POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW

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ROBERT BARROWS

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW

Bobby is a New Jerseyan who first discovered his interest in organic chemistry thanks to his high school teacher Mr. Franz. As an undergraduate, he worked on the synthesis of IGP synthase substrate analogues in the lab of Prof. David Konas at Montclair State University. Upon graduation, he pursued his PhD in the lab of Prof. Spencer Knapp at Rutgers, New Brunswick. While there, Bobby was responsible for the design and synthesis of antimalarials with proposed novel mechanisms of action. He enjoys board games, a good book, and a bad Sci-fi movie. He hopes to one day foster an interest in organic chemistry among future students.

GRADUATE STUDENT

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JAKE TOMLINSON

Jake is originally from Scottsdale, AZ. He completed his undergraduate studies at Northeastern University in Boston in chemical engineering. During his undergrad, he also worked on a peptide based vaccine at a neoantigen company, and a photoredox cell surface labeling system for discovering new drug targets at Merck. Jake started his PhD at Harvard in the Fall of 2019, and will work to develop a cancer therapeutic.
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JIATAO LIANG

GRADUATE STUDENT

Jiatao grew up in College Station, TX. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Biology at the University of California at Berkeley and worked with Professor Yi Liu at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on organic electronics. Jiatao started his PhD at Harvard in the Fall of 2019.
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MARLENE TAKLA

LABORATORY MANAGER/ADMINISTRATOR 

Marlene has eighteen years of experience in Finance and Management. In 1998 she started her career at the University of Chicago Oriental Institute as Accountant & Administrator. Before joining Harvard University, she was the Financial and Business Manager for Point Care Technologies. Marlene is now the Laboratory Administrator for the Shair Lab in the Harvard Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology.