Welcome to SHI Group




Graduate Students:  



Seyedmorteza Hosseyni (Class of 2011)

Morteza was born in Mashhad, a city in north east of Iran. He came to USA in Fall 2011, after receiving his M.Sc degree from Sharif University of Technology (SUT) in organic chemistry under supervision of Prof. Hashemi. Currently, he works in Prof. Shi's research group as a PhD student, enjoying the art of organic synthesis.

Stephen Motika (Class of 2012)

Steve was born and raised in Kutztown, Pennsylvania.  He attended Elizabethtown College where he received his B.S. degree in Chemistry.  He arrived in Morgantown in the fall as a PhD student and quickly joined Dr. Shi’s research group.

Boliang Dong (Class of 2012)

Hi! My name is Boliang Dong. I am from Heilongjiang Province, China. In 2012, I got my master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from Tianjin University, and I started my Ph.D study at West Virginia University from August. Now I am working in Dr. Shi’s group.. I love this place.


Sean Johnson (Class of 2013)

Sean found an interest in organic chemistry when he attended Polk State College near his hometown of Lake Wales, Florida. He received his B.S. degree from the University of South Florida where he continued his graduate research with Professor X. Peter Zhang on Co(II)-based metalloradical catalysis (MRC) using diazo compounds. He joined Professor Shi’s group in 2016 and looks forward to broadening his knowledge in organic synthesis.



Ying He (Class of 2014)

Hi, my name is Ying He. I come from Tianjin, a coastal city featuring a combination of Chinese and western culture, modern and ancient elements in northern China. I got my Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Lanzhou University, China in 2013. Pursuing a Ph.D. degree at WVU in Dr. Shi's group is exciting and challenging. A magic journey to enjoy the life in Tampa as well as to appreciate the beauty of logic in chemistry has begun!

Courtney Smith (Class of 2014)

Courtney is from Tampa, Florida and obtained her B.A. in Chemistry at University of South Florida. She conducted graduate research for one year with Professor X. Peter Zhang focusing on the Co(II)-metalloradical catalytic system. She joined Dr. Michael Shi's group in 2016 and enjoys the challenges faced everyday in the lab!

Abiola Azeez Jimoh (Class of 2015)

Abiola was born in Ibadan, South-West Nigeria. He obtained his B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Agriculture Abeokuta, Nigeria in 2010. He obtained a M.S. degree from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and then moved to King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Dhahran, Saudi Arabia where obtained a M.S. degree (chemistry) in 2015. While at KFUPM, he did extensive research at the Center of Research Excellence in Nanotechnology where he studied a series of porous and non-porous inorganic materials. He joined Dr. Shi’s lab in fall of 2015 as a PhD student.


Chiyu Wei (Class of 2015)

Hi, my name is Chiyu Wei. I come from Luoyang, China. I got my bachelor's degree in applied chemistry from Zhuhai Collage of Jilin University in 2012 and my master's degree in organic chemistry from Jilin University in 2015. Now I am pursuing a Ph. D. degree at USF in Dr. Shi's group.


Teng Yuan(Class of 2016)

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.


George Pappas(Class of 2016)

George was born and raised in New Orleans, where he attended Xavier University of Louisiana. In 2014, he was awarded his B.S. in Chemistry. After, he continued restaurant management until his desire for chemistry became too great and the call of the lab had to be answered. George joined Dr Shi's group in 2016 to build his synthetic skills, learn more about nature's complexities, and advance the chemistry of the group.




Postdoctoral Research Associates:




Xiaohan Ye

Xiaohan was born in Changshu, a quiet town in southeast China. In 2004, he went to Beijing and got his B.S degree from China Agricultural University in 2008. He was slowly involved in the world of organic synthesis during these four year studies. And now, he was showing this influence here by joining Dr. Shi's triazole group at  West Virginia Unviersity, to pursue his PhD degree. What will happen in the next N years? A story of triazole? or something else? Let's wait and see.


Pan Li

My name is Pan Li. I come from Henan, China. I obtained my bachelor degree and master degree (research interest: aryne chemistry) from Henan University. Then I moved to Lanzhou and got the Ph.D. degree (research interest: radical chemistry) from Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences. I joined Shi's group at USF in April 2016.




Jin Wang

Jin was born and Raised in Jinan, Shandong Province. After completion of his bachelor degree from Peking University in 2008, he joined Professor Jon Rainier’s group at the University of Utah and accomplished his PhD degree in Chemistry in 2014 (thesis: Diazo Phosphonates as Useful Synthetic Intermediates). While Jin gained valuable experience in total synthesis and medicinal chemistry with Professor Daniel Romo (2015, Baylor University) and Professor Mark Ji (2016, Moffitt Cancer Center) as a postdoc, he joined the Shi group for his long-term passion in synthetic methodology. He is very excited to expand the boundaries of gold catalysis.


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