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Fourth Year Graduate Student

Hometown: Kitchener, Ontario (Canada)

B.S. in Chemistry and Mathematics, Calvin College (CV)

Research Interests

Andrea came to UGA from Kitchener, Ontario (Canada) via Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she attended Calvin College and graduated in 2015 with a B.S. in Mathematics and Honors Chemistry. She joined the Wheeler Group at Texas A&M in the Summer of 2015 and transferred to UGA with the Wheeler Group in 2017. In her free time she likes baking cookies and reading about superheroes.

Andrea’s current research focuses on understanding the role of noncovalent interactions on the selectivity and activity of organocatalysts. She is currently focusing on a BINOL catalyzed conjugate addition of boronates to enones. Previous research included studies focused on understanding the rates and mechanisms of nickel-catalyzed syntheses of conjugated polymers.


  1. "Computational and experimental evaluation of α-(N-2-quinolonyl)ketones: a new class of nonbiaryl atropisomers"
    A. N. Bootsma and C. E. Anderson
    Tet. Lett. 2016, 57, 4837.
  2. "Synthesis of N-Alkenyl 2-Pyridonyl Ethers via a Au(I)-Catalyzed Rearrangement of 2-Propargyloxypyridines"
    E. O. Romero, C. P. Reidy, A. N. Bootsma, N. M. PreFontaine, N. W. Bryhof, and C. E. Anderson
    J. Org. Chem. 2016, 81, 9895.
  3. "Reactive Ligand Influence on Initiation in Phenylene Catalyst-Transfer Polycondensation"
    A. O. Hall, S. R. Lee, A. N. Bootsma, J. W. G. Bloom, S. E. Wheeler, and A. J. McNeil
    J. Polymer Chem. A 2017, 55, 1530.
  4. "Ring-Walking of Zerovalent Nickel on Aryl Halides"
    J. A. Bilbrey, A. N. Bootsma, M. A. Bartlett, J. Locklin, S. E. Wheeler, and W. D. Allen
    J. Chem. Theory Comput. 2017, 13, 1706.
  5. "Stacking Interactions of Heterocyclic Drug Fragments with Protein Amide Backbones"
    A. N. Bootsma and S. E. Wheeler
    ChemMedChem 2018, 13, 835.