Ahmad Masarwa was born and grew up in Taibe, Israel. Then he moved to Haifa where he completed his undergraduate studies at the Technion- Israel Institute of Technology in Chemistry in 2005 (Cum lauda). In 2005 he joined the research group of Professor Marek as a M.Sc (Cum lauda) working towards the Enantioselective Preparation of Chiral Alkylidenecyclopropanes. In 2008, Ahmad started his PhD studies on the Selective Metal Mediated Carbon-Carbon Bond Cleavage of Strained Compounds: A New Approach to Enantiomerically Enriched All-Carbon Quaternary Stereocenters under the supervision of Professor Ilan Marek. During his studies at the Technion, Ahmad received several awards: e.g. Excellence in Teaching (Szego Prize for Excellent Instructor 2009 and for 2010), Excellence in studies and research (Jacobs Fellowship for Ph.D. students 2010-2011), Excellence in studies and research (Schulich fellowship and Prize for Ph.D. students 2012-2013), Excellence in Teaching (Schulich Prize for excellence in teaching 2011) and the ICS prize for outstanding Ph.D student (awarded by the Israel Chemical society 2012). In addition, Ahmad was awarded the prestigious Rothschild Post-Doctoral Fellowship (2013-2014), awarded by the Rothschild foundation for a post-doctoral position at the University of California, Berkeley with Prof. Sarpong where he is working in research on the chemical synthesis of bioactive molecules by applying C-C functionalization and cascade reaction processes.
Email: ahmadm at berkeley dot edu