Hailing from the great state of Massachusetts, Rebecca grew up in the rural town of Chelmsford. As a youngster, Rebecca picked up the art of horseback riding, and realized she wanted to be a world-class equestrian rider. After much training in Chelmsford and her parent's farm in Rhode Island, Rebecca's opportunity came at the University of Rochester where she not only was part of the Equestrian Club (proudly competing in Zone 2, Region 2 of the IHSA), she also picked up a B.S. in chemistry researching under the tutelage of Dr. Robert K. Boeckman, Jr. in the area of organic methodology. Realizing that the two and a half year gap of competing in the 2012 Olympics was out of reach, Rebecca galloped to UC Berkeley to begin her work in natural product synthesis. When Rebecca is not riding around campus, Rebecca enjoys a good movie (i.e. Dr. Zhivago), traveling around the world, or enjoying sushi and Indian cuisine (not mutually exclusive of course).
Email: rmurphy at calmail dot berkeley dot edu