Dusty Cadwallader (he/him), PhD Student

Dusty grew up in Port Hardy BC, a small town on the north end of Vancouver Island. He completed his BSc in chemistry at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC and his MSc at Brock University developing stereoselective Birch reduction-alkylations with a chiral auxiliary. In September 2020 he joined the Le group as a PhD student looking to synthesize fluorine containing molecules. Outside the lab his hobbies include recreational power lifting, joining pick-up soccer and volleyball matches, crossing local breweries off his list and cooking up new meat-free recipes (although you can catch him enjoying a steak or chicken sandwich from time to time).

Ali McKnight (they/them), MSc student

Ali graduated from Reed College in 2020 with a B.A. in Chemistry after spending the first two years of their undergraduate degree as a studio art major. During their undergraduate career they dabbled in analytical nuclear chemistry, adding nitrate esters to atmospherically relevant monoterpenes, and putting bismuth in places that bismuth should not be. Outside of the lab they are an amateur artist, avid home cook, and a strong supporter of Trans-Rights and BLM.

Cora Mocanu (she/her), Undergraduate student

Cora is a Kinesiology major/Chemistry minor in her final year of undergraduate study at York University. Cora's passion for chemistry was a more recent discovery, only adding her minor in her third year, however it has only enriched her university experience. She hopes to one day work in the healthcare field and keep her curiosity and passion for learning alive. Outside of school, Cora enjoys traveling, spending time with friends, and going on adventures with her dog! 

Lola the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Lab Mascot

Lola is an organic chemistry enthusiast. Her favourite named reaction is the Balz-Schiemann reaction, because she loves playing fetch with her tennis ball. In addition to fetching, she loves meeting new people and doing tricks (for treats, of course). She is a very good girl. 

York University

Department of Chemistry 

North York, Ontario, Canada

Website: https://chemistry.yorku.ca/


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