Nick | Shin


Postdoctoral Fellow



Postdoctoral Fellow
University of California, San Francisco


Ph.D., Chemistry
Princeton University (Advisor: Robert Knowles)


B.S., Chemistry
University of California, Berkeley

Research Interests

Physical and chemical principles for organizing cell-cell interface complexes


2023-2026 Damon Runyon Quantitative Biology Fellowship Award

2021 Bristol-Myers Squibb Graduate Fellowship in Synthetic Organic Chemistry

2017-2022 Centennial Fellowship in Natural Sciences and Engineering

2017 The James Y. and Harriet P. Tong Undergraduate Prize in Chemistry

2013-2017 Presidential Science Scholarship (South Korea)

2012 Presidential Honors (South Korea)


Shin, N. Y., Tsui, E., Bird, M., Knowles, R. R. Radicals as Exceptional Electron-Withdrawing Groups: Nucleophilic Aromatic Substitution of Electron-Rich Halophenols via Homolysis-Enabled Electronic Activation. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2022, 144, 21783–21790. doi: 10.1021/jacs.2c10296.

Earley, J. D., Zieleniewska, A., Ripberger, H. H., Shin, N. Y., Lazorski, M. S., Mast, Z. J., Sayre, H., Knowles, R. R., McCusker, J. K., Scholes, G. D., Reid, O. G., Rumbles, G. Ion Pair Reorganization Regulates Reactivity in Photoredox Catalysts. Nat. Chem. 2022, 14, 746–753. doi: 10.1038/s41557-022-00911-6.

Murray, P. R. D., Cox, J. H., Chiappini, N. D., Roos, C. B., McLoughlin, E. A., Hejna, B. G., Nguyen, S. T., Ripberger, H. H., Ganley, J. M., Tsui, E., Shin, N. Y., Koronkiewicz, B., Qiu, G., Knowles, R. R. Photochemical and Electrochemical Applications of Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer in Organic Synthesis. Chem. Rev. 2022, 122, 2017–2291. doi: 10.1021/acs.chemrev.1c00374

Shin, N. Y., Ryss, J. M., Zhang, X., Miller, S. J., Knowles, R. R. Light-Driven Deracemization Enabled by Excited-State Electron Transfer. Science, 2019, 366, 364–369. doi: 10.1126/science.aay2204

Choi, E., Lee, S., Yun, H., Lee, S., Gao, C., Shin, Y., and Kwon, O. Single Crystals of a 2-Dimensional Metal Coordination Polymer Containing Pendant Carbazole Groups. Bull. Korean. Chem. Soc. 2013, 34, 3903–3905. doi: 10.5012/bkcs.2013.34.12.3903