Laurel L. Schafer
Dr. Laurel L. Schafer is a Professor and Associate Head – Research at the University of British Columbia. Laurel completed her Honours B.Sc. at the University of Guelph in 1993 before pursuing NSERC supported graduate studies at the University of Victoria. She completed her PhD in catalysis in 1999 and then went on to a 2-year NSERC Post-Doctoral Fellowship in metal-mediated organic synthesis with Don Tilley at the University of California – Berkeley. She began her independent career at UBC in 2001 as an NSERC UFA recipient. Laurel is an internationally recognized leader in the field of catalyst development, focusing on the application of earth abundant, low toxicity metals for the efficient and selective synthesis of functionalized small molecules and materials of interest to the pharmaceutical, agrochemical, fine chemical and petrochemical industries. Her research program has gained international prominence for the catalytic synthesis of amines. Laurel is recognized as a leader for her precedent setting contributions in hydroamination and hydroaminoalkylation.