The Group

Current Members


Sam Bernhard – Bio coming soon


Graduate Students

Aoife CaseyAoife Casey – G4 – Aoife grew up in Dublin, Ireland and received her undergraduate degree in Medicinal Chemistry (B.A) from Trinity College Dublin in 2013. From there she moved to Queen’s University Belfast where she received a M.Sc. in Chemical Research in 2015 under the guidance of Dr. Matt Cook. Following the lab’s relocation to Bozeman in January 2016, Aoife enrolled as a graduate student at Montana State University. Her research is focused on the development of novel cascade sigmatropic rearrangements.

Oliver Jackson G1 – Photo and Bio coming soon



Veronika Shchepetkina (Senior) – Bio coming soon

Hans Swenson (Senior) – Bio coming soon

Rory Benedict (Junior) – Bio coming soon

Jamie Berry (Junior) – Bio coming soon

Keegan Walker (Sophmore) – Bio coming soon



Visiting and Rotating Students

Olivia Dulteski – Olivia is rotating through the group researching new palladium catalyzed cascade reactions.

Aaron Morrenzin – Aaron is rotating through the group researching new palladium catalyzed cascade reactions.

Jerome Lepeule – Jerome is rotating through the group researching new cascade sigmatropic reactions.

Ksenia Stankovich – Ksenia comes from the city of Tomsk in Siberia, Russia. She joined the lab in 2018 as a Fulbright Fellow and will be returning to the group to conduct graduate studies.


Jun Chen – M.Sc. 2013 (QUB). Jun is currently a graduate student at the University of Victoria, Canada, working with Professor Jeremy Wulff.

Mark McLaughlin – Ph.D. 2014 (QUB). Following graduation, Mark conducted postdoctoral research at the Institute of Cancer research in London and the University of Oxford. In January 2018, Mark joined the faculty at Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK as a Lecturer (equivalent to Assistant Professor in the US).

Catherine McAdam – Ph.D. 2015 (QUB). Kate is currently a postdoc at Newcastle University with Professor Mike Waring.

Kate Marshall (nee Baddeley) – Ph.D. 2017 (QUB). Kate is currently a postdoc at MSU with Garrett Moraski.

Juliana Alexander – Ph.D. 2017 (QUB). Juliana is currently a postdoc with Professor Joe Topczewski at the University of Minnesota.

Undergraduates (Year Graduated Group, Continued Education):

  • QUB:
  • Mark McLaughlin (2010, Ph.D. QUB [2014, Matt Cook]). Currently: Faculty member at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.
  • Niall McCreanor (2011, Ph.D. Bristol [2015, John Bower]), Currently: Senior Scientist at AstraZeneca, Cambridge, UK.
  • James Flanagan (2011, Ph.D. Stanford [2016, Robert Weymouth]). Currently: Teacher at Brighton College, UK.
  • Adam Johnston (2012, Ph.D. Queen Mary, London [2016, Igor Larossa]).
  • Jolene Reid (2013, Ph.D. Cambridge [2017, Jonathan Goodman]). Currently: Postdoctoral researcher at University of Utah with Matt Sigman.
  • Richard Surgenor (2015, Grad Student Oxford [Martin Smith]).
  • Gordy Brown (2015, Grad Student NYU [Dirk Trauner]).
  • MSU:
  • Devin McGlamary (2017, Grad Student MSU [Nick Stadie]),
  • Scott Spring (2017, Grad Student Cornell [Brett Fors]).

REU Students (Year, University Attended): Emma Konkler (2016, Buena Vista University, IA), Talya Vaira (2017, Carroll College, MT), Reagan Dreiling (2019, Wilmanette University, OR).