Welcome to SHI Group




Graduate Students:  



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!

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.


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.


Xuming Li (Class of 2018)

Xuming is from Shandong Jinan, a northeastern city in China. He got his B.S. degree from Shandong Normal University majored in Chemistry Education in 2010 and then joined Professor Kang Zhao's group in Tianjin University doing organic chemistry and finished his M.S. in 2014. After that, he went to University of Miami doing electrochemistry. While under the desire of learning organic chemistry, he transferred to Professor Shi's group with the M.S. degree from UM in spring 2018 and began his Ph.D. study here.




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.


Visiting Scholar:



Yanbin Zhang

Hi, I’m Yanbin Zhang. I was born in Jilin, a small city located in northeast China, which is famous for its snowy winter. I got my Bachelor’s degree of Chemistry in Fudan University, Shanghai. Now I’m pursuing my PhD degree in Fudan University focusing on organic photo catalysis. I joined Dr. Shi’s group at USF as a visiting student since Nov. 2017. I believe a brand-new start in Tampa will definitely bring me good luck!


Zhiguang Song

My name is Zhiguang Song. I come from Changchun, China. Now, I am a Professor in Jilin University. I obtained my bachelor degree and Ph. D degree from Jilin University. I joined Shi's group as a visiting scholar at USF in Dec. 2017. Hope we can have a good time in Tampa!


Qi Lai

Hi, my name is Qi Lai. I come from Baotou, meaning "place with the deer," in Mongolian. Baotou is the largest city in Inner Mongolia. I received my Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Inner Mongolia University, China in 2013. Then I got my Master’s degree in Chemistry in Jilin University, Changchun in 2016. Now I’m pursuing my Ph.D. degree in Jilin University. As a visiting student in Dr. Shi’s group, I began my challenging chemistry journey at USF since Dec. 2017.


Qilin Wang

Hi, I am Qilin Wang. I come from Kaifeng, a very beautiful city in Henan Province, China. I received my Ph.D. degree in organic chemistry from Chengdu Institute of Organic Chemistry (CIOC) in 2014.  Then, I started my independent career in Henan University. Now I am an associate professor in the Chemistry Department.  I joined Dr. Shi’s group as a visiting scholar in April 2018.  I believe I will enjoy the research and life at USF.


Undergraduate Researchers:



David Thai

Hello! My name is David Thai. Born in Arlington, Virginia, I received my B.S. degree in Biomedical Science at USF. I am currently studying for graduate school entry exams while working on my lab skills within Dr. Shi's group. I joined during the summer of 2017 and have enjoyed the hands on experience and complicated nature of organic chemistry. I am very excited for what the future holds!


Julia Monasterio

Hi, I'm Julia Monasterio. I was born in Santa Cruz, Bolivia and I am a current junior at the USF pursuing my bachelor's of science degree in biomedical sciences and minor in biomedical physics. I joined Dr. Shi's group in August 2017 and I hope to continue to expand my knowledge in organic chemistry and firsthand experience in this field.