Yang Hai, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

University of California, Santa Barbara

B.S. Chemistry, Peking University, 2011

Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania, 2016

LSRF Postdoctoral Fellow, UCLA, 2020

Email: hai[AT]


Join us!


Jin Yan (Year 2020)

Research Interest: Enzyme Structure-Function Relationship

Favorite Enzyme: Proteases

Science Hero: Hans Adolf Krebs

Fun Fact: One stress-relief activity for Jin is popping bubble wrap.

Asish N. Chacko (Year 2020)

Research Interest: Natural product biosynthesis and enzyme engineering

Favorite Enzyme: Nitrogenase

Science Hero: A. P. J. Abudul Kalam.

Fun Fact: Asish’s home is located 2.7 meters below sea level and about 90% of his village is covered by water bodies!


Jasper Moh (Class of 2022, Biochemistry Major)

Research Interest: Epigenetics and biosynthesis of medicinal compounds

Favorite Enzyme: Amylase

Science Hero: Louis Pasteur

Fun Fact: Jasper sometimes spends hours of his free time looking at desert roads on

Google Maps

Zixuan Jiang (Class of 2022, Chemistry Major)

Research Interest: Enzymology and natural product biosynthesis

Favorite Enzyme: Telomerase

Science Hero: Rosalind Elsie Franklin

Fun Fact: Zixuan’s happiness comes from eating durian every day.

Darwin Lara (Class of 2022, Chemistry Major)

Research Interest: Drug design and synthetic chemistry

Favorite Enzyme: Creatine Kinase

Science Hero: Elizabeth S. Sattely

Fun Fact: Darwin likes watching anime.

Chloe Reavill (Class of 2022, Biochemistry Major)

Research Interest: Enzymology and drug development

Favorite Enzyme: Pyruvate Dehydrogenase

Science Hero: Rosalind Franklin

Fun Fact: Chloe was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and she has not lived anywhere else until she came out to Santa Barbara for college.

Matthew Hurtado

Research Interest: Epigenetics and drug design

Favorite Enzyme: Chymotrypsin

Science Hero: Ernest Rutherford

Fun Fact: Matthew has successfully completed the Buffalo Wild Wings challenge

Christopher Yeh

Research Interest: Metabolic engineering and drug development

Favorite Enzyme: Papain

Science Hero: Shen Kuo

Fun Fact: Christopher likes to play shogi (Japanese chess variant)

Wendy Wang

Research Interest: Natural products synthesis

Favorite Enzyme: Acetyl-CoA carboxylase

Science Hero: Marie Curie

Fun Fact: Buffalo wings are the only spicy food she can eat

Group Alumni

Zhongrui Li (Research Assistant, 2020-2021)

Current position: Ph.D. program at TSRI (San Diego)

Benjamin Jones (Graduate student, 2020-2021)

%d bloggers like this: