The Team


Dr. Brandon L. Greene
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Email: greene @
Phone: (805) 893-2229
Office: Chemistry 1142C
About: Brandon received his B.S. (’09) in Chemistry from Washington State University and his Ph.D. (’15) in Chemistry at Emory University under the supervision of Prof. R. Brian Dyer. Prior to joining the faculty at UCSB in 2019 he was a postdoctoral researcher in the labs of Prof. Daniel G. Nocera (Harvard) and Prof. JoAnne Stubbe (MIT).


Juan Carlos Caceres Vergara (G3 BMSE)
B.S. Bioengineering (’16)
M.S. Biological Science (’18)
Universidad de Chile
Research Interest: Radical SAM enzymes
Favorite Enzyme: Laccase
Unpopular Opinion: I love pizza with pineapples, especially for breakfast.
jcaceresvergara @ ucsb.ed

Larry Palato (G1, CHEM)
B.S. Biochemistry (’18)
Loyola Marymount University
Research Interest: Phosphorus redox cycling
Favorite Enzyme: Taq Polymerase
Unpopular Opinion: Kiwi skins are edible and tasty.
larrypalato @

Nathan Michellys (G1, CHEM)
B.S. Biochemistry (’21)
Washington State University
Research Interests: UCP1
Favorite Enzyme: Creatine Kinase
Unpopular Opinion: It’s not coffee if it has sugar or milk in it.
nathanmichellys @

Mary Lerner (G3, CHEM)
B.S. Biochemistry
Portland State University (’19)
Research Interest: Electron bifurcation
Favorite Enzyme: Nitrogenase
Unpopular Opinion: Cream cheese does NOT belong in sushi.
mlerner @

Alison Marsh (G2, CHEM)
B.S. Pharmaceutical Chemistry (’19)
University of California, Davis
Research Interest: Phosphorus redox cycling
Favorite Enzyme: Pyruvate dehydrogenase
Unpopular Opinion: California is worth the price.
akmarsh @

Clara Bailey (G3, CHEM)
B.S. Chemistry
B.A. Environmental Science
University of Virginia (’19)
Research Interest: Phosphorus redox cycling
Favorite Enzyme: Cas9
Unpopular Opinion: In-N-Out Burger is overrated.
clarabailey @

Benjamin Jones (G2, CHEM)
B.S. Biochemistry
UC Riverside
Research Interest: Electron bifurcation
Favorite Enzyme: Fub 7
Unpopular Opinion: Canned chicken isn’t that bad.
bjj118 @


Jolie Kan (U3 PHARM)
Research Interest: Enantioselective radical biocatalysis.
Favorite Enzyme: PKM2
Unpopular Opinion: Chocolate has an unsettling taste.
joliekan @

Victor Alcala-Kellogg (U4, BCHEM)
Research Interest: UCP1
Favorite Enzyme: Pyruvate dehydrogenase
Unpopular Opinion: Making the bed is a pointless chore.
valcala-kellogg @

August Dolmatch (U2, CHEM)
Research Interests: Thiyl radicals
Favorite Enzyme: Carbonic anhydrase
Unpopular Opinion: Running with music sucks.
augustdolmatch @

Larsen Cole (U4, CHEM)
Research Interest: Electron bifurcation
Favorite Enzyme: Ptyalin
Unpopular Opinion: Digital percussion software commonly used in songs doesn’t sound as good as an actual drummer.
larsencole @

Alice Zhong (U2, MICROB)
Research Interest: Phosphorus redox cycling.
Favorite Enzyme: Laccase
Unpopular Opinion: Water tastes best when it’s luke-warm.
alicezhong @

Destiny Rivera (U3, CHEM)
Research Interest: Thiyl radicals
Favorite Enzyme: Pyruvate kinase
Unpopular Opinion: Tomatoes have zero taste and ruin sandwiches
destinyrivera @


Postdocs: Coming soon…

Graduate Students: Coming soon…

Undergraduate Students
Eric Walton ’22 – Vividian Therapeutics
Iman Adibi ’22 – Seer Bio
Chloe Reavill ’22 – Sorrento Therapeutics
Sanchit Saiganesh ’22 – PhD Program, Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Camryn Marquez ’21 – PhD Program, Cancer Biology, Washington University St. Louis
Zhizhong Chen ’21 – PhD Program, Chemistry, Princeton University


The Greene Lab is always looking for enthusiastic and curious aspiring or tenured scientists to help pursue their mission of making the world a better place, one enzyme at a time. We particularly encourage diverse applicants to apply, whether that be diverse in prior scientific experience or lived experience.

If you are interested in applying for a postdoctoral position, please email Brandon directly with your up-to-date CV, two representative publications, and at least one reference.

For graduates students, applications to the UCSB Chemistry program are systematized through the Department. Once accepted for study, or before, reach out to Brandon to discuss possible rotations.

For undergraduates, please email Brandon directly with your resume/CV, unofficial transcript(s), and times you are available for meeting. Preference is generally given to those who have not yet begun their 3rd year, but all applicants will be considered.

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