Alyssa-Jennifer Avestro (2017)

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Alyssa is a San Francisco Bay Area (USA) native who graduated from the University of California at Berkeley as a UC Regent’s and Chancellor’s Scholar, completing a B.S. degree in chemistry with a minor in bioengineering in 2010. At the end of 2015, she completed her Ph.D. in chemistry as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow at Northwestern University under the supervision of 2016 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, Sir Fraser Stoddart FRS. Her Ph.D. work focused on the rational design and structure-property relationships of spatially confined redox-active surfaces, which also included an 8-month Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship and NSF GROW Fellowship to conduct research in anion-π catalysis at the Université de Genéve with Stefan Matile. Currently, Alyssa holds a prestigious three-year Science & Engineering Research Fellowship awarded by Her Majesty's Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, which has allowed her to establish her own independent research programme in the Department of Chemistry at Durham University in the United Kingdom, and is a recent recipient of the 2017 L’Oréal–UNESCO For Women in Science Highly Commended Award.

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