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Dr. Nelson Y. S. Lam (He/Him)

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Assistant Professor, UVic 2024 (Faculty Profile)

Before UVic

Junior Research Fellow: Trinity Hall/University of Cambridge 2021-2024  (Prof. Robert Phipps)

Lindemann Fellow: Scripps Research 2020-2021 (Prof. Jin-Quan Yu - wiki)


Ph.D. University of Cambridge 2015-2019  (Prof. Ian Paterson FRS)

B.Mus./B.Sc. (Hons) University of Auckland 2010-2014 (Prof. Christian Hartinger - wiki)

Academic bio

Born in Hong Kong and raised in Auckland New Zealand, Nelson completed his undergraduate education at the University of Auckland. Nelson then travelled halfway across the world to the UK for his doctoral studies with Prof. Ian Paterson in the synthesis of complex polyketide natural products. Nelson moved to sunny San Diego to conduct research in Pd-catalyzed C–H activation with Prof. Jin-Quan Yu. He was elected a Research Fellow at Trinity Hall, where he worked on leveraging non-covalent interactions for selective catalysis with Prof. Robert Phipps. In 2024, Nelson joined the Faculty at UVic as an Assistant Professor.

Outside the lab

Nelson can be found hiking, cooking and eating his way around Victoria. Nelson LOVES music. He has an undergraduate degree in composition, and you might catch him singing in a choir, making bad mixes as an amateur DJ, and going to electronic music gigs.

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