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Eli Espinoza

Postdoctoral Research Scholar

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Eli was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. He completed his B.A. in Theology and Chemistry and a Master’s degree in Theology from Azusa Pacific University. He then pursued a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Californa, Riverside (UCR). Under the guidance of Valentine Vullev he studied dipole-mediated photoinduced charge transfer using molecular electrets, assymetric charge transfer and fluorescent nitropolyaromatic hydrocarbons. After completion of his Ph.D. he was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Berkeley working for Niren Murthy in the Bioengineering department. Here he focused on drug delivery, sugar synthesis, nucleotide modification and synthesis of self-immolating probes for enzyme detection. Following his time in Berkeley he was awarded an NRC Research Associate fellowship which allowed him to do independent research at the naval air warfare center weapons division (NAWCWD), chemistry division at China Lake, CA working on the characterization of high energy materials (energetics) for organic field effect transistors. Following his time there he joined the Castellano lab as postdoctoral scholar where he is now focusing on synthesis of earth abundant Cu (I) photosensitizers for biological applications.

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Postdoc Chemistry Naval Air warfare Center Weapons Division 2021

Postdoc Bioengineering Univeristy of California, Berkeley 2019-2021

Ph.D. Chemistry University of California, Riverisde 2019

B.A Chemistry Azusa Pacific University 2009

Area(s) of Expertise

Modulating ligand reduction potentials for novel Cu(I) photosensitizers and using new Cu(I) photosensitizers for biological applications.


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