The Team


Dr. Brandon L. Greene
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Email: greene @
Phone: (805) 893-2229
Office: Chemistry 1142B
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 @

Ethan Ward (G3, CHEM)
B.S. Chemistry (’19)
University of California, Irvine
Research Interest: Glycyl radical enzymes
Favorite Enzyme: Luciferase
Unpopular Opinion: Tap water is better than filtered.
eward @

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
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 @

Sanchit Saiganesh (U4, CHEM/GERM)
Research Interest: UCP1
Favorite Enzyme: Oxidosqualene cyclase
Unpopular Opinion: Chewy chocolate chip cookies are better than crunchy.
sanchit_saiganesh @

Iman Adibi (U4, BCHEM)
Research Interest: Protein-protein and protein-ligand interations.
Favorite Enzyme: PFK-1
Unpopular Opinion: Vanilla ice cream is extremely overrated and not enjoyable.
imanadibi @


Postdocs: Coming soon…

Graduate Students: Coming soon…

Undergraduate Students
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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