Jacob Dander joined Haley Guiliano in 2020 as a Technical Advisor in the Life Sciences Group.
Before joining the firm, Jacob completed his Ph.D. at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he studied organic chemistry. His doctoral research focused on the development of new synthetic methodologies and the total synthesis of complex molecules. Utilizing nickel catalysis, he helped to develop cross-coupling reactions of amides, which are an underutilized building block in synthetic chemistry. In collaboration with industrial scientists, he led efforts to commercialize new preparations of organometallic reagents and to discover transformations that blend transition-metal and enzymatic catalysts. Additionally, he designed and pursued the total synthesis of complex hydrocarbons with applications in materials science.
Jacob earned his B.S. degree in chemistry from Illinois College in 2015. As an undergraduate, he researched the total synthesis of anti-cancer agents, and completed a summer internship at Eli Lilly & Co, where he studied the asymmetric synthesis of advanced drug intermediates.