Dan Dempe was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.S. in Chemistry. After working for two years as an analytical chemist in the polymers industry, Dan returned to the University of Pittsburgh to pursue his Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry.  Dan is currently working on tunable lactam-containing small-molecule Michael acceptors with an eye toward kinase inhibition as well as investigating the mechanism of the allenic Pauson-Khand reaction. In his free time, Dan enjoys watching Pitt basketball, golfing, and reading.