Dr. Masha Elkin
Masha was born in Moscow, Russia and grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts. She completed her BA in Chemistry at Washington University in St. Louis in 2014, working with Prof. Vladimir Birman on the development of amidine-based ligands for asymmetric catalysis. She completed her Ph.D. in 2019 at Yale University in the group of Prof. Timothy Newhouse. In the Newhouse group, her research included the synthesis of meroterpenoid natural products, the study of biomimetic terpene rearrangements, and the development of computational tools for natural products synthesis. In January of 2020, Masha moved to work with John Hartwig at UC Berkeley as an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, where her research focuses on developing computational approaches to predict the selectivity of transition-metal catalyzed reactions, including arene borylation and olefin hydroformylation.