Welcome to SHI Group



Graduate Students:  



Shuyao Zhang (Class of 2017)

My name is Shuyao Zhang. I come from Dongying, a small coastal city in Shandong Province, China. I got my bachelor's degree in organic chemistry from Shandong University in 2014. I obtained my master's degree in organic chemistry from Shandong University in 2017. Then I joined Dr. Shi's group at USF and began pursuing my Ph.D degree here.


Mengjia Liu (Class of 2018)

My name is Mengjia Liu. I was born in Baoding. I received my B.S. degree from Henan University of Technology in 2015 and obtained master degree in applied chemistry from Zhengzhou University in 2018. My research was focused on the development of porous metal-organic framework materials for heterogeneous catalysis. I joined Dr. Shi's group in fall of 2018 pursuing a Ph.D. degree and I enjoy the challange of organic chemistry. I look forward to the new life at USF.


Jingwen (Mike) Wei (Class of 2018)

My name is Jingwen Wei. I am from Anhui, China. I got my B.E. in Guangdong University of Technology in 2018. For now I am in Prof. Shi’s group to pursue my Ph.D. degree. Feeling so good to work with nice guys. Wish one day being a great man in organic chemistry field.


Qi Tang (Class of 2019)

Hello, I am Qi Tang. I come from Raoping, a seaside town in Guangdong province, China. I received my BS degree from TianJin Chengjian University in 2018. Now I joined Dr. Shi’s group to pursue my Ph.D. degree.  I believe that studying in this group will give me a new understanding of organic chemistry.


Chenhuan Wang (Class of 2019)

Hi, I’m Chenhuan Wang. I come from Baoding, a small city in Hebei province. I received my bachelor's degree from Yanshan University in 2019. After that, I joined Dr Shi’s group pursuing my Ph.D. degree. Hope to have a better understanding in organic chemistry.








Postdoctoral Research Associates:




Teng Yuan

Teng was born in Shanghai. After obtaining his B.S. degree in East China University of Science and Technology in 2013, he worked as a research assistant at Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry for three years, which has inspired him to further pursue his study in Organic Chemistry. In 2016, he joined Professor Shi's group at USF and started his Ph.D. journey. What he wants to explore in this journey is not only to appreciate the logic of organic chemistry but also to gain deeper understanding in this field.


Xiaojun Liu
My name is Xiaojun Liu. I come from Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. I got my doctor's degree from Nankai University in 2012. I joined Dr. Li's group as a postdoctor at SYSU in 2016. Then I joined Dr. Shi's group as a postdoctor at USF in 2022.

Visiting Scholar:





Undergraduate Researchers:



Elaine Sun
Hello! My name is Elaine and I am originally from the Naperville, Illinois. I came to Tampa for university and am currently majoring in Biomedical Sciences at USF. In the Shi group, I work with Jingwen and assist him in his research projects. I’m really looking forward to learning and working more within the organic chemistry field!

Max Abreu
Hello! My name is Max but I go by Maxwell. I am from Jacksonville, Florida, and have lived in Fl my whole life. I am pursuing a degree in Biomedical Sciences at the moment, however I may change my degree to Chemistry. I am currently working with Chenhuan and help him with various reactions and tasks around the lab. I am excited to learn in work with all of Shi group.
Phil Cruz
Hello there! My name is Phil, and I am from Riverview, Florida. I received my B.S. degree in Biomedical Sciences from USF in May 2021. Currently, I am both working toward entering a Ph.D. program in Chemistry and participating in the Shi group, where I hope to gain a deeper appreciation for organic synthesis under the tutelage of Qi Tang. I have thoroughly enjoyed the challenges and insights I have gained thus far, and I am very excited to continue my work with this group of dedicated researchers.