Braslau Research Group

at UC Santa Cruz

Professor Rebecca Braslau

Director, Women in STEM affinity group at UCSC 2021-present

Visiting Professor, Chulabhorn Research Institute, Bangkok, Thailand,

February 2018

Website “Samples of Organic Transformations from the Primary Literature”

Excellence in Teaching Award, UC Santa Cruz 2014


Visiting Professor, National University of Ireland, Galway, October 2011


Visiting Professor, ARC Centre of Excellence for Free Radical Chemistry and

     Biotechnology, University of Melbourne, Australia Fall 2008

Full Professor of Chemistry, University of California, Santa Cruz  2008

Visiting Professor, Dutch Polymer Institute, Technical University of

     Eindhoven, the Netherlands, Spring 2002

Director, NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates Programs

     at UC Santa Cruz:  summer 2000-2005

     in Bangkok, Thailand: summer 2002-2011

Associate Professor of Chemistry, University of California, Santa Cruz 1998

Professeur Invité, Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris, November 1997

Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of California, Santa Cruz 1991

Postdoctoral Fellowship with Dr. Bernd Giese

     Institut für Organische Chemie, Universität Basel, Switzerland: 1989-1991

Thomas J. Watson Fellow with Dr. John C. Coll, James Cook University of

      North Queensland, Townsville,  Australia,  August 1982 - July 1983

Phi Beta Kappa, Reed College 1982

National Science Foundation Undergraduate Research Fellowship with Phil Crews, UC Santa Cruz, summer 1980

Faculty at UC Santa Cruz since 1991

Postdoctoral studies with Bernd Giese at Universität Basel

Ph.D. University of Wisconsin with Barry Trost

B.A.  Reed College

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The Braslau group is currently supported by the National Science Foundation,  with past support from the NSF, Petroleum Research Fund of the American Chemical Society, Research Corporation and the California Cancer Research Coordinating Committee.

Prof. Braslau has mentored 23 graduate students, 7 postdoctoral scholars, and more than 50 undergraduate research students (UCSC students, NSF REU students and ACCESS students from other campuses), and 5 international student visitors.

Prof. Braslau has served as guest editor for Molecules special issue on Free Radicals.  She has contributed three chapters for books, two with graduate student co-authors.  

Professor Braslau teaches courses in organic chemistry at the sophomore level, an advanced organic laboratory, and graduate courses in organic synthesis and a specialized course on organic free radicals. She has served as the chair of the Department Safety Committee, and chair of the campus Chemical Safety Advisory Committee, in addition to serving as a member of several other committees at the department and campus level.