University of California, LA       2006-2009

B.S. and M.S.

University of California, Davis   2009-2012


University of Pennsylvania      2012 -2016 

Postdoctoral Fellow

From undocumented child to professor:


Prof. Osvaldo Gutierrez

Osvaldo was born in Salamanca, GTO (Mexico) and raised in Sacramento, CA. He attended Sacramento City College and transferred to UCLA in 2006 to pursue a career in medicine. However, working as an undergraduate at the laboratories of Prof. Kendall N. Houk inspired him to change career path to organic chemistry.


He graduated in 2009 with B.S. and M.S. degrees in chemistry from UCLA and moved back to northern California to enroll in graduate studies at UC Davis.

He completed his PhD in 2012 under the guidance of Prof. Dean J. Tantillo; his thesis was focused on the use of computational electronic structure methods to reveal mechanisms of catalytic processes.


He then moved across the country to work with Prof. Marisa C. Kozlowski at the University of Pennsylvania where he used computational and experimental tools to study transition-metal catalyzed processes. In his free time, he likes to listen to 90s rap. 


No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong.

- Albert Einstein  

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