Post Docs


Matt is a BC native from Penticton. Before joining the Britton group, he did his Ph.D. with Dr. Raymond Andersen at UBC, then worked as a Humboldt postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Stephan Sieber at the Technical University of Munich. He is happy to be back home, where he can pursue outdoor activities such as mountain biking, skiing, and camping.

WEIWU REN (joint with Bennet lab)

Weiwu was born and raised in Tianjin, China. He completed his B.Sc. in chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Zhen Xi at Nankai University in 2006. He obtained his Ph.D. at Peking University under the supervision of Prof. Zhen Yang and Prof. Jiahua Chen in 2011 working on the total synthesis of terpenoid natural products. After that, he joined Prof. Yefeng Tang's group as a research associate at Tsinghua University, working on the development of new synthetic methods and exploring their application in natural products synthesis. He then decided to challenge himself with alkaloid synthesis and joined Prof. Jieping Zhu's group as a postdoctoral fellow at EPFL in Switzerland in September 2012, working on alkaloid natural product total synthesis. In June 2016, he joined the Britton group at SFU as a postdoctoral fellow. In his spare time, Weiwu enjoys playing basketball, watching football matches and movies.


Zheliang obtained his Ph.D in cheimstry at the Shanghair Institute of Organic Chemistry (SIOC), under the supervision of Dr. Guosheng Liu. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow through a collaboration between Dr.Paul Schaffer (TRIUMF) and Dr. Robert Britton in August 2016. His work focuses on the fluorination and radiofluorination of small molecule and peptide-based targeting agents for in-vitro uptake as well as in-vivoimaging studies. In his spare time, he enjoys playing badminton, hiking and walking around Vancouver.


Before joining the Britton group in 2017 Johannes completed his doctoral studies as a joint student of Dr. Stephan Sieber (TU Munich) and Dr. Eric Rubin (Harvard SPH) in chemical biology working on tuberculosis. Continuing his engagement with Dr. Britton from previous work in Switzerland he is happy to be back in applied chemical synthesis. In Vancouver he enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and skiing and is always up for a volleyball game unless there is a good book waiting for him.


Yang Wang was born and raised in Weihai, China. She received her BS degree in chemistry from China Agricultural University under the supervision of Prof. Zhang-Jie Shi of Peking University in 2008. She obtained her Ph.D. at Peking University under the supervision of Prof. Zhenfeng Xi and Prof. Wen-Xiong Zhang in 2013 working on metal-promoted novel reaction chemistry of carbodiimide. In the same year, she joined Prof. Jieping Zhu's group at EPFL in Switzerland as a Marie-Curie postdoctoral fellow working on chiral phosphoric acid catalyzed enantioselective transformations. In 2017, she joined the Britton group at SFU as a postdoctoral fellow. In her spare time, Yang enjoys a light jog, a fast walk, and watching movies.

Graduate Students


Venu was born and raised in Hyderabad, India. In 2005, Venu received his MSc in Chemistry from Osmania University in India. Afterwards, he worked as a research chemist at Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd, a leading pharmaceutical company in India for 5 years. He then moved to Simon Fraser University in 2010 to pursue a PhD in Chemistry. In his spare time, Venu enjoys playing cricket, badminton, watching movies and cooking.


Michael completed his B.Sc. (Hons) in chemistry under the supervision of Dr. Mark Thachuk at the University of British Columbia in 2014. He continued his studies at the University of Victoria where he completed his M.Sc. with Dr. Tom Fyles working on lipid nanoparticle drug delivery. He is happy to be back with the Britton group to pursue his PhD in organic synthesis. Outside of the lab, Michael enjoys running, playing his piano, and taking his four crazy dogs to the beach!


Dimitri was born and raised in Athens, Greece, where he received his BSc in Chemistry in 2012 from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He then moved to Vancouver, where he pursued an MSc in Chemistry in the lab of Dr Marco Ciufolini, working on the development of a new iodonium ion metathesis reaction, as well as on the synthesis of novel ionisable lipids for the targeted delivery of siRNA. Following that, he started his PhD degree at SFU in the Britton lab in Fall 2016, where he is pursuing the formal synthesis of eribulin. You might see him some times walking around town with a camera on his hand (both film and digital).


Anthony graduated from the National Graduate School of Chemistry in Montpelier, France. After working on various different projects at Areva, Texas Christian University, Bayer and the CNRS, he decided to continue his studies as a PhD student in the Britton group, working on the total synthesis of eleutherobin. He also likes exercising, at least 10 hours per week, and likes going to the gym and playing soccer in the Vancouver Metro Soccer League.


Mathew, born and raised in BC, obtained his joint B.Sc. in Chemistry and Microbiology and Biochemistry at Simon Fraser University. He enjoyed an exchange semester to Australia at Monash University where he worked on novel Palladium (I) catalysis, and two summer positions at SFU in bioinorganic medicinal chemistry and organic synthesis. He is excited to be back in the Britton Group as of Fall 2017 to pursue his master's degree focussing on medicinal chemistry and organic methodology. On the weekends, he enjoys hiking, kayaking, camping, and snowboarding.


Garrett was born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He attended university at Mount Allison University where he completed his B.Sc. (Hons) in chemistry under Dr. Khashayar Ghandi. He then started his masters degree at SFU in the fall of 2017 in the Britton lab, where he is studying the total synthesis of Phormidolide A. Apart from the lab, he enjoys cooking, reading, and visiting the Vancouver Aquarium along with snowboarding, hiking, and kayaking when he gets outside.


Darryl was born and raised in Abbotsford, BC. In 2017 Darryl received his B.Sc in chemistry from the University of the Fraser Valley. During his undergraduate studies he worked under the supervision of Drs. Noham Weinberg and Cory Beshara where he was able to explore both synthetic and computational chemistry. Following the completion of his undergraduate studies, he joined the Britton and Linington groups at SFU to combine data mining and synthetic chemistry for the development of novel natural product-like compounds. Outside of class his hobbies include: curling (yes the sport!), fountain pens, fantasy novels, and anything science fiction.


Josiah received his B.Sc. (Hons) in chemistry under the supervision of Dr. Chadron M. Friesen at Trinity Western University in 2017, where he explored the synthesis of hydrofluoroethers. Josiah joined the Britton Group at Simon Fraser University in the Fall of 2017, under the joint supervision of Chadron M. Friesen and Robert Britton. His work focuses on the synthesis of fluorinated small molecules. Outside of the lab, Josiah enjoys playing video games, cooking, and listening to music.


Anissa was born and raised in Paris, France. She obtained her Bachelor of Science as well as her Master's degree in Chemistry from the National Graduate School of Chemistry of Montpellier. During that time, she had her first research experience in Professor Chein's group in Taiwan followed by two others in Sanofi and Bayer Crop Science. Then, she decided to move to Vancouver to begin her PhD in Professor Britton's group where she is working on the formal synthesis of Eribulin. During her free time, Anissa likes doing sports and outdoor activities such as hiking or skiing as well as traveling and discover new countries and people.


Victoria was born and raised in St. John's, Newfoundland. She completed a joint B.Sc. (Hons) in chemistry and biochemistry at Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) in 2018, working on the total synthesis of furanosesquiterpenoid natural products in the group of Dr. Huck Grover. Throughout her undergraduate career she has also worked in the fields of materials, physical and theoretical chemistry at MUN and in organic synthesis as a summer intern at the University of Munster Institute of Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry in Germany. In her free time, Victoria enjoys hiking, canoeing, dancing and travelling.