin is involved in developing new C-H activation reactions at sp2 C-H bonds. In addition to developing new synthetic methodology, Justin is also working to use some of our C-H functionalization methodology to rapidly access new analogues of biologically-active molecules of interest that are then being screened by various collaborators to understand how they function, and to hopefully develop more potent therapeutics.

Kern Baxter

Undergraduate Student (2017 - Present)

Kern is currently pursuing his B.S. in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry here at the University of Toledo. His current project involves finding faster way to synthesis key MOF precursors. Kern has also taught Chem 1200, is a fan of astrophysics, and spends too much time watching educational programming. Despite still learning how to cook in the lab, Kern considers himself to be a pretty good chef outside of the lab.

Alyssa Garreau

Undergraduate Student (2018 - Present)

Alyssa is a 3rd year student studying chemistry at The University of Toledo. Alyssa is currently working on an independent project to develop a simple system for deuteration of benzoic acids and other acidic substrates. Afterwards she intends to migrate over to work on our MOF chemistry.

Jared Doremus

Undergraduate Student (2018 - Present)

Jared is a chemistry major at the University of Toledo who plans to graduate in the Spring of 2020. Afterward, he plans to go to graduate school to get his Ph.D. in chemistry and become a professor himself. Jared is involved in Alpha Chi Sigma and volunteers for the Sylvania branch of Rotary alongside leading a CHEM1200 class as well. He also enjoys playing video games, euchre, and playing chess competitively in his free time. Jared is working on making metal-organic frameworks for solid-phase microextraction (SPME) materials via post-synthetic modification.

Aaron Grau

Undergraduate Student (2019 - Present)

Sara Thomas

Undergraduate Student (2019 - Present)

Sara is a biochemistry major at The University of Toledo who plans to graduate in the Spring of 2020. Afterward, she plans to go to medical school and go on to become an emergency room physician. Sara is involved in Campus Activities and Programming, Relay for Life, and as a student-athlete tutor for biology and chemistry. She also enjoys music, iced coffee, and hanging out with her friends and family. Sara is currently working with Pratibha.

Kenneth Jenkins

Undergraduate Student (2019 - Present)

Kenny is a 3rd year biochemistry major with a concentration in Premed at The University of Toledo. He plans on attending medical school after he graduates. Kenny is involved in many other organizations on campus including being a director for Relay for Life. Kenny also does clinical research in the ER department at Mercy Health – St. Vincent Medical Center. In his free time, he enjoys watching Marvel and DC shows/movies and playing any sport. In our lab Kenny is working on expanding our carbon dioxide-based C-H activation platform to other biologically-relevant products.

Dr. Vinod Landge

Postdoc (July 2019 - Present)

Vinod comes to UToledo after pursuing his PhD at National Chemical Laboratory with E. Balaraman, where he focused on developing new organometallic methodology, heavily focused on both rhodium as well as base metals. When not working, Vinod enjoys watching movies with his wife and spending time with friends.