Claire Filloux

Claire Filloux

Position Title
Assistant Professor of Teaching (Lecturer PSOE)

3469 Chemistry Annex

Claire was drawn to organic chemistry as an undergraduate at Princeton University, where she worked in the labs of Professors Maitland Jones and Erik Sorensen. She appreciated that the subject provided an arena where diverse data could be rationalized by creative application of a few basic principles. In 2015, Claire earned her Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Colorado State University. Under the guidance of Professor Tomislav Rovis, Claire developed and investigated mechanisms of organo- and transition metal-catalyzed asymmetric reactions. In a more philosophical project, Claire also explored the role of language in scientific discovery.

As a teacher, Claire is motivated by the desire to help students construct a framework of knowledge that can organize and support novel information. At UC Davis, Claire plans to develop exercises that facilitate mastery of fundamentals. She also hopes to identify tools and strategies that enable students to make connections between superficially dissimilar but fundamentally related concepts. In this way, Claire hopes to aid students not only in the achievement of skill-based learning goals but in the application of these goals in new contexts.

Education, Awards and Professional Highlights

  • Appointed to UC Davis faculty (2016)
  • Ph.D. Colorado State University (2015)
  • ACS Division of Organic Chemistry Graduate Fellowship (2010-2011)
  • A.B. Princeton University (2007)
  • Everett S. Wallis Prize in Organic Chemistry (Princeton University, 2007)
  • Shapiro Prize (Princeton University, 2004)

Representative Publications


Student researchers having fun with Chemistry