Dr. Aufai has experience applying newly discovered reactions and mechanistic understanding to challenges in organic and medicinal chemistry. Prior to graduate school, she worked on developing new chiral ligands and used them in known reductive amination reactions to give products with high enantiomeric excess.
Outreach & InvolvementWomen in Chemical Science, University of Washington (2016-2021)
- Participated in graduate student organization promoting inclusivity in the chemical sciences
Women in Stem, Middlebury College (2015-2021)
- Secretary of student-led organization promoting inclusivity in STEM fields
- Helped organize female and minority speakers to discuss their experiences in academia and industry
- Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2021
- B.A., Chemistry, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT, High Honors, 2016
- Caminiti, N. S., Goodstein, M. B., Leibler, I. N.-M., Holtzman, B. S., Jia, Z. B., Martini, M. L., Bunt, R. C. (2015). Reversible nucleophilic addition can lower the observed enantioselectivity in palladium-catalyzed allylic amination reactions with a variety of chiral ligands. Tetrahedron Letters, 56(40), 5445–5448.
- Holtzman, B. S., Roberts E. T., Caminiti, N. S., Fox, J. A., Goodstein, M. B., Hill, S. A., Jia, Z. B.,Leibler, I. N.-M., Martini, M. L., Mendolia, G. M., Nodder, S. B., Costanza-Robinson,M. S., Bunt R. C. (2017). Ligand and base additive effects on the reversibility of nucleophilic addition in palladium-catalyzed allylic aminations monitored by nucleophile crossover. Tetrahedron Letters, 58(5), 432-436.
- Armstrong, M. A.*, Goodstein, M. B.*, Lalic, G. (2018). Diastereodivergent Reductive Cross Coupling of Alkynes through Tandem Catalysis: Z- and E-Selective Hydroarylation of Terminal Alkynes. J. Am. Chem. Soc, 140, 10233–10241.
- Lee, M. T.*, Goodstein, M. B.*, Lalic, G. (2019). Synthesis of Isomerically Pure Z-Alkenes from Terminal Alkynes and Terminal Alkenes: Silver-Catalyzed Hydroalkylation of Alkynes.. J. Am. Chem. Soc, 141, 17086–17091.