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Hubert Muchalski, Ph.D. (PI)

Hubert is a native of Poland where he received his B.S./M.S. in Chemistry at Wrocław University of Technology in 2006. During these studies, he investigated the diselenide catalyzed hydroperoxide oxidation of naphthalenes. In 2006, he began graduate studies at Vanderbilt with prof. Jeffrey N. Johnston. There Hubert developed a unique a-diazo imide reagent that enabled the development of the Brønsted acid catalyzed syn-glycolate Mannich reaction. He then used the Bronsted acid-promoted azide-alkene synthesis of vic-amino alcohols to develop a two directional synthesis approach to (+)-zwittermicin A. Hubert was a postdoctoral scholar with prof. Ned Porter until 2015 where he investigated kinetic isotope effect of lipid peroxidation. In 2015 he joined the Chemistry Department at Fresno State as Assistant Professor of Chemistry.

Graduate Students

Christopher C. Dillon

Chris graduated with a B.S. degree in chemistry from Fresno State in 2018. His undergraduate research (in HMLab) focused on development of gold(I)-catalyzed synthesis of benzo[b]thiophenes. In 2019 he began his Master degree studies at Fresno State.

Undergraduate Students

High School Students


Quang Le, M.S.

Quang graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry from Fresno State in 2014. His undergraduate research with Dr. Melissa Garret focused on the syntheses of macrocyclic nickel complexes as metalloprotein models. In 2016–2018 he conducted his thesis research in out lab working on the synthesis of stable sulfenic acids as potential antioxidants.

Undergraduate Alumni