After high school, I moved to the San Francisco bay area to attend Stanford University (Go Cardinal!) where I obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. Upon completion of my undergraduate education I moved across the bay to attend graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley where I studied under the guidance of Prof. Kenneth N. Raymond. After completing my Ph.D. at U.C. Berkeley, I moved to Boston, to perform postdoctoral research in the laboratory of Prof. Stephen J. Lippard at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After about two and a half years in Boston I moved to my present position at the University of California, San Diego (Go Tritons!). On July 1, 2011, I was promoted to the position of Professor, and served as Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at U.C. San Diego from July 2012 to June 2015.
I was born in 1972 in Los Angeles, CA. I was raised in the city of Woodland Hills in the San Fernando Valley. I have been living in San Diego since 2001. In June of 2005 I became the proud father of my daughter Sabrina. My hobbies include recreational sports, movies, and classic cars. I previously owned several Mustangs, including a 1973 Mustang convertible (see photos below).