JASON HEIN

Associate Professor

Jason Hein received his B.Sc. in biochemistry at the University of Manitoba in 2000. In 2005, he completed his Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry as an NSERC PGS scholar under Professor Philip G. Hultin at the same institution. He then moved to the Scripps Research Institute as an NSERC postdoctoral fellow supervised by Professors K. Barry Sharpless and Valery V. Fokin. In 2010, he became a senior research associate with Professor Donna G. Blackmond at Scripps. He began his independent career at the University of California, Merced in 2011 where his work focused on employing in situ kinetic reaction analysis as a means to rapidly profile and study complex networks of reactions. In 2015, he moved to the University of British Columbia to continue the development of reaction analytical techniques to further mechanistic organic chemistry.

Associate Professor, University of British Columbia (2019 – present)

Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia (2015 – 2019)

Assistant Professor, University of California, Merced (2011 – 2015)
Senior Research Associate under Prof. Donna Blackmond, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla (2009 – 2011)

NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow under Profs. K. Barry Sharpless and Valery V. Fokin, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla (2005 – 2009)

Ph.D. Student under Prof. Philip G. Hultin, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg (2000 – 2005)

B.Sc. Student, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg (1996 – 2000)

Thieme Chemistry Journal Award (2019)

American Chemical Society Young Investigator’s Award (2015)

University of California, Merced, Graduate & Research Council Award (2012 – 2014)

NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship (2006 – 2008)

Unversity of Manitoba Dean of Graduate Studies Student Achievement Award (2005)

Action Canada Fellowship for Outstanding Young Leaders (2004 – 2005)

CSC National Conference Poster Presentation Award (2004)

Hugh J. Anderson Anderson Graduate Award for Academic Achievement (2003 – 2004)

ACS-Pan American Advanced Studies Institute on Green Chemistry Fellowship (2003)

NSERC Post Graduate Scholarship – A&B (2000 – 2004)

Postdocs and Research Associates

Weiling Chiu

WEILING CHIU

Postdoctoral Fellow

Born and raised in Dubai, I moved to Montreal to obtain a B. Sc (Hons) in Biochemistry at McGill University, where I worked in the research group of Professor Youla Tsantrizos. In 2014, having witnessed a sufficient amount of snowfall, I headed west to join the group of Professor Jennifer Love at UBC to pursue my PhD. In the Love group, I studied the fundamental organometallic reactivity of nickel complexes. After graduating in 2019, I moved all the way down the hall to join the Hein lab as a Mitacs PDF in collaboration with NOVA Chemicals.

Josh Derasp

JOSH DERASP

Postdoctoral Fellow

I completed an undergraduate degree in chemistry at the University of Prince Edward Island. I then moved to Ottawa and joined the Beauchemin lab for my PhD where I helped develop novel synthetic transformations of nitrogen containing compounds. I joined the Hein group in June 2019 where I now focus on combining my synthetic organic chemistry background with continuous preferential crystallization. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, camping and working out.

Corey Sanz

COREY SANZ

Postdoctoral Fellow

I completed my PhD at the University of Victoria under the supervision of Robin Hicks where I studied the redox chemistry of organic radicals bound to palladium. I then moved to the University of British Columbia for a postdoctoral fellowship in organometallic chemistry with Mike Fryzuk. I joined the Hein group in 2021 as a postdoctoral fellow. My research focuses on continuous preferential crystallization of high purity lithium carbonate for the battery industry. In my spare time, I enjoy cycling, hiking, and pretty much anything outdoors.

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NINA TAHERIMAKHSOUSI

Research Associate

I completed my PhD at the University of Victoria under the supervision of Prof. Hausi A. Müller where I studied computer science in the area of artificial intelligent systems, smart applications for future internet and cyber physical systems. I then moved to the University of British Columbia in the chemistry department as a machine learning and machine vision scientist in the automated materials synthesis platform “ADA” in 2019. I joined the Hein group in 2021. My research focuses on the use of machine learning and computer vision for the creation of visually aware robot systems in an autonomous chemical laboratory. In my spare time, I enjoy gardening, cooking, and outdoors activities with my small family.

Lars Yunker

LARS YUNKER

Research Associate

I completed my PhD at the University of Victoria under the supervision of Scott McIndoe. My research focus was the elucidation of organometallic reaction mechanisms using continuous online monitoring by mass spectrometry. I joined the Hein group in September 2017 as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and have transitioned to a Research Associate working to integrate automation tools into our workflow. In my spare time I like to mountain bike, scuba dive, and play computer games.

Graduate Students

FINN BORK

PhD Student

After completing my B.Sc. in the field of Biochemistry, I pursued the more chemistry-based side of it in my M.Sc. Medicinal and Natural Product Chemistry at the Leibniz University Hanover, Germany. In my last year, two colleagues of mine introduced me to the field of automation in chemistry, which ultimately led me to the HeinLab in 2021. In my time off I like to read (mostly Sci-Fi), listen to/make music or engage in any kind of sporting activity.

Melodie Christensen

MELODIE CHRISTENSEN

PhD Student

After receiving my master’s degree in Chemistry from American University, I joined Schering Plough Research Institute, where I developed synthetic routes for drug candidates. A few years later, I moved to the Catalysis and Automation group at Merck, where I shifted my focus to the development of high throughput automation and data rich experimentation capabilities to support process development. I joined the Hein lab in January 2019 and am interested in developing custom automation systems as well as implementing machine learning capabilities to accelerate pharmaceutical process development. In my spare time I practice yoga as often as possible, with some mediation sprinkled in. I also really enjoy food, wine, live music, friends, family and quality time with my husband John.

Maddie Deem

MADDIE DEEM

PhD Student

I completed my B.S. in Biology at the University of Portland in 2017, and began my graduate studies at the University of British Columbia in 2018. I’m interested in process chemistry and organic synthesis. I find great satisfaction in the process of optimization and love the combination of empirical knowledge and creativity inherent in synthetic chemistry. In my spare time, I enjoy running and skiing.

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NOAH DEPNER

PhD Student

I completed my BSc in chemistry/biology at the University of Alberta, conducting research in the areas of organic synthesis, organometallic catalysis, and novel peptide synthesis. The Hein group’s approach to chemistry got me thinking about all the ways automation could be applied to the techniques I used in my research, ultimately leading me to join the group in 2021! In my spare time you’ll probably find me climbing, ski touring, listening to music or reading.

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MASON GUY

PhD Student

I completed by HBSc at the University of Ottawa, where during the summers I worked under Professor Deryn Fogg as a 2-time NSERC-USRA holder. My honours research, also with Dr. Fogg, focused on studying the impact of pyridine on ruthenium catalyzed olefin-metathesis. I came to the Hein research group after seeing presentations from members of the lab at CCCE 2019. The implementation of robotics and the automation of chemistry greatly interested me, and so I looked west to uBC for the completion of my PhD. My hobbies include skiing, gin tasting, and playing Super Smash Bros. Melee.
 

JACOB JESSIMAN

MSc Student

I was born and raised out east in Ottawa, where I completed my undergraduate degree. It was there that I found my love for chemistry research working under Prof. Stephen Newman. I then joined the Hein lab in 2020 to pursue my MSc in the areas of continuous flow synthesis and reaction monitoring. In my spare time, you can usually find me listening to music, cooking, or playing video games.

Andrew Kukor

ANDREW KUKOR

PhD Student

I completed my B.Sc. at the University of Waterloo in the Honours Co-operative Chemistry Program in 2019, during which time I worked for various professors at UWaterloo and for various companies and discovered my love of research. I am currently pursuing my Ph.D. in physical organic chemistry as part of the Hein group. In my free time I enjoy good stories (books and movies especially) and experiencing nature.

Junliang Liu

JUNLIANG LIU

PhD Student

I completed my Bachelor’s degree in the field of chemistry as a collaboratively educated student, I spent 2 years in Tianjin University, China; and the other two years in the University of Waterloo, respectively. Then I joined Hein’s lab in 2018 as a MSc student. My interest is organic synthesis and my goal is to become a skillful synthetic chemist who has a map of reactions in their head. In my spare time, I am very interested in politics and sketching.

Tristan Maschmeyer

TRISTAN MASCHMEYER

PhD Student

It was at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) that I obtained my Chemistry B.Sc. with honors and conducted research in the marine natural products lab of Dr. Phillip Crews. In the Crews lab, I isolated, purified, and structurally characterized three potentially bioactive molecules from a sponge collected in the South Pacific. After graduating, I served as a member of the structure elucidation group in the Small Molecule Analytical Chemistry department at Genentech’s South San Francisco campus. It was under the expert tutelage of group members Dr. Sarah Robinson, Dr. Kenji Kurita, and Dr. David Russell that I truly gained a deep appreciation for which both NMR and HRMS could be applied to answer complex chemical questions. I hope to further apply and build this understanding, with NMR in particular, to investigate and better understand the reactions these organic molecules undergo. In my free-time I enjoy exploring the outdoors, whether it be above or below the water.

Yusuke Sato

YUSUKE SATO

PhD Student

I was born and raised in Kyoto, one of the most traditional cities, in Japan. I completed my undergraduate studies at University of Shizuoka, during which I greatly enjoyed spending time under the direction of Prof. Kei Manabe where I worked on developing a reaction with novel directing triphenyl phosphine ligands. Now I monitor reactions with an automated HPLC sampler and React IR in the Hein group. Outside of the lab, I enjoy skating, conversation and working out.

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KRISTY SHAO

PhD Student

I completed my Master of Philosophy degree in the field of catalytic asymmetric halogenation reactions at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, under the supervision of Prof. Yeung Ying Yeung. Then I joined the Hein lab to pursue my PhD degree. Out of the lab I enjoy movies, cooking and working out.

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JIAYU ZHANG

PhD Student

I completed my B.S. in Chemistry at Rutgers University in 2019, and a M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering at Columbia University in 2021. During my master’s study, I focused on probabilistic modelling and data analysis for enhanced enzyme diffusion. During the same time period, I found interest in areas such as experiment design and automated experimentation, which eventually motivated me to join Professor Hein’s lab. In my spare time, I enjoy playing video games, biking, and playing ultimate Frisbee.

Undergraduate Students

ISABELLE CAI

BSc Student

I am a 4th-year Chemistry student at the University of British Columbia. I’m particularly interested in organic synthesis and in understanding reaction mechanisms, but I’m also intrigued by interdisciplinary studies involving chemistry. In my free time, I enjoy painting and playing video games.

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ELEANOR LIU

BSc Student

I’m a third year combined major in science student in Chemistry, Computer Science and Life Sciences at the University of British Columbia. I started with studying Chemistry, Computer Science and Physics and developed my interest in mechanism studies when taking organic chemistry for biology. Then I switched from Physics to Life Sciences in my third year. I’m interested in learning, exploring and finding connections between disciplines. I enjoy playing instruments and hiking in my free time.

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SYDNEY NORRIS

BSc Student

I was born and raised in North Vancouver before moving to UBC in 2020 to start my B.S. in Biology. I am specifically interested in biology and chemistry related topics, as I hope to go through medical school after completing my Biology degree. I joined the Hein research group after being a student in Jason Hein’s chemistry class at UBC in my first year. My hobbies include skiing, mountain biking, hiking, baking, and playing guitar.

Henry Situ

HENRY SITU

BASc Student

I completed my BSc in Chemistry at UBC. While working for Dr. Hein in my fourth year I was introduced to automation and robotics which inspired me to pursue my BASc in Mechanical Engineering specializing in Mechatronics. I am interested in the integration of hardware and software to achieve precision movements and controls. In my spare time I enjoying making 3D printable trinkets and tools for other members of the Hein Lab.

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LUKE YANG

BSc Student

I am a third year combined Honours student in Chemistry and Mathematics at the University of British Columbia. I did research on radical polymer and organic magnet in the University of Toronto with Dr. Dwight Seferos in 2019’s summer. I enjoyed the programming portion in my mathematics study and can’t wait to see what it can bring to my chemistry life! Outside of the lab, I like listening and playing music. I can play the piano, acoustic and electric guitar. I am also the electric guitarist of the band in my church!

Staff

Shad Grunert

SHAD GRUNERT

I completed my BSc in Chemistry at UBC and Management of Technology MBA at SFU Beedie School of Business. I’ve worked across a number of sectors in industry and academia, from wood science to biofuels, to safety management in academia. In my spare time, I enjoy learning as much as possible about materials science, economics, psychology, and history.

Lucky Hein

LUCKY HEIN

Abandoned as a pup on the mean streets of Merced, California, I had a tough start in life. My curiosity, playful spirit, and desire for affection were unfulfilled and my outlook was bleak… until one exceptional Beagle Basset Hound, Crambley, changed everything. Crambley adopted me as one of her own, nurturing me to overcome my trauma. I then came to Vancouver to jump-started my career as the Morale Officer for university research programs. I now bark, snooze, and thrive in the Hein Lab, where I support students, scientists, and friends of the group through all the challenges of life.

Lauren Koch

LAUREN KOCH

Born and raised in Berkeley, California, I completed a double major BA at UBC in Anthropology and Linguistics. I love to learn, particularly about human ingenuity: where we were, how we got to where we are, and where we’re going. In my free time, I enjoy going hiking, trying new foods, settling in with a good book, and, when timing and funds align, scuba diving.

Veronica Lai

VERONICA LAI

I completed my BSc in Chemistry at UBC, during which I first joined the Hein Lab as an undergraduate researcher. I am interested in artificial intelligence, automation, and the field of human-computer interaction, and developing tools for researchers. I love music and going to concerts (my favourite genre is symphonic metal), and in my spare time I enjoy cooking and learning wing chun.

Paul Mulyk

PAUL MULYK

Since starting my career, I’ve worked in instrument service, bio-energy research and academic settings always gravitating toward instrument application, method development and troubleshooting. I enjoy having a mix of hardware, software and chemistry problems to work on, such as solving analytical challenges, troubleshooting instrumentation, or re-purposing and re-configuring existing equipment. I’m also interested in programmatic instrument control, as well as new machine learning applications.

Paloma Prieto

PALOMA PRIETO

I’m a science communicator and project manager with a background in chemistry. I completed my BSc at UBC exploring a wide breadth of chemistry topics, from biomedical imaging and pharmaceuticals, to clean energy technologies like solar cells. Today, I love mobilizing knowledge between academia, industry, government, and the general public. To keep things interesting, I also moonlight as a teacher of acrobatic yoga.

Parisa Shiri

PARISA SHIRI

recently graduated with a M.Sc. from Simon Fraser University in physical chemistry and organic electronics. I have always enjoyed mathematics, algorithms and coding and in the Hein lab I get to combine that with my chemistry background for automation of lab processes. In my free time, I am a salsa dancer, either social dancing or preparing for a performance.

Alumni

2021

ELENA LILES

PhD (2018 – 2021)

TARA ZEPEL

PDF (2018 – 2021)

2020

IOANA DAVID

Co-op student

JORDAN DAPONTE

Research staff

STEPHANIE KOZDRAS

Summer student

KEA LEGARD

Research staff

TOM MALIG

PhD (2016 – 2020)

JESSICA LI

Project student – CHEM 449

ANGELA LIN

Project student – CHEM 449

SEBASTIAN STEINER

PDF (2018-2020)

TONY WANG

Co-op student

JENNY ZHONG

Project student – CHEM 449

2019

RYAN CHUNG

PhD (2015 – 2019)

JORDAN DAPONTE

MSc (2017 – 2019)

STEPHANIE FORGET

PDF (2018 – 2019)

KEA LEGARD

Project student – CHEM 445

VERONICA LAI

Project student – CHEM 445C

2018

MATTHEW BERRY

PhD (2011 – 2018)

SAMANTHA BROWN

Work-Learn student (2016 – 2018)

YUEJUN GUO

Work-Learn student (2017 – 2018)

CAROLYN HIGMAN

PDF (2017 – 2018)

SIMON JACKLIN

Project student – CHEM 449

VANESSA LAI

UBC Co-op student

SHRINWANTU PAL

Research associate (2018)

2017

JOSH KOENIG

Project student – CHEM 449

AAGAM PATEL

MSc (2015 – 2017)

DIANA YU

PhD (2012 – 2017)

2016

ESMA AL-AUTMAN

Project student – CHEM 445

VANESSA LI

Undergraduate research assistant

CELINE ROUGEOT

PDF (2014 – 2016)

HENRY SITU

Project student

2015

SAMANTHA BROWN

(2014 – 2015)

CASSANDRA CRAVE

(2014 – 2015)

SAMANTHA GAERLAN

(2014 – 2015)

ALYSSA JONES

(2014 – 2015)

INDYANA POLLEY

(2014 – 2015)

CARL POSADAS

(2014 – 2105)

IVY PRICE

MSc (2012 – 2015)