Associate Professor

Jason Hein received his B.Sc. in biochemistry at the University of Manitoba in 2000. In 2005, he completed his Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry as an NSERC PGS scholar under Professor Philip G. Hultin at the same institution. He then moved to the Scripps Research Institute as an NSERC postdoctoral fellow supervised by Professors K. Barry Sharpless and Valery V. Fokin. In 2010, he became a senior research associate with Professor Donna G. Blackmond at Scripps. He began his independent career at the University of California, Merced in 2011 where his work focused on employing in situ kinetic reaction analysis as a means to rapidly profile and study complex networks of reactions. In 2015, he moved to the University of British Columbia to continue the development of reaction analytical techniques to further mechanistic organic chemistry.

Associate Professor, University of British Columbia (2019 – present)

Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia (2015 – 2019)

Assistant Professor, University of California, Merced (2011 – 2015)
Senior Research Associate under Prof. Donna Blackmond, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla (2009 – 2011)

NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow under Profs. K. Barry Sharpless and Valery V. Fokin, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla (2005 – 2009)

Ph.D. Student under Prof. Philip G. Hultin, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg (2000 – 2005)

B.Sc. Student, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg (1996 – 2000)

Thieme Chemistry Journal Award (2019)

American Chemical Society Young Investigator’s Award (2015)

University of California, Merced, Graduate & Research Council Award (2012 – 2014)

NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship (2006 – 2008)

Unversity of Manitoba Dean of Graduate Studies Student Achievement Award (2005)

Action Canada Fellowship for Outstanding Young Leaders (2004 – 2005)

CSC National Conference Poster Presentation Award (2004)

Hugh J. Anderson Anderson Graduate Award for Academic Achievement (2003 – 2004)

ACS-Pan American Advanced Studies Institute on Green Chemistry Fellowship (2003)

NSERC Post Graduate Scholarship – A&B (2000 – 2004)

Postdocs and Research Associates

Weiling Chiu


Postdoctoral Fellow

Born and raised Born and raised in Dubai, I moved to Montreal to obtain a B. Sc (Hons) in Biochemistry at McGill University, where I worked in the research group of Professor Youla Tsantrizos. In 2014, having witnessed a sufficient amount of snowfall, I headed west to join the group of Professor Jennifer Love at UBC to pursue my PhD. In the Love group, I studied the fundamental organometallic reactivity of nickel complexes. After graduating in 2019, I moved all the way down the hall to join the Hein lab as a Mitacs PDF in collaboration with NOVA Chemicals.

Josh Derasp


Postdoctoral Fellow

I completed an undergraduate degree in chemistry at the University of Prince Edward Island. I then moved to Ottawa and joined the Beauchemin lab for my PhD where I helped develop novel synthetic transformations of nitrogen containing compounds. I joined the Hein group in June 2019 where I now focus on combining my synthetic organic chemistry background with continuous preferential crystallization. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, camping and working out.

Sebastian Steiner


Postdoctoral Fellow

I completed my MSc degree in Vienna, Austria, in the field of natural product synthesis, and then moved on to do my PhD in Glasgow, Scotland, in synthesis automation. I am interested in designing tools and writing software to enable lab automation, with a special focus on robotic reaction monitoring. In my spare time I train Historical European Martial Arts (sword fighting!), and I enjoy cooking and baking.

Lars Yunker


Research Associate

I completed my PhD at the University of Victoria under the supervision of Scott McIndoe. My research focus was the elucidation of organometallic reaction mechanisms using continuous online monitoring by mass spectrometry. I joined the Hein group in September 2017 as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and have transitioned to a Research Associate working to integrate automation tools into our workflow. In my spare time I like to mountain bike, scuba dive, and play computer games.

Tara Zepel


Postdoctoral Fellow

I completed my PhD in Art History at the University of California San Diego where I studied data visualization. I am interested in finding unique ways to visualize and analyze large amounts of information using interdisciplinary methodologies. Outside of the lab, you can find me training for triathlon or experimenting with cooking.

Graduate Students

Melodie Christensen


PhD Student

After receiving my master’s degree in Chemistry from American University, I joined Schering Plough Research Institute, where I developed synthetic routes for drug candidates. A few years later, I moved to the Catalysis and Automation group at Merck, where I shifted my focus to the development of high throughput automation and data rich experimentation capabilities to support process development. I joined the Hein lab in January 2019 and am interested in developing custom automation systems as well as implementing machine learning capabilities to accelerate pharmaceutical process development. In my spare time I practice yoga as often as possible, with some mediation sprinkled in. I also really enjoy food, wine, live music, friends, family and quality time with my husband John.

Maddie Deem


PhD Student

I completed my B.S. in Biology at the University of Portland in 2017, and began my graduate studies at the University of British Columbia in 2018. I’m interested in process chemistry and organic synthesis. I find great satisfaction in the process of optimization and love the combination of empirical knowledge and creativity inherent in synthetic chemistry. In my spare time, I enjoy running and skiing.

Andrew Kukor


PhD Student

I completed my B.Sc. at the University of Waterloo in the Honours Co-operative Chemistry Program in 2019, during which time I worked for various professors at UWaterloo and for various companies and discovered my love of research. I am currently pursuing my Ph.D. in physical organic chemistry as part of the Hein group. In my free time I enjoy good stories (books and movies especially) and experiencing nature.

Elena Liles


PhD Student

I completed my undergraduate degree nearby at the University of Victoria where began my research career working on the development of novel transition metal catalysts with Prof Lisa Rosenberg. I’m interested in the development of autonomous labs, particularly  with a focus on developing new tools to better understand reactions with complicated mechanism. Out of the lab I’m an aspiring gardener (from my small apartment balcony) and big book lover.

Junliang Liu


PhD Student

I completed my Bachelor’s degree in the field of chemistry as a collaboratively educated student, I spent 2 years in Tianjin University, China; and the other two years in the University of Waterloo, respectively. Then I joined Hein’s lab in 2018 as a MSc student. My interest is organic synthesis and my goal is to become a skillful synthetic chemist who has a map of reactions in their head. In my spare time, I am very interested in politics and sketching.

Tom Malig


PhD Student

I am from Hamilton, Ontario, and completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph. From there, I started the trip West, stopping in Calgary. At UofC I completed my MSc under the supervision of Dr Tom Back, where I studied radical reactions as a means to probe antioxidant ability of antiarrhythmics. I then continued the trip West, stopping in Vancouver where I joined the Hein Lab. I am working on the development of automated reaction profiling technologies for the ultimate goal of mechanistic elucidation of catalytic reactions. When I’m not in the lab, I like golfing, craft beer, and live music.

Tristan Maschmeyer


PhD Student

It was at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) that I obtained my Chemistry B.Sc. with honors and conducted research in the marine natural products lab of Dr. Phillip Crews. In the Crews lab, I isolated, purified, and structurally characterized three potentially bioactive molecules from a sponge collected in the South Pacific. After graduating, I served as a member of the structure elucidation group in the Small Molecule Analytical Chemistry department at Genentech’s South San Francisco campus. It was under the expert tutelage of group members Dr. Sarah Robinson, Dr. Kenji Kurita, and Dr. David Russell that I truly gained a deep appreciation for which both NMR and HRMS could be applied to answer complex chemical questions. I hope to further apply and build this understanding, with NMR in particular, to investigate and better understand the reactions these organic molecules undergo. In my free-time I enjoy exploring the outdoors, whether it be above or below the water.

Yusuke Sato


PhD Student

I was born and raised in Kyoto, one of the most traditional cities, in Japan. I completed my undergraduate studies at University of Shizuoka, during which I greatly enjoyed spending time under the direction of Prof. Kei Manabe where I worked on developing a reaction with novel directing triphenyl phosphine ligands. Now I monitor reactions with an automated HPLC sampler and React IR in the Hein group. Outside of the lab, I enjoy skating, conversation and working out.

Undergraduate Students


BASc Student

I am a third-year undergraduate student studying chemical engineering and bioengineering at McMaster University. I’m currently on a co-op term with the Hein Lab, and am excited to learn about lab automation and AI in chemistry. Outside of academics I love being outodoors, painting, knitting, and playing sports like rugby and hockey.

Henry Situ


BASc Student

I completed my BSc in Chemistry at UBC. While working for Dr. Hein in my fourth year I was introduced to automation and robotics which inspired me to pursue my BASc in Mechanical Engineering specializing in Mechatronics. I am interested in the integration of hardware and software to achieve precision movements and controls. In my spare time I enjoying making 3D printable trinkets and tools for other members of the Hein Lab.

Tony Wang


BSc Student

I am a second year combined physics and computer science undergraduate student at UBC. I am doing co-op at the Hein Lab working on software for lab automation. I enjoy playing computer games and trying to learn MMA in my free time.

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BSc Student

I am a third year combined Honours student in Chemistry and Mathematics at the University of British Columbia. I did research on radical polymer and organic magnet in the University of Toronto with Dr. Dwight Seferos in 2019’s summer. I enjoyed the programming portion in my mathematics study and can’t wait to see what it can bring to my chemistry life! Outside of the lab, I like listening and playing music. I can play the piano, acoustic and electric guitar. I am also the electric guitarist of the band in my church!


Shad Grunert


I completed my BSc in Chemistry at UBC and Management of Technology MBA at SFU Beedie School of Business. I’ve worked across a number of sectors in industry and academia, from wood science to biofuels, to safety management in academia. In my spare time, I enjoy learning as much as possible about materials science, economics, psychology, and history.

Lucky Hein


Abandoned as a pup on the mean streets of Merced, California, I had a tough start in life. My curiosity, playful spirit, and desire for affection were unfulfilled and my outlook was bleak… until one exceptional Beagle Basset Hound, Crambley, changed everything. Crambley adopted me as one of her own, nurturing me to overcome my trauma. I then came to Vancouver to jump-started my career as the Morale Officer for university research programs. I now bark, snooze, and thrive in the Hein Lab, where I support students, scientists, and friends of the group through all the challenges of life.

Lauren Koch


Born and raised in Berkeley, California, I moved to Vancouver for my BA. I completed my BA, double majoring in Cultural Anthropology and Linguistics. I enjoy learning about the ingenuity of human communication, how we distinguish ourselves as individuals and communities, and the ways in which the two are interconnected. In my free time, I enjoy trying new foods, hiking, and scuba diving (when I’m lucky enough to have both the time and funds).

Veronica Lai


I completed my BSc in Chemistry at UBC, during which I first joined the Hein Lab as an undergraduate researcher. I am interested in artificial intelligence, automation, and the field of human-computer interaction, and developing tools for researchers. I love music and going to concerts (my favourite genre is symphonic metal), and in my spare time I enjoy cooking and learning wing chun.

Kea Legard


I am currently a research assistant in the Hein lab at UBC Vancouver. My research involves orthogonal reaction monitoring of a variety of reactions using HPLC-MS and React IR. I’m originally from the San Francisco Bay Area in California. When I’m not in the lab, I love trying to bake different types of bread and desserts from around the world.

Paul Mulyk


Since starting my career, I’ve worked in instrument service, bio-energy research and academic settings always gravitating toward instrument application, method development and troubleshooting. I enjoy having a mix of hardware, software and chemistry problems to work on, such as solving analytical challenges, troubleshooting instrumentation, or re-purposing and re-configuring existing equipment. I’m also interested in programmatic instrument control, as well as new machine learning applications.

Paloma Prieto


I’m a science communicator and project manager with a background in chemistry. I completed my BSc at UBC exploring a wide breadth of chemistry topics, from biomedical imaging and pharmaceuticals, to clean energy technologies like solar cells. Today, I love mobilizing knowledge between academia, industry, government, and the general public. To keep things interesting, I also moonlight as a teacher of acrobatic yoga.

Parisa Shiri


recently graduated with a M.Sc. from Simon Fraser University in physical chemistry and organic electronics. I have always enjoyed mathematics, algorithms and coding and in the Hein lab I get to combine that with my chemistry background for automation of lab processes. In my free time, I am a salsa dancer, either social dancing or preparing for a performance.




Co-op student


Research staff


Project student – CHEM 449


Project student – CHEM 449


Project student – CHEM 449



PhD (2015 – 2019)


MSc (2017 – 2019)


PDF (2018 – 2019)


Project student – CHEM 445


Project student – CHEM 445C



PhD (2011 – 2018)


Work-Learn student (2016 – 2018)


Work-Learn student (2017 – 2018)


PDF (2017 – 2018)


Project student – CHEM 449


UBC Co-op student (2018)


Research associate (2018)



Project student – CHEM 449


MSc (2015 – 2017)


PhD (2012 – 2017)



Project student – CHEM 445


Undergraduate research assistant


PDF (2014 – 2016)


Project student



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MSc (2012 – 2015)