training the next generation of leaders in science and society to help solve the problems of the 21st century

We are a diverse and inclusive group of scholars deeply interested designing new chemical reactions for synthetic chemistry. We understand that maximizing creativity in our research requires a strong commitment to work-life balance and we are committed to maintaining a safe environment where we can thrive as our authentic selves.


We seek to become leaders in our independent careers, wherever our interests take us. We will help each other to find opportunities and develop skills that position each of us to make an impact on the world around us.

Julian G. West, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

CPRIT Scholar and Norman Hackerman-Welch Young Investigator

Julian (website) is starting at Rice University in summer 2019 after completing a postdoc at Caltech (Gray/Stoltz), Ph.D. at Princeton (Sorensen), and B.Sc.H. at UBC (Sammis). Outside of lab he likes to play (and listen to) music, run, and write.

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Seeking Driven Scientists

Postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduates

Please contact us if you're interested in joining our lab!


See our dynamic and growing team below!

Radha Bam, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Scholar

Radha received her Ph.D. degree in Organic Chemistry from the University of Nevada, Reno (Prof. Wesley Chalifoux) in spring 2019.

She joined the West lab after graduation. Currently she is working on catalysis. 

Outside the lab, she likes drawing things and to explore nature.

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Venkatesh Kattamuri, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Scholar

Venkatesh received his Ph.D from Texas Tech University in August 2014. From September 2014, he worked as Welch postdoctoral research associate in Prof. Kurti’s group until August 2019 working on amination reactions. From September 2019 onward, he joined Prof. West’s group to explore catalytic methods using earth abundant elements. In his spare time, he likes to spend time with his family and watching movies.

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Yen-Chu Lu, M.S.

Rotating Graduate Student

Yen-Chu Lu was born in Yilan, Taiwan. He received his bachelor's degree from National Chung-Cheng University in 2015. He conducted undergraduate research with Professor Day-Shin Hsu focusing on the synthesis of natural product. He then worked on the carbohydrate synthesis under the supervision of Professor Kwok-Kong Tony Mong and obtained his master's degree from National Chiao-Tung University in 2017. In 2019, he starts to pursue his doctoral degree at Rice University. In his spare time, he enjoys working out, trying new foods and watching horror movies

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Helen Jordan, B.S., B.A.

Rotating Graduate Student

Helen received her undergraduate degree from the University of Richmond, VA in 2013.  She performed research on a ruthenium catalyst for solar energy storage with Drs. Goldman and Dominey before obtaining her B.S. in chemistry and a B.A. in German studies.   After graduation, she worked in Konstanz, Germany before returning to the U.S.  to pursue her PhD.  Helen began her studies at Rice University Fall ’18.  When not in lab, Helen loves reading sci-fi/fantasy books, DnD, spending time with friends, and not talking in 3rd person.  

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Hannah Rahmaan

Undergraduate Researcher

Hannah, a second year Chemistry undergraduate here at Rice University, joined West lab in the summer of 2019. Outside of lab she enjoys singing, listening to music, and taking long runs on the outer loop.

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