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July 2017 Graduate Student Research Highlight: Zainab Khoder

Graduate student: Zainab Khoder, 4th-year Ph.D. student in Prof. Chemler’s group

Notable recent achievements:

First-Author publication: ACS Catal. 2017, 7, 4775-4779.

Research highlight:

My research focuses on an alkene difunctionalization reaction using a copper(II) salt as an earth abundant and relatively less toxic metal catalyst. Using mild conditions, we were able to synthesize isoxazolidine rings in high yields and high diastereoselectivities.

I enjoy being a graduate student at UB where I am surrounded by intelligent and professional faculty. Being a member of the Chemler group gave me the opportunity to learn a lot and enhance my laboratory and research skills.

Outside the lab, I enjoy playing with my kids and spending time with my family.

Congratulations, Zainab!