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]


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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.

Benjamin Jones (Year 2020)

Research Interest: Enzymology

Favourite Enzyme: Luciferase

Science Hero: J. Robert Oppenheimer

Fun Fact: Ben likes to draw pictures.


Jasper Moh (Class of 2022, Biochemistry Major)

Research Interest: Epigenetics and biosynthesis of medicinal compounds

Favourite 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

Favourite 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

Favourite 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

Favourite 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.

Zhongrui Li (M.S. UC Berkeley, 2020)

Research Interest: Biosynthesis of biopolymers

Favourite Enzyme: Glycosyltransferases

Science Hero: R. B. Woodward

Fun Fact: Zhongrui cycles 100km every week

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