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Professional Bio


Jeff received his BSc in Chemistry from the University of British Columbia in 2006 and his PhD from Simon Fraser University in 2011 with Prof. Andrew Bennet. He was recognized with the Boehringer Ingelheim Doctoral Research Award for the top Canadian thesis in the areas of organic and bioorganic chemistry for his graduate work. From 2011 to 2014 he was a Human Frontiers Science Program Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley with Prof. Christopher Chang. He began his independent career at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2014 and is currently an Associate Professor of Chemistry.



2024   Nobel Laureate Signature Award for Graduate Education in Chemistry - Preceptor

2023   LAS COVID-19 Faculty Revitalization Fellowship

2022   School of Chemical Sciences Teaching Award

2022   Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award

2021   Helen Corley Petit Scholar

2021   Teachers Ranked as Excellent

2020   Teachers Ranked as Excellent

2019   Beckman Fellow Award

2018   Thieme Chemistry Journal Award

2018   Center for Advanced Study Fellowship

2018   NSF CAREER Award

2018   Research Corporation Scialog Fellow

2017   Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship

2013   Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Doctoral Research Award

2012   Dean of Graduate Studies Convocation Medal

2012   Human Frontier Science Program Postdoctoral Fellowship

2010   Faculty of Science Excellence in Teaching Award

2010   Bruker Prize in Chemical Spectroscopy

2009   Varian Canada Inc. Award

2008   Barbara Ferrier Chemistry Research Award 

2006   Creo Achievement Award in Chemistry

Editorial Board Member

Analysis & Sensing

Communications Chemistry

Smart Molecules

Personal Bio

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my wife, two amazing kids, and dog. As a family, we love exercising, eating, and art (e.g., crafts, drawing, coloring etc.). Additionally, one of my favorite activities is to go on walks as I have found this to be an incredible way to free the mind, while soaking up the surroundings. Ever since I was young, I have collected things ranging from sports cards to action figures. My kids and I recently started a collection of cute toast plushies!

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