Current Members

Graduate Students

Alexandria Jeanneret
 – M.Sc. student, started June 2017
Alex obtained her B.Sc. in Biopharmaceutical Science from the University of Ottawa in 2016 where she worked with Dr. André Beauchemin on the synthesis of aza-tripeptides. As a first year M.Sc. student, Alex is working on nickel-catalyzed cyanation reactions. In her free time, Alex enjoys going to concerts, bouldering and reading Stephen King novels.




Jessica Lee
 – M.Sc. student, started May 2016
Jessica was born in Calgary but grew up in a small city called Macau. She came back to Canada to further her education and finished her Bachelor’s here at the University of Toronto. She is now doing her M.Sc. in the Rousseaux group, working on C-C bond activation. Because of her passion for travelling, she plans to do her Ph.D. outside of Canada. Other than being a super nerd, her other passions include cooking; she finds the connection between food and culture especially fascinating.


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. As a first year Ph.D. student, 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.”

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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. In his free time, Reggie enjoys candlelit dinners, sunsets, and long walks on the beach.



Stephanie Nakamata-Huynh – Ph.D. student, started May 2017
Stef completed her B.Sc. at the University of Toronto in 2015 and M.Sc. at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the Sarlah group in 2017, working on dearomative functionalization of arenes. Her current work focuses on novel transformations under nickel-catalysis. In her spare time, Stef likes to play sports, bike, and read fantasy novels.



Chad Orsini
 – Ph.D. student, started January 2016
Chad was born and raised up north in Sudbury, Ontario. He completed both his B.Sc. (Hons.) and M.Sc. at Laurentian University working for Dr. Helene Joly. His M.Sc. work involved the characterization of novel metal complexes and metallacyclic intermediates via Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) spectroscopy. As a second year Ph.D. student, he is currently exploring the reactivity of C-O bonds with Ni catalysts, with the intention of characterizing organometallic intermediates in order to elucidate mechanistic information. When not doing chemistry, Chad enjoys exploring new neighbourhoods and attending concerts in the city.



Purvish Patel
– M.Sc. 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.


Undergraduate and Summer Students

Sarah Hill
– Sarah is a Summer NSERC USRA student going into her 4th year of study at the University of Toronto. This summer she is working with Purvish on the preparation of indolines via nickel-catalyzed C-N bond formation. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, biking, and playing basketball.




William Kim