Current Members

Graduate Students

Reggie MillsPh.D. student, started September 2015

Reggie has lived in Toronto his whole life. He completed his B.Sc. at U of T in 2015, having worked with Aaron Wheeler (Chemistry), Amber Ross (Philosophy), and Ulrich Tepass (Cell and Systems Biology). As a second-year Ph.D. student, his focus is on nickel-catalyzed functionalization of activated aliphatic C-O bonds. Outside of chemistry, Reggie likes coffee, books, and Seinfeld.



Nick Michel – Ph.D. student, started August 2016

Nick completed his B.Sc. at the University of Toronto in 2016, with a focus on synthetic organic chemistry and biochemistry. He worked with Dr. Robert Batey on conjugate allylations using boron, and chemoselective acylations of primary amines using trichloromethyl ketones. Nick is working on the synthesis and functionalization of alpha-arylnitriles under nickel catalysis. Outside of the lab, Nick enjoys biking, dining, playing guitar, and camping. His favorite saying is “The only thing worse than a weak cup of coffee, is no cup of coffee.”

PurvishPurvish Patel – Ph.D. student, started September 2016

Purvish was born in India but grew up in Canada. He is a 4th year undergraduate student at the University of Toronto. He is currently working on intramolecular nickel-catalyzed C-O bond functionalization and the preparation of tetrahydroisoquinolines and pyrrolidines. In his free time he enjoys travelling, learning Muay Thai and spending time with friends.

Mike West – Ph.D. student, started September 2017

Mike is from Windsor, ON and completed his B.Sc. in Chemistry at the University of Ottawa. He worked under the supervision of Dr. Derek Pratt, where his focus was on the oxidation mechanisms of organosulfur compounds. As a second year Ph.D. student, he is developing the synthesis of enantiopure cyclopropylamines and is investigating the applications of zinc homoenolates . Outside of the lab, his current interests involve politics, yoga, and cooking.

Racquel Edjoc – Ph.D. student, started June 2018

Racquel completed her B.Sc. at the University of Ottawa. She has worked with Dr. Tom Baker in base metal perfluoroalkyl catalysis at the University of Ottawa and Dr. Corey Stephenson in biomimetic synthesis of resveratrol at the University of Michigan. As a first year Ph.D. student, Racquel is working on ligand design and nickel catalysis to generate medicinally relevant motifs. In Racquel’s free time she enjoys reading, playing soccer, and watching tv/movies.

Sébastien Alazet – Postdoctoral Fellow, started September 2017

Sébastien was born in Perpignan (France). He obtained his M.Sc. in organic chemistry at the University Claude Bernard in Lyon. He has worked in different industry settings such as Addex Pharmaceuticals, L’Oréal, and Syngenta. He started his PhD in 2012 under the direction of Dr. Thierry Billard in Lyon, working on new methods for trifluoromethylthiolation and medicinal chemistry for medical imaging. After his first postdoctoral fellowship in the group of Prof. Jerome Waser in EPFL Lausanne, on the hypervalent iodine chemistry and photoredox catalysis, he then moved to the University of Toronto with Prof. Sophie Rousseaux. His focus is on electrophilic cyanation for the synthesis of nitrile building blocks from alkyl lithium.

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